Monday, January 28, 2013

Morning Musings

Good Morning!

I was sitting eating my oatmeal thinking about how long it had been since I posted.

We had one of my most favorite breakfasts.  It's not so glamorous in that it's 'just oatmeal;' oatmeal is served frequently in this house!

But today was different. Blueberry oatmeal with real, heavy whipping cream and almonds. Oh my.  The richness of the cream in the oatmeal is decadent.  It is one of my most favorite things.


Some other things to ponder this morning.

  • John really likes oatmeal, especially if you let him eat it himself.
  • Sam has been eating double or triple what he usually eats.  Last night he had THIRDS. This coming from the kid we used to have to wait an hour or more for him to eat even two tablespoons of food. 
  • It's 8:25am and Sam is still asleep! 
  • It's snowing.  :-) 

Have a great snowy day! 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Coconut Flour Pancakes

I whipped up these coconut flour pancakes the other morning for breakfast for John.  I was making pancakes for everyone else, and I felt badly for John because he did not have any finger food for breakfast.  He likes to eat with his own cute little chubby fingers these days.  :-)

The batch I made was very small, because I didn't want to use many eggs and also I knew I was just going to make a bunch a of cute small pancakes anyway.

I think they turned out really nice-- they didn't have that gritty texture that coconut flour can have if you don't use it right. I haven't been successful before 'flying by the seat of my pants' with coconut flour, so I was quite pleased with how these turned out.

John liked them a whole lot too, because he got to eat them with his own cute chubby little fingers. :-)

Coconut Flour Pancakes

2 TBS coconut flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp powder
sprinkle salt
sprinkle cinnamon
dash vanilla
1/4 cup water
2 TBS applesauce
1 tsp maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together. This batter is really thick. That is okay. I spooned one TBS into little pancakes and cooked them til they were quite browned on each side.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well, it is so late in the new year to be finally posting that!

Why have I been away all this time?  Well, I was busy busy busy sewing up some cool Christmas presents.  :-) Which I will share with you another day, because I don't have the pictures right now!

Remember the last post I made (long ago...) about my new favorite blog?  Well the very next day I found my really new favorite blog.  It's called Cooking Traditional Food.  And I'm in love with it.  Kerry has put together some amazing recipes using ingredients that I use, and has even inspired me to start sprouting wheat again and even start trying to sprout beans!  (no success on that front yet...)

Okay, well the best part of it all is that Kerry offers a menu mailer-- a weekly or monthly mailer with a menu, the recipes, a shopping list for all the ingredients you need that week, and a daily guide for notes to write about what you need to do each day. I was really excited about this, because I was struggling so much for the last few months with figuring out what to eat each day, scrambling to make it, just buying whatever at the store and then making meals out of it later,...

I joined her email list just so I could get two free ones (a 'budget" one that's only three dinners per week and centers on less meat, and a "classic" one that provides five dinners per week and meat as the main course more often).  I used those two mailers to generate a meal plan for the last week and a half before Christmas. That week and a half was so nice!  I knew each day what I was going to cook and I could start it early enough to have dinner at a somewhat reasonable time.  :-) Hooray.

Guess what?!!??

Chris gave me a year subscription to the budget menu mailer for Christmas.  I was/am SO happy!  I have only been using it for a week now, but this week has been so stress free (on the food front-- NOT so much on the children puking front).  I printed out the mailer (the budget one comes once a month) and I put it in a binder to keep in the kitchen/dining room so that I can reference what's for dinner and the recipes easily.  I have been reviewing it each night before I go to bed so I am prepared for what's ahead the next day!  It's been great.  THANKS CHRIS YOU ARE THE BEST!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I will be posting more soon.  I have to tell you how my couch recovering project went, tell you about my Christmas sewing project, some coconut flour pancakes I came up with for John, the pickles fermenting on my counter, and a whole bunch of other stuff I took pics of long ago and never told you about.

Love, Janet.