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No Egg Pancakes

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My enjoyment of the pancake started early on. I love them in every form with all sorts of toppings. This said I also like trying to make every kind out there. So the other week when I wanted a pancake but didn’t want to use an egg I thought I would try a substitute in them and this was the result. They were tasty and if you don’t go by looks they are a great pancake.

There are so many ways you can substitute an egg:

Applesauce

Mashed Banana

Ground Flax or Chia seeds ( one of my favorites)

Tofu

The list can go on but the one that I have never tried until now was,

1 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil mixed with 1 1/2 Tablespoon water and 1 Teaspoon baking powder.

If you don’t have an egg or maybe you don’t eat them you may want to try this basic easy pancake recipe.

Pancake:

1 1/2 Cup Flour

1 1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder ( when substituting for an egg use 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder)

Pinch of Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon of Sugar

1 1/14 Cup of Almond or Soy Milk

1/4 Cup of oil (when substituting for the egg add 1 1/2 Tablespoon)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract

1 egg or a substitute

1 1/2 Tablespoon of water  but only when using the egg substitute

In a bowl mix dry ingredients then add most ingredients stir together. I have found the better pancakes are the ones that are not over mixed. Pour desired amount onto hot pan or griddle. When pancake starts to bubble flip, finish cooking on other side. Place cooked pancake on plate top with your favorite toppings.

 

 

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When Hard Times Come

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I can’t believe January is over and February is here already. For me January usually feels like two months in one.  I long to start planting things and having longer days of warm sunshine. With the second month under way I was wondering if maybe this whole year would go by faster than others. I know we are still in the beginnings of the year and who knows what lays ahead.

Will it be good times or trials, perhaps a mixture of both but as the year progresses and we find out, I was reflecting on one of my favorite passages in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 43: 1&2

  1. But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
  2. When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

 

In these two verses I find such comfort. Many ask if there is a God that loves us why does bad stuff happen? Great question but in these verses it gives some of the answer.

I noticed first it points out who is with us and how He feels about us and who we are. Then it says WHEN  we go through hard times not IF, big difference. It means to me that yes hard times come, we live in a fallen world but because I have a God that loves me He calls me His own he will be with me every step of the way! How comforting to have my father with me in the hard times.

Just like when we have a loving parent, friend, partner who is with us so we can cry on their shoulder, we feel their love and can count on them to help us. With God its even better to cry on his shoulder knowing He will comfort us and give us strength to move on.

This year may be a breeze with no major problems or maybe it will seem it is nothing but hard times but I feel the comfort knowing that I have someone who will be with me always.

 

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Tofu Cacciatore

I needed to use up a block of my extra firm tofu and didn’t want to do much standing and staying in the kitchen kind of cooking. I also was hungry for something Italian. This might sound like a tall order especially when you need to go shopping but have been too busy.  So I decide to make todays recipe. It is easy and my meat-eating son enjoyed it.

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You can soak the tofu in a warm salt bath for 15 minutes if the tofu texture is a bit to  much for you, this helps it to be less of a curd type texture.

If you don’t want to soak it I would recommend wrapping the block or sliced tofu in a towel and setting something heavy on it for about 10-15 minutes.

 

 

1 Block extra firm or firm tofu

Marinara sauce ( I made my own but store-bought works great too)

1 Small Potato

1 Bell Pepper

1 Small Carrot

1 Small Onion

4-5 Garlic cloves diced

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Cheese

In a roasting pan or 9×9 square pan add a small amount of the marinara sauce, just enough to coat the bottom. Place drained tofu in the center. After cutting large bite sized portions of the potato, bell pepper, carrot, onion add them around the tofu sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic. Pour the rest of marinara sauce over tofu and veggies. If you would like sprinkle grated cheese over the tofu.

Bake covered at 350 for 35-40 minutes then remove cover and check to see if veggies are tender. Keep the cover off bake for about 10 more minutes just to brown the cheese.

Remove from oven, slice tofu and serve over cooked pasta.

This severs about 2 people with larger appetites

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Mi Recycle Blanket

I wrote a blog last April 5th when I first started my business “Mi Recycled Blanket” and thought I would bring it back today incase you did not read it and Spring is not to far away so perhaps when the spring cleaning bug strikes you may keep me in mind.

I hope you find it interesting and if anything maybe get you thinking on what can be done for those in our society that seem to be over looked.

