Heart-Healthy HotCakes
Lemon and Olive Oil Pancakes

Isaak, my almost-three-year-old, loves making pancakes. We whip up a batch together several times a week, so they need to be healthy.

I thought I would share some things I do to make pancakes healthier without making them too heavy and boring.

-Mixing flours:Using half whole wheat flour and half buckwheat flour, for example.

-Organic Arrowhead Mills pancake mixes- Oatbran, Buckwheat, Buttermilk, Wholewheat. I go for these when I want quick pancakes. I also mix them up and do half and half.

-Using olive oil in the batter-which also gives them a lovely glowing golden brown color.
I just found out that coconut oil, while being healthy, is not on the Heart-Healthy list. They actually say to stay away from it if you have heart problems.

-Quality vanilla for flavor.
-Lemon juice for flavor.
-Almond milk in the batter, or 2% milk.
-Sprinkling some raw oatmeal to the batter.
-Using all organic products: flours, eggs, milk, real maple syrup.
-Using a low fat yogurt and fruit as toppers. We like apricot, vanilla, or lemon yogurt
-Sprinkling lemon juice on pancakes, gives them a punch.
-Plum Oragnics or a low-sugar fruit puree instead of syrup.
-When Isaak was younger, I would put just a couple tablespoons of honey in the batter and then just give him the plain pancake for a snack.
- And lastly, using very little butter and syrup.

Share your flapjack tips as a comment or on my Facebook page. I would love to see what you do.

Just for fun... read, Hey, Pancakes! Isaak and I love this book, it's super cute.

Enjoy your pancakes in Life!


Simple Dinner: Spinach Salmon Cakes and Summer-Crisp Salad

Summer Crisp Salad Recipe 
1 1/2 cup cooked couscous
1 can Del Monte "summer crisp" corn
1 small mango, diced
1 1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
Handful cilantro, chopped

-Gently toss above ingredients with 2 Tbs olive oil and the juice of 1 medium lime.

Spinach Salmon Cakes Recipe
1 medium size raw salmon filet, cut into chunks without the skin
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 egg white
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder, oregano, and cumin

-Blend ingredients in food processor or blender
-Form into patties and fry in organic canola oil or veggie oil for 2 minutes on each side until cooked all the way through.
-In small saucepan melt 2-3 tbs butter and add juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1-2 tsp Chipotle Tabasco sauce.
-Pour butter sauce over crab cakes.



Basil Kiwi Lemonade
I have been really pumped lately about making some fun and refreshing lemonades for the family. Making it at home cuts the sugar intake waaay down, who needs all that refined processed crap in your lemonade? You can be creative and make different flavor-combos. Isaak loved this one. For the **grown ups**, it would be SUPER fun to add tequila or a yummy flavored vodka to give it a kick.

Basil Kiwi Lemonade 

Juice SIX lemons, set juice aside.
Warm 1 cup water and dissolve 1 cup honey.
Puree 1 bunch of fresh basil, two ripe kiwis(without the skins *duh*) with 1/2 cup filtered water.
Strain puree and keep some pulp to add back in later if you so desire.
Add all ingredients to half a pitcher of ice water and stir.
Adjust ingredients to your liking.


I think I am going to try a  beet blackberry lemonade next. Yum, right!

Keep creating and having fun in the kitchen.


Hey! Happy Day!
I challenge you to spend some time outside and enjoy the day if you can. Maybe....Plant something?

My goal today, among many other things, is to do one of these fun inspiring projects I found...wish me luck.


Write in moss idea
See you later. ;)
Have a lovely week filled with inspiration and creativity!


SuperHero Comic Cupcakes!

I made these cute little minis for a co-worker's birthday. He is all about the superheroes and goes to comic-con like...Every year. :)

I am pretty sure, when you eat these you will turn into a superhero.

It did take quite a super-hero mommy-balancing act between baby and cupcake but, I got through it! Dat-da-da!

Tuesday night I baked the vanilla bean cupcakes.
Wednesday night I baked the chocolate soufle cupcakes.
Thursday night I made the vanilla and chocolate buttercream, made the little comic flags, and decorated them for FRIDAY birthday time.

I am STILL learning that time management is so key to a stress free life. I tend to forget and try to do everything in one 4-hour time slot. LOL
You get so much more out of life when you plan. :)

Hope all of you have a GREAT Super BOWL weekend. :)