Friday, August 28, 2015

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

I absolutely LOVE this whole wheat pancake recipe. I've been making it for years, but it has quite a few ingredients, so it makes it a little too intense for school mornings when my head is groggy and time is limited! So, I decided to make myself a dry mix for busy mornings. I do have to add 4 wet ingredients in the morning, and whip the egg whites, but it cuts my time at least in half, making it totally doable!

On school nights, I pull out my griddle, cooking spray and dry mix and have it all set out on the counter ready to go. That way there's no excuse to not make them, when I get up in the morning.

Here's the recipe:

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes: (recipe source: Simply Healthful Blog)

2 cups whole wheat flour  (Purchase at the store- or grind your own.)
1 T baking powder
3 T ground flax seed (my bag said "flax meal" on it)
3 T sugar
3/4 tsp salt

(This is the dry mix: add all these ingredients to your quart size bag, I wrote the rest of the recipe on the bag to help out my morning brain!)

Pour dry ingredients in a large bowl or stand mixer, and add:
3 egg yolks (save your whites in a separate bowl for the next step!)
1 1/2 cups milk
3 T applesauce
1 T vanilla

Stir until blended.

Whip your 3 egg whites on high speed until eggs have a peak on them.
Gently fold whites into mixture.. (This is the key to fluffy delicious pancakes!!)

My kids LOVE these. They have grown up on Dad's fluffy Bisquick pancakes every Saturday, but they don't complain when I make these, they just scarf them down!  Side note: They are AWESOME with nutella on them. Also, I've added frozen rasberries or blueberries to them while they cook- also delicious!!

You have to try these! It's a delicious, healthy, inexpensive breakfast! If you make the dry mix, it will save you tons of time!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Smoothie Kits

I love having these smoothie kits on hand... they make it easy to get some nutrition in the kiddos without having to take out 10 ingredients in the morning! Just pull a bag out of the freezer, add water, (or you could try milk or almond milk) blend and done!! Makes for happy kids and a happy mom!


Mango Strawberry Smoothie

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 and 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
1 banana (sliced)
1/3 cup orange-pineapple-apple juice concentrate (or any other fun orange juice combo)

Place ingredients in a freezer bag, flatten and freeze.

When ready to serve, microwave the freezer bag to soften fruit for blender (about 30-60 seconds)

Pour mixture in blender, add about 1 cup water and blend!

Triple Berry Grape Smoothie

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 and 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen triple berry mixture
1 banana (sliced)
1/3 cup grape juice concentrate

Place ingredients in a freezer bag, flatten and freeze.

When ready to serve, microwave the freezer bag to soften fruit for blender (about 30-60 seconds)

Pour mixture in blender, add about 1 cup water and blend!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mt Rushmore Trip 2015- Waterpark

One of the things we love about going to Rapid City, South Dakota is staying at a hotel attached to Watiki Indoor waterpark. It's a great place to be able to play while the weather outside is still cold.  The kids love going down the big slides, and Lucy is getting more comfortable going down the slides in the playground area.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mt. Rushmore Trip 2015

We headed up to Rapid City, South Dakota for the kids "spring break" (just a long weekend).... We love staying at the hotel connected to Watiki indoor Water Park and getting to see some sights. It's a great way to get out of town when the weather is still questionable! 
 The cute travelers in our new van! We bought it in Dec 2014.

 Quick drive through Custer State Park on the way to Wind Cave... saw some buffalo. :)
 Inside Wind Cave... really cool cave! The big kids loved it.... Lucy kept saying she wanted to go back to the hotel. ha ha.

 At Mount Rushmore

 I love this sweet face!
 and this one 
 and this one!
 We found a place to climb around close to Mt. Rushmore... the kids loved climbing on all the big boulders. 
 Love her! We started the "I love you" sign at school, as a quick way to say hi, when she passed by my room while I was teaching. 

 These guys climbed a really tall boulder! 

It was a great getaway during a very busy school year. Love this bunch!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Winter 2015... randomness

Some random pics form Winter 2015... Lucy's list of her "favorite things" from preschool. Lucy dressed up for her fancy "tea party" at preschool. Ms. Amee  (Hicks) was amazing. Lucy loved her and she loved Lucy. It was a sweet and growing experience for Lucy to come to Potter with me for school.

My baby bump growing! 

We discovered Lucy loves gaucamole!! She licked the bowl clean!
 We did a bathroom remodel of the Kid's bathroom!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Avery and I went to Roger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella in Denver on February 7, 2015. She chose to go to the play as a birthday present, instead of having a "friend party" . We had a blast together! We went to Maggiano's for lunch, then to the play, hit the American Girl doll store, then headed back home. The play was amazing and she loved it all. She is growing up too fast and is such a sweet girl to be with. Love you Avery!!
Avery enjoying her lunch at Maggianos!

Outside the Buell Theatre

Avery in front of the stage. 

This picture shows the building the Buell Theatre is in. Such a fun part of Denver.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snow Day! Hooray!!

Today was a glorious, much-needed snow-day, no-school day! January was the longest month with no breaks and today was just a blessing! The kids played outside in the snow most of the day! Jackson, Avery, Lucy and Charlie went down to the ditch near our house this morning and sledded. Later, Jackson and Avery went down to the bigger ditch near the park to sled with friends. They did that while Lucy and I napped. It was heaven. :) It feels great to have a break and get caught up again on housework and laundry on a Wednesday! P.S. My kids are adorable. I love when they are bundled up like little snow-muffins.