Two Ingredient Pancakes

There is something attractive to the idea of making pancakes with only two simple ingredients.  Especially when you can arrange the ingredients into a smiley face.

The recipe is pretty straight forward.

Two Ingredient Pancakes

2 eggs

1 ripe banana

Get a skillet nice and hot.  In a bowl, whisk together eggs.  Then mash banana into egg until well mixed.  Grease skillet, and ladle in batter (2-3T per pancake).  Cook until golden, flip, and cook other side till golden. Serve immediately.

Honestly, it’s good but kind of plain tasting… so try these add in options:

1 pinch of baking powder

1 cup ground old fashioned oats

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup apple sauce

The kids loved getting into the kitchen and helping me make this recipe.  It is super easy, and a good recipe for them to try doing by themselves.

I ate the pancakes with just a little jam on top, and the kids preferred honey on theirs.  I enjoyed this healthy recipe and will make it again.

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Omega Egg Sandwich

When you have a plethora of eggs, the only reasonably thing to do is to make an egg sandwich.

First toast your english muffin and slather it with butter. 

Quickly top with sharp cheddar cheese so that the heat of the muffin can start to melt the yummy cheese.

Grab some ham slices and heat those up in a pan.

Next slice an onion into a 1/2 inch thick ring.  This will be perfect to fry an egg into it.

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On top of the cheese, add your hot ham slices and your over-easy egg-in-an-onion.

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Enjoy.  And then repeat.

Fall 2015 Kid Activities in Kansas City

Each season I create a to-do list of actives for the whole family to do together.  This helps us make the most of the “What should we do today?” moments, and gives us a reminder of all the fun things we’ve done.

Here is our Summer 2015 list:

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Summer 2015 – I just love seeing the kids artwork scribbled all over the page.

After next week we will be able to cross-off some more items and move onto our next to-do list!

I’ve already compiled the list for Fall 2015 and thought you’d like to take a look at what we hope to do during this season!

When I’m compiling my to-do list I think of events that we are already planning to do (for the Summer 2015, I knew that my kids would be in a wedding so I added that to the list).

Then I add in new adventures for us to try (for the Summer 2015, I wanted to take my kids blueberry picking for the first time).

And lastly I will add family favorite activities (roasting s’mores usually gets added on every season’s to-do list).

I still want to add more to this list, but having a hard time thinking of what else to add.

What are some things you want to do this fall?

Welcoming Baby Chicks!

We welcomed six baby chicks into our family earlier this week!

Three Ameraucanas (colored eggs!!) and three Black Australorps.
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In our current coop, we already have Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and a Plymouth Rock so we were looking to add in a little more variety in our layers.  When we introduce our baby chicks to our current flock we will need to monitor the dynamics of the girls because of all the different personalities of each breed.

This precious fell asleep in my hand instantly.

We have completely fallen head over heals, and I think they have fallen for us too.

The kids LOVE playing and holding these little girls. I’m excited for them to learn more about how to care for the chicks.  It’ll be fun to incorporate this experience into homeschooling.  I am thinking about doing an art journal documenting the stages of chick development and enlisting the kids help with cleaning up the brooder.

This is one of our Black Australorps.

We purchased our chicks from our local farm store (Feldman’s Farm and Home in Liberty).  They advertised on their Facebook page when they were going to start selling chicks, and we made sure to arrive early on that day.

Chick Essentials:

  • Brooder: This is the chicks first home.  We used a large storage tub and placed it in our kitchen.  Look for a location that has no drafts or dampness.  If you have animals at home (or kids who don’t know how to handle them properly) think about adding a simple screen over top.
  • Heat Bulb and Metal Lamp: Though some people use just a simple 100-watt bulb, I recommend spending the extra couple dollars to purchase a red 250-watt bulb.  These bulbs will produce heat, which is needed to keep the chicks warm, and the red light will disguise blood, which will protect the injured bird from being pecked at by the other birds.
  • Bedding: Pine Shavings are the best option for inside the brooder.  (Cedar shavings will cause respiratory problems for chicks).  Avoid using straw which is too difficult for chicks to walk on and newspaper which doesn’t provide enough traction for their developing feet.
  • Feeders and Founts: Baby chick sized feeders and founts can be purchased at the store or I have seen some people make their own.  Avoid just using bowls because they are easier for them to soil.
  • Chick Starter Feed: At each stage chickens need correct nutrition.  Starter Feed has a higher protein and lower calories compared to the feed layer hens need.
  • Grit: When the chicks start kicking around their bedding, introduce grit into their diet.  Grit helps aid in digestion.  It is composed of little pieces of sand or stone that they store in their gizzards
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This is the chicks’ first home. We just added the roosting stick, but they probably won’t learn how to use it until next week.

