Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These were a last minute experimentation as I was making the kids pancakes this morning.  My children LOVE pancakes, and request them quite frequently.  I am constantly trying to figure out how to make them better, more exciting, or just plain different.  I DID get concerned as I was pouring out the batter though, because I thought "Goodness!  How will I ever know they're done?!"
It's not that hard really, just flip them when they turn dry around the edges.


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 c. whole grain flour (I'm sure spelt would work also, but I'd cut it down about 1/4 c. because it absorbs more liquid)
1/2 c. almond meal  (or other flour of your choice)
2 t. Baking Powder
2 1/2 T. cocoa Powder
3 T. xylitol (or you could use sugar)
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 1/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. Greek Yogurt
Dark chocolate chips, or chocolate chips of your choice

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add liquid ingredients all at once, and whisk until thoroughly blended--no clumps remaining.

Drop by 1/4 c. scoopfuls on a hot, oiled skillet, sprinkling  Flip when edges are dry.  



Enjoy with toppings of choice.  Strawberries, syrup, yogurt...whatever your heart desires!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Three.

3 years ago right now, I was in labor.  My water had broke, and I was desperately waiting for some sign of SERIOUS, PAINFUL labor.  Many hours, lots of pitocin, and a miracle dilation later, my little
Judah Nathan
was born.  
He was 7 lbs, 13 oz.  21 inches long.  And wow could he scream!  

I'll never forget the nurse handing him to me for the first time, and I was a mess, because he was all hooked up to tubes and oxygen, and he was so little, and he was mine...

And he was this perfect little warm bundle.

Now....he's a warm bundle of energy.  Not so perfect all the time, but sweet and kind, just like his Daddy.  The first to check on his sister when she cries, and always warning everyone of danger..."Be Careful Haddie, Careful...". 

He's wild and crazy, and all boy, as his cars crash together in a pile of salvage, and he sword fights imaginary beings (or not so imaginary), and he talks about football (where'd he get that?!), and runs everywhere he goes.

And last night, as I lay beside his bed, holding his little hand as he dropped off to sleep, I marveled. 

At how God creates from a single cells, and puts a little bit of me in my children, and a little bit of my soul mate, and a lot a bit of God.  

At how they grow and form, and their features take shape, and sometimes they're all their own, and sometimes they're borrowed. 

And then I felt a new little life kicking within.

God's greatest gifts start small, and keep growing...as we nurture and love and invest.

Happy Birthday little son of mine...your mama loves you so much...even though I don't ever quite know what to do with little boys.  And you can just bear with me, as I, by the grace of God, teach you to be a man...and you, teach me to parent.  

And I will savor the moments of grimy hands, and mud, the bicycle races, and tractors farming the living room floor.  

Because someday, Judah, you won't be MY boy anymore...you'll be someone else's.  


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Black Bottom Cupcakes

These are my family's most sought after recipe when looking for a dessert that will please.

They're not healthy.  They're not conducive to weight loss.

But they're good.  Oh so good.  Chocolate and cream cheese--it's a match made in heaven.  (No seriously, I'm pretty sure God created cows right by the cocao plant.)


1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 t. salt
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. water
1/3 c. oil
1 T. vinegar
1 T. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*.
Combine cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt in a small mixing bowl. Beat well. Add chocolate chips.  Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl.  Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Beat well.
Fill muffin tins with cupcake liners.  Fill liners 1/3-1/2 full of batter.  Top each batter filled liner with heaping teaspoonfuls of cream cheese mixture.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until springy and toothpick inserted comes out clean.


I'm telling you...when you get started on these...they don't last long.  

They're good to the last..crumb. 

And then you'll want another one.

Last time I made these...I was rather embarrassed by how many I actually consumed.  

But it's okay, because this time, they're not staying in the house..so I shan't be as tempted.

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pasta Salad

I have been craving veggies something awful late.  

Maybe it's my body screaming "help!" after all the burritos, chips and such that I've been eating.

So I made pasta salad.  YUM.  

This is my own version of it, because I can never find one I like.


Kylie's Pasta Salad

1 pkg. bowtie pasta (or any whole grain pasta you desire), cooked according to package directions
1 cucumber, cut in chunks
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 celery ribs, chopped
4 large carrots, thinly sliced
1/4 c. feta cheese
3 green onions, thinly sliced
You could also add about a cup of lightly steamed broccoli, or diced bell peppers.

Combine all of this in large bowl.

For the dressing:
Drizzle over salad, 
1/8 c. olive oil
3-4 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. Spike seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
a dash or two of garlic powder
1 T. dill weed

Toss to combine.

I seriously love this recipe...and I've eaten 4 or 5 bowls of it since I made it last night.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fish Tacos

Tonight we made fish tacos on homemade corn tortillas... YUM.  I've been so inspired by this new book I got, and I saw pictures of pita bread, and tortillas topped in all sorts of yummy things...and then lime on top...and wow...that lime just really completed the image.  And then I was in the mood for fish...and so now you know how it all came to be.

Corn Tortillas
2 c. Masa Harina (instant corn flour that's treated with lime)
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 cups warm water (you may need a bit more to achieve desired texture

Knead thoroughly.  Let set in bowl covered with plastic wrap for 30 minutes. Form into patties.  (If it's too dry, the edges will crackle).   Press with a tortilla press, or roll between wax paper and fry on the stove on dry pan.


Fish Tacos
8 fish fillets (we used talapia)
Olive oil
seafood seasoning
cilantro
taco seasoning
OR
cumin, chili powder and paprika
salt

I patted the fish dry with paper towels, and then rubbed them all over with olive oil.
Season fish to liking.  We grilled them...yum!  When fish is medium-well, and flaky, crumble, and top your tortilla with the fish, 
Cheddar cheese
spinach
tomato
avocado
and fresh squeezed lime 


Yum.  So easy.  So good.
And so from Kylie's Kitchen.