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I think we have all heard of the company “TOMS”. They are a company that saw a need and did something. I always had great respect for this business concept. With this in mind I have been making blankets out of recycled material giving them away and enjoying helping keep others warm.
I see all the hurting and cold people who seem to be forgotten. My heart was compelled to do something, so I came up with this idea of taking old sweaters that will end up in a landfill or a thrift store and refurbishing them into blankets that are sold. I sell one and give one away every time.
Instead of having sweaters just sit in the closet or storage because you don’t know what to do with them. I take the sweaters of you or your loved ones, whether out grown, out used or perhaps even of loved ones that pass away.
I make a blanket for you to keep in place of the sweaters clogging up your closet or I take the donated sweaters to make a blanket to give away.
My prices are fair and I enjoy doing this for you. Keep in mind at the same time I make a blanket out of your sweater I make one out of sweaters that have been donated so I can give them away to someone in need.
I ask you to think when you do your spring cleaning. If you have sweaters that you would like to donate or would like to pay me to turn them into a blanket keep me in mind not only does this clear out the clutter but will help someone less fortunate than you.
“Mi Recycled Blanket” is the name of my new business and no it is not miss spelled but it’s named after my grandson Milo who helped inspired me.
My motto for this business
“Give unto them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for morning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness,”
Isaiah 61: 3a

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Poached Pears

I enjoy a nice simple desert and poached pears can be just that. Todays recipe comes from my mom who is a master in the kitchen. (Thanks Mom)

This recipe is not baked in the oven but cooked on the stove top for a faster dessert. The amount of each of these ingredients are up to you, just adjust per your taste.

Poached Pears:

2 Pears any kind will be fine.

Raspberries fresh or even frozen will do

Cinnamon, Nutmeg per your taste

Agave syrup or Honey

Butter (not margarine)

Wash Pears slice in half removing center, add cinnamon, nutmeg, sweetener, butter. Put in a skillet with small amount of water, cover. Cook for about 15 minutes then add raspberries cover once more, cooking for about 10 more minutes.

Remove from pan sit back enjoy a simply wonderful dessert.

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The Grand Finale

I have always enjoyed fireworks but loved the grand finale the best. Just knowing that the best is coming at the end, the anticipation of all the different fireworks put together for one last impressive show is the best part for me.

It doesn’t stop there for me the grand finale at the end of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can almost bring a tear to my eye.

Maybe for me the ending of things is the beginning of something new is also another reason for me to enjoy the grand finale, who knows.

I have been thinking a lot of endings and beginnings lately, maybe because of a new year or because of my career and business adventure who knows but as I pondered this a thought came to mind that I had never really thought of.

I have always loved being a girl, even at a young age I would state with such pride “girl power”. I never understood how some males thought females are second class. I can get on my soap box on that one and stay on it instead I will spare you.  I believe that we were created by God, that we are so special that each of us are unique but as I read Genesis 2 about creation I realized that us women were not created as an after thought or second but as the grand finale. He wrapped up his creation with women. How awesome is that!

Genesis 2:20-24 New International Version (NIV)
20) So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21) So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22) Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23) The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

In this world as women we can beat ourselves up and accept the thought we are second class but if we stop with the self-loathing, comparing…..on and on goes our list that bring doubt and not living our best lives.  Instead maybe when we start to go down the list of we aren’t enough we can stop and tell ourselves we are the grand finale so in that itself we are special and so loved by God that He chose to save the best for last.

 

 

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What’s in a Name

For the tail end of last week and part of this week I have been feeling grumpy and wanting to hold onto a grudge towards someone. They acted in a way that in the past led to such hurt that it brought back a lot of painful feelings. I then got mad at myself for even talking to them or being around them, I should have known but choose to throw caution to the wind and then wound up hurt and mad at them because of their actions then started to think bad about myself.

I held on to this exchange with someone who is just who they are. I expect that perhaps things with them could be different and when they are not I get mad at myself more than them because I should know better than to put my own expectations onto someone else, right?

That is the problem with expectations instead of just letting things be as they are.

I realize that I am only hurting myself holding on to a grudge but for these past few days I also had a who cares attitude that isn’t like myself, so this morning I had enough of my bad attitude. I prayed then on a piece of paper I wrote current at the top of one side and then release on the top of the other.  Below I wrote a current positive feeling then on the other underneath of release I attached a negative part of my past and its feelings. I then prayed on it, released it. I then went out side and burnt the paper.

I feel like a weight has been lifted!

But there’s more I came back in to do some of my Bible reading. It was on Genesis 19, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed. I thought I knew this story front and back. There’s even jokes about Lots wife being turned into salt but as I got done reading it I saw a correlation between my grudge of the past and releasing so I can have a great future. I must have had too much coffee with my devotions because I even went further to seeing more than just not looking at your past or you get nowhere.

