Thursday, May 15, 2014

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes - Baby Food

I made Bisquick pancakes a few weeks ago and made Liam a few. He liked them, but I wasn't fond of the crap in them. I've been searching for an easier and healthier recipe for Liam. I finally found an easy Banana Oatmeal Pancake recipe. These are dairy free which is what I've been really looking for. They can be gluten free and all those other things free if you need them to be.

I doubled the recipe and froze some. I heat one pancake up for about 30 seconds, cut it into small pieces and serve with apple sauce. Liam loves this for breakfast.

Ingredients
  • 2 large or 3 small bananas, mashed 
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup oat flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground 
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground 

Directions
  1. Mash bananas and mix the melted butter, lemon juice, and sugar together. 
  2. Add the eggs and mix. 
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients. 
  4. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. (This allows the oatmeal to absorb some liquid.) 
  5. Make pancakes on griddle like normal. These take a little bit longer to cook, they are thicker. Keep the skillet/griddle on a lower heat. 
Notes:
I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to these to enhance the flavor.
To make Oat Flour - I used my Ninja chopper to grind up (non-instant) oatmeal into a flour.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

What a wonderful weekend I've had! Nice and relaxing and Liam has cooperated with his sleep schedule. First he slept 9 full hours on Thursday night! After a hellacious Thursday night where he was up every 2 hours, it was well needed for both him and me! 

Liam slept ok Friday night, he was up off and on between 1:30-4:00 AM and Jason and I traded back and forth handling that. 

On Friday night I got flowers! Jason said it was the "Start of my Mother's Day Weekend." I get a whole weekend!?!? 

On Saturday morning I went for my monthly massage. These are my favorite splurge I get! Since being a Stay At Home Mom (or Unemployed Engineer), our budget is very tight. This is probably something I should cut, but we are doing ok so at the moment I'm making the massage/budget work. :) 

When I got home from my massage, I had an Edible Arrangement! These are my favorite! I forgot to take a picture of it without the plastic. I didn't even start eating it until Sunday. I took it all apart, putting the fruit into tupperware. It was taking up a lot of room in the fridge. 

Liam went down for nap, and I took a quick nap and showered. We (Liam and I) went to meet my mom and sister for a 4 o'clock dinner at Joe Boccardi's. I wanted to eat early so Liam wouldn't get too fussy waiting, and I really hate waiting too. Liam was a little fussy, his grandma helped contain him so I could eat. 

When I got home from dinner Jason and I headed to Walmart and Target before Liam's bedtime. He took some extra time to go down - probably because of the lateness and extra stimulation from the stores. 

He got another five hours of sleep and was up real quick for 10 minutes at 3:30 AM and then again around 7. Jason got up with him at 7 and I kept on sleeping. :) I got my presents, a cute Snoopy from Liam and his first coloring! It's pretty adorable. Jason got me a "mom" necklace. Liam went back down from 9-11. 

We've had a nice relaxing day. I ate some fruit, Jason got me a soda, we had lunch, fed Liam, Liam went back down for nap at 2:30, and I made him pancakes. I'm just hanging out, watching episodes of 24 on Amazon Prime. 

Dinner tonight is Steaks, Corn on the Cob, and veggies. For this week's menu, I plan to make potato soup, beef stroganoff, some of the Time for Dinner meals. It's supposed to rain all week so it will be pretty cool and I can use the oven. 

Liam is growing so much! He's 19 pounds and 28 inches long. We're going to have to get a new car seat soon - his car seat goes up to 30-inches or 30-pounds. He's almost crawling on all fours. He's able to army crawl all over. We installed a baby corral in our living room to keep him away from the TV and TV stand. He has a much larger area to play in too. 

Liam coloring his first picture

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Morning Rolls (Sticky Buns)

One of my favorite treats growing up was when mom made these morning rolls. They were sweet, sticky, pull apart rolls that she would make for special occasions. She made them for me recently when she spent the weekend (um... back in October?)

I don't normally try to make my favorite mom dishes because I'm afraid I'll mess it up and it'll never be the same. I did succeed at the Carrot Casserole, but I still won't touch her lasagna! I've been craving these rolls though, and well, figured it's about time I made them myself. 

I have searched online for a similar recipe, but the ones I find don't have the pudding mix as an ingredient. Which I think it what makes these really amazing. I included her recipe below and my adjustment for a smaller batch. As much as I could eat 24 of these, I decided that making a smaller batch would be better for me and Jason's waistline. 

Mom's Morning Rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 package frozen bread rolls (24 count)
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C margarine
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small box Non-Instant Butterscotch Pudding Mix (Dry)
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans (optional, but wouldn't skip it)
  • 1/2 C raisins (optional, and very good addition!)
Directions
  1. Cook sugar, margarine, and cinnamon until bubbly. 
  2. Grease 9x12 pan or bundt pan. 
  3. Sprinkle pecans and/or raisins in bottom of pan. 
  4. Place Frozen Rolls in the pan, on top of pecans
  5. Sprinkle the dry pudding mix over and between the rolls.
  6. Pour hot sugar mixture evenly over the rolls. 
  7. Cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap. 
  8. Let sit overnight. DO NOT REFRIGERATE. (The rolls won't rise.)  
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. 
  10. Invert pan onto plate/platter. 

To make a 9x9 pan for two people.
Use:
  • 9 frozen bread rolls
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C margarine
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small box Non-Instant Butterscotch Pudding Mix (Dry)
  • 1/4 C chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C raisins
Follow the instructions above and bake for the same amount of time. 

NOTES
  • I put the pudding mix in a small container and coated each roll with the pudding mixture, then dumped the box around the rolls. 
  • Once cooked, I inverted these into a non-stick skillet. It made clean up a lot easier because I didn't dump any sticky sauce all over the counter, and the non-stick skillet was easy to clean.