Whole Grain Pancakes

   

Whole Grain Pancakes

  Whole Grain Pancakes

I confess, I go a little overboard on Sunday mornings when it comes to making breakfast. I don’t know why. I get excited about trying something new, or going to greater lengths to make something that sounds really, really good and if it takes a little more time than normal, that’s OK.  There’s a certain luxury about Sunday mornings.  

Vita-Mix

  This morning all I could think about was pancakes. Let me begin by confessing that I make my own pancake flour.  It’s not that hard.  You do need the right equipment, which can be initially costly, but once you have it, you have it, and you can play to your heart’s content, and we’re talking way more than just grinding flour.  Good equipment is worth a lot to a kitchen nerd! So a very long time ago, I bought a Vita-Mix.  You can do just about anything with a Vita-Mix, including grind flour.  The ingredients of my flour varies according to what I have on hand.  Today’s flour was made up of whole spelt, sunflower seeds, and whole millet. But don’t worry, you don’t have to make your own flour.  There are plenty of “already ground” options in health food stores.  Rows and rows, actually.  Keep opened packages in the frig. I also went to the trouble of making my own breakfast sausage this morning!!  See what I mean?  I go a little overboard. Starting with roast chicken and a minor hint of garlic that I had on hand, I added allspice and onion.  One usually makes sausage with raw meat, but since I didn’t have that, I gave this other way (using cooked meat) a whirl. The texture was a little odd, but the taste was great, and we both enjoyed having protein with the pancakes.  I’ll be trying more ways of making my own sausages! Anyway, in case you’re not in to grinding flour or experimenting with sausage recipes, I’ve included a reasonable Whole Grain Pancake recipe here.  As we speak, you’re probably headed out the door to have someone make Sunday brunch for you and how smart of you, truly.  I just have this ailment called “I like to cook.” Without further ado —

Whole Grain Pancakes

2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (available at Health food stores, either packaged or in the bulk bins).  You can substitute other flours or combinations.  Some suggestions — half whole spelt flour and half brown rice flour, or barley/spelt, or millet/soy/spelt, or amaranth/spelt, or oat/spelt, or quinoa/spelt, or buckwheat/spelt.  Spelt is a kind of grain that can sometimes be tolerated by those who aren’t able to eat wheat.  In any case, it provides variety in your diet.  Some say it’s good to mix up your grains, meaning not eat the same thing all the time. 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 eggs, beaten well About 1-1/2 c. milk (can substitute almond, rice, soy, hemp, etc.)  Note:  You may need a little more or less liquid than 1-1/2 cups (you can use water, too) for making the perfect thick batter. The amount of liquid you need depends on whatever type of flour you are using, so put in a cup, and then keep adding to the dry ingredients until it’s just right. DIRECTIONS: Mix wet ingredients together.  Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Pour together and mix JUST until dry ingredients are incorporated.  Do not over mix.  Small lumps in the batter are just fine. Use a small measuring cup with a long handle to dip out the desired amount of batter for each pancake. Cook on a pre-heated griddle or thick-bottomed frying pan or non-stick skillet until one side bubbles through.  Turn over and cook the other side.  If the pan is the right temp, this cooking process will go pretty quickly.  For regular skillets, you may need to add a little butter for browning/not sticking. Keep completed pancakes on a platter in a warm oven (lowest setting) until you have enough to serve. Also have your stack of serving plates in the oven so they are warm and ready. To serve, take a a warm plate from the oven arrange a small stack on the plate.  Top pancakes with pat of butter, fruit, nuts, or whatever your heart desires. Use Grade B maple syrup.  Forget the fake stuff — Mrs. Whoever’s pancake topping  that passes for syrup.   :–)  Trust me, it’s not worth your while.   Once you taste Grade B maple syrup, chances are you’ll never go back.  Ask anyone from Vermont, the maple syrup state. If you don’t find Grade B maple syrup in your local Trader Joe’s, or your health food store, you can get it online.  Here’s one example of where to buy it.   Prices and shipping vary a great deal, so look around.

   

Whole Grain Pancakes with Over-Easy Egg

Have an over-easy egg or scrambled eggs on the side for extra protein.  Plain yogurt is also a good side. You can freeze the extra pancakes by layering with plastic wrap (so they don’t stick together).  Then put the whole stack or two in a freezer zip lock.  You can enjoy one or two at a time during the week when you are hankering for a quick and delicious breakfast and don’t have time to make fresh pancakes.  Thaw (overnight on the counter works fine) to room temperature. Reheat briefly in a toaster or in a non-stick pan (turn several times)  just until warmed through.  Easy peasy!

Enjoy your whole grain pancakes!

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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