Breakfast Waffles

I’ve been making healthy waffles for breakfast the last couple of months. My old stand-by is bran muffins, which are cheap, yummy, and a great way to use chocolate chips! But a girl can only eat so many bran muffins, and I’m in a waffle phase. I make a double bath of this recipe, freeze half, and keep the other half in the fridge for the week’s breakfasts. I put peanut butter and berry preserves on top and eat them segment by segment, sometimes even in the car on the way to work. They’re super cheap, super healthy, and super easy to make. This recipe calls for a mix of white and wheat flours, but I use all wheat. It also calls for applesauce and oil, but I just use twice the applesauce, in place of the oil. I also like to get the cinnamon applesauce and add some powdered spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger – whatever flavors you like. YUM.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs – beaten
  • 1 and 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flours, oats, flax meal, wheat germ, baking powder, sugar and salt).

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, applesauce, oil and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

Cook waffles in a lightly-greased preheated waffle iron according to manufacturers instructions.

Serve with pure maple syrup (or peanut butter and jelly!). Enjoy!

Dinosaurs!

This past Saturday, my roommates and I packed some lunch and towels and drove to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, TX to climb around in some dinosaur tracks for the day. It was a cool, sunny day, and the weather was perfect. We took Jasper, Ashlie and Corbin’s tiny Maltese, and we picked up some picnic food along the way. Corbin kept asking how if we were close, and we just kept telling him to keep his eye out for dinosaurs.

Ashlie’s friend K brought her two big dogs, and they played in the water along with Jasper (although they are significantly taller than Jasper, so they didn’t need help over the bigger rocks and “deeper” water like he did). K is a history teacher, and a really good one, so she taught Corbin about what he was seeing. The funny part is, there’s a “Creation Evidence Museum” down the road, which K has been kicked out of and asked not to return, because she asked too many pointed questions. So we got some actual history lessons from her as we went along our way.

You can see one of the footprints on the lower left here. Pretty cool. It was a lovely day, and it was so nice to get out of the city and be outside in God’s creation. Seeing and being in very old places helps remind me that my concerns, problems, and even joys are very small in the scheme of Great Things.

“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Quotes

Some quotes I’ve appreciated lately:

“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” – Stanley Kubrick

“Personal finance is not a microwave; it is a crockpot.” – Gary Smalley

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I make the path.” – Alice (of Wonderland)