Sunday, Sunday….my favorite homemade pancake/waffle mix

It’s been a little bit of time, I feel like,  since my last post. I got busy with the 10 Day Kick Sugar Challenge I created. The group did so well. I am proud of everyone that was a part of it. I’ll be doing another one before the summer is over so stay tuned. The recipe I am sharing today is not for those on a sugar kick. Let me start by saying that. If you are looking for a mix without added extra sugar and chemicals and are looking to bring back the family table at breakfast, keep reading.  

Recently life got busy and slightly complicated but then, a sense of familiarity washed over our home. A quiet slowness that I have not felt for the last 3 years. It was absolutly delicious. My table is full again but at the same time my husband and I have for the first time in our lives, more quiet times. Sometimes the house is full of people and it reminds me of the days I shopped at Sam’s Club and was able to grill something for a group of teens in a flash and then we would have a firepit.  But now that is peppered with an empty house and we look at each other , decide it’s date night , and off we go to enjoy this quite and spontanious time. After 26 years of marriage that started with us having kids within the first year, spontanious alone time was nothing we have ever had. I am enjoying it.

One thing I have missed was weekend waffles. I use to have this clunky old waffle maker. It did it’s job but, always without fail, no matter what we did, we had to toss the first waffles out. It drove me nuts. But once that was over, and I had the rhythm down we would be enjoying some of the best waffles ever. 

While I wont lie and say I don’t have a store bought pancake mix in the house. I do. I really prefer my own homemade pancake & waffle mix. There is many a reason as to why I stopped making my own mix. They are mostly excuses as you will see this is way to easy to make. Then the waffle iron finally kicked the applicance bucket. I washed up the canister that held my homemade mix and that was it for what feels like forever and a day since I made up that mix and made homemade waffles.

It so happened my son was home as I was using some locally picked strawberries to make jam. We sat laughing and talking and he shared how when he was smaller and I user to make jam (another thing I have not done in years)  he always hoped a few jars wouldn’t set. The reason being we would use the more liquid jam as strawberry sauce for ice cream and waffles.  Who knew that what I thought was huge mistake made my kids so happy.  We kept at making the jam and I said I hoped a few jars didn’t set too. Maybe I would make pancakes this coming weekend and we could use the “mistakes” on them. 

My birthday was a few days later and this same son, who is ever thoughtful and thinks with his tummy a lot. A quality I adore about him. Gave me a very nice waffle maker for my birthday. I have to say I am over the top happy with this gift as it is much nicer than my old one, stores easy and who knew these things came with  setting to brown the waffles or make them more crunchy.  Plus, I get to be in the kitchen cooking up things that not only make my family happy but make me happy seeing their smiles. Win, Win!!

  
So of course I got out my old family cookbook and made up some of my homemade pancake and waffle mix. 

Pancake & Waffle Mix

  • 10 cups of all purpose flour (I love to use half wheat and half white)
  • 7 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsps salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

In a large airtight container measure out all ingredients and then mix. I use to mix it with a whisk, put the lid on and then pass to one of my kids to shake up. 

To use the mix you will need the following:

  • 1 1/4 cups of mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Heat up your griddle or waffle maker first. Then mix all your ingredients together. Cook on a hot lightly oiled or buttered griddle or waffle maker. Makes about 8 to 10 pancakes or batches of waffles depending on size of your waffle maker.  I keep the waffles in the oven on the warm setting while I finish cooking the waffles if folks are not up up yet. 

  
I’d love to tell you that I had a couple of failed jars of jam. Sadly I didn’t. They all set perfectly. So I whipped up a quick sauce for the pancakes.  We had a house full of sleepover guests when I made these and so my husband and I decided to be spontanous and take our breakfast out on the deck to enjoy. It was good we did as when my youngest son got up he was covered in a very bad poison ivy rash and had a bug bite taht he was having an allergy reaction to it. So ended up our quiet momen and off to the doctors we went. You gotta love life and take the time together when you can.

  
Savor the moments!

Shelly
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Smoothies and the sensitive soul

photo 1I am facing the reality that I am a very sensitive soul. I said it today as I had my visit with my natropathic doctor. I sometimes feel like I was born in the wrong time. Like as in I was born to late. When I was able to stay home with my kids, homeschool and cook things from scratch, I felt grounded and happy despite a lot of choas going on around me. I felt strong in my life.  When that got turned upside down a couple of years ago I have felt lost. Like I am out in a storm holding on to a twig. Well I am starting to feel strong again but it’s been a journey with a lot of help and helpers along the way.

I can’t say my primary care doctor was much help beyond the fact he was the first one (and believe me I was doctor hopping) to get some blood work done. I had a friend tell me I was wishing for something to be wrong and that nothing was. Well her jaw dropped when I met up with her and told her I was prediabetic.  She asked for my numbers as if my doctor even got it wrong and then said “yeah…you are…wow”.  I admit to anyone who knows me it was a shock. I am not overweight or have any other thing that would have pointed that out.

I took six weeks between my primary care visits to health coach myself. Something I am shamefully admitting I was not doing. I was not doing any self-care. I would try but then would drop it to take care of others.  Now when my grandson went into the hospital something shifted. As I sat listening to my helpers/healers in my life tell me I need to take care of me I actually heard them and started to say no to things and started to try to take care of myself. One small step at a time.  What I was able to jump into was my food. I cleaned that up pretty quick.