Did I mention it's healthy too?

Fish is great for Omega 3's...essential fatty acids, that we never get enough of.  These essential fatty acids are great for preventing heart disease, heart attack...are fantastic for your skin and brain function.

The Spinach is high in essential vitamins and minerals and the citrus helps break it down so your body can absorb the iron.


Friday, October 28, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life.

I had one of the worst dreams ever last night.  But it was one of those dreams that doesn't go away because you've woke yourself up.  Every time I fell back asleep, it was there again.  

Of course, like Nathan says, my dreams are wild and weird anyway.  But despite that, sometimes they strike a little too close.  To my heart.  

Maybe it's just a suppressed fear.  Maybe it's the fact we just got life insurance.  Maybe it's just a weird dream.  I don't know.

But I dreamed all night that Nathan was dying.  Those details are a little fuzzy, but some vital organ was enlarged, and we were really just waiting for it to explode (for a lack of better word coming to my mind right now) and him to die.  And maybe it wasn't all night...more like 3 to 7. Which is still a very long time.

And all night long, my heart ached. 

And I thought about all that I would miss.

I would so miss his companionship.  And his sense of humor.  And the way he teases me without picking on me (usually!).  I would miss his breath on my neck as we sleep, my body fitted to his.  I would miss falling asleep to him praying so many nights (I can't help it, his voice soothes me!).  I would miss the way he plays with the kids, and loves on them...and the look he gets in his eyes when he says "They're growing up honey...".  I would miss talking with him before we fall asleep.  And the way he comes up behind me and puts his hands on my hips, and kisses me. His value for human life, and how he longs, hopes for and loves each child we're given, and each yet to come. I would miss his body.  And the way he looks at me when I say something really dumb. I would miss his leadership, and his stability.  I would miss his ability to hold his tongue. And yes, I would even miss the things that drive me crazy...like how he can't close a dresser drawer to save his life, and when he cooks, he leaves all the cupboard doors open.  The way he ALWAYS drives straight through the curve at the Hazard turn; and his socks and work clothes laying in the kitchen, left where he shed them when he got home. 

We need to treasure what we have while we've got it.  Maybe you have both forgotten how to treasure what you have, and no you feel there is no treasure left.  I assure you, you do.

It's not too late.   To put your ALL into loving, serving, treasuring and caring for that one person (and little persons) that have been put in your life to bless it.  But it's called investing.  What you put into something determines what you get out of it.  If we sit back, waiting to be served, and loved and cherished.  Nothing is going to happen.  We have to serve.  We have to love.  We have to cherish.  And sometimes it takes more on our part.  And sometimes we don't get the response we need.  As William Johnson said (who was he anyway?):

"If it is to be, it is up to me."

I want no regrets.  I want to know, at the end of my life, or the end of Nathan's life, that I served him and loved him faithfully.  I want my children, after they grow up and leave home, to come back and know that Mom always loved them, cherished them, and guided them in the right path.

I know that I can not cling too tightly to my husband, to my children, or anyone else that means so much to me.  For they are not mine. God has His will, and I will not meddle.

I have hope, if something should happen to Nathan in the near future, and when something does happen to him someday. And when something happens to me.  We've has been redeemed by the blood of Christ.  Our sin is blotted out, and I know that I will be in heaven with him someday.  I know that we won't be married in heaven, but I know that heaven will be much better than anything on this life.  

Until then, I will cherish my loved ones, and cherish my God.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yummy "Ice Cream" Recipe

 I have extra children this weekend.  
So the demographics in our house have changed to 4 children under the age of 3.  
Craziness ensues.
But I still wanted to make sure everyone is having a good time. 

SO.....

I came up with the following recipe.  Totally kid-friendly.  Totally healthy.  Totally for picky eaters.

Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream"

Ingredients:

-About 3 frozen bananas, broke into pieces before freezing
-1 banana, room temperature
-1/8-1/4 c. raw cacao powder
-1/2 c. honey
-1 tsp. vanilla
-2 or 3 spoonfuls of natural peanut butter
-1/8 c. cacao nibs

That's a good start, don't you think?

Alright, toss the bananas, cacao powder, vanilla, peanut butter and honey in  your food processor.


Yum.

I love that tasty picture.

If you want a milder flavored ice cream, with little banana flavor, use barely ripe bananas.

Blend it all up.  (It might take a bit).  You want the bananas to be all whipped up.  I made the mistake of adding a bit of coconut milk, and the end result was a little too soupy, but the last time I made it, I didn't use any liquid, and it was about the consistency of soft-serve.  Yum!

Once the banana mixture is all whipped, add the cacao nibs, and process it again, just until the nibs are blended in.

End result:


Like I said, a little soupier than what I wanted, but still yummy.  (And VERY chocolatey...and well, if you don't like that, you really have no reason reading this blog...:D Just kidding.  Sort of.)


You might assume from Judah's facial emotions, that he's less than thrilled.  But that's his happy face.  And his angry face.  And his sad face.  And his thrilled face...and, well, you get the idea.



This is Haddie Jo's happy face.  

You might think you can substitute cocoa, or chocolate chips, for the raw cacao....but that seriously takes away nutrients.  Raw Cacao (which is raw chocolate bean), is a superfood that had high amounts of antioxidants, and is a great source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and many others.  Chocolate also contains sugar, which raw cacao doesn't.

Honey, also, is great for you, and has a much lower glycemic index, which prevents that sugar high which frequently accompanies sweet treats.

So go on...make some!