I'm so pumped to say that in two hours Lang and I will be boarding a plane to South Africa!
We'll be venturing there two weeks. I can't wait to show you all our adventures!
Stay warm my friends!
My first real gluten free success!!
Gluten free baking is tricky business. I've found success in tarts, oatmeal cookies and creating meals absence of gluten, but have had yet to create a faux version of anything gluten obvious--like, say pancakes!
Just to be clear, I am definitely not gluten free (phew!). I have found however, that by cutting back on gluten, my skin complexion has cleared up and I tend to generally have more energy. Aside from those perks, it's fun to test out other flours--especially coconut flour. It has double the amount of fiber and protein as found in wheat bran and much more than your regular all purpose flour. I'm super excited about these pancakes because they are packed full of great nutrients and they taste really good--something that can be quite a feat in gluten free baking. Even Lang loves these--and guys, that is a strong recommendation :)
So here is the recipe. They're kind of crepe-like and so serve them like how you would crepes! We've done the classic butter and maple syrup, yogurt and honey, and plain. They would also taste great with peanut butter, applesauce, or heck, chocolate sauce. Do what feels right!
Coconut Flour Pancakes
-recipe slightly modified from nutrition stripped-
**Now, it can be a bit tricky to figure out what temperature works best on your stovetop and how to flip. I found that I have to turn my stovetop down quite a bit and have them cook longer. It takes a little bit of trial and error. Make little pancakes as testers to help save the batter :)
Serves: 2-3 people
1 1/3 cup almond milk (or any other milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 egg whites (or substitute for 3 eggs--equaling 5 total)
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut flour
4 tablespoons ground flaxseed (meal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp baking powder
1. In a blender, blend up the first six ingredients (milk, vanilla, banana, eggs, egg whites, honey/syrup)
2. In a small bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together (flour, flaxseed, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg)
3. Add the dry ingredients (from step 2) into the blender and blend until just combined. The consistency should have a medium thickness.
4. Heat up a skillet or griddle to medium/medium-low heat and lightly grease with coconut oil or butter. Once it's warmed up, try a couple of small tester pancakes. This part can be tricky and I only had luck flipping these when I used a metal spatula.
Using a 1/4 cup scoop, pour batter evenly onto your skillet. Once the middle bubbles and doesn't close back up right away, give those babies a flip. It took a bit of lowering temperatures and waiting longer for the pancakes to cook in order for me to get a good flip and good color on my pancakes. This will all vary on how your stovetop. My word of advice--don't flip too soon!
6. Serve them with whatever toppings you fancy and enjoy! They're also great cold or reheated. Enjoy!
What toppings do you like best on your pancakes? Do you have any coconut flour recipe staples? Please share!
-- the reasons I love Super Bowl Sunday--
my husbands happiness.
Here's how it goes...
We invite the folk,
I make the foods,
Lang gets super pumped and does his inevitable "stretches,"
we watch, boo, laugh and munch--
and then a short 4 hours later,
we begin the march madness countdown.
Here's some of our favorite game time recipes.
Definitely not the classiest, healthiest, or all-natural recipes,
but there's grace for all you foodies out there!
All have been tasted and received our stamp of approval--
SUPER BOWL FOODIE ROUND-UP
Smitten Kitchen's Beef Chili
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Pesto Pizza with Butternut Squash
Red Pepper, Red Onion, + Goat Cheese pizza
**I always use this dough recipe but substitute whole wheat flour for half the AP flour
CHIPS, DIPS, + SMALL BITES
(don't forget the chips!)
Ethereally smooth hummus
Restaurant Style Salsa
Avocado Feta Salsa
Wrapped Bacon Parmesan Bites
Sausage cheese balls - always a hit! **I use the trader joe baking mix rather than bisquick
Spinach cheese balls - same note as above :)
Salty, Pretzel, Vanilla, Carmel Corn
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thick, Chewy, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Dipped PB Pretzel Crisp Sandwiches
Tis the season for productive hibernation
I'm not really the one to make a lot of resolutions, but I am a lover of goals. I've always been this way. I love setting them, coming up with benchmarks, developing plans and means to get there, and then reaching them or better yet surpassing them.
