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Who is this 'Iron Belle'?
Move over Aunt Jemima
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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
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Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to ‘torture’ people. The CIA wasn’t hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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Feb. 9, 2012 12:01 a.m.



Saturday mornings are all about going out for breakfast (at Jim’s or the South Wedge Diner) in between my runs to the market and grocery store. I call this my “hunter-gatherer” time. With a full refrigerator on Sunday, it’s all about stay-at-home breakfast. The possibilities are endless, from homemade waffles, quiche and strata, to my all-time favorite, buttermilk pancakes.

After my chicken fingers last week, I had some buttermilk to use up, as well as some blueberries that were on their last leg. This recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes comes from the Better Homes and Garden’s New Cook Book. The cover claims it’s been “America’s #1 Cookbook Since 1930”, and I believe it.

Here’s what you’ll need for 12 standard-sized pancakes:



  • 1 ¾ cup of flour


  • 2 tablespoons of sugar


  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder


  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 1 egg


  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk or sour milk (I added more to mine because I like thinner pancakes)


  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil


  • Blueberries, chocolate chips or desired topping


  • Maple syrup




In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, use a fork to combine the egg, buttermilk and oil. Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.

You can use a stovetop griddle or an electric griddle for best results. You need to get the griddle to about 375 degrees, according to Aunt Jemima. I usually go with a medium to high heat and let the pan warm up for a good two minutes. Grease the griddle with butter. Pour your batter onto the griddle, add blueberries or chocolate chips, and wait until the pancake begins to bubble before you flip them. This is the key to getting a nice uniform golden brown pancake. You can observe the technique demonstrated about 42 seconds into this video.

At this point in the recipe, it’s time to say move over Aunt Jemima. If you’re going to make the pancakes homemade, in my opinion, you’re just defeating the purpose by topping them with regular syrup, so shell out the extra cash for real maple syrup. You won’t be disappointed.

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