I found that everyplace in the Bible a name means everything… Abram became Abraham Sarai had her name changed too I could go on. They believed in Gods promises they looked forward not back. I noticed that when someone in the Bile went forward God changed their name He stated who they are now and moving forward not who they were.

In Lots case Lot’s wife’s name is not mentioned but only her actions of what not to do.

Defining who we are keeps up looking ahead and able to let painful past go.

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Vegetable Curry Soup

With my love of all types of soup I am always looking or coming up with some kind of soup during these colder months.

Every place you look you can find a veggie curry soup but last week I made this soup adding my own twist. I am not sure if anything I did would make this a true curry soup but it worked so I thought I would share it today plus it is such a fast soup to make that it is great when in a hurry.

Vegetable Curry Soup:

2 1/2 cups of Veggie Stock

1 can (unsweetened) Coconut Milk

Small punch of Bok Choy cut up in bite size pieces even the tops but divided up.

2 Small Carrots cut in bite size pieces

1 Cup of Kale cut up in small pieces

Small Purple Onion (diced but save for a garnish)

4-5 Gloves of Garlic (diced)

Fresh Ginger Root (peeled and diced)

Red Curry Paste the amount is per your taste

Turmeric, Coriander and Curry Powder to taste

Olive Oil ( about 1 Tablespoon)

1/2 pack Japanese Style Soba Noodles

In a pot pour olive oil in then add diced garlic and ginger sautéing together for a few minutes. Next add red curry paste and you dry seasonings continue to sauté a minute or two longer, next add cut up carrots, white part of the boc choy that is cut up. You will want to sauté for a few minutes before adding your veggie stock and coconut milk. After adding the liquid simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until your veggies are almost done then add chopped kale and boc choy tops for a few more minutes they will cook fast so it wont take long.

While you have your soup cooking I cooked my Soba noodles per package directions.

With your soup and noodles done place desired amount of noodles in your bowl then add your soup, top with purple onions and sriracha sauce.

 

 

 

 

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New Years Resolution

I am enjoying the first parts of this new year but then again I always look forward to a new one. I look at each new year as having such possibilities especially when I just finished a painful year. I am not one to stay up to ring it in, in fact I never have been one to be able to do that but I do enjoy waking up in the morning knowing its a fresh new year.

I have my quiet time and reflect on the past year then pray over what I need to let go so I do not bring it with me to the new year and that’s about it, no new years resolution for me. I know they say its good to do but for me each new day I have a resolution.

The definition of resolution is “to resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.”

I choose to make a resolution daily for me it is not as overwhelming and because of that I will end up making life changes. If I choose daily to live a mindfulness life I will live simply and so much happier.  I saw a great pin on Pinterest that serves as a perfect reminder of this. I saved it, wrote it down and thought to share it incase you would like to as well.

I guess perhaps if you are one that loves the new year resolution then how about take each day as it comes to work on what you should work on so you will be a better person. To live a mindful way of life and see if you are happier this time next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Bake Energy Ball

I have been using my time and energy these last few weeks to enjoy my grandson who is on winter break. I haven’t written because I took time to enjoy being with him but I found that in doing this I was feeling a bit run down.

Todays recipe is because of this feeling, I remembered seeing energy recipe balls on a Young Living website and thought I should try them. In no time at all I found these easy to make and gave me the boost that I needed.

Please enjoy and try one or all three of the recipes, winter can bring sluggish feelings to us all but I have found these helpful and tasty.

Tangerine Burst Chocolate Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 14

Ingredients
32 pitted dates
½ cup quick oats
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut flour
12 drops Tangerine Vitality™ essential oil
Instructions
Process dates in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
Mix in oats, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and Tangerine Vitality essential oil. The mixture should form a firm dough.
Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll dough into bite-sized balls.
Roll balls in cocoa.
Store in an airtight container.
Fruit’n’Oats Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 14

Ingredients
32 apricots
1 cup wolfberries
½ cup oat flour
2 drops Grapefruit Vitality™ essential oil
¼ cup quick oats
Instructions
Process apricots in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
Chop wolfberries, add to the apricot mixture, and process.
Mix in oat flour, Grapefruit Vitality essential oil, and oats. The mixture should form a firm dough.
Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.
Store in an airtight container.
Lemon-Basil Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 minute
Yield: 14

Ingredients
32 pitted dates
½ cup dried strawberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup quick oats
1 drop Basil Vitality™ essential oil
4 drops Lemon Vitality™ essential oil
Instructions
Process dates and strawberries in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
Mix in chia seeds, oats, and Vitality oils. The mixture should form a firm dough.
Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.
Store in an airtight container.