All I have to say is darn you Blogger for helping me discover something else to waste my time on! What has Blogger helped me find to waste my time on you ask? I'll tell you what. Blogger lets you track where your blog gets the most hits from, and one of the sites that keeps popping up on mine is a site called StumbleUpon. This particular site keeps popping up on my list of sites, and then dropping off. Anyway, it popped up again this week, so I decided to go on over to the site and check it out.
Of course, you can't fully check out the site and how it works until you sign up for an account, so I went ahead and signed up. After signing up it asks you to list things you're interested in, and of course I did. For anyone who is using Pinterest this set up process might sound familiar. The difference though is in this. Unlike Pinterest, which has a whole bunch of things popping up on your home page (which for someone like me is WAY too much visual stimulation at once and makes me just not want to look at the page anymore), on StumbleUpon you click on the stumble button, and it takes you to a random website that is related to one of your interests. Now there are a few things that pop up on your home page before you stumble, but it's neatly organized and not nearly as much information at once as you would find on Pinterest. However, once you stumble, all that shows up is the website you stumbled too and a small little task bar at the top that lets you continue to stumble, like or dislike the page, etc.
Now here is how I'm keeping this post pancake related, since it is a blog about pancakes. You can stumble to specific websites that aren't saved in your interests. There is a box at the top right that allows you to put in a specific term. So of course, I put in pancake because I wanted to see if I could stumble to my own blog. Well so far I have to report that I haven't been able to StumbleUpon my own blog, but I have discovered a whole plethora of pancake related sites out there. Many of them are variations of what one might call traditional pancakes, along with some potato and zucchini pancake related sites as well. However, there are a few that I thought were interesting enough to share here on my blog.
This first one will make my Jewish friends excited. It's a recipe for an everything potato pancake (you know sort of like an everything bagel). It looks interesting, and we might have to try it in addition to traditional latkes when we get to Israel.
Next we'll continue on to a site that tells you how to make a pancake with unusual ingredients. It's a quinoa and beet pancake. Sounds "interesting" (by interesting I mean I'm not so sure it's going to taste very good), and Debra, the blogger for this site, pinky swears that it doesn't taste like beets. While I'm a bit leery of the ingredients, they do look absolutely delicious on her site, so I'm sure we'll probably give these a try too eventually (maybe not for a Pancake Sunday, but as a I just want unusual pancakes day).
This next site uses potatoes in an interesting way to make pancakes. First you boil them, then you mash them, and put them in the pancake batter. Check them out here.
How about having cake for breakfast. This person says you can, and shows you how to do it here.
For my science friends, here is a site I stumbled upon that has nothing to do with pancakes you eat. Rather it is a research article from the Journal of Biological Engineering about engineering bacteria to solve something called The Burnt Pancake Problem. Seriously, if you're into this type of information like I am (what can I say once a scientist, always a scientist) you'll definitely get sucked into this site.
Finally we'll end in a category of pancakes sites that I'll call artistic pancakes. The first one shows you how to make a millennium falcon pancake. Since it has a video for how to do it, I'll embed the video for you.
O.K., now that I've embeded the video, I'm sure You Tube is going to provide another source of time wasting for me. If you don't want to make a millennium falcon pancake, how about these cute little turtle pancakes using some of the same techniques learned in the millennium falcon pancake video. This last pancake art site truly is pancake art. He takes his pancakes to a high artistic form. Check out Michael's pancakes.
Now that I'm addicted to StumbleUpon, would you like to be too? If so, just stumble on over to StumbleUpon at www.stumbleupon.com.