Raspberry Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

I think this will have to be my last pancake post for a while, I may be overdoing it with pancakes on this little blog, but I needed to post this one. I’ll be really honest with you all…I have not been good to my body lately. My sugar consumption is through the roof, I can’t even start to explain how much I have been craving it lately. I haven’t done yoga in a couple of weeks, and I have been eating carbs by the truck load and let me tell you, I am feeling it. You know when you feel sluggish and drained? I have made a promise to myself to get back on track asap. Meaning warm lemon water in the morning, healthy breakfasts and balanced meals with lots of whole foods and less carbs. I also need to start doing yoga again at least 3 times a week. Maybe writing this on the blog will help me keep my promise… maybe? I just find winter makes me want to eat all sorts of comfort foods that aren’t necessarily good for me, and sit around in my comfy clothes reading and watching tv. I am seriously dying for spring, it’s always these last 2 months of winter that really get to me.

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Pancakes are not typically a healthy breakfast, but as much as I believe in treating my body right, I also believe balance is the key to everything and I don’t think missing out on foods that make you happy is the way to go. All in moderation, and if you are consuming more of the good stuff then the not so good stuff, you’re on the right track.
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These pancakes are a good start in the right direction since they are made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, natural sugar, rice milk and fresh fruits. Served with a healthy smoothie on the side, and you have a healthy weekend breakfast that doesn’t really feel that healthy!
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What I love about pancakes is you can really play around with them, you can substitute the flours and sugars and you could make them with any fruit really. I chose raspberries because they have a great balance of sweet and tart which I love. Served with pure maple syrup, which I often use to sweeten most of my baked goods, adds the right amount of sweetness to complete this breakfast. Try these out next weekend for a great, healthier alternative to your favourite pancake recipe.
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Raspberry Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

What you will need: 

Raspberry Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

1 cup rice milk (or any kind of milk you like)

2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup oats blended in a food processor

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 egg

1 tsp coconut oil

pinch of salt

1 tblsp maple syrup + more for serving

Fresh or frozen raspberries

Strawberry Banana Smoothie 

(Serves 2)

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 whole banana (frozen is preferable)

2.5 – 3 cups of rice milk (or any milk of your choice)

1 tbsp or more to taste pure maple syrup

1/4 cup rolled oats *optional*

What you need to do: 

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1. In a food processor blend the rolled oats until they resemble a flour like consistency. Sift together the flour, blended oats, baking powder.

2. To the dry ingredients add the egg, coconut oil, salt, maple syrup and the rice milk. Blend with a whisk until smooth.

3. On Medium low heat, add a little coconut oil. Ladle in the batter to the size you want and add a few raspberries to each pancake (I like to cover the raspberries with a little extra batter so they don’t burn on the pan when flipped). Let the pancakes cook until you see bubbles forming in the middle and the sides look dry. Flip and let cook a couple more minutes.

4. Serve with extra raspberries and pure maple syrup!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1. In a blender add in the rice milk first then the fruits and maple syrup and blend until smooth.

2. Seve and enjoy!

Inspiration: Little Geo Prints

I am really loving these tiny goe prints and with spring right around the corner I like to find ways to make some subtle, affordable changes to my space and not only do these tiny geos pack a big punch but they are growing to be a key print and pattern trend for 2015. I’m seeing them everywhere and really want to see them in my home…

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They have a delicate and pretty yet sophisticated look in washed corals and calming greys, often paired with blush pinks, nudes, teal and yellow accents. I really love them, don’t you?

Mickey Smith: Darkside of the Lens

Sometimes you come across something that speaks to you, that moves you in one way or another. Something that sends chills down your spine, and you feel some sort of connection to it. I remember watching this short film for the first time over 4 years ago, and feeling just that. I was in the final year of my undergrad degree and I was at a point where my career was all I was thinking about. Fast forward 4 years and nothing has really changed, I still think about my career all the time and this film still brings chills down my spine. Figuring out what it is you want to do for the rest of your life is a big deal, and while money is an important factor, it has never been my driving force. I believe that if you love doing something, the money will come through the passion, drive and focus you have for what you are doing. If you care about something enough you can move mountains and you won’t mind the hardships that may come, because you know in the end they will all be worth it. This is what came across to me in Darkside of the Lens and why it spoke to me so much.

“If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there is no future in it, at least it’s a present worth remembering. The fires of happiness, the waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar. I feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And though I may never be a rich man, if I live long enough, i’ll certainly have a tale or two for the nephews. I dig the thought of that.”

-Mickey Smith

Mickey Smith, a surf photographer released this short film, quietly on the internet in 2010. What was created for his nephews in memory of his sister, who was his biggest fan, ended up winning multiple awards and drawing heavy attention to his work from all corners of the globe.

Every aspect of this film is beautiful. The narration alone is powerful, but combined with the mind blowing imagery of a cold, wet paradise it delivers a strong message of passion, gratitude, determination and the desire to do something that is worth living for.

If there is anything that keeps me motivated to continue searching for that passion, to continue practicing gratitude, and to take full advantage of the cards i’m dealt every step of the way, it’s this film.

Enjoy,

Darkside Of The Lens from mickey smith on Vimeo.

