Saturday, March 25, 2017

Oatmeal & Almond Flour Pancakes with Maple Syrup Yogurt and Strawberries

Birthday pancakes for the birthday boy!  I made these a few weekends ago for Calum's 1st birthday weekend.  I usually use this Oatmeal Pancake recipe but after making these cookies with almond flour / almond meal / ground almonds, I'm a convert.

These pancakes are healthy, light, spongy and delicious.  Especially with some yogurt mixed with maple syrup and fresh strawberries, yum!

"Beep! Beep!  Coming through - I've got pancakes to eat!!"


I now grind oatmeal before making pancakes since if I don't wait long enough and leave the oats whole, they are kind of raw and not easy to eat.  The wheat germ was an after thought.  I added a few tablespoons, but you don't have to.

The batter is a little runny when you first mix it.  Let it sit for 15 minutes or so to let the oatmeal absorb some liquid and firm up to make a better batter consistency.

I didn't feel like I should give Calum straight maple syrup so adding yogurt gave the syrup a healthier spin...

Oatmeal & Almond Flour Pancakes

1 cup oats
1 1/2 c almond meal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 - 2 tbsp wheat germ (optional)
1/4 melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cup almond milk
2 eggs, whisked


Grind your oats and then mix with all dry ingredients.  Melt the coconut oil and let cool slightly, then ad to dry ingredients.  Next add your milk (regular milk is fine too).  And if the batter is cool enough so far add your eggs and mix it up!  Let the batter sit for 15 minutes to thicken.

When you're ready to start cooking, heat a skillet and melt some butter on it before pouring about 1/3 cup of batter on.  Once the pancake is bubbly, flip and let cook the rest of the way (a few minutes).  Serve hot with maple syrup mixed in plain yogurt and fresh strawberries like we did - or keep it simple and stick with warm maple syrup and hopefully more butter.

I hope you like these as much as we did!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women's March {Ann Arbor}

It has been about two months since the Women's March but here I am, finally posting our photos from the day.

I debated going all week, since I had a massage scheduled with a woman that takes a month to get an appointment with -- she's seriously THE BEST.  But the ridiculousness of my dilemma got the best of me.  A massage?  Charlie, come on.  Get over yourself.  My desire to participate, and perhaps some guilt, made me finally, with about 48 hours until the march, commit to going.

Like many, this past election cycle was the beginning of an interest in politics for me.  The main reasons I didn't get involved or talk about politics in the past is because (1) there was so much I didn't understand that I felt too overwhelmed to learn since I was figuring my own life out, I didn't have time; (2) my participation didn't feel like it would make a difference, so why bother, and (3) I was sure the politicians know the right thing to do, they are more informed than I could hope to be, and I'm sure they will do a good job, right? ....Right?

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA!  How wrong was I?  Now that I've taken the time to learn the things that have plagued me for years....Khan Academy, American Civics, for the win (click here if you have no idea what Khan Academy is!)....I feel compelled to participate.  Also, when I realize that I don't know something about something I'm interested in, I'll try to do some reading to get up to speed, or at least learn enough to be able to have a discussion with someone else.  Educating myself has been key to conversing about issues that are important to me because trying to make a point based on my feelings won't get me (or anyone) very far.

My point of writing this post is for two reasons.  I wanted to share my photos from the Women's March because the signs were outstanding, the colors and the day was beautiful, I'm still kind of amped up from going and, finally, more importantly, if you haven't been very interested in politics in the past, I hope you get involved now too.  Speak up.  Form your opinions, do your research, talk about issues that are important to you, be willing to talk about issues that are important to others, be heard.  It is our duty.

Sure, I still feel somewhat insignificant but I hold on to the principle that the whole is more than the some of its parts.  Obviously, if everyone does their part to be involved, it can make a difference.  

Enough of my lecturing, though.  Here are some colorful photos for you to enjoy!

^^ In other news, I got a selfie stick for Christmas and I am terrible at it, but I like it anyway :)

I like the summary sign on the left.  Difficult to read but it has the golden rule all over it:  Women's rights are human rights, Science is Real, Black Lives Matter, Love is Love, Diversity is celebrated.  Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

One of my favorite messages:  my body, my choice.  I'm not sure I can understand an argument otherwise.