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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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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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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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Clary Sage Oil

I have only heard a few things about  Clary Sage oil until the other day when I was reading my reference guide  for essential oils. I came across some very interesting and helpful things ( especially if you are a women )

First off Clary Sage (Salvia ) is in the mint family and has so many wide usages. Here are just some of the helpful things that this little essential oil can help you with.

-Apply directly to your skin to help prevent infections because it has antifungal and antiseptic qualities.

-Balances Hormones! Yes! It aides in PMS symptoms, hot flashes and premenopausal problems because of its soothing sedative qualities.

– Relieves stress,

– Improves skin, great for insect bites,

– Aids in digestion by increasing stomach acid

-Insomnia

-Improves in Circulation

The list can go on but I was so impressed by all the helpful things this little plant can do. I have always been amazed at what can be found in nature to help us.

This is great topically applied and safe for consumption by using 1 drop with 1 tsp of honey in a 4oz beverage but as always check with your doctor. I also wouldn’t recommend ingesting this if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid using on babies.

If you would like to know more you may email me or visit my web site, also if you would like to purchase this or any other essential oil please click on the link I have provided below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

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Small Vacuum

I wanted to share a good little vacuum from Amazon. If you are lacking space but in need of a bag less vacuum that works well even in spite of its size you should take a look at this great little Dirt Devil.

If this sounds like something you are looking for please click on the link below, I will also include a link for the filter you may want to get for when the one that it comes with needs changed.

Dirt Devil Vacuum $47.88

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The Filter for only $9.25

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Great Sheets at a Great Price!

I have found that few things come as welcoming as a nicely made bed. I might sound crazy and my mom will be proud but one way to this women’s heart is her bed. Give me soft clean sheets to sleep on and I am in heaven and if I can get a great deal on those sheets there is just no topping that one for me.

So when my daughter who was on the hunt for sheets came across a Four piece hypoallergenic microfiber sheet set for $14.90 (queen) I had to look.

I am not a big fan of the microfiber but I was won over.

If you would like to take a look and check out a little more about this great find just use the link I have provided.

Let me know what you think or if you have any great finds I would like to know.

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Mindfulness

I haven’t been one to do much advertising but I thought I would write on Tuesdays and Thursdays on some great finds.

I Read “Creating True Peace” at a time when my kids were teens and I just came out on the other side of divorce. This book was so easy to read. Thick Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk that writes with such easy  putting simple truths in a way that you understand and can remember them so in turn it helps in everyday life.

I bought the book from amazon years ago but thought to give a little shout out now because this  book gives an answer in our world of violence which seems to be out of control, it also helps when we feel helpless by giving us tools to apply so we may be better kinder people towards ourselves then it trickles down to others ending the violence once and for all.

Please take a look at your library or just go to the link provided below to purchase it.

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Quinoa Cucumber Salad

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If you are like me and are having a hard time eating lately due to the hot weather you should try todays recipe. It doesn’t take long plus not a lot of cooking is required so you can stay cool as well.

I had red quinoa, steak tomatoes and an American cucumber but you can add any kind of quinoa, tomatoes or cucumber that you prefer, the sky’s the limits. You may want to increase the amounts as well if you are making this for a large group.

1 Cup of cooled quinoa ( if you don’t have any already cooked and in the refrigerator then go ahead and cook some for this recipe and after if is cooked put it in your freezer to cool it quickly while you do the prep work.)

1 medium cucumber cut in bite sized pieces and if you prefer peeled

1 large Tomato cut in bite sized pieces

4-5 green onions diced

4-5 cloves of garlic diced

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Teaspoons of lemon juice

1 1/2 Teaspoons of lime juice (if you do not have lime juice you may use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice)

The following per you taste Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Oregano ( if you have fresh herbs even better but dried works fine.)

Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl serve and enjoy. This can be done ahead of time if you wish or taken to you next BBQ.

 

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Bean Taco Salad

Growing up in Phoenix I was used to my mom trying out easy cool dinners for our family. I carry on this tradition by using part of her bean taco salad she would make then added a few things.

This recipe is served as a taco salad bar making it a great way to serve people of various appetites who like to help them selves and socialize.

1 bag of corn chips (low salt)

1 can of black beans

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of pinto beans

Grated cheese

1 small onion ( any will do but I like green or purple onions best in this)

Lettuce chopped (any type works, I enjoy a mix of greens in this)

Tomatoes chopped

Black olives

Cilantro diced

Avocado chopped into bite sized pieces

Light Catalina dressing

To assemble salad:

Place desired amount of corn chips in your bowl, place rest of ingredients on corn chips including Catalina dressing, mix together and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Apple Juice a Vacuum and a Four year old

 

I have always been in awe of children and how they think. As my own children grew I was in constant wonderment. I now get to see this with my four-year old grandson Milo.

He loves to take charge giving a helping hand, no job is to big, no job is to small. In his mind he can do anything a grown up can do and in fact because of this attitude he flourishes when he has challenges.

It was this kind of thinking last week that brought me to blog about Milo today.

My daughter was taking a quick shower because as any mom with little ones knows when they are sleeping you are lucky to have a few minutes to yourself. She is about done when she hears the sound of a vacuum coming from down stairs throwing on her robe and running down the stairs she sees her four-year old vacuuming the tile floor in the kitchen and so much yellow sticky liquid she was surprised she did not fall or that he didn’t get electrocuted.

He smiles up at her as she enters. He turns it off standing so proud begins to tell her that he got up, wanted apple juice and decided to pour it for himself but the juice was to full he spilled it on the floor but not to worry because he cleaned it up. To him he had taken care of it. It wasn’t until he went to walk and got sticky did he realize it. My daughter finished cleaning it up, took apart the vacuum so it would dry out  and was thankful he didn’t short out the vacuum or get shocked.

So many times we are like Milo, we think no problem is to big for us to handle it on our own or we don’t need to bother God with it because we can do it ourselves. Instead of taken care of it we are left with a sticky dripping mess and a miracle that we didn’t harm our self. If only when things come up if we just stop and ask for help.

As funny and precious as this is and I do laugh at it. I can take away with this thought of so much heart ache and extra work could have been avoided in my life if only I would have stopped and asked for help.  I can be stubborn and have a take on anything attitude perhaps Milo has a touch of me after all.

I am learning that so much of the heart ache and problems could have been avoided if I would have stopped and prayed and how God sees us wishes we would have waited or asked for help but the best part is He doesn’t condemn but helps us move forward taking care of the mess as only He can.

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Hebrews 4:15-16

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”