Saturday, February 18, 2017

Flourless Pancakes

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I'm a true believer that its the most important meal of the day. I never let my daughter leave the house in the mornings without a complete breakfast in all of her living at home life. Even when shes home, I'm up with the sunshine and in the kitchen preparing something for breakfast. It may be just muffins or it could be biscuits and gravy.  I love cooking breakfast.
(for the record, its been over a year since I had good ole biscuits and gravy).

If you know me, then you know I have been trying to keep my meals healthy. After two years I have finally given up the Nutrisystem breakfasts and doing my own thing. I still eat Nutrisystem for lunch and dinner but I throw in a lot of my own meals now. Ive learned how to control my calorie and carb intakes though I will probably always have Nutrisystem meals in my reach.

Back to breakfast.

This morning I noticed a very ripe banana sitting on the counter and instead of throwing it away, I decided to make some flourless pancakes with it. These look more like crepes actually.

 

You may have seen this healthy alternative to pancakes all over the internet. These are pretty good but they are no comparison to the delicious Aunt Jemima Pancakes that I love, But, hey, I didn't want the banana to go to waste.

Flourless Pancakes

1- Ripe Banana
1- Teaspoon baking powder
2- Eggs (I used egg beaters)
Pinch of cinnamon
Drop of vanilla

Mix together and pour batter into pan.
Flip when you see the tops begin to bubble.

I topped mine with spray butter (zero calories) and sugar free syrup.

Makes three.
Approx 160 calories.
(OK the Aunt Jamima Pancakes actually have less calories but this flourless option is probably more healthy).

 

Little facts to mention:

Pancakes:  Made from eggs, buttermilk and flour. Usually thin. topping on top.
Flapjacks: Made from sugar, butter and oats. Usually thicker and sweeter. toppings on top.
Crepes: Made from milk and eggs and wheat flour. Usually made very thin and rolled around toppings.


My Nutrisystem journey can be found here.




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Camper Fever

I've been wanting a little retro vintage style camper of my own. I think about how fun it would be to have one in the back corner of my yard. A little "she shed".
It would have lights around the owning and a cute outdoor set up to sit under and relax during the summer evenings. It would be fun to camp out in it with my husband or take an afternoon nap.

 

Sadly, my neighbors would have a fit seeing a camper in the yard. Its not the style they want to see when they look out of the windows or when people visit the neighborhood. 

Maybe one day I will live in an area where I can have one to play with, who knows.

I think it would be fun to piddle and decorate one.   
While I like the vintage colors on the insides 

 

I also like the beach cottage feel with lots of rustic whites.

This is my inspiration.

 

It would be fun to take one around to camping shows too. But there are other things in life we could use instead. This will be put off for a long time.

The tiny houses???? I won't get started on that. I love those too!!!

Wake me up!!!

Meanwhile, I have a lot of scrap yarn and didnt know what to make with it. I was just about ready to throw it away when I got the idea to make some cute little camper key chains. Im gonna put them in my shop and see how it goes. They are fun to make and I smiled at each one I finish.

 

Are they not just the cutest thing ever? If you would like one of these little cuties, just swing on over to my Etsy shop and purchase one. I will have some more colors available soon. Spring is on its way so I will not be making many toboggans and blankets for a while.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

Its Valentines Day!!

This whole weekend has been full of love and sweets for Valentines Day.

I started off making this adorable little cotton crochet heart just for fun. 


Its the perfect mug rug for my coffee.

 

My daughter came home for the weekend. We all had appointments to get our taxes done Saturday so we made it a family outing which also included some shopping and Mexican food.

She came in carrying a surprise box of gourmet donuts. There is a little donut shop near her apartment called Duck Donuts. She was able to pick and created a mix of donuts any way she wanted too so they were not only rings of sweetness, they were actually her own creations.
Looks like she put a lot of thought in creating the perfect blend of sugar for Nick and I.

My favorite was the maple glaze with bacon sprinkles and caramel drizzle. Another favorite was the chocolate glazed with chocolate sprinkles and raspberry drizzle. We ate them all.

Of course I had her a Valentine basket waiting also
 

 

It was a basket full of sweet treats, a mug, baking essentials, brownie mix, a gift card and more. 
She was tickled.

This morning I put out a special valentine treat for my sweetie. I wrote him a love note attached to a gift bag of healthy snacks and little gifts. He will be up soon and will see it when he gets his coffee.

