Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

cottage cheese pancakes

Cottage cheese has been a staple in my diet ever since I moved to the U.S. about 100 years ago (haha). Prior to moving here, I didn’t know what cottage cheese was.  I grew up eating Quark, which is a cross between Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Quark is creamy and smooth, and contains a lot less sodium than cottage cheese and less fat than ricotta cheese. Quark is really a unique type of food that is very popular in many European countries.

Many German pastry and cake recipes call for Quark. Unfortunately,  I haven’t been able to find Quark in any U.S. grocery stores. The other day, I messaged Aldi, suggesting they bring Quark to their stores. I have seen a couple of online places that carry Quark, but who wants to pay $8 for a small container plus $14 on shipping?

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Speisequark Quark Protein Snack

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Anyways, all these years I’ve eaten cottage cheese instead of Quark. My kids have no idea what Quark is, but they love cottage cheese. In fact, my daughter Christy eats it for breakfast every single day. Her college friends, however, think cottage cheese is the grossest thing you could ever eat.

While cottage cheese has a high sodium content, it is also high in protein, therefore great for those who don’t eat meat. I use cottage cheese in lasagna, strudel, smoothies, and pancakes. One more great thing about cottage cheese – it’s inexpensive.
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If your kids don’t like cottage but you want to raise their daily protein level, give this pancake recipe a try. These pancakes don’t taste like cottage cheese at all.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Ingredients

2 eggs, separated

1 cup cottage cheese

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup milk

1 cup flour

2 tbsp sugar or honey

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

 

Directions

1. Start by separating the eggs then use a hand mixer to whip up the egg whites until soft peaks form.

2. In another bowl whisk together egg yolks, cottage cheese, milk and vanilla. Add flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

3. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold the egg whites into the egg yolk/flour batter.

4. Heat a pan or griddle over medium heat and lightly coat with butter or oil. Use a small measuring cup to scoop out the batter. cook for about 2 minutes on each side.

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These cottage cheese pancakes are light and fluffy, sort of creamy, and full of protein.  I like to top mine with yogurt and fruit.

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Are you a fan of cottage cheese?

Is Buying “Refurbished” Working Out For You?

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Last year, I was in the market for a camera. The one I had an eye on was the Nikon D3200 , but I couldn’t find a new one for less than $600, which was out of my price range. I did a ton of online research where I came across offers for secondhand cameras for around $400. Not a bad deal but I worried the camera would break within a couple of weeks, leaving me out of $400 and nothing to show for it.

I turned to Amazon and searched for a certified refurbished camera. I found the exact model I wanted for just $249. The camera was in like-new condition but with a much lower price.

What does “refurbished” mean?

Basically, it’s the same idea as buying a certified pre-owned car.  My Toyota Prius was just that when we bought it. With “refurbished” you get an item that’s been previously sold or used, then returned to the manufacturer for any number of reasons. Maybe it’s an iPhone about which a buyer had second thoughts and returned it to Apple. Or someone returned a product because the packaging was damaged, or because of minor blemishes that only affect the product’s looks.

In some cases, refurbished products have been returned because of malfunctions. When you buy a refurbished item, there’s no way of knowing what was wrong with when it was returned. It shouldn’t matter, though, since all problems with a returned item are fixed before resale. The companies can’t sell these goods as new anymore, so they re-test them at the factory to make sure they are in tip-top shape. The product is then repackaged “like new” and sold often at deeply discounted prices.

When buying refurbished products, it’s important to do some research – both on the product itself and on the seller. Here are things I look for and check whenever I buy a refurbished item:

  • Prices. Before I order a refurbished item, I check how much my savings will be.  If the difference between new and refurbished is only a few dollars, the refurbished item isn’t really a bargain.
  • Reviews. I read lots of reviews. I even watch YouTube reviews and tutorials on any particular item.
  • What’s Included. I always check the listing carefully to make sure the item comes with all the extras. For example, my camera came with a strap, battery, charger, and lens.
  • Warranty. Though most refurbished items come with a warranty, some are covered for only 30 to 90 days – and some don’t include warranty coverage unless you pay for it extra.

Also, when you see a great deal on a refurbished item, don’t wait too long. Products tend to run out of stock quickly, and once they restock, prices may go up.

Here are some of the items I’ve bought  refurbished and I still love.

Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Certified Refurbished)

Nikon camera: I bought it nearly one year ago on Amazon. Price: $249. The same certified refurbished camera now sells for $419. Very happy with the purchase. Great entry-level DSLR. Prior to this camera, I used my iPhone 4 to take all my blog pictures.

 

iPhone 5: I purchased the phone five months ago for $149.  (New iPhone 5 starts at $216). Works and looks like new. I’m sure by now the iPhone 5 is considered middle-aged, but it suits me just fine. I’m not someone who runs to the store the second a new iPhone gets released. I usually wait a few years.

 

 

 

Ninja blender: This blender was an awesome Christmas present my daughters surprised me with. ( New starts at $80). I use it daily. Best blender I’ve ever had. Farouk CHI Original Ionic Ceramic 1-inch Flat Iron (Refurbished)CHI original flat iron: I bought the CHI about four years ago on Overstock.com. I paid around $50 , plus received 10% off for signing up for their news letter. (New CHI starts at $90). Best flat iron I’ve ever used.

 

These are just some of the more recent refurbished items I have purchased. I don’t recall ever having issues with refurbished products.

Have you ever bought refurbished products? If so, how is it working out for you? Share your experience!

 


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3 Fun Hobby Ideas For This Winter

snowpocalypseThe first snow has arrived in Nashville. Schools have been cancelled, traffic is a mess, and forced hibernation becomes part of our lives. When this happens, it’s easy for our productivity to come to a halt as we curl up on the couch with blankets and TV remotes.

If you want to stay productive this winter (aside from work and errands), you may want to consider starting a new hobby. Here are three fun hobbies ( I have in mind) that we can start within the comfort of our own home.

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Make homemade bread.

Something I’ve never made but wish to make is a rustic loaf of bread. You know, the kind with air pockets, crusty on the outside, soft inside? Yeah, I totally want to try it. The best part, it’s a no knead bread that bakes inside a dutch oven. In my opinion, there aren’t many things as magical as transforming flour, water and salt into fragrant loaves, especially in our Digital Era. Creating a loaf of bread with just a few simple ingredients is very soul and body satisfying.

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Pick up knitting.

As a teen I was obsessed with knitting. I probably knitted  30 or more sweaters. My skills were beyond basic knitting because I loved learning new knitting patterns and techniques. Once I moved to Los Angeles, where shorts weather rules most of the year, I became more interested in roller blading on the beach boardwalk.  Knitting is a very calming, yet productive hobby. One of the things I’d love to make is a chunky knit blanket. The kind you knit with your arms or oversized knitting needles. Or you can even use PVC pipes.

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Experiment with abstract painting.

Do you ever look at cool abstract art and say “I could totally make something similar”? There’s no right or wrong when it comes to abstract art. You can take a paint brush to canvas and go to town. Experiment, learn and have fun. I’m interested in the acrylic pouring technique which provides a very smooth and glossy finish.

Do you have a winter hobby?

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