Breakfast Fun…EASY!

If you are like me and your kids are still on holiday vacation, start their day with a little fun that’s simple.

Breakfast the first meal of the day, get them involved.  We typically make pancakes once per week.  Sometimes they are simple with just whole grain flour other times they may have fruit and chocolate chips in them.

For this particular activity I chose a simple recipe as follows:

1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup of white unbleached flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

1 cup of  2 % milk or almond milk

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

Mix all dry ingredients.  Make a well in the middle and add all the liquids.  Stir until smooth.  Let rest a few minutes.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan.  Pour about a 1/4 cup for each pancake.  Cook until golden brown.  Set aside.

Grab some cookie cutters and whatever toppings your kids love chocolate hazelnut spread, jams, honey, peanut butter…you get the idea.

Let them cut away their shapes.  Top and even sandwich them together for great morning activity to start the day out.   Our kids help with the entire process but if you want to limit the mess have the stacks ready to go for when they wake up–Surprise!

The remaining scraps do not go to waste, they become breakfast!

 

Stars!

 

 

Winter Simplicity…Spruce Up!

After a bit of a hiatus…I am back.

Something fun and easy you can do with your kids.  Maybe “spruce” up your house or brighten someone’s day.

It is my opinion that fresh flowers or greenery always brighten up a space.  If you are also like me, well, I am trying to cut corners and expenses.  Buying fresh flowers, or cultivating them from your garden or a friend’s is not always feasible especially in different places on the globe.

Do you know that spruce or evergreen tree in your yard?  It is a great option to make a simple arrangement and enjoy it’s natural scent.

Try the following:

1 glass vase, recycled glass bottle or an unmatched old glass from your kitchen

Several pine cones, rocks, fabric scraps ( I found felt to work great) or sticks (whatever you find lying around outside or inside for that matter)

Depending on the size of your vase/cup fresh cut spruce or pine (anything green) different lengths to arrange

Place the objects either pinecones, rocks, small pieces of sticks in the bottom of the vase/glass so it is about a 2/3 full.  Arrange your fresh cut limbs.  The objects you placed in the bottom will hold up your branches.  I added water to keep these alive a bit longer.

Voile…easy and inexpensive!

Check out this simple holiday design for more ideas….

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Other ideas using scraps of felt and a stick from the yard.

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Random glass with stones.

 

Healthy Ice Cream recipe video — WANDER the WORLD

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Summer is here, and that means many delicious flavours of ice cream in overload! From chocolate chip to peanut butter-jelly and from blueberry sorbet to strawberry cheesecake, choice in abundance! But as much as I love ice cream, a healthy lifestyle and body means a lot to me as well.

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Tasty Summer Recipes- Part Two! — foodwasteaced

With summer getting even closer and closer, we’ve planned out a delicious menu for the season that you can use for your family and friends whether your hosting one person or a party of 100! As promised, here is the highly- requested part two to our summer recipes post! This time, the theme is picnic […]

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Enjoy Summer with 10 Tasty Summer Recipes! — foodwasteaced

Its almost summer! You know what that means- tons of parties, picnics, and traveling! Let us prepare you for the sunny season with our top ten summer recipes. With everything from savory fish tacos to tart berry sorbet, we’ve got you covered with your ultimate summer menu whether you’re relaxing by the pool or partying with friends all summer long.

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Expiring Fresh Fruit

Papaya and Mango…YUM!

After a busy weekend of fun.  I looked at my counter and yes, there they were looking back at me… very ripe mangos and papaya.  This fruit is delicious in its peak, but after that not so tasty fresh anymore.  Having you found yourself in this exact situation?  Don’t waste it!

After washfullsizeoutput_12f1ing the fruit and removing the skin and seeds, I took all the meat of the fruits and chopped them roughly.  They were than placed into a sauce pan to cook down slowly until thickened with no residual water remaining in the pan from the fruit.  Pureed in a blender and presto, fresh jam with no added sugar.   The beauty of most fruits is that they have so much natural sweetness and rich flavor when cooked down in a very ripe state.

I am storing in the refrigerator to use on anything from toast to rice cakes to crackers or as a natural sweetener in baked goods in place of applesauce.   You may also freeze if you are not into the process of canning and your refrigerator is overfull at the moment.

Don’t worry, you can do this with any combination of fruits you choose and have available to you at your spot on the globe.  We just happen to be in a tropical fruit paradise and eating it up.  YUMMY!

 

 

 

Great Basket Ideas…It’s Not Too Late!

Check out these super cute and easy Easter baskets that you can make really anytime of the year and customize for anyone.

 

Why spend money on expensive store Easter baskets when you can create your own fabulous designs? Stuck for ideas? Lucky for you, Good Housekeeping has a selection of baskets for everyone on the Bunny’s list! Easter Baskets

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Ripe and Ready….Mission Banana!

How many times have you found yourself with too many over ripe bananas to eat?  Good timing this time.  You may have guests over the Spring/Easter vacation staying with you or you may want to prepare ahead for a Sunday brunch, these bananas are not going in the freezer for smoothies this time.

I have derived a quick, easy, sugar and yes, fat free muffin or bread if you prefer, just adjust baking times accordingly.  Take a look below and try this new one fresh out of the kitchen today!

Anytime you try one of the recipes please do not forget to share the love by passing it along and any feedback you have for me is always welcome.  Happy Baking….


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Honey Choco Chip Banana Muffins

4 small, Ripe Bananas

2 Eggs

¾ cup Honey

½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 cup White Whole Wheat High Protein Flour (or any other whole grain or wheat flour you choose)

1 cup White Unbleached Flour

1/3 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

In a large bowl place ripe bananas and mash with fork. Add eggs, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and mix at médium speed until a smooth consistency is achieved.  Add flour, one cup at a time at low speed when well combined stir in chocolate chips.   Spoon batter (or use an ice cream scooper) into a lightly sprayed or lined cupcake pan for approximately 18 minutes or until golden.  I filled the cupcake liners only half way to make medium sized muffins.  Makes approximately 24 medium muffins.