There ain't no need to go outside"
It's overcast and rainy here today, but my morning was delightful thanks to these delicious banana bread protein pancakes.
I really love the ingredients in these pancakes: 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. It's basically oatmeal, but in pancake form. Very healthy! I used a blender to mix everything up, which created an awesome texture. I topped my pancakes with syrup (of course I just recently said I didn't think I'd ever go back to syrup, haha), plus the other half of the banana and a couple sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice.
Growing up, my mom rarely made pancakes, but if she did, it was always with Bisquick. Same goes for waffles. I guess that made me think that making pancakes from scratch would be difficult, but it's not at all! I think I could improve my cooking technique, though - I hid a very ugly pancake under the 3 decent-looking ones for picture purposes, haha. My family used to go on vacation with another family, and I'm still in awe of the awesome pancakes that the other mom made - she could pretty much make any animal you wanted. It was so cool! My favorites were a squirrel and a grasshopper - impressive, right? I'm lucky if I can make a decent circle.
I enjoyed my pancakes with lemon water, my vitamins, coffee with cinnamon and almond milk, and read The Girl Who Played with Fire while I ate. It's the first book I've checked out from the library on my Kindle. Normally I prefer reading an actual book, but I decided to ask for a Kindle this past Christmas for practical purposes of being able to easily take it along with me when I'm traveling, or if I have some time to kill on the go. And when I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I went ahead and put both the book and Kindle versions of the 2nd book in the trilogy on hold at the library because I couldn't wait to start reading it!
Also, happy Earth Day! Are you doing anything exciting to celebrate?
I try to be environmentally conscious in my day-to-day life, but there are always more things I could be doing and things I need to improve upon. Something I try to be really diligent about is taking reusable bags to the grocery store with me, and reusable mugs when I get coffee. And something I need to work on is taking shorter showers.
One thing I started doing recently that is kind of environmentally conscious, as well as economical, is making some of my own cleaning supplies.
When I finished up a bottle of store-bought daily shower spray, I decided to mix up my own solution. I followed the instructions here and used 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid (I used Method brand, which is what I had on hand at the time), 2 teaspoons JetDri, and filled the rest of the bottle up with water. I also added 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil, which is completely optional but I thought it would be a nice touch. It works just as well as the store-bought stuff!
I also just mixed up some all-purpose cleaner. I was inspired by this idea that I originally found on Pinterest. Since I've been drinking a lot of lemon water recently, I had a lot of leftover lemon wedges. So I filled a mason jar with white vinegar (leaving some room at the top to allow for the citrus to be added) and every time I squeezed a lemon into my water, I would put the leftover wedge into the vinegar.
When I couldn't add any more (which took about 2 weeks, I think) I strained out the lemon and added the citrus-infused vinegar to an empty spray bottle. I filled the bottle halfway and left the remaining vinegar in the mason jar to have on hand for another batch.
I filled the other half of the bottle with water, and that's it! I feel better cleaning with this mixture, especially in the kitchen, because it doesn't have any harmful chemicals. (Neither do Method cleaning products, which I love and is what was in this bottle originally, but they're also pricey.) I tried it out on my counters and it works great.
This was my view last night:
Gray, dreary skies - but I love the strip of clear sky right above the water. An "orange lining," perhaps?
Since the weather is so crappy out today, here is a picture of my favorite place on earth:
This is in Michigan, where my family goes on vacation. (The same place where I got to eat those awesome animal-shaped pancakes!)
I hope you had a relaxing weekend and got to do something to honor Earth Day. See ya later!
Song of the day:
In keeping with the title of this post, "Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson. A classic that I still enjoy every now and then.