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Blogging Mentors (Recipe – Chocolate Cocoa Pancakes)

My Grandma Sumner was an extremely charitable woman. Even though she had a pretty tough life, her attitude was one of positiveness and looking forward instead of behind. Her house always had bowls of dog and cat food outside for any stray animals that came around. She had numerous people in her neighborhood who considered her a surrogate mom. Even in her late 80’s, she would walk up to the senior citizen center to “take care of the old people.” She was quite poor when it came to money, but extremely rich in love, kindness and friendship. She has always been an inspiration to me, and her example of helping others instead of competing with others has always stayed with me.

It is this attitude of mentoring and helping others to succeed that brought about Adopt-a-Blogger in the first place. I never have understood those people who would run over people to get to the top. I guess I am just not that competitive. I have found that building a firm foundation and helping others along the way is the best way to achieve what you want to achieve. If you have knowledge, share it. If you have strengths, share it. If you have a way to help others, do it.

I am so excited to announce that Adopt-a-Blogger #4 has been our biggest Adopt-a-Blogger yet with almost 140 participants! We still have a small handful of bloggers who would love to be adopted. If you are an experienced blogger and missed out on signing up, please let me know so I can find the rest of the bloggers adoptive homes!

If you had signed up, please check out the spreadsheet with the matches, and please contact your match ASAP. The adopt-a-blogger guidelines are very loose for a reason. Build your relationship, find out how you can help each other, and work together to have a successful partnership. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Please remember to let me know of any posts you make about your adopt a blogger relationships. I’ll do my best to link back from Dine & Dish!

If you want to use a badge to promote Adopt-a-Blogger on your blog, please feel free to take this one. If you need the html code, just let me know.

Thank you again for participating! For those of you here for a recipe, these Chocolate Cocoa Pancakes are sure to tempt your tastebuds. Using Scharffen Berger cocoa (a company that is well known for being extremely supportive of food bloggers and the food blogger community), these pancakes were rich, delicious and almost too dessert like for breakfast!

Chocolate Cocoa Pancakes (adapted from Recipezaar)

14 min | 10 min prep

10 pancakes

  1. In a small bowl, combine milk, egg, vanilla and butter; whisk until blended.
  2. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt; mix well.
  3. Add milk mixture; whisk just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. (Batter will be slightly lumpy.) Heat griddle over medium heat until hot.
  5. For each pancake, pour scant 1/4 cup batter into griddle.
  6. Cook 1-2 minutes or until batter is set around edges.
  7. Carefully turn over pancake; cook 1-2 minutes or until pancakes are cooked through.
  8. Repeat with remaining batter.
  9. Sprinkle pancakes with powdered sugar; serve warm with desired toppings.

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  1. YES! I have been waiting (not very patiently) for this recipe since you posted the picture on Flickr. And of course, YAY for Adopt a Blogger #4. So happy to participate, and I feel like I’ve graduated since I’m a mentor this time around. :)

  2. These look GOOD! I’m really happy to be a part of Adopt-a-Blogger #4 and I can’t wait to connect with my partner.

  3. Umm, yes please! I love the pancakes, but I especially love your inspiration for starting Adopt-a-blogger! :) You’re seriously awesomelicious!
    .-= kamran siddiqi´s last blog ..yet another new look =-.

  4. Thanks for doing this! I signed up to be a newbie and was listed as a veteran. I definitely want to participate, but I’m pretty sure I’m not quite qualified (or confidant enough!) to be a mentor. I just started blogging last fall.
    .-= Dianna´s last blog ..I made a pie… =-.

  5. Yum! I love Scharffen Berger cocoa. We love pancakes around here, but haven’t tried chocolate ones. I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind!
    .-= Di´s last blog ..Sunny day…sweepin’ the clouds away… =-.

  6. Has Scharffen Berger changed since Hershey’s closed down the Berkeley plant?

    My adoptee has replied to my initial contact, so we’ll start working together. I’m anticipating it will be a good relationship for both our blogs!
    .-= Nate @ House of Annie´s last blog ..How to Make Dumpling Skins from Scratch =-.

  7. Oh am so glad for my mentor,Rachael from fuji mom…thanx a ton.

    I sure would love the html code for Adopt a blogger to put up in my side-i love the thoughts and ur grandmas nature behind adopt a blogger…thats really heart touching and feel so so good about it.

  8. Those pancakes look incredible. I knew nothing about Adopt a blogger – it is awesome!

  9. i can handle dessert for breakfast! thanks for sharing :)
    .-= dani´s last blog ..#71) Greek Shortbread =-.

  10. Your grandma sounds like a sweet, generous lady and it’s great of you to honor her spirit this way!

    ….. and those pancakes are too much!! perfect for a weekend breakfast — maybe for valentine’s day?
    .-= Bethany´s last blog ..Jen’s Fish-Flavored Pork =-.

  11. My husband doesn’t like pancakes but if I added cocoa to them, this could change things! Thank you for sharing!!
    .-= Mireya´s last blog ..french onion soup =-.

  12. Thanks so much for planning my adoption!
    .-= Jenny @ Newly Wed and Well Fed´s last blog ..New Wed and Well Fed has been Adopted! =-.

  13. What beautiful pancakes! I’ll definitely sign up for the next round of Adopt A Blogger!
    .-= sharon´s last blog ..Crispy Kale and Tofu Salad with Coconut =-.

  14. Gorgeous pancakes…really really nice!
    I’ve just blogged about my adoptee Kirsten. Thank you for having me on. I’m really enjoying this.
    .-= deeba´s last blog ..Mini Chocolate Cakes with Nutella, Mascarpone & Fresh Fruit … & I’ve adopted!! =-.

  15. The pancakes look delicious. I would make them this instant, if I wasn’t on a diet. Thank you for hosting this awesome event.. I’m really late, but I’m trying my luck here.. can I please be adopted?? I wanted to be ever since AAB 3, but I was a week late the last time, in beginning my blog!
    .-= Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)´s last blog ..Chocolate-Glazed Hazelnut Mousse Cake… My First Guest Post :D =-.

  16. I just passed this on to the Food Blogger discussion list that I run through Yahoo Groups. I had mentioned it there and several people asked for more details. I let them know that there were still some openings for veteran bloggers ;)

    Here’s the group if you are interested in joining as well, we’d love to have you! Your spirit would fit in perfectly :)
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The Best Meatloaf Recipe Ever =-.

  17. Oh, wow…. I have never liked pancakes, but chocolate (Scharffen Berger!)?!!! : )
    These have me salivating and willing to try pancakes again! : )

  18. How very exciting to be part of Adopt a blogger #4. Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you’ve put in.

    And the pancakes look fab too :)
    .-= shaz´s last blog ..EOWTTA = R is for Raspberries =-.

  19. Nothing better than chocolate for breakfast (IMHO)….
    If you still have some orphans – let me know. I’be be pleased to adopt!
    .-= katie´s last blog ..Beef and Broccoli Lasagne; What’s on Your Counter? and Weekly Menu =-.

  20. I haven’t heard from the blogger who adopted me yet, but I plan to contact her very soon! This adopting program is great! Thanks for starting it up!

    The pancakes look fantastic! I’m bookmarking this recipe pronto!


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