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carrot cake pancakes with tangy lime cashew cream

Monday, November 17, 2014



This is the first of a series of blogs I plan to do on my goal to cook more and eat out less. Tried these pancakes on Sunday. I wassparked by an ad I was skipping through on TV that showed some pancakes in it with a green sauce. Having a couple of extra limes in the fridge in addition to a hub who loves pancakes on the weekend, it sparked my curiosity.

I googled recipes: pancakes lime sauce and decided on this one to make. I adapted a whole grain pancake mix that I keep on hand for the pancakes because I didn't have all the ingredients in the recipe. I added the 2 cups of finely shredded carrots, the orange jest, the vinegar to the milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup to the basic mix along with an egg. The cakes were delicious. I followed the recipe for the cream. I soaked the cashews overnight. I have made cashew cream before but not with lime. I will make it again and will also probably try lemon juice. It makes a great substitute for sugary icings and contains healthy fats. Next time I make it I will try a little lime jest also. I like things limey. The cream makes a great substitute for key lime pie and lemon cream pie which we love.

All in all, the recipe was a huge success. As I made it hub was skeptical but he is adventuresome like me. He played sous chef and grated the carrots for me which would have been difficult with my flared up carpal tunnel. Even though he was skeptical he was an avid believer in the results. It was delicious and felt like an extreme indulgence even though the ingredients were healthy ones. This is one I will definitely make again. I want to try the original pancake recipe some time but can't imagine it being much better. The link to the recipe is below.
www.thefirstmess.com/2012/01/11/carr
ot-cake-pancakes/

  
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NORWOODGIRL 11/19/2014 11:14PM

    Yum! I admire your bravery in the kitchen.

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2014 1:51AM

    Wow that sounds really great! I will have to try grated carrots and lime cashew cream sauce with my pancakes. Yum!

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ZANYGIRL1 11/18/2014 9:43PM

    emoticon Those sound yummy!!!!!! emoticon

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1SURFWALKER 11/18/2014 8:37PM

    Yummy! I'm salivating now! LOL

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GRLTAZ 11/18/2014 10:13AM

    Awesome !

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BBEAGAN 11/18/2014 7:56AM

    Wow - that sounds amazing.

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/17/2014 10:04PM

    Yummy. I bought pumpkin bread from the organic bakery yesterday so we both had healthy emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 11/17/2014 9:36PM

    We had pumpkin pancakes Sunday!

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STARLITNIGHT 11/17/2014 5:01PM

    Thanks for the recipe, I have it printed out to try! emoticon

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FEISTYLIZARD 11/17/2014 4:56PM

    That sounds so delicious! Wow!

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BRAINBENTT 11/17/2014 4:28PM

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Time to Stop the Slip Ups

Friday, November 07, 2014

After hitting my new all time low weight I have not been doing so good for the last few weeks. Every day I tell myself I am going to change and then blow it again. I know it is something I have to take control of or I will gain back what I have worked so hard to lose.

I got started when I was ill. It is still continuing so I know there is something more to it. I think I have identified the trigger point. I find I want to eat constantly when sitting at the computer grading papers for my class in the afternoon. I think I need to tell myself no food at the computer and stick to it.

Today has been good so far. I am trying chewing no sugar gum instead and giving myself a little break after working for an hour in which I have a healthy food like watermelon not at the computer and eaten very slowly.

This weekend is a birthday celebration for me. I want to try really hard to eat healthy so I can begin to lose the weight I gained in the last couple of weeks. It is the start of the holiday season with so many opportunities to overeat. I don't want to fall for them. They come right after another during this season. I am glad I am participating in another Biggest Loser completion during this time. That should help me stay on track.

  
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ZANYGIRL1 11/8/2014 10:31AM

    I think you have a great attitude, and figuring out the problem, AND solving it is a winning combination. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 11/8/2014 10:01AM

    Same issues here...

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1SURFWALKER 11/8/2014 1:14AM

    Check out my latest blog-I wrote abut the very same thing. Last year I reached my all time 20 yr. low weight and finally got back to it a week ago. What did I do overindulged in bad food all weekend. It is like celebrating getting there and then rewarding myself with the very thing I shouldn't!! emoticon
I find my computer is my safe haven from food. Especially when the most I do on it is sparking. So, I read articles, blogs and it keeps me away from the kitchen!!
Good for you...keep up that spirit and with the challenge it should help you achieve your goals!! My motto this month is No-No-November...say no to all the things that sabotage your efforts to achieve those goals!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 11/7/2014 9:22PM

    Great attitude. You can do it.

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GRLTAZ 11/7/2014 9:10PM

    it sounds like you have a good plan. I hope you can follow through with it. I think with the change in the seasons to shorter days a lot of people are feeling a little more blue or a little stressed with the holidays. And we just need to stick to pla

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RX_2_RV 11/7/2014 9:01PM

    Yup, I'm struggling too...so funny we are all doing this at the same time.
I've been eating Halloween candy and not walking as much.

I think not eating while grading papers is a good plan. It's so easy to mindlessly eat that way. The sugar free gum is a good idea too. It's great that you recognized the problem, came up with a plan, and now it's time to carry it out. Good job! Let us know in chat how it's going for you. We are here to cheer you on!

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NANBENT1963 11/7/2014 6:49PM

    We all have so much in common it's no wonder we make such great teammates/sparkfriends! I think changing up the routine helps. A personal trainer told me that if I really HAVE to have something I consider a reward then I should eat it right before or right after exercising. I find this works and also my biggest fall is when I stop drinking my at least 8 glasses of water and make myself go get a glass when I really feel tempted for something else. I also switched out my lowfat yogurt this week for smaller jello/fruit cups instead. I will let you know how that worked for me. have a good night and tomorrow is a new day to get back on track!

