Tuesday, December 30, 2014

150 Calorie Banana Pancakes

Matthew and I entered our relationship with me bringing in a DVD player that I have had for 12 years now, and him a VCR that I am pretty sure he had his whole life. We don't have cable, so our kids watch{a lot of}movies and they had mastered the art of working both systems. Well their tiny worlds were flipped upside down when we received a Blu Ray player for Christmas this year, which replaced both of our old systems. I set it up after they had gone to bed for the night and the next morning when Mason got up and snuck downstairs to watch a movie, he couldn't figure out where everything had gone and how to work the new contraption. After explaining multiple times now what it is and how to use it, he still keeps stealing the old DVD remote from our bedroom and bringing it downstairs to try to use with the Blu Ray player. It makes me laugh every time.

On a completely separate note, I have discovered the Holy Grail of breakfast foods. I mean seriously.
I finally made banana pancakes this morning after seeing the idea on Pinterest months ago. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to try this healthy and DELICIOUS breakfast treat. If I had a list of life regrets, not making these sooner would be number 1. Plus, these are easy. I mean, I whipped these up while my toddlers each held onto a leg and screamed how hungry they were, that easy.  

My dearest friends, stop whatever you are doing and IMMEDIATELY make these pancakes. 
Only one pancake is shown because I couldn't wait to finish cooking the second one. Whoops.

150 Calorie Banana Pancakes:

1 banana
2 egg whites
toppings of choice

Mash your banana, mix in two egg whites. Heat a nonstick pan sprayed with nonstick spray of your choice(I used coconut oil spray). Pour half of your "batter" into the heated pan. When edges look light and fluffy, flip carefully with a spatula, cook for another minute. Take out of pan, cover with toppings of choice, I picked a handful of blueberries and a tiny bit of sugar free syrup, and proceed to stuffing your face with these delicious pancakes.

All My Love,

Monday, December 29, 2014

Goals for the New Year

Can we just talk about the fact that Christmas has come and gone?? What happened? It was Halloween yesterday..
My Littles really got into the Christmas spirit this year. Mason has told me repeatedly that he is sad Christmas is over, and trying to explain the idea of keeping our Christmas hope alive throughout the year confuses him, so I have just stuck to agreeing that yes, it is really sad.
We had an absolutely packed Christmas season. With our growing family, there are A LOT of people to see and accommodate, but it was a fun and faithful Christmas!

Now that we are approaching the New Year, I have been reflecting on this past year and I have to say that 2014 was pretty amazing. From changing my lifestyle, to my first Half Marathon, there were so many new and amazing experiences. I am really looking forward to 2015. I have recommitted to my healthy eating(look for new recipes coming soon!), I will be ordained as a Deacon in January and our family of 4 will grow to a family of five. There will be so many new experiences and challenges and I am so excited to see how this next year unfolds!

I am really horrible about keeping "resolutions", but I do have goals for this year.
1. Eat more mindfully.
2. Pray more mindfully.
3. Parent more mindfully.
4. Be a more mindful wife.

This year my goal is to be present in all things I do. As the years pass, time seems to move faster and faster and I don't want to be so busy just getting through that I miss all of the little moments.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our Kindness Elf

If everyone else's Thanksgivings were anything like mine, you are probably rolling around on the floor like the Blueberry girl from Willy Wonka. We had so much good food and so much fun family time!

Yesterday was our Church's 180th Birthday celebration! First Presbyterian Church has been around a long time and it was so neat to hear so much about our Church home. My great, great grandpa, A.B. Jackson, was the Pastor at First Presbyterian for 26 years. I am the 5th generation, making Mason and Ellie the 6th generation, which is pretty awesome. I was asked to speak a little about my great, great grandpa, which was a little tough because he was a pretty extraordinary man. He wrote a journal of sorts and I had the opportunity to read it in preparation for the celebration. If he was half as funny in life as he was on paper, we would have been good friends.

Yesterday also marked the beginning of Advent. I love this time of year. There is so much joy and hope. Since Advent started yesterday, Elfie, our Kindness Elf arrived today.
I love the general idea of the Elf of the Shelf, but I hate that there is usually a mess or some kind of mischief involved. I am trying to get my Littles to NOT play with toilet paper or cover my kitchen in flour. We chose to have our elf encourage acts of kindness to others instead.

Today we had a special welcome breakfast for Elfie.

Elfie also brought Mason and Ellie an ornament to hang on our tree. Mason's was a train and Ellie's was a cupcake. 

This afternoon we are going to pick out some toys to donate as our act of kindness for today. 

Mason is really starting to understand this whole Christmas thing and it is so exciting to watch his eyes light up. He LOVES Christmas songs. They have been practicing new twists on classic carols at school and we have his Christmas program December 19th. 

I am so excited to continue our acts of kindness and countdown this Christmas season with these nuggets!