Banana Pancakes + Our New Year’s Eve Party

Signs I’m turning 30 soon (as in..this coming Sunday!): I actually started getting serious about eating more than one vegetable per year.  I have been drinking smoothies with spinach in them (OMG!).  I’m working out on a regular basis….!  I think this can be referred to as a mid-life crisis. I think I’ll call it the “30 crisis”. I haven’t cried over turning another year older since my 25th birthday, but I think this one might warrant a couple tears…maybe.  Hey, no one ever said turning 30 was easy!  I’ve been convincing myself for a while now that I’m already 30 so when the day comes it won’t be a total shock.  I hope my plan works :)

Did everyone have a good New Year’s celebration?  Not to brag, but Mr. Wishes and I threw the party of the century ;)  We threw a combined 30th birthday/New Year’s Eve party.  It was our first real party in our new house and we wanted to make it memorable….and memorable it was.  We kept the lights down low and had all multi-color LED glow cups to light up the night!  We also had LED lights hanging throughout the house to accent each room.  We even did a complete home makeover of the basement and turned it into a “club like” setting with dance music and glowing lights.  When the lights go down and the disco ball lights come on, then you KNOW it’s a party!  It was pretty awesome and can’t wait to do it again in the future now that this one was a success.  It was great to celebrate with our closest friends and siblings and to have everyone together in one place to ring in the New Year and help me celebrate the big 3-0.  Maybe turning 30 isn’t so bad after all!

Glow light and cups at our New Year's Eve party

Glow cups at our New Year’s Eve party

Glow light and cups at our New Year's Eve party

Glow light, cups, & dessert table at our New Year’s Eve party

Glow light and cups at our New Year's Eve party

Me with some of my besties: Jenn, Lauren and Liz

Glow lights and cups at our New Year's Eve party and my 30th birthday party

The coolest room: the basement!

The glowing yellow champagne glasses at our New Year's Eve party

The glowing yellow champagne glasses for midnight

I made these pancakes a few weeks ago.  Mr. Wishes and I don’t normally eat breakfast but we were both home on a Saturday with no real plans at all so I decided to make a special homemade breakfast for the first time in an embarrassingly long amount of time.  The pancakes turned out very fluffy, tender, and had the perfect amount of chunky banana in them.  If you’re feeling like a little more excitement, throw in some chopped walnuts or mini chocolate chips!  These would be great for breakfast, brunch, or “brinner”!

Banana Pancakes.  Fluffy, light, full of banana chunks.


2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
4 Tablespoons melted butter, cooled & divided
2 cups milk
2 bananas, mashed to desired consistency
Maple syrup for topping


Heat a large skillet over medium heat (or use a griddle). Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl then make a well in the center. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, 2 Tablespoons melted butter, and milk. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients then whisk until just combined. Fold in bananas.

Brush pre-heated skillet with a bit of remaining melted butter, then pour a scant 1/4 cup batter to form each pancake. When bubbles appear all over the top of each pancake, flip then cook until golden brown. Remove to a plate and very loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter then serve with warm maple syrup.

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

19 Responses to “Banana Pancakes + Our New Year’s Eve Party”

  1. January 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM #

    Happy early birthday!!

  2. January 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

    Happy early birthday Ashley! Looks like a great party!

    The pancakes look great, too! My husband loves good pancakes AND bananas, so I’m going to bookmark this recipe for a special morning!

    • January 3, 2013 at 1:50 PM #

      Thanks for the happy birthday wishes, Marie!

  3. January 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

    Sounds like you’re going to be an amazing 30 year old-I wouldn’t fret :) Happy early birthday!!

    Also-I love these pancakes, they look super tasty and I love bananas!

    • January 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Kayle!

  4. January 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM #

    Happy Birthday!
    Anytime I hear about banana pancakes, I always think of the Jack Johnson song of the same title. What a wonderful way to start off the day!

    • January 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM #

      Same here, Rossi! Thanks for commenting and for the birthday wishes!

  5. January 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

    Happy birthday and happy new year! I love banana pancakes (also reminds me of the Jack Johnson song).

    • January 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

      Thanks so much Amy! Happy New Year to you, too!

  6. January 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

    Happy {early} Birthday, Ashley!! I love your glowing glasses for NYE – What a great idea! Mmm… banana pancakes with chocolate chips sound like a perfect Saturday morning breakfast :)

    • January 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM #

      My hubby came up with the idea for the glowing glasses! It was genius! :) Thanks for the birthday wishes :)

  7. Julie
    January 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM #

    Happy New Year and Happy early birthday! 30 isn’t that bad :)

    • January 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

      Thanks, Jules! It’s freaking me out!

  8. January 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM #

    happy early birthday!!!! (tomorrow!! woo!!) I love those glow cups! I’ve never seen anything like them before! Have a wonderful time celebrating Ashley!

  9. January 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM #

    What a really cool way to ring in the New Year and celebrate your birthday! Trust me, 30 isn’t bad. Someday you’ll look back on it fondly. ;) LOVE your basement remodel!

    • January 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM #

      Thanks, Carrie! 30 wasn’t as bad as I thought…so far :)


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