I don’t proclaim to be the best cook in the world, but I don’t believe I’m the worst, either. I can make some really wonderful meals if I plan for it. Cooking is something I enjoy and if I thought I had a good knack for it, would love to take cooking classes to get better.Alas, I’m not confident about cooking. Even on days like today when I wake up with enthusiasm and a plan to make pancakes, not everything goes as expected.
Well, not really. It’s more like “Honey, if you make fun of my cooking this morning, you’re going to be in big trouble.”
Instead, he replies “I see a blog post coming.”
Of course it’s a blog post. I’m reviewing Bisquick. It just isn’t going to be as pretty as I had planned.
…It started off great, with the girls helping to make the batter using Bisquick…
Miss M and Miss K took turns adding the ingredients then proceeded to stir the batter to get rid of all the lumps. When they were done, I heated up the cast-iron skillet provided in the review pack and poured out the mix. The pancakes looked really pretty until I tried to flip them. I had seasoned the skillet when it arrived but I forgot that until a cast-iron skillet is well seasoned, which takes many uses, it needs something to keep the food from sticking. I’ve become accustomed to my Calphalon griddle and didn’t even think about it until the pancakes stuck to the pan… then continued to cook while I attempted to clean the pan and start over.
I’m not sure whether I was upset about them burning or the fact that it went so awry on a day when I wanted it all to be perfect. At least I can’t complain about slaving away to prepare the mix – making pancakes with Bisquick is so easy you can make another batch pretty quickly if you feel like it.
Thankfully, DH made light of the situation by making fun of me just enough to help me see the humor in it. Of course, I deserved it for making such a basic cooking mistake.
But this post isn’t about my lame cooking skills. I was making pancakes because I received a package from MyBlogSpark to promote the Bisquick Pancake Nation. Most of us know that charitable/non-profit organizations often coordinate pancake breakfasts as a fundraiser. To help organizations prepare for the event, communicate the details and even fund their pancake breakfast, Bisquick established Bisquick Pancake Nation. The site provides information for participating organizations including location details, date and time.
If you are a member of a non-profit organization and are considering a pancake breakfast fundraiser, be sure to check out the toolkit for planning the event, including invitations, signs and more. There are also details on applying for a $250 grant (from now until May 31st) to help host the event.
In the meantime, if you just love Bisquick or are a fan of pancakes, here’s your chance to win a Bisquick Pancake Nation prize pack for your own home.
The Prize: Bisquick Pancake Nation Prize Pack (includes Bisquick, a batter bowl, a cast-iron skillet and a pancake spatula)
…must provide a US shipping address
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile.
Sometime on March 18, 2010, a winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) from all valid comments left. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond. If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the next random selection.
How to enter: (CONTEST CLOSED)