Over the last couple of months however, I've really been pressed to search my heart for its motivations and desires. I came to realize that part of my love of goals comes from an unhealthy love of control. And needless to say, this isn't a pure motivation.
I noticed this specifically in my motivations to run and work out. I didn't start running seriously until the fall of 2012. Lang and I had just gotten married and my dad was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Running felt like one of the only ways I could free my mind. And after his bones began breaking from the cancer, I felt even more inspired to run. I was so overwhelmed with gratefulness for a healthy and able body. It's such an incredible gift! This truth was so real to me during this time and so every morning, I would hop out of bed before dawn and hit the streets of Louisville.
Over time however, this rush began to fade and running and working out began to feel like a chore. I stopped for a while, then started again out of guilt and desiring physical changes--my mind getting stuck on numbers and sizes and fear of losing what endurance I had gained. I read this great article from Darling, Breaking Up With My Ideal Self, along with another book more recently, Crazy Busy, and starting seeing some of my unhealthy motivations.
So I began asking myself questions--checking the intentions of my heart. When asking myself why it was that I wanted to work out that day, the answer was most often one of the following:
-- I ate way too much yesterday. I need to go for a run today. (guilt)
-- I want to enjoy myself tonight. I'll feel better if I work out before (control)
-- If I don't get my work out in each morning, it messes my whole day up. (perfectionism + control)
-- I want to get back to my "ideal" weight and fitness level (perfectionism, proving myself/pride)
It's really insightful and convicting when you simply ask yourself "why?". Whether it's in regards to exercising, spending money, spending your time, or even posting something to facebook or instagram, searching your heart for its motivations is incredibly revealing of the fears your operating on or what the source of your worship is. In this day of age (I hate that I just said that), we live in such a public arena and it's so easy to find yourself living to appease the world and it's ideals--trying and create and/or project the best version of yourself. Those worldly ideals aren't truths and those motivations won't sustain you.
I'll close with this. In the fall of 2011, I spent a weekend in NYC. We stayed with this incredible family of two boys and a baby girl. One morning, the younger boy was throwing a fit because he wanted the toy that his older brother was playing with. His mother simply asked him, "Son, do you have a thankful heart or a coveting heart?" He lowered his head and softly replied, "a coveting heart," and waited his turn to play with the toy.
If a three year old can recognize the state of his heart, I surely hope that I can as well. We are blessed beyond measure and have been given abundant life! My resolution for 2014 is to live out of a thankful heart rather than a coveting heart; that my motivations come from the desire to care what what I've been given and to live life to the fullest.
happy 2014 folks!
I'm still not sure whatever happened to 2007, but I'm happy 2014 is here. It's a year that I've had posted in my brain and on bulletin boards for the past four years. My first class of Algebra wizards will be graduating this spring! It's wild. It makes me so happy, so bewildered and tearfully proud.
Lang and I have hit the ground running this 2014. We're currently rebuilding our photography blog and curio quilt--so thankful for our techie friends--as well as rebuilding our bodies. Lang and I have vowed to do T25 five days a week until South Africa and schedules have permitted us to get back into cooking with whole foods. It feels so wonderful to get back on track. And lastly, we're also rebuilding our home. Floors are being refinished, along with 100 year old bathtubs, and the high-hoped removal of a six layered linoleum floor. HELP.
And yet in the midst of "getting things done," Lang and I have managed to keep our slow mornings slow. Reflecting on last year and searching my heart for desires of the next has left me overwhelmed with thanksgiving--thankful for the gift of life, my sweet husband, community and the Lord's provision --- lean not on your own understanding... ----
note: I'm also thankful for chorizo, black bean cakes and runny eggs :)
I'll be back soon-- lots of exciting posts on the docket!!
stay warm, friends :)
here's my excuse:
during the months of november and december, if I have free time, it is spent doing the following:
- thinking up new ways to use almond bark
- searching for the perfect Christmas sweater
- binge watching Scandal with Lang (oh. my. goodness).
But a lot has happened. For starters, I got bangs. This was a big deal to my regretful inner 6th grader.
It also snowed and stayed for three days :)
Here's all the in between.