About 8:50pm I got the dreaded text message “Code Red Prince William County Schools closed for Inclement Weather… High Winds.

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Ok LOOK… Im about sick and tired of this school closing ONCE A WEEK! At least! I have no problem with my child being at home but they have been out of school a lot. This is suppose to be the north. Y’all used to cold weather! Chile these schools close if it gets below freezing because children refuse to dress appropriately. I have seen several emails from Kristian’s principal begging parents to stop letting their kids wear shorts. In January. While it’s snowing… Sometimes you just gotta let natural selection do it’s thing.

So its late and tomorrow (Friday) is usually my grocery day. I know there is absolutely nothing in this house to eat. I mean Mason drinks formula and before 2pm all I eat is coffee so we would normally be ok. It seems like when your children are out of school they eat a 5 course meal every hour though. I usually make pancakes on Saturdays but I decide I’ll make them tomorrow. I’m too tired to go tonight so I figure I’ll just get up and go early in the morning.

Sure enough I get up complaining because “it’s just wind” and this is another day they’ll have to make up. I’m trying to plan a vacation! I go outside and its a little windy but nothing out of the ordinary. So of course I’m still fussing.

I get to the grocery store to do my shopping and pay for everything. I head out the door and…

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I can barely get the shopping cart to the car, my trunk will not stay open and my weave is barely hanging on. I’m so glad this sew-in is new and tight because if any air had gotten under it I would’ve been up, up and away.

I finally get in the car and I thank God Dorothy and toto didn’t show up and a house didn’t fall on me.

I’ll never underestimate the weatherman again.

I finally make it home and I’m only getting the groceries out of the car that are perishable because again… my new weave.

Finally I’m safe and sound. So because I was an strong gust away from death, I make pancakes from scratch and syrup. Why not… you only live once.

Buttermilk Bacon Pancakes w/ Vanilla Bean Butter Syrup

Say that 5x fast!



Buttermilk Bacon Pancakes with Vanilla Bean Butter Syrup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly whisked
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted and melted


  • ½ c. butter (1 cube)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • ½ tsp. baking soda


Preheat a griddle to medium heat.
In a bowl, whisk together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour, cinnamon and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. Drizzle in the butter as you continue to whisk.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Please remember, the more you stir pancakes the more flat and tough they will be so don’t be alarmed if it still looks like it’s lumps in the batter. Allow 15 for your batter to rest and rise.
Butter the griddle and scoop 1/4 cup of batter and cook until bubbles begin to form. I actually added some chopped up bacon inside mine this time but that’s completely up to you. Flip and cook until golden. I like to add small pieces of butter to the outside of the pancakes while they cook so you get those really crispy edges.

For the syrup add all ingredients except baking soda. Whisk together and let it come to a boil. Once it boils for about 1 minute take the pot off the heat and add the baking soda. You should see it rise and get frothy. This is normal.


I hope you enjoy these pancakes and this syrup and the fact that Im not gone with the wind.