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Whole Wheat, Light and Fluffy Pancakes and Some X-Mas Cards

This whole weekend, I’ve been getting over the flu. I spent it catching up on some TV and some movies and sleeping. I was absolutely dying. I hate being sick. And I’ve still got the sniffles.

Anyways, I am on a mission to start using up some of the baking, pasta and canned goods in my house. I never really realized how much of it I have until I’ve started to attempt to put a dent in it. It’s madness. I could honestly eat for weeks just based upon my non-perishable items.

For breakfast, I decided to make some Whole Wheat Pancakes that turned out to be really light and fluffy. They were extremely good, and not as dense as I normally picture those whole wheat items.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 2 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour 5 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 Cup Ground Flaxseed 1 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 2 Eggs

Directions:

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

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2. Soften and cut up the butter. Add it to the mix using a fork and mix it in until the batter is a sand like texture. Then mix in the almond milk and eggs.

3. Heat up the skillet to a medium heat and add your batter. When the batter bubbles, flip the pancake over.

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For the last few pancakes, I added some chocolate chips just to spice things up a bit. It made me wish they were all smothered in chocolate chips.

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I like adding things like the flaxseed to the pancakes because it adds a bit more protein to the pancake. Something that you never really see in a pancake unless you add some protein powder.

For the topping, I took some frozen blueberries and some frozen blackberries and heated them up. Then mashed them a bit to get the juices out.

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I love these berry toppings and this was one of my favorites. I don’t end up using NEARLy as much syrup as if I were just depending on the syrup. I usually just sprinkle it over the berries and that does it.

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YUMMO.

Last night I started to put a little tiny dent in christmas wrapping and my X-Mas cards. I wasn’t really in a crazy creative mood, so I think they turned out a little less stellar than I wanted them to…but they will do.

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But they are going to work for now. I can already tell, that even though I don’t have too much on the books for this week, it’s going to be killer.

Happy Monday!

Paleo Oatmeal and an Interval Workout

This morning I woke up and ran off to the gym to do my 3 mile run as scheduled. Upon walking through the kitchen, I noticed my bananas had literally peeled themselves. Bananas for breakfast it is!

Haha! How funny is that?! I laughed out loud when I saw that. Before I gave into my bananas, I went off to the gym.

Per the usual, I hate running on treadmills for a long period of time, I came up with another interval workout. This time, with distance and speed as opposed to a timed workout. So here’s what happened this morning:

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump off a time or two towards the end for a real quick breather. This run really had me going, and I am still recovering from it.

And then, we were back to the self peeling bananas. I was trying to come up with a unique way to cook up these bananas, because clearly, these were not normal bananas. I found a recipe on several blogs for Paleo Oatmeal, which is really an oatmeal without the oats! Say what? I ended up choosing this recipe from OnaPinkTypewriter.com. The recipe was changed up just a bit from what she originally did, but follows the same guidelines.

Looks just like real oatmeal doesn’t it?!

Ingredients:

2 Eggs 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseeds 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Banana, mashed 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together the eggs, and almond milk in a small bowl. Then stir in the banana, flaxseed, vanilla and cinnamon. Make sure the banana is smooth in the mixture.

2. In a small saucepan, heat up the mixture for about five minutes until you get the texture that you prefer. Just make sure you don’t leave it too liquid because there are eggs in there!

And Finito! Just put it into a bowl and top it off with anything that you like. I added more banana, because I had two self peeling bananas! and some more cinnamon. I could definitely see sliced almonds working well in this as well.

The texture is a bit different than anything else. It’s very fluffy. Add some granola or anything else crunchy if the texture gets to you a bit.

For lunch, I made some pasta because I was again, starving! SImple, Easy, Delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Serving Whole Wheat Penne 1/4 Cup Tomato
3 Chopped Basil Leaves 1/4 Cup Red Pepper
Tablespoon Fresh Paremsan Cheese 2 Tablespoon Catalina Dressing
2 Tablespoon Fresh Chives

No directions needed, just cook up the pasta and throw the rest on top! So easy! It was really light and filling at the same time. Just to give you an idea of HOW MANY VEGGIES I PUT IN THIS THING…

OH yea, I went nuts.

