Kitchen Experiments – Buckwheat Pancakes

Good morning! Sundays are my favorite day for many reasons – but most especially because it is the one morning where I get to sleep in and have a slow start to the day. The cooler fall mornings inspire me to cook a larger breakfast and this morning I felt like pancakes!  Yes, we are still rotating our diet so it could not just be any pancakes, it had to be 100% buckwheat pancakes.  I pulled out my Vitamix so that I could start with grinding my buckwheat groats into flour.  I may have said this before, but I have become very fond of the buckwheat flour that I grind from the raw buckwheat groats.  It is not as strong in smell or flavor as the toasted buckwheat flour, and I like it.  My husband is not a buckwheat fan, but these pancakes went down pretty easily.

I have also become very fond of the buckwheat and almond meal combination in cooking.  It seems to work out really well.  The almond meal cuts the strong flavor of the buckwheat and adds some extra protein.  Here is the recipe that I used:

1 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup almond meal
2 teaspoon baking powder

4 tablespoons maple syrup
salt
4 tablespoons arrowroot flour

1/2 cup water
2 cup almond milk
4 tablespoons almond oil

pancakes

They were quite tasty!  I topped them with bananas and sliced almonds and then drizzled maple syrup all over it!  Now that is what I call a Sunday morning breakfast!

 

 

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Open to the Possibility

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“Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done,

no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves

to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this:

absolutely anything in the world is possible.”

Mike Norton

Gardening Adventures

I am sure all you gardeners out there will totally understand my excitement when I went outside and saw what had grown in my garden. I have been attempting to grow pretty much anything in my garden for the last 5 years. My enthusiasm is palpable come spring time. I can’t wait to get out there and start planting! Usually around this time of year, my enthusiasm has turned to disappointment as I remember once again why my garden didn’t grow last year – sunshine.  By this time of the year, the sun has begun its downward trend and cannot get above the tree tops.  Oh, did I mention how many trees surround my property?  Anyway, in the spring and beginning of summer, the sun fills my gardens with light, but as the summer moves into fall, they are mostly shade.  I keep a running log in my head of what plants like to grow and which do not. This year I get to add a new plant to the list!  Hubbard Squash.  Check this out!

vines  This is the vine that started to grow in the spring.

hubbard  This is the hubbard as it was growing on the vine.

hubbard  And this is what my husband had to saw off the vine!  Isn’t it amazing!  It is about 20-inches long.

So, maybe this gardening season will not end in disappointment like so many of my others.  With this sitting on my countertop, I almost feel like it was all worth it!

Smile

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

― Mother Teresa

heartI was out for a walk this week when I saw this lovely heart-shaped leaf sitting on the ground.  I picked it up but didn’t know quite what to do it with it until I saw these beautiful flowers in a pot by the side of the road.  I placed the heart right in the center of the flowers and continued on my walk with a big smile plastered on my face.  There are so many things that bring a smile to my lips but nothing quite like the beauty of being outside enjoying nature.  May a smile brighten your face as it did mine and then remember to pass it on.  Smiling is contagious!