Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4th of July and Blueberry Pancakes

Don't we look so patriotic. Dad is in the background waving the flag.

The day before the 4th of July we spent with my husbands family. I always have a wonderful time hanging out with them. One of the highlights of my day was going to the neighbors yard to pick blueberries. We picked two big bowls and they generously gave them all to me. I couldn't help myself and ate half of them yesterday. But today I knew I wanted to put them to good use in pancakes.

I have been experimenting with a 'blender-style' GF, sugar-free, and dairy free pancake recipe. The concept is to take whole grains like rice and millet and blend them with water and some type of acid let them soak overnight. I found the original recipe here. I have loved the recipe from the beginning but I like to experiment and see what I can do to make it different.

An awesome find at Kroger today. I have been wanting to try it and found it marked down to $.99.
The taste did not disappoint either.

The first time I used brown rice and millet and it was a bit too dense and grainy for my husband's taste. I tried using brown rice and amaranth next which turned out good. This time I used a combination of brown rice and gluten free oats. I feel the smoothness of the oats paired nicely with the grittiness of the brown rice and also added a little air to the pancake. We both agreed that this was the best one yet and I am excited to eat the leftovers for breakfast. Also, putting the blueberries in definitely took it over the top. I would say this ranks up there as some of the best pancake I have ever eaten!
One pancake is topped with goat cheese. The other with coconut raspberry yogurt. Talk about some incredible flavor profiles. But don't take my word for it. Try it out for yourself! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Blueberry Pancakes
1 Cup Brown Rice
1 Cup GF Oats
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbls apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
2 Tbls Coconut Oil

Place all 5 items in blender and blend for 3 minutes. Let sit 12-24 hours.

Then add:
1 egg
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon (or more if you really like cinnamon like me)
Honey or other type of sweetener to taste if you want to add a little sweetness*

Blend everything together for 1 minute.

Heat up griddle. Oil the pan and spoon out your pancakes. While the first side is cooking sprinkle as many blueberries as you want into the wet batter. Once they start bubbling flip and let cook until golden brown. Then dig in.

This recipe made 18 medium sized pancakes.

*If you are adding any kind of sweetener just be careful as it changes the consistency. If it is too thick add some water, if it is too thin add some rice or oat flour. Making this recipe a bit thicker is great for waffles. Try that too :).

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Adventures

I still haven't told anyone about this blog. Due to absence of readers it seems silly to apologize for my lack of posting. However, apologize I must. I am sorry for myself because I haven't kept up with my goal of blogging consistently through the summer thus far. My excuse is that I have been doing a lot of traveling and I have also struggled with a lack of inspiration. Many times I feel that I don't have the material to compose a post that meets my high expectations of what will be interesting for others to read. But life isn't about being perfect. It is about what we learn and discover in process of growing as a person. So as I learn and write about the lessons God teaches me, my hope is that you will learn with me, and God will speak truth through the words that I write.

So, let me tell you about all this traveling my husband and I have been doing. The third week of June we drove two hours north of Atlanta to Rabun County for a mission trip. Every year a group of youth and adult volunteers head to the north ga mountains to help the community through a program called RAP (Rabun Aid Program). We stay at a local camp ground and each day we break up into groups to go out into the community to help people. We assist people who have houses that need repair and can't do it themselves. This year we had almost 100 youth and adults and in three days we helped 34 families with everything from painting a deck to yard-work to replacing siding. This is my second year and each time I am so amazed at what a group of people working together can accomplish. It is a great experience, and I am pretty sure that those of us who volunteered walked away more blessed and thankful than the people we went to help. Amazing how that works isn't it? It is truly more blessed to give than to receive.
My work group at RAP

After a week at home we hit the road and headed to Panama City for a youth conference called Big Stuf. My husband and I went down to help as chaperones, and we took almost 100 6-12th graders from the youth group my husband used to work with. The camp was HUGE and I think there were 1,500 people total. This was his eighth time attending and my first. In the morning we had worship and teaching. After lunch we got to chill on the beach and after dinner we had more worship and teaching. I mean, what could be better than that?? The only sad point was that it rained all week and I spent most of my free time cooped up in the hotel room. But all in all it was a great week. The theme was 'THINK' and they talked about how what we think determines what we do. So many times I feel defeated in life because I know the things I want to change but can't seem to make those changes happen. I see each failure as an isolated event, and I let those failures dictate how I view myself. They taught that when we reshift our focus to changing how we think; our actions will automatically follow. I felt like a light bulb went off in my head. I feel empowered to take on this new challenge of renewing my mind and how I think. I learned so much and made friends with some great people!

Chris and I in Panama City

That's all for now. More recipes and stories to come.