Books to Check-Out at the Library:

  • ‘Chick Days: Raising Chickens from Hatchling to Laying Hens’ by Jenna Woginrich
  • ‘The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything you need to know… and didn’t know you needed to know about backyard and urban chickens’ by Andy G. Schneider and Dr. Brigid McCrea, Ph.D.
  • ‘Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard’ by Jessi Bloom and Kate Baldwin
Here are the chicks attentively watching Micah show off his Rescue Heroes toy to them.

Here are the chicks attentively watching Micah show off his Rescue Heroes toy to them.

I don’t have any photos of Zoey or Ethan with the chicks because Zoey is still a little scared to hold them and Ethan prefers to just throw objects into their home.  I’m sure with time they will get used to the little chicks.  But we already have developed a daily routine of saying good morning and good night to them.  However, we won’t admit how much time we spend sitting on the floor right next to their brooder,  watching them scurry around in their box.

Inside My Refrigerator

  
Wanna take a peak inside?  I always have fun seeing what other people keep in their refrigerator. Opening the doors gives you a sneak peek into how they eat, and it gives you ideas for something new to try!  Probably the most unusual thing I have is the Liquid Aminos. Have you ever tried it before?  Scroll down to learn what it’s used for.

Top Shelf

  • Butter
  • Wasabi
  • Basil Paste

Middle Shelf

  • Aloe
  • Pickles
  • Herb & Garlic Marinade
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing 
  • Roasted Red Pepper Italian Dressing
  • Balsamic Vinegar Spray
  • Orange Marmalade 
  • Strawberry Preserves 

Bottom Shelf

  • Dijon Mustard
  • Real Mayonnaise 
  • RealLemon
  • Home Made Chocolate Sauce
  • Home Made Ketchup
  • Home Made Salsa
  • Liquid Aminos
  • Soy Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Parmesan and Romano Cheese

So, have you ever heard of Liquid Aminos before?  If you’ve ever been in my 5-Day Clean Eating Group, you know what it is!  Liquid Aminos is made from non-GMO Soybeans to make somethig that tastes similar to soy sauce.  I like to use it in stir-fry, on salads, or to marinate fish.

What’s the most unusual thing in your refrigerator?

The Uber Long List of Shakeology Recipes!

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Laticia W.

Laticia W. “Shakeology gave me the energy I needed to stop’bonking’ in my workouts.” “I hit rock-bottom when I went to the doctor and weighed in at 165 pounds. Then I learned that mycholesterol results were horrific. I needed to change, and FAST! So I started P90X and Shakeology at the same time and immediately starting seeing results. Like Carl, I hate veggies, but I couldn’t even taste them in Shakeology. After drinking one shake a day for the past 10 months I now have a ton more energy, I’m in a much better mood, and my self-confidence is through the roof.Shakeology is my easiest and most-nutritious meal of the day and there are SO many different recipes to try that they never get boring.”

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Louie S. “Dollar for dollar, you can’t beat the price and taste of Shakeology.” “Even though I achievedincredible results from INSANITY, I felt like something was missing—so I ordered Shakeology alongside FOCUS T25. Turns out, adding Shakeology to my diet has made all the difference in the world. After just a month of drinking Shakeology I’m sleeping like a baby, my mood/mental clarity is amazing, my digestion/regularity is excellent and consistent, my energy is through the roof, and I’m seeing even more amazing results from my workouts. Plus, I’ve lost so much weight that I no longer need my sleep apnea CPAP machine.Now I’m in the best shape of my life, no longer have a double chin, and I’m loving my 4-pack. Shakeology is helping me achieve my goals because now I’mliving a healthy lifestyle and training hard.”

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Janice D.