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MTN_KITTEN 11/7/2014 6:43PM

    I hear ya girlfriend. I have not been totally on track for weeks now ... overeating "healthy" foods and not consistently exercising.

Let's get it together ... together!!!

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 11/7/2014 5:12PM

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STARLITNIGHT 11/7/2014 4:57PM

    I have the same issues. I am working on not buying bad food to tempt me. And changing up the house so I do not keep the old patterns. I am so thankful for the great support system of friends I have on here also. without them, I would lose my focus I am sure. Thanks for being one of those great spark friends! You can do it, just focus on all you do right everyday, and the unhealthy choices will happen less. emoticon

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Fun Halloween Activity

Thursday, October 30, 2014



When I went to the google.com page today I noticed a link at the bottom to create a Yeti video with code. Curiosity got the best of me so I tried. It was a lot of fun. I ended up with a Yeti in just a short time then entered the screen, did a head spin, danced around, and then exited. Had to tear myself away to get other things done. You might want to try this link. I have put the link below. It would be a really fun activity to do with your children.

Happy Halloween tomorrow everyone. Enjoy!

P.S. I tried the link when I was done and it only said link not available. :-( I guess you can still get it by going to google.com and looking for the link at the bottom of the page. It says Even monsters are Made with Code. Code your own for Halloween. For even more fun just go to the site madewithcode.com. There is a wealth of fun projects there.

How can I get anything done with all the fun distractions the Internet provides!

link will not work - https://www.madewithcode.com/project
/animation

  
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KALIGIRL 11/1/2014 9:16AM

    emoticon Love it!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/31/2014 10:46AM

    cute

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DJ4HEALTH 10/30/2014 10:34PM

    it does not come up.

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NORWOODGIRL 10/30/2014 9:52PM

    Sounds like fun.

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Was Feeling Normal Again

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yesterday I was so happy because I was feeling almost back to normal. I was able to exercise before going to bed, cooked dinner, graded papers and resumed normal life. Last night I woke up around 3:00 am and I knew it was coming back a little. This morning is full of sneezes and runny nose again. Not too bad, but a setback. I am going to do a little shopping today but not much else. I really want to kick this illness for good. My husband discovered the person he got it from at work and he was out of work fore two weeks before he felt better. Guess we are lucky having it like we do. It could be much worse. We are thinking it might be a type of flu rather than just a cold.

  
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KALIGIRL 10/30/2014 1:36PM

    Glad you're back in the pink!

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GRLTAZ 10/30/2014 12:21PM

    Feel better.

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BMCOLLEY 10/30/2014 10:38AM

    I would say you two are blessed.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/30/2014 8:16AM

    Hope you feel better soon!!!

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NORWOODGIRL 10/29/2014 10:40PM

    Hope the illness improves - and disappears soon! I still have a nagging cough. Take care of yourself.

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ZANYGIRL1 10/29/2014 9:40PM

    emoticon Hope tomorrow is much better for you!! emoticon

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 10/29/2014 4:47PM

    Get some Dayquil and NightQuil. That'll help a lot if you can take it. emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 10/29/2014 2:24PM

    Take good care of yourself.

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Oh Fit Bit, Oh Fit Bit - Where were you!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I have got quite attached to my little fitbit flex bracelet and was dismayed when about a week ago when I got sick that I could not find the band. I noticed the battery was getting low so took the tracker out of the band to recharge. After it was recharged I was putting it back into the band but could not find the band the tracker fit into.

First thought was no big deal because I had two other bands in other colors that came with it. Only problem there was no prong to attach the band on those bands. My husband and I looked all over to find it but could not. I checked online and for $4.95 and shipping and handling I could get a new prong. Hated to spend the money for something so little if I could help it so waited and we kept looking.

Yesterday I had given up and decided to go ahead and order two of the prongs as long as I was paying shipping and handling. I planned to order them after I got caught up with my school grading of papers. It was such a relief to find it. I'm surprised though it wasn't after I had ordered it. Both hubbie and I thought that was what would probably happen.

When I opened my PowerPoint book to check a grade guess what was in the book - Yep, the missing fitbit. Life is complete again. I know my steps. I am feeling better. Life is good.

  
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MKT-PLAN 10/31/2014 9:30AM

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RX_2_RV 10/29/2014 8:17PM

    I feel half dressed without my Fitbit One...so funny!

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KALIGIRL 10/29/2014 10:47AM

    I too love my tracker - can't wait for the watch!

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KAREN608 10/29/2014 1:17AM

    That was a happy ending! My fitbit band broke near the see thru part but like you have other bands. I did spring for the knock off brand plastic closure bits and found they work very well. No need to switch out clasps that way with extras.

And it is nice to know other lose stuff.
I mislaid my one and only watch and after two weeks found it on a shelf in the bedroom under something.

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TEEPHOTO 10/28/2014 9:20PM

    emoticon whew!

Comment edited on: 10/28/2014 9:20:36 PM

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MTN_KITTEN 10/28/2014 6:59PM

    emoticon Hoooooooray!

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TIFFFIT 10/28/2014 4:35PM

    Isn't it funny how sometimes those littlest things can make us so anxious, and solving those little mysteries makes it seem as if all is right in the world? I'm so glad you found it!

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SASHAY40 10/28/2014 4:31PM

    AWESOME!!!

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 10/28/2014 4:20PM

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