Blueberry Sweet Potato Pancakes

petalsIMG_7633We have a favorite brunch joint here in town, and at that joint, our favorite thing to get is Blueberry Sweet Potato Pancakes! Well, I finally got tired of only having them every-once-in-awhile, and started looking for a recipe to alter. HERE is one that I found on Pinterest from Fuji Mama, and below you will find my adaptation.

Blueberry Sweet Potato Pancakes

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cup freshly ground whole-wheat flour pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 egg whites, beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk (I use rice milk)
1/2 cup blueberries

To cook the sweet potatoes, I scrub them, pierce them with a fork all over, and place them in a pan to roast for 20-50 minutes at 400 degrees, rotating occasionally.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.

When the potatoes have cooled slightly, remove the pulp from the skin into a bowl, and add the yogurt, mashing until relatively smooth. Add the egg whites, molasses, vanilla extract and blend. Finally, mix in the milk.

Add the sweet potato mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until just moistened (the batter will be lumpy), about 50 strokes. Set aside to rest.

Preheat a lightly greased skillet or griddle over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the batter onto the preheated skillet or griddle. Drop 5-7 blueberries onto each puddle of batter. Turn the pancakes once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble. Cook until golden brown.  Serve hot with your favorite pancake toppings.

Enjoy!

For a printable version of this recipe, CLICK HERE. Like it? Pin it!

Gentle Words for Today

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The beauty of a day is not necessarily found in what it holds for us, but in what we bring to it.

Our highest calling is fulfilled in serving well those who dwell under our roof.

You will rarely know the whole story. Make your judgements accordingly.

Nothing can irritate you without your permission.

“Above all, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with all men.”

We can allow life to pass us by, or we can choose to reach out and savor each moment we’ve been given as a gift we will never receive again.

When you close your mind, you seal your fate.

Today, you be the one. The one to smile, the one to forgive, the one to initiate, the one to hug, the one to overlook, the one to stretch out an olive branch, the one to hold the door, the one to bend, the one to celebrate, the one to know that life is too short to wait for others to be the one.

Fashion & Fabulous Finds Friday

 Fashion

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 Fabulous Finds

Heather shared this delicious sounding recipe for roasting baby carrots on her blog,  and it got my mouth watering and my heart longing for summertime  garden produce! Can’t wait to try it!

If you’re a blogger, you must read this list of things that Aunie tells her husband. I was nodding in agreement, and laughing the whole way through! I guess we bloggers are nothing if not predictable!

As a student of photography myself – always looking for brilliant new ideas, angles, tips, etc. I fell in love when I stumbled upon this library photo shoot by Katie this week. I adore the setting, the light, the angles. Just everything about it!

And in case you missed any of the goings on here at Vignettes:

Saturday: Schick Hydro Silk Razor – I still have some coupons left for you!
Sunday: Weekly Menu
Monday: 7 Tips for Navigating Blogships
Tuesday: Crockpot Banana Quinoa Recipe
Wednesday: It’s the Simple Things: Sacred Waters
Thursday: Natural Living

Happy weekend friends! May it be full of every good thing!

 

Natural Living

As you may know, we try to live pretty naturally around here. And while I don’t use this blog as a platform to try and convert everyone over to the “crunchy” life, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorite natural products with you occasionally.

Back when we were just beginning to make more conscious decisions about the ingredients contained in the products we purchased, there was a whole lot of trial and error. Recommendations were incredibly helpful in steering me in the right direction! – Keeping in mind that different products work for different body types, these are three of my current favorite natural beauty products.

1. South of France Hand Soap

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South of France Soap does the best job of cleansing without drying that I have found! Add to that their delicious fragrance selection (Lavender and Lemon Mint are my two favorites for spring), wholesome ingredients (free of parabens, sulfates, EDTA, artificial dyes, colors, and animal by-products) a reasonable price, and you’ve got a natural winner!

*Tip: to make your liquid soap stretch soooo much further, invest in a foamer like THIS one from Pampered Chef.

2. Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

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I’ve tried many, many lip balms over the years, and although I’ve liked a fair few, my current crush is Badger brand. The cocoa butter in these balms really helps it stay put, so I find myself needing to apply it a lot less frequently (even after eating/drinking). I especially love their oversized sticks (the .25oz). Twice as large as a usual balm, I find it much easier to locate in my purse! Good luck deciding on which flavor to try first, because they are all so delicious! 🙂

3. Alvera Deodorant

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Finding a natural deodorant that works with your body’s chemical makeup can be a frustrating uphill battle. Trust me when I say, “We have tried them all!”. What has been working for me for well over a year now, has been the Alvera line. I like the “Herbal” scent best. Note: this is NOT an antiperspirant. It allows your body to breathe and release toxins as necessary.

So those are my recommendations for you today! You’ll notice all the links I posted lead you to Vitacost.com, which is my #1 place for buying well-priced natural health and beauty products (in addition to a whole host of other products – I love their tea selection). Vitacost also happens to have a wonderful Refer-a-Friend program. If you create your free account via my REFERRAL LINK, you’ll receive $10 off your first order of $30 or more, and I’ll receive credit too! Everybody wins :-). HERE is the link one more time. Go get your $10 FREE today, and enjoy shopping for a host of good-for-you and good-for-the-earth products!

I’d love to know what portion of my readers are interested in hearing more about living naturally in the future.

It’s the Simple Things – Sacred Waters

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It’s amazing how rejuvenating a good soak in the tub can be. Not just your utilitarian scrub-a-dub, but taking the extra time to make your bath a true retreat.

As your draw the water, light some candles and fill the tub with bubbles, your favorite salts, or a few drops of essential oil. Turn on some soft music, fix yourself a snack (fruit and chocolate, perhaps?) and close the door. Make your bathroom a technology free zone – the phone can wait for a few moments.

Invest a couple dollars in a bath pillow, and bring your favorite recreational reading material with you. If there is salt in the water, be sure to pour a cool glass of drinking water to replenish the hydration that the salt will draw from your skin.

Breathe deeply. Close your eyes. Let the stress of the day melt into the water.

I’m always amazed at how refreshed and peaceful I feel after an unhurried time in the tub. I don’t do it often enough, but it is healing to the soul.

It’s the simple things.

Crockpot Banana Quinoa

Crockpot Banana Quinoa | KristinsVeranda.com/VignettesAre you like me? You love having a hot, steaming, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast, but hate having to get up early to make it? Thank goodness Mr. Crockpot doesn’t mind laboring diligently all night for all those of us grumpy non-morning people! Just throw these ingredients together before you hit the hay, and a mouthful of YUM will be ready and waiting for you bright and early!

I won’t wax eloquent on the extensive benefits of quinoa today, but if you’re interested, HERE and HERE are a couple of articles that just scratch the surface of the nutritional punch packed into this superfood powerhouse! Original recipe is from The Realistic Nutritionist.

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Crockpot Banana Quinoa

1 cup of quinoa
1 cup milk (I use rice milk)
1 T cinnamon
1 cup water
1 1/2 banana (past ripe)
3 tablespoons sucanot or honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mash the banana in a bowl and set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a crockpot sprayed with PAM, and mix well. Fold in the mashed banana.

Cover and cook on low for 4 – 6 hours, or until the quinoa is fully cooked. My crockpot has a “warm” temperature, and that allows it to cook for 8 hours or so.

Serve warm with a dab of butter, a splash of milk, and some slices of fresh banana. If you’re not careful, you just might think you’re enjoying dessert for breakfast ;-).

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For a printable version of this recipe, CLICK HERE.