Janice D. “Shakeology helped me lose 56 lbs.” “In 2008 I was in the military at my peak performance, weighing in at 135 lbs. Within a month of getting married I got pregnant and packed on 60 lbs. I lost the weight with Brazil Butt Lift, got pregnant again, gained it all back, had baby #2, and was depressed beyond belief. And that’s when I ordered Shakeology and went back to what I knew…Brazil Butt Lift. Within no time, Shakeology made me FEEL great and Brazil Butt Lift helped me LOOK great! Shakeology made my hair and nails stronger and grow longer, it significantly decreased my chronic migraines, and it curbed my bad snack choices. Now I sleep better and have so much energy. Today, Shakeology is a permanent member of our family!”

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Yecenia C.

Yecenia C. “Shakeology saved my life, and my Air Force career.” “No 31 year old should be 90 lbs. overweight and suffering from type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, 4 torn discs, hormonal issues, fainting spells caused by low blood pressure, and on the verge of spending life in a wheelchair—so I turned to Beachbody for help. I drank Shakeology together with doing Hip Hop Abs and the fat got blasted, my core got stronger, and I no longer endure pain in my back and legs. Then I did the Ultimate Reset to prepare my body for back surgery. And in 5 short months, I lost 76 lbs. and 14% body fat, my thyroid was back to normal, and my blood tests rocked. Shakeology fueled my body with the nutrition it needed and I’ll be grateful to its creators for the rest of my life!”

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Rachael L.

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“I feel GREAT every day!”
“Working out and eating healthy has always been something I care about, it just wasn’t always at the top of my priority list. Then, two years ago, my mother passed way at the age of 56, and that’s when I decided to change my life and my family’s life. Today, feeling good and living life to its fullest are my biggest goals, and I can say that I’ve reached them! I love life and now have so much energy to enjoy it. I’ve learned to look at food as fuel for my workouts, not something to reward myself with. I can’t say enough about how much Shakeology does for me—I actually prefer my shake over regular food.”

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Bob K.

Bob K.
“I weighed 280, was ‘morbidly obese,’ and had been hospitalized for 3 blood clots.”
“You would think that was my wake-up call, but it took my son telling me that I wouldn’t be around to coach my grandkids before I got serious about my health. When he told me about Shakeology and the Shakeology workouts, I had to give it a try. And boy, am I glad I did. At first, it was Shakeology and walking . . . then I upped it to Power 90 . . . and finally I tackled P90X. I lost nearly 100 lbs., ditched my cravings for sweets (no more snack cakes)—and my doctor was so impressed, he took me off my blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar medications. My sleep apnea went away. My energy shot through the roof, and I can only imagine how much better I’ll feel as I continue!”

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Elizabeth S.

Elizabeth S.
“My doctors and I agree, Shakeology is the leading reason for my improved health.”
“In the past couple of years, I was on as many as 9 different medications for my many health issues—high blood pressure, thyroid disorder, and pre-diabetes. I knew that I needed to do something to get my body back on track with the nutrients and minerals I needed to survive, so I gave Shakeology a try. Before I knew it, I was exercising, drinking my shakes, and losing weight! My peak weight was 278 pounds. Now, my weight is hovering at 142. I used to be a size 20/22 and now I’m an 8/10. I have the courage and self-confidence to take on any challenges that come my way. And my doctor says I am in ‘picture perfect’ health. To sum it all up in one word . . . AMAZING!”


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Spinach and Egg Bake

Whenever my beautiful friend, Kaytlynn, comes over to visit I love to experiment with new dishes. It takes a special kind of friend to endure taste testing with me!We made a dish called Baked Spinach and Egg, and we loved it!  Actually, I loved it so much I made it again for my breakfast the next day!

I love finding new recipes that incorporate more vegetables with breakfast foods. I’m already a big fan of sautéed spinach with scrambled eggs, but I love this new twist.  For the recipe, visit Abby at Manila Spoon.

Money Tip:: Instead of purchasing Feta in the cheese aisle, head over to the salad bar.  Scoop out exactly how much Feta cheese you need into a to-go box.  When you shop at the salad bar, you can get exactly what you want and purchase it by weight.  I love getting bacon bits and chopped chicken for my salads, or a side dish that only I will like (asparagus! or broccoli salad!)