Healthy Baby Pancakes

This is our go-to healthy pancake recipe. Perfect for a cold rainy morning like this! I always have them on hand for Turner. Everything I make him has a healthy spin on it. I’m not ready to give him anything that will upset his perfect little system!

It’s just like any other pancake recipe, but with a few substitutions. Sometimes I’ll use buttermilk or goat milk instead of almond milk. I also substitute apple sauce for the banana if I don’t have them on hand.

I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup, filled halfway, to pour the batter onto the skillet.

Once they start to bubble, about 3 minutes, I flip them and cook for another minute or two.

They come out perfect! I make a bunch so I can freeze some to have on hand at a moment’s notice. Although, he eats them like crazy, so they don’t last long! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Healthy Baby Pancakes
Makes 18-20 small pancakes

1 1/4 cup Almond Meal
1/4 cup Spelt Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 ripe banana, mashed
3 eggs
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp maple syrup
coconut oil

Mix together both flours, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, mash banana and whisk in eggs, milk, and syrup. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk until combined.

Preheat your skillet over medium heat. Use a paper towel to spread a thin layer of coconut oil on your skillet. Use a 1/4 cup measure, filled up halfway (about 2 Tbsp), to scoop out batter and pour onto skillet. Cook pancakes for about 3 minutes, or until bubbles start to form. Flip and cook about 2 more minutes. Serve warm or let cool completely, and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Peppermint Bark

I discovered Peppermint Bark when I was about 2 months pregnant. I know it’s existed a lot longer than that, but that’s when I fell in love! My mother-in-law bought us a tin of it when she was visiting last year. I don’t like white chocolate, so I never bothered to try it. OH.MY.GOODNESS…delicious! The only problem is, it’s pretty darn expensive! My solution? Save the pretty tin, and make my own! Here’s my version of peppermint bark. Try it! I promise, you won’t miss the store bought version, and you DEFINITELY won’t miss spending $20 on it!


Peppermint Bark

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces white chocolate chips
crushed candy canes

Put a few candy canes into a ziplock bag and pound with a meat mallet until crushed. You can also buy the pre-crushed candy cane pieces. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20 to 30 second increments. Stir with a rubber spatula after each. Repeat this until MOST of the chocolate chips are melted, NOT ALL. Stir with the spatula until all chocolate chips melt. This process makes the chocolate silky and shiny.

Pour the chocolate onto your parchment lined cookie sheet. Use an icing spatula to smooth it out into a rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Set aside to cool and harden.

Once the chocolate hardens, repeat the melting process with the white chocolate chips. Pour onto the chocolate rectangle, and smooth out until it covers the chocolate in an even layer. Sprinkle candy cane pieces over the entire white chocolate layer. Press gently so the candy cane pieces stick to the white chocolate. Set aside to cool and harden.

Use a sharp knife to cut unto pieces. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve at room temperature.

Acupuncture

As you know, Stew’s been going through chemo since this past September. Although his cancer is nearly gone, he still has to finish his “prescription”, which is a total of 12 treatments. He completed his 6th treatment today. Halfway through!

Chemo has definitely been a challenge. Stew’s been such a trooper though. I’m so proud of him. He’s so positive and doesn’t complain, and I know what he’s dealing with isn’t easy!

His first 4 treatments were rough. He was actually green each time we left. He felt so nauseous and sick for about 4 days after each treatment. He was on a few nausea medicines that didn’t work for him. I finally called our “Chinese Medicine Guru”, Stephen Clipp. He can cure anything from the common cold to shingles! Check him out here! I doubtfully asked if there was anything he could do to help manage Stew’s side effects. I just thought chemo was such a big bad treatment, and I was skeptical that anything could help! But, thankfully, I was wrong!



Steve gave him an herb concoction (that we got approval from Dr. Saylors before starting) specifically tailored to his needs! Stew takes the herbs the day before chemo to get ahead of the symptoms. Then he goes for acupuncture the day of treatment, and continues the herbs for about 3 days after treatment. Steve always asks him to rate his nausea on a scale of 1-10 (ten being the worst). The past few treatments he was at a 7. Today he was AT A ZERO!!! WHAT?!?!?! Not only is Steve managing Stew’s side effects, but he’s helping with repairing his “gut” so he’ll recover from chemo faster when it’s all said and done.

I can’t even stress how over the moon I am that Stew is feeling better after his treatments! Only 6 treatments left! With Steve’s help this half should be a breeze!

Oh Christmas Tree!!!

I’m so proud of myself. We actually waiting until AFTER Thanksgiving to get a tree! Mostly because we were hosting this year, and I didn’t want to be frowned upon. There was actually a little thing on Facebook that said, “Like this if you still wait till AFTER Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas”. I wished there was a “Dislike” button at that moment. I won’t lie…I started listening to my Christmas music shortly after Halloween (despite the 80 degree weather).

Last Christmas was a hot mess. Turner was eating every 5 seconds, and I was so exhausted that I didn’t even WANT to decorate. I know, not like me. This year we are back in action!

Saturday, after Turner’s nap, we went to Lowe’s to get our tree. Don’t hate! Lowe’s has great trees, and they’re the cheapest in town! And, NO, I didn’t plan for a Stew-in-20-years look alike to be in the background!


Then, it was back home for nap number 2. While Turner napped, we pumped the Christmas carols and put the lights on. That’s always the boring part, so we decided to get it out of the way!

Dexter was in charge of vacuuming up the pine needles. He was not too excited about helping with that part.

When Turner woke up, we put the decorations on the tree. All he wanted to do was throw the tissue paper around and roll the balls on the floor. Fine with us!


And here’s the finished product, along with a shot of our house all lit up!

We ended the night with some rough housing and a little taco soup. It was a day to remember, for sure! I love making memories with our little family!

Ok, I’ve waited long enough! Time for Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream and Homeland! Have a great week!