My body is sensitive to changes and there have been a lot in the last few years. These changes have taken a toll on my health as I let go of things I use to do that were soothing for someone like myself.  I know I need extra care. I wish I could be like a weed in my garden and just bloom not matter what is going on around me but that is not really who I am. I’ve been  good at putting up a front that I am, but the truth is I am not. It was the self-care I practiced that got me through times that were tough.  I am more like a delicate flower that needs the right conditions to bloom. For a while I thought this was a fault, as if something was wrong with me. I am starting to see there is nothing wrong with being this way. It’s just who I am and embracing  it is ok. Saying “no” is ok. Taking more time to rest is ok. Trying to add in more creative time in my day is ok. Not working out like a crazy woman at the gym is ok. Needing warm scents as summer fades away and fall kicks in is fine. Ordering tea at a coffee shop is totally ok. These are the things I need to  soothe my soul.

All these things that somehow I thought were odd about myself are actually what I need. My body has been screaming for me to listen and I kept going on like I was super woman and I kept pushing myself when I needed to just rest. I ignored some pretty big red flags.

One part of my body that has always flared up as a result of stress and not taking time out for me is my liver. You tell this to your primary doctor and you get a weird look. My liver is getting an extra dose of work as I let my self-care go, got overly stressed and well its that time in my life when my hormones are wonky and it’s the liver that deals with that. You add that and my diet of not so great foods ( heavy on the carbs)  that I was using to “self medicate”  and you get a cocktail called prediabetes. So maybe my primary care doc wasn’t half wrong when he said stress was the issue. What I wasn’t getting is while  I can’t remove the stress from life without moving to the moon, the change that needed to happen was, I needed to  change how I a react to that stress and make sure to take extra care of myself when things get extra rough. I am learning how to do this each day.

I did some changing, returned to my doctor six weeks later and had changed my sugar numbers and reversed my prediabetes. Now he just looked at me and said it was stress and we will see where I am next year. Asked if I had any other issue to talk about and then shook my hand and said see you next year for your annual.  Yeah, ok thanks!

For months  before this, I woke up with extreme nausea. It was so bad at times I needed to lay still in bed and I wasn’t able to eat for hours. Not good when you have blood sugar issues. I tried a bunch of things but nothing worked. When you have to go to work and you need to eat a little protein it makes life hard. I can admit to crying in front of the fridge a few mornings and thinking I was going to waste away. Some mornings I just wished it would happen already and I could get the misery over with. Not a pretty site and it so wasn’t me. I am not like this. A huge red flag.

My juicer is still covered in dust and I miss using it like crazy. I don’t have the time in the wee hours of the morning to juice and clean up. I know it would be a great way to get nutrients in. So instead I turned to my good old blender and started making smoothies. At first I wanted to reach for protein powders. I had tried that last fall but felt sort of weird on them. The sugar levels are insane too. I had sold a product last year that was better but really all of those shakes and smoothies in a can are not worth it if you really look at the ingredients. Get back to eating whole foods is what I knew I needed.

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Yes you can do a protein shake out of whole foods in a matter of minutes and be full for hours. It’s easy.

First, select your base, in other words the liquid you’re going to use. I use unsweetened almond milk because I am get extra protein and  while I went dairy free for two years and can now tolerate dairy I don’t want to push it. You can use coconut milk or even coconut water if you’re looking for a dairy alternative. Keifer is a great idea because you get the benefit of protein and probiotics. Just watch the flavored ones and the sugar in them.

Second, choose your protein. Unsweetened greek yogurt, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nut butters, nuts or seeds are all great ideas. I love avocados in my smoothies.  You can also add vegetables like spinach for protein. Have fun with this.

Lastly, pick some flavors to sweeten if you like. You could stop with the above or you could add some frozen or fresh fruit. pomegranate seeds are a favorite of mine at the moment. Some mornings I like pumpkin in my smoothie and a little cinnamon. Did you know cinnamon is good for those with predietes or even diabetes? I just like warming flavors as the seasons change. I also love mango, cherries and bananas.  Some mornings I enjoy unsweetened carob chips as a special treat in my smoothies.

This liquid breakfast helps me and I have found I look forward to this more than I use to look forward to my morning cup of coffee.

So it’s time to accept more self care and self love. Time to drop the idea of keeping up with “them”.  Who ever they are they can run at top speed. I’ll stop when I get the chance and slowly sip my tea.  How are you going to add more self care into your life? Is your body calling out to you?

Blessings,

Shelly

 

My Grandson’s Courage

My daughter and Colton

My daughter and Colton

Today I am reaching out to you my readers, friends and family. I mentioned in my last post that my grandson had been in the hospital and had received a diagnosis that was not good. He had been in the hospital for nearly the whole month of August fighting off pneumonia which is hard for a baby usually but when that baby has SMA1 it is harder.

SMA1,( spinal muscular atrophy stage 1) is the most severe. It is a genetic disorder that slowly robs a child of their muscle strength until they are unable to do even things like eat or breathe on their own. There is more information the link I am going to share below.

 

My grandson, Colton , is an amazing little guy. He is smart, loves to be in the kitchen watching the busy work or out on walks looking at trees. We were so blessed that Yale Hospital has a healing garden in the cancer center we could take Colton for walks out on. He loved it. Now that he is home he loves his walks around the neighborhood. He smile, laughs and just brings joy to his mom and everyone around him.

My daughter is a single mom and due to the extensive stay in the hospital as well as his condition and the level of care he needs, she  had to take leave of her job. She’s a strong young woman who’s only concern is finding the best treatment and care for her son and making his life as joyful and loving as she can.

 

I knows times are hard right now. Believe me I know first hand. But if you could share the link, this page or even just pray , sending healing energy and love and light their way it would be most appreciated.

You can find all the information you need here: Colton’s Courage

Thank you.

Namaste,