Tonight we will end the evening with a nice dinner. Not sure whats up his sleeve, but I'm sure we will either go out or he will have something nice cooked when I get home from work. Either way, he's my Valentine every day of the year as we always show our love for each other. We don't make it a one day thing but this one day is always fun to celebrate. 

Speaking of sweet. My daughter and I also made some cherry bread which was a complete fail.
It was suppose to look like this....

Recipe HERE
 But this is what we ended up with. 

 

First, It fell apart, then we applied the glaze while it was still warm and it ran right off the bread onto the place, and well, it turned into the the ugliest mess.
However, we did eat it.......All! 

 

Don't let the looks fool ya,  It was delicious

Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Antique Browsing

This past weekend, Nick and I thought it would be nice to go look around some antique shops. We actually have a couple antique Malls around here.
It was cold all day Saturday and we didn't have anything to do so we decided to get out a little while.

When I go into the antique shops I just get all giddy inside. I see things I want, but no where to put them. Then I think past where I am now and into the future of having a little beach cottage and so I see things that would look great in one but I don't have that luxury yet.

Mostly what I enjoy when I visit these vintage shops is looking at things I remember Mom or Grandma having in there homes. I reminisce back to when I was young. I'm constantly saying "oh look , I remember these". or "Mom still has this at her house!". Nick is ten years older than me so he gives me some little history lessons on quite a few things we see too.

This little sign made me laugh (though its not vintage).
I remember my brother always called me this.



Now its dangerous for a blogger to walk into a antique store. I wanted to take a picture of everything. It would have killed my battery and taken all my storage. There was so many pretty and unique things. So I left my camera in my pocket book the best I could. I would bring it out every now and again.

I saw this Stallion sitting in a corner of the back of the store. I asked Nick to take a picture of me with it before anyone walked up. So he did.



I remember having many of these and rode plenty of miles on one too. I had the hat, gun holster and boots to complete the fun.



Kids now days wouldn't understand.

We were looking at some of the furniture too. We need a bed, and a couple side tables. We probably wouldn't buy a bed from an antique store unless it was at a good buy and exactly what were looking for but we enjoy getting some ideas. I really want Nick to build me one using a couple vintage doors from our old home place.

I look around and get a lot ideas on how to turn junk into cool things.

I seen this table and immediately thought about mom. 

 

It was rustic, which I liked, but Im pretty sure it was not her taste. She needs a table this size for family get togethers. We have 12 to 14 at each gathering and this 10.5 foot table with 6 legs would work perfect for us all to sit around. It even had small drawers on the other side.

I didnt buy anything today though I almost bought an Ice Cream bowl for my Daddy that read
"Paw Paws Ice Cream" and I probably would have if I could have found a matching one for Mawmaw.







Monday, February 6, 2017

Simple Chicken Pot Pie

I have always wanted to make a chicken pot pie. I grew up eating a lot of the Banquet pot pies. They are my favorite! Well, Sunday night  I made my first one.

 

Isn't it pretty?

Until just a few years ago, I always called them "pop pies". Never noticed I was saying it wrong. I still say pop pies unless im ordering off the menu (or blogging). Ha.

The reason I've never attempted to make one of these pies before now is because my Husband is not a fan of anything with that creamy mixture inside and my daughter hates peas. So I never made one. Until today. 

My husband told me to go ahead and make one if I wanted to. I told him I'd hate to make one and have to eat it all by myself. He agreed to have some. We had just finished our afternoon walk and wanted to get relaxed to watch the Superbowl. Man, wasnt that a game? 

Now let me share this recipe with you. 
This was a simple and easy recipe. I know the ones you make with cooked chicken and homemade creamy insides using fresh broth are better but I wanted something quick and less messy. 
This recipe is so easy your kids can make it so grab your kids and a pie plate and lets get started.

Simple Chicken Pop Pie
Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together:
  • 1 large 2.5oz can chicken ( or 1 1/2 cups of chopped chicken).
  • 12oz bag mix vegestables. 
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour mixture into a 9 inch pie plate.

 

Mix together:
  • 1 cup Original Bisquick mix.
  • 1/2 cup of milk 
  • 1 egg
Pour on top of vegestable mixture.

 

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. 

 

Thats it! See? Easy.

It got a shoulder shrug and I think a thumbs up from the husband.

Ive shared this at:
wined-down-wednesday