Friday, July 27, 2012

Foodie Friday: Whole Wheat Pancakes

I make a variety of whole wheat pancakes for my boys.  They love them, I love them so it is a win-win.  I have tried a variety of different recipes because I am pretty picky about some of the ingredients.  Two weeks ago, I think I finally found my favorite recipe. 

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 cup fresh chopped fresh strawberries, raspberry, or blueberries whatever you want
Combine whole wheat pastry flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  I usually put my wet ingredients in my mixing bowl then slowly add in the dry.  Once everything is mixed together, add the berries.  The first time I added raspberries, which were good but the second time I added blueberries... delicious!

I let my batter sit for about 15 minutes, which helps to relax the gluten.  I usually scoop about 1/4 cup of batter on to my griddle (usually set between 300-350 degrees) and flip the pancake once the edges have set and you start to see bubble in the batter. 

If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you think!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Try it Tuesday: Hyland’s Teething Tablets

I’ll admit it I didn’t just stumble upon Hyland’s Teething Tablets, I have used this product at some point with both my boys.  I’m writing about it now because I have a renewed love for this product.

The last couple of weeks have been rough with my little guy.  He has always been on the go.  He started to walk at 9 months and never looked back.  I joke that he can climb like Spiderman but has the temper of the Hulk. 

Don't be fooled by his cute looks

He has always been independent but the last two weeks, he has just been down right stubborn.  Case in point, he was struggling to get up on the bed so I picked him up.  Did I get a hug, a smile, or a kiss for my help? Nope. Instead he screamed at me while getting down so he could struggle to get back up on his own.  Fine little man, have it your way…. Struggle on!

In addition to these wonderful power struggles, Emmett started to wake up at night.  It wasn’t a pleasant, “hey guys I am up and love you”, kind of thing but more like “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I am up and miserable”.  I initially went in to rock and cuddle with him but those wonderful thoughts vanished as I held my kicking and screaming 18 months old.  My husband had more luck but this continued for about a week. Every night, I prayed that he wouldn't wake his brother because nothing says fun like two kids up in the middle of the night screaming and crying.  I had no clue what was going on. Could it be some sort of 18 month sleep regression, ear infection, or was this going to be his new personality?

One day my husband came home and said “I was going to buy Hyland’s Teething Tabs for Emmett but I forgot”.  It was like a light bulb went off.  Why hadn’t I thought about his teeth?!  When he was young, I would have almost instantly blamed teething but I think because he has almost a full set of chompers, I dismissed it.  I took a look into his mouth and the gums around his cuspids were fairly swollen.  I was going to poke around but I was worried it may result in a finger being sacrificed.

The first night we gave him two teething tabs before bed, they worked like a charm.  He slept quietly.  There was no thrashing, arching, screaming, restlessness, banging on crib rails…just peace. It was wonderful, and I quickly remembered why I fell in love with this product. I'm not the only Greenola Girl who loves them, Michelle also swears by them!

Information about Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets are a homeopathic formula that helps reduce the symptoms baby’s experience in relation to cutting teeth. They help reduce pain, inflammation, fever, and drooling. They contain no benzocaine and have no numbing effect. The tablets dissolve fairly quickly.  They are sold at the majority of drugstores and superstores (Wal-mart, Target).  

You can find the formula and directions for us on Hyland’s website. 

Have you tried Hyland’s Teething Tablets?  What do you think?