Brent had asked me to bring him by some lunch as well. But he didn’t want any of this “healthy” stuff. He wanted something SPICY! So I made him a quick, spicy pasta.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Garlic and Onion Ragu 2 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
1/4 Cup Jalapenos 1/4 Cup Fontina Cheese

Really, nothing crazy at all, but much healthier than the Mac N Cheese covered in hot sauce that he wanted! Just adding the hot sauce to something that was already fully flavored and could handle a little spice made this pasta just that much better. Don’t be afraid to take those pre-made pasta sauces and turn them into something unique. Think of them as a starting point instead of the main attraction.

What are some other ways that you can dress up pasta quickly and easily?

Crunchy Granola and Taylor Swift

Today I woke up and met Brent for a quick Starbucks run with the puppies before he had to run off to work. The day really started off absolutely amazing. It was so relaxing to just sit out and people watch for a while sipping on an Iced Americana. Brent went off to work and I headed home thinking I was going to grab a book and head out to the park in Winter Park and just read a book and get some puppy training in for Oreo. Well, just as I walked in the door my sister shot me this picture,

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YES!!!! Taylor Swift and my sisters! Standing in a picture….together! Not exactly what I was expecting when the morning started…My sisters had gone to church this morning and spotted her with her new beau, one of the Kennedy’s, and asked her for a picture. Absolutely jealous.

After I got over the excitement (I literally felt like I somehow was there and got all nervous and excited) I grabbed my book and headed out to the park to read for a while. I found a bench around the fountain and parked myself there thinking a few people might walk by that could help Oreo get over her fear of people.

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Oreo was doing fairly good. Children were running past and she’d bark every once in a while. Then, a little three year old boy came by with his father and grandfather and sat on a bench across the fountain from us. As soon as he noticed the Oreo he came running over just to be greeted by Oreo lunging from under the bench right at the boy barking like mad. The poor thing turned right around and ran right back to his father. Munched another french fry and decided to give it another try. This time he walked over tentatively and sat on the bench next to me. He would chat with me, finish his fry, and run back to get another one, then plop back onto the bench next to me.

Oreo got used to the little boy and ended up wanting to play with him. THEN, she noticed his french fry. He obviously didn’t want to give it up so Oreo decided to go on a barking rampage at the poor thing. Naughty. A florida afternoon storm rolled in and we went back to the house.

With the rain beaming down, I decided to make something! Obviously. I have been wanting to make my own granola for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to doing it. I had been told by a man at the local farmer’s market that once you make your own granola, you will never go back to the store bought stuff. FACT. I will never buy store bought granola ever again. This was just so much better. So this is how I ended up making my granola:

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Ingredients:

5 Cups Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans

1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 Cup Flaxseed Meal

3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 3/4 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup Agave Nectar 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, all the nuts, flaxseed, seeds, salt and cinnamon.

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2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and Agave Nectar until it is a thick consistency.

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3. Now pour the liquid mixture to the dry mix.

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4. Take 2 cookie sheets that have edges to them, and spread out the oat mix among the two. You want to have a thin layer coating the pan.

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5. Cook the granola in the oven for 20 minutes. Take the pan out and flip the granola. You want to move the oats that are on the outside of the pan to the inside and visa versa. Then put the pan back in the oven for another ten minutes.

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The granola should look a golden brown throughout. Once the granola cools you will get the crunchy texture that you would expect. The batch that I just made came out amazing! I don’t think I will ever buy granola again. It takes not time to make and you can play with the flavors as much as you want.

Add your dried fruit to it once it has completely cooled. Options:

Fruit: Raisins, cranberries, cherries, currants, figs, pineapple, figs, apricots…and the list goes on.

I know the list of ingredients looks a bit longer than normal, but if you don’t have something there is no need to go out an buy it. Substitute it for something else. I made a short little list of some substitutes for ingredients to play with:

Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios

Seeds: Sunflower Seeds, Pepitas

Flaxseed: Wheat Germ

Sweetener: Agave Nectar, Honey, Molasses

Mix the recipe up to be whatever you like. Granola is great for that. I am just bottling up the granola as is and not adding any fruits because I am planning on adding in the dried fruit when I prepare the actual meal. That way I can mix up the fruit as I go as well!

Give this one a try if you like granola. It makes enough that you won’t have to make it very often and it keeps really well. It will also end up costing you less that buying the store bought granola. I’m sold.

You want to store this in something air tight. I am using a glass jar because I store everything in glass jars. I find that they have a cleaner look and make the foods on the inside look more appetizing. They are also extremely air tight so foods stay fresher longer.

For a print friendly copy, click here…Printable Recipe

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Enjoy your granola! And let me know what combos you come up with!

Happy Eating!