Monthly Archives: March 2016

Vegan Pancakes


1 cup flour
1 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbs baking Powder
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp applesauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp baking soda

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add milk and oil to the bowl.
3. Add vanilla and applesauce to the bowl.
4. Mix until smooth.
5. Spoon pancake mix onto hot griddle.
6. Flip and cook other side.
7. Enjoy!

Getting Your Children to Clean Up Their Messes


I do not know about you, but I am always struggling with this.  Perhaps, it was my own fault for cleaning up after them since they were real little.  Maybe I did not teach them how to clean up or perhaps I am not holding them accountable enough.  It appears that daily I need to remind my girls to clean up after they are done playing with their toys.  It seems like they play with a toy and then drop it right where they are when a new toy catches their eye.  I tried to teach them once you are done with a toy then put it back.  Apparently there was a breakdown in communication of this.  Many days I find myself or my husband repeating ourselves to have the girls pick up.  Yet every day it is the same thing over and over.  We ask them to pick up, we get stares of disapproval, we repeat ourselves, they do not move, we raise our voices, etc.  I may just need to do a sweep through their toys again.  Maybe they have too many options and if they cannot care for their toys including putting them away, then perhaps they need to earn them back.  Anyone else frustrated with endless toys appearing in all rooms of your house?

Bella Panini Grill


I have had this for a long time.  Paninis might be one of my all time favorite lunches.  I love this appliance so much that I have 2 of them.  This saves some time when making multiple paninis when people are here.

Panini Recipe

Butter both slices of ciabatta bread
Add hummus to one side
Add cooked broccoli with balsamic vinegar in the panini
Close lid and let cook.
Add balsamic vinegar in small bowl for dipping.

Tangerine Essential Oil


Tangerine has a soothing and relaxing aroma.  Cleansing and purifying properties.  Add two to three drops as a flavoring in cake and cookie recipes.  Add one to two drops in water, smoothies, teas, or lemonade for flavoring.  To boost energy and uplift mood, place one to two drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, and cup over the nose and mouth for 30 seconds or diffuse throughout the room.  Apply to flex points or abdomen to promote feelings of happiness.