Fancy Fruity Pancakes

It’s unlikely that anyone will believe me when I told them that these pancakes were imagined on a morning when I was simply trying to be healthy (and frugal) and sneak a few over ripe apricots into my girls’ breakfast! =) but it’s true… Sometimes a breakfast that makes squealing happy toddlers is so much better than simply healthy. And hey! It’s still frugal if you have over ripe fruit like me!

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Mix and set aside:
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In mixer:
1 egg
1 cup of milk
2 Tablespoons oil
1 ripe banana
2 ripe apricots
(Or any fruit you could imagine really! Just try to equal about 1 cup mashed fruit. I used my immersion blender in my mixer blend in the apricot skins even!)

(Optional)
Chocolate chips for sprinkling
Cinnamon sugar butter for topping

Add flour into mixer and stir into fruit.
Should be lumpy!
Heat a griddle to medium heat. Coat with butter, and scoop on  your preferred size pancakes. My girls like little ones that they just eat with their hands… And top with chocolate chips!

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Flip when bubbles appear in the center of the pancake. Finish cooking. Serve hot and top with cinnamon sugar butter!
Hailee has eaten 4 and still going strong. Claire (teething) stopped during her 2nd one but was especially thrilled to have chocolate chips in her pancakes. Enjoy! :)

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Chewy, Thick, Better-than-Your-Current-Favorite, Pizza Crust!

I have tried several pizza dough recipes in my 4 short years cooking for my husband. We agree this is the best.

When we first got married, I was still cooking my moms long loved pizza dough. There’s nothing wrong with it. {Although she too has moved onto bigger and better pizza dough’s…) But it hated me. And therefore I hated it. Every time, something else went wrong. Too much flour. Too little. Forgot the oil. Whatever. Let is stand that I still can’t make it right.

Then I tried a new one. Then an even newer one (Pioneer Woman’s, to be exact, is anyone surprised? I’ve tried most of her recipes haha!)

And finally. I found the best! It is so chewy. Fluffy. Gooey. The bottom is crispy, the edges are crunchy and the rest of it is gooey and delicious. I like to do light sauce, easy on the cheese and heavy on the toppings. (When I have em on hand.) But obviously to each her own with the toppings.

Just.

Try.

This.

CRUST.

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A Day of Harvesting Basil and Purposefully Unpurposeful Parenting

I wrote this to remind my self of all the ways the perfect day can happen. And just how easy it can be if I simply stop TRYING to make the perfect day happen. May I always do my job well and provide her with the room to grow as she pleases!

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I only just read the name for what happened here this morning, last night: “Slow Parenting”.

At first I thought it was going to be something I didn’t like. “Slow Parenting” lends itself to sounding unlikable, I think!

I tend to think of what happened here today as “Purposefully Unpurposeful Parenting”. And while that may be a mouthful (and possibly grammatically impossible!) I think it describes it so much better than “Slow Parenting”.

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