Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quinoa Pancakes? It's what's for breakfast today

Believe me, they were DELISH!

I resisted quinoa (keen wah) for the longest time. I just couldn't get used to the pearly consistency when used as a side dish, similar to rice. Then I found a recipe for Creamy Quinoa in the Reader's Digest Diet book and I was hooked. As a breakfast cereal, it totally satisfied me. So, today I thought, ``Why not try to make pancakes?''

Here is my recipe. Very simple and LEGAL. All real ingredients, nothing artificial. And totally satisfying and delish!

1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 mashed banana
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Truvia
2 tsp real maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil

Makes 4 medium-sized pancakes.

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, making sure to combine well.

Prep a skillet or frying pan with the coconut oil and drop a large scoop of the mixture onto the hot pan. It will be thick, so allow some of the batter to `flatten' onto the cooking surface. When you see bubbles, check to see if the pancake is browned and then turn it over.

Serve with 2 tsp of maple syrup.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


A special treat for Valentines Day!
Wow, I've been away for a long time. But I HAVE been busy. I did a Valentine swap with the ladies from P+R. I had been collecting wool sweaters for a while. I found some really sweet ones in the childrens sections of the thrift stores and felted them. When I needed an idea for the swap, I used the felted pillow I had received as a gift years ago as my inspiration.

The little blue one was the gift. The red/pink/yellow blends are the ones I swapped. I crazy quilted a few and tried rag quilting also.  (Another unrelated project was a rag quilt for my friend's grandbaby. More about that in another post!!) They all turned out soft and scrunchy. Added embellishments were scrapbook keys and locks or some old rusted skeleton keys, buttons, and pinned-on tags.

I love to swap! I'm still waiting on a few of the totally unique and amazing swaps to arrive and then I'll be posting them, too. The crafters at Primitive and Rustic are such an inspiration to me.

Lotsa love!