Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another take on Oatmeal

Okay, so it is getting cold and oatmeal is my go to breakfast right now. The add-ins are endless and so I have to share my latest and greatest:

Quinoa & Oatmeal with Toasted Seeds and Dates

1. Toast up some pumpkin and sunflower seeds (and a few raisins LOL) in a skillet. This makes them aromatic and deliciously nutty. Do Not Burn!!!!

2. Chop up a few dates (I used 5) for some natural sweetness

3. Precook about 1/4 cup of Quinoa (rinsed) in a Pyrex measuring cup with about 1/2 cup water. I cook it in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes.

4. Cook 1/2 cup of Old Fashioned Oats in your favorite 2 quart pan with about 1 cup water and a sprinkle of salt. Add in the above ingredients.

5. Add your favorite flavorings: cinnamon, maple syrup whatever you like best. I also finish this with a little Almond Milk. Serve warm and get that instant "OMG! this is soooo good" feeling!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cold Morning, Hearty Breakfast

Aaaaghh! November arrived (temperature-wise) in the form of cold rain and sleet and even a little snow this morning. So what better to comfort ones' self but to make a hearty bowl of warm oatmeal.

Ahhh, but not just any oatmeal. This one has that nifty protein laden quinoa added for a nutty taste. I also added chopped walnuts, some raisins, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup.

Talk about yummy, warm comfort food.... ahhhhhhh!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My favorite Veteran's Day story

Reposted from my earlier Panda Pause blog:

Vegetarian Day!

Yesterday was a NO SCHOOL DAY for my grandkids and also at the school I work at. So my daughter Heather and I decided to take the kids to visit their great grand parents out of town so they could see the new baby.

On the way up, Jocelyn asks “Grandma, do we have any vegetarians in our family?” I am sure I must have looked puzzled while answering…”Umm, no, I don’t think so.” She continued “Well we are singing for the vegetarians next week for chorus at school and we are supposed to bring pictures of our vegetarians.”

I thought for a moment confused as ever. That did not make any sense. Then it dawned on me that soon the kids might be celebrating “Veteran’s Day”.

“Oh Jocelyn! You mean Veteran’s Day. Yes, as a matter of fact, Great Grandpa Ned is a Veteran and you can ask him about this when we get to their house.” I had to smile at this as it was such an adorable moment.

So of course Great Grandpa Ned helped to explain what a veteran was to the children. And that there are many Veterans in our family including our most recent veteran, James who was just in Iraq. But it got real interesting when they were sounding out the word V-e-t-e-r-a-n and GGrandpa said it sounded kind of like Veterinarian, which is a whole other ball of wax. Talk about confusing!

Anyway, I got this great shot of Ned and Jocelyn for her school that she could take to school for Vegetarian Day!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Awesome Pancakes

I love to make pancakes for my grandkids and they love these. They are very much like buttermilk pancakes.

Vegan Pancakes - Delicious No Dairy, No Eggs

Mix dry ingredients together:
   1 cup whole wheat flour
   1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    1 tsp baking soda
   1/2 tsp salt

In a different bowl mix:
   1 cup almond milk (you can use rice milk, coconut milk, soy milk - your choice)
   1 to 2 T of your favorite unprocessed sweetner (agave, rice syrup, palm sugar,
                           less if using stevia, adjust to your level of sweetness)
   2 T apple cider vinegar

Add dry & wet ingredient together and stir
Add a little more milk if you need a wetter consistency

optional add-ins:

   1/4 cup mashed bananas or applesauce or pumpkin puree
            (adjust more or less sweetner (above) as needed)
   If don't add fruit you may want to add: 1 T oil (canola or coconut)
   1/2 cup of raisins (I soak them a while in the milk mixture ahead)
   1/4 cup of chopped nuts or seeds
                (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds etc)

Serve with your favorite syrup or sauce.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


A real conversation I heard this week. I wasn't trying to listen in, but she kept getting louder and louder. It was very cute. I could not help chucking a bit.

Elderly woman (in her late 80's maybe) on phone speaking to her twin sister who had been ill:

"Hello Sis, how are you? What? Oh, I just called to see how you are. What?... I called to check in on you, did you remember to take your medicine? What? ... What? Your medicine, did you remember to take your medicine ... What? Yes. [more conversation...]

...Well I have to go. I ...What? I said I have to go. I will see you later, What? I have to go, I will see you tonight, ok? What? Oh, ok, I will see you tonight. Ok, bye, I love you. What?..."