Project Give: Baking For Veterans (Blueberry Pancake Bites)

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It’s Saturday! Only it really doesn’t feel like Saturday. Tomorrow will be a big day since my mama has all these things planned. I was inspired to go blueberry picking because Kara posted a recipe for blueberry pancake bites. I know, I’m such a sucker for food. I love blueberries. I will only eat a blueberry muffin. They are the best. End of story! ๐Ÿ™‚ I brought some to the hospital with me and I also brought some syrup. I brought regular pancake syrup and maple syrup with cinnamon. I suppose you could eat em by themselves but they don’t taste like much.

Blueberry Pancake Bites
your favorite pancake recipe
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
turbinado sugar (optional)

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– make your favorite pancake recipe
– mix the blueberries with the flour until all berries are coated
– add blueberries to pancake mixture and stir just so it’s mixed. Do not over mix or the blueberries will break
– line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill each liner about 2/3 with the mixture
– sprinkle turbinado sugar on top if you want a crunchy top (it’s best if you eat them the same day if you sprinkle them with sugar)
– bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes
– let cool for about 30 minutes and enjoy with warm syrup

I always use liners because I’m lazy and I don’t want to clean my muffin tin. These were so delicious with the juicy blueberries. You can definitely taste the difference between these blueberries and the store bought blueberries. The ones sold around my area just don’t compare to the freshly picked ones. They were so good and the vets loved them. They like to be impressed once in a while and they were intrigued when I combined pancakes with blueberries with muffins. Technically I told them they were blueberry pancake bites but I was ignored. Blueberry muffins…well, who am I to argue with a bunch of seasoned vets?

My volunteering has been going really well. I volunteered over 130 hours so far. I got a bit heated yesterday because I felt like the RNs working were being so disrespectful to the vet I was escorting. I was asked to escort a patient back to his ward. No problem. I took him to the front desk also known as the nurses station and let them know the patient was back. No problem. I was asked to escort him to his room. Problem. The house keeping lady in there said I had to take the patient up to the front desk. I told her that I did and they asked me to bring him to his room. Apparently I’m not allowed to do that so I said okay, and took the patient back to the nurses station. That’s when everything went south. I asked the RN working at the desk to find a nurse to escort the patient to his room. His room was literally 10 steps away from the station. The RN ended up telling the receptionist who then called someone on the phone. I waited there for about 10 minutes and no one showed up. I’m giving the RN crap because he could have easily taken the vet to his room. Again, it was like 10 steps away. So then the RN tells me oh you can just leave him there. REALLY?!?! That comment really pissed me off. The vet said it was fine but I was so pissed on his behalf. I mean really, how would you feel if you were in a hospital getting treatment and the RN tells your escort to “just leave you there.” I know I wouldn’t want to be left anywhere and I told the veteran that I wasn’t going to leave him there because that is so messed up. He just laughed and said it was no biggie. Seriously, he’s a saint. If I was in the wheelchair all hell would have broke loose. Some people need a good kick in the behind for their bedside manner or should I say lack there of.

Anyway, I hope everyone has an awesome Mother’s Day weekend! The winner to the giveaway will be posted tomorrow. Sleep tight!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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