Monday, September 20, 2010

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

IMG_0401[1] This morning Em made some very yummy pancakes for breakfast. They are the Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from the cookbook Getting Thin and Loving Food by Kathleen Daelemans. She used to have a show on Food Network and I enjoyed her healthy spin on good food.

The neat things about these pancakes are they are filling and can be eaten without butter and syrup. If you feel the need to put something on them try some natural peanut butter.


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats ( not instant)
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Combine both flours, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Place egg white, brown sugar, buttermilk, and yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until combined. Add rolled oats, apples, raisins, walnuts, and dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix.

Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Spoon pancake batter by heaping tablespoonfuls around pan until you can’t fit any more. Let cook until bubbly and lightly brown. Turn and continue cooking just until lightly brown on the other side. Continue with remaining batter.

We put a bowl of raisins on the table, since some of us (yes, me), don’t like raisins in things. We wrap our leftover pancakes individually in syran wrap and then put them all in a big ziploc and toss in the freezer. You can heat these up in the toaster or microwave later.

These go really quickly around here:)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First Day Of School Pictures


Last week was our first day of school. We had just returned home from a month long trip in Houston, where it was the hottest summer on record.  Not really where you want to be when they are breaking those kind of records. So imagine our surprise when we went outside to take our school pictures, we had to run back inside to grab our sweaters.  Love that panhandle of Texas weather.





Emma Lu starts the 5th grade this year. (Emma Lu is not her real name, but for some reason I have started calling her this.)






This is Soph who is starting the 3rd grade. She is threatening to outgrow us all this year.






IMG_7736 (2)And here is my baby, sweet Little One.  She is starting Pre-K this year. She is 3 and ready for math, spelling, and work.  She repeats this to me everyday.

Last year we named our school Where The Red Yucca Grows:IMG_7738

This year Soph asked if we could implement a uniform policy.  You know, so we don’t have to pick out our clothes each day.  I’m not sure what kind of school I am running here, but I sure do love it!

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