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Banana Pecan Pancakes

Banana Pecan Pancakes

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups milk – soy, rice, almond, cow, etc.
1 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 cups pecans, chopped

Place dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.  In another bowl, stir in bananas, milk, and oil.  Combine both bowls.


…. or simply place everything but your nuts in your vita-mix and blend until smooth.


Oil a large skillet and place on medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each individual pancake onto the skillet.  When the pancakes starts to bubble, flip.   Cook until pancakes are lightly browned on both sides.



These pancakes are amazing with some of our homemade syrup.


A Collection of Healthy Thanksgiving Table Ideas

A Collection of Healthy Thanksgiving Table Ideas

I am loving these apple place settings by Smarts and Crafts.


 Learn how to make this fun Popcorn Turkey over at Land of Nod.



I love this Fruit Turkey created by Katherine Marie Photography,


and her fun Apple Turkey activities for kids.



FREE Thanksgiving Conversation cards at Skip to My Lou are fun!


And so are these FREE Conversation Cards from the Happy Home Fairy. I think I need both sets!



How fun is this FREE printable thanksgiving bunting made by Today’s Mama?


Lunch box notes from Crafts & Such.


And my favorite Thanksgiving Lunchbox cards for a Special Someone created by Happy Home Fairy.



What are your favorite Thanksgiving Traditions??

Organic Revolution

Organic Revolution

Over the past century, the manner in which we grow and manufacture our food has changed dramatically. Farming has definitely made some remarkable improvements, but it may be time to return back to the basics.

Our foods are now highly processed and filled with sodium, trans fats, preservatives, and flavor enhancers! All of this provides a long shelf-life and addictive flavors. Yet, all of this has been done for the benefit of food manufacturers and their profits.  If we choose to consume unhealthy products, food manufacturers profit from our decline in health and possibly induce addictions due to their artificial ingredients.

The Organic Trade Association states it well with their creative video – Store Wars.

Processed Foods and Addiction

Processed Foods and Addiction
  • Do you know anyone addicted to food?
  • Have you ever felt the need to keep eating a particular food?
  • Could food manufacturers be manipulating our neural circuitry?


I have always been a proponent of whole food consumption, home-made cooking, and understanding the ingredients of our food choices.  Our nutritional intake is the key to our continued health.

A recently published article in the Herald Extra title, “Fatty Foods Considered Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science,” explains some current research demonstrating how processed foods with high quantities of unnatural fats and high fructose corn syrup can actually induce changes within our neural circuitry that can create addictive behaviors.

This is excellent research that will serve the community well in turning back to the basics and coming to understand the importance of their food choices.


In addition, as I am beginning my research experience as a neuroscientist, I am studying the effects of addiction on the brain and will be developing conservative, non-invasive, and alternative therapies for overcoming addiction.

Josi Kilpack’s “Kickin’ Craisin Cookies”

Josi Kilpack’s “Kickin’ Craisin Cookies”

I have a thing for culinary novels… and Josi Kilpack’s culinary mystery books are no exception to that rule. I love the main character’s abilities to soften almost anyone’s heart with food.  I also thoroughly enjoy the recipes and the atmosphere of her books.

I finished reading Key Lime Pie last week (book number four of the series).  The story line was outstanding and the recipes were amazing.  I had fun modifying the “Kickin’ Craisin Cookie Recipe” and decided that Sadie Hoffmiller would be upset if I did not add this recipe to my “little black book” of recipes here on the web.


Josi Kilpack’s “Kickin’ Craisin Cookies”

1 cup earth balance or organic butter
2 cups sucanat
2 organic eggs or 2 chia seed egg replacements
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups spelt flour
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups Craisins  (I prefer the Newman brand)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine earth balance/butter until creamy and smooth.  Add eggs/chia seed egg replacement and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine spelt flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.  Slowly combine both bowls.   Add Craisins, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Josi recommends using a wooden spoon –  the dough will be too thick at this point for most mixers.

On a greased cookie sheet, create 1-inch dough balls with a tablespoon or Cookie Scoop about two inches apart.  Bake 6 to 9 minutes or until just browned—do not overbake.  Allow the cookies to cool on a pan for approximately 2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.



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