Friday Finds

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1. Photo printing using the sun // A Beautiful Mess 

2. These amazing toasted marshmallow peanut butter bars // Sunday Public

3. These delicious fruit infused water flavours // The Beauty Department

4. This super soft Lou & Grey popover top i’m dying to buy // Loft

5. This amazingly easy Ikea Hack DIY // The Vault Files

6. How to create a capsule wardrobe // Unfancy

Happy Friday! Have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend!

Inspiration: Floral Arrangements

Nothing makes me smile more than a vase filled with fresh flowers. It’s one of those things that I try and make room for in my budget because it really brightens my day. That and a nice smelling candle, can almost always improve my mood. I’ve never been one for traditional bouquets of 12 perfectly cut roses. I’ve always liked something a little unique, a little more rustic and wild. Different flowers, mixed with things like fruit, or greenery that jets out. The imperfect look of it all makes it perfect to me. I have been drooling over Saipua’s Instagram account that fills my feed with images of their amazingly creative bouquets and makes me wish I was a florist! Here are some of my favourite floral arrangements at the moment.

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Happy Tuesday!

Citrus Cake with Sweet Lemon Frosting

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I’ve got a confession to make. I baked this on Friday, shot the photos on Saturday, and I have literally eaten one whole loaf to myself since then. I think I woke up in the middle of the night mumbling “i’ve eaten too much lemon cake”. It’s really bad. This recipe is highly addictive so I am warning you well in advance, do not bake it unless you have amazing self restraint because it’s not exactly healthy… it’s cake people, don’t let the lemons and grapefruits fool you!
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If you are looking for a light dessert then this is it. It’s delicious along side a cup of tea, or on it’s own and it has the right amount of sweetness to it with bright citrus flavour that takes over and makes your tastebuds dance. The icing is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, I could eat it by the spoonful. I’m telling you, this cake is a drug and writing this is making me want another slice.

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It’s been so cold lately, and the sun is often hidden behind grey clouds, so baking with bright citrus fruits exploding with flavour was the perfect pick me up this weekend. I think it may have had an effect on the weather because yesterday felt like spring! We were finally able to bring Winslow to the dog park, something we haven’t been able to do in over two weeks. He got soaked head to toe, covered in slush, and we had to throw him in the bath when we got home, but he had a big dog grin on his face which made it all worth it. It was such a great feeling to be able to stand outside and feel the sun beating down on us like a warm hug. Anne Bradstreet said it well – “If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant.”  I’m definitely beyond excited for spring! In the meantime, go bake this citrus cake to bring some instant sunshine into your life!

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Citrus Cake Recipe (Adapted from Barefoot Contessa)
(Makes 2 loafs)

You will need:

For the cakes:

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 to 8 large lemons)
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice)
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Lemon Icing

½ stick butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp lemon zest

What you need to do:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/4-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pans, and line the bottoms with parchment paper (optional).

2. Cream butter and 2 cups sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Mixing at medium speed, add eggs, one at a time, then add lemon zest.

3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup citrus juice, buttermilk and vanilla. Add flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to butter and sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Divide batter evenly between pans, smooth tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

4. Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup citrus juice in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves.

5. When cakes are done, let them cool 10 minutes. Invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon lemon syrup over cakes. Let cakes cool completely.

6. For icing, combine in small batches confectioners’ sugar, 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until smooth. (I say small batches because powdered sugar will get everywhere). Evenly spread over cakes and allow some of the icing to drizzle down the sides. Let the icing harden before slicing.

Enjoy!

 

Sweet Dreams; Bedroom Inspiration

I love imagining what the perfect room looks like to me. This idea of “perfect” constantly changes, since we all have that basic idea of what we like, but certain trends make an impact on us. Ideally I try and create a fairly neutral base in every room so that I can make inexpensive changes that impact the overall feel. I was really into white when we did the bedroom, and chose all white dressers and nightstands, which is a great blank canvas. I love it and can total work with it, but lately I’ve been craving a little bit of warmth in the form of natural wood. Something that isn’t heavy though, and still has a light airy feel. I love the nightstand below, it’s got that wood element but the marble top contrasts the darkness perfectly, keeping it light and fresh. While I am in NO position to re-do the bedroom right now (money doesn’t grow on trees) a girl can dream, don’t you think!? I am constantly finding new pieces that make my heart beat faster, so making inspiration boards like this one is a fun way to piece together my personal style! For now, here’s what I’m loving for my “perfect” bedroom. Imagine this; lots of natural light, an open airy layout, very subtle grey/white walls and these beautiful things.


That navy rug is so dramatic and cozy and pairs really well with natural wood. I have been eyeing navy for a while now, and trying to think of ways to incorporate it into my current space. The lamp is like killing two birds with one stone, it’s sculptural element adds interest to the space, and it obviously provides light. The dresser has an art deco feel which caught my eye and goes well with the nightstand. This big plush bed frame is so beautiful. My bed currently sits on a metal frame and I use large oversized pillows to act as a headboard. It looks awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I keep dreaming of a bed with a headboard and a baseboard like this one. Finishing off the whole look is a really fun piece of art. The colours are light and feminine and have a little navy in there that ties in perfectly with the rug, and the brass frame matches the lamp! Could you imagine waking up in here? I could. Anyone want to let me re-do their room instead?