Archives for January 2014


Just Plain Cold

It’s cold. Everywhere. I probably didn’t need to tell you that but if you’re my one reader from Trindad and Tobago (thanks for tuning in, by the way!) then maybe you didn’t know.

I don’t like being cold and I’m bad at dressing warmly. So put that together and I’ve been miserable for two weeks straight. I’ve recently discovered the warmth and joy of wearing yoga tights under my yoga pants and triple socks.

What’s worse is the weather here in little old Waco, Texas is unrewarding in my opinion. I’ll tolerate the cold if it ends up snowing and even more so if class is cancelled but if it’s just plain cold? I’ll probably just sulk, thank you.

Isn’t that motivation true for everything? What will I get out of this? What’s my reward? Why am I going through the hard freezing winds if it isn’t going to snow? If I’m not going to get what I want when I want it, I’m going to complain.

Yeesh, doesn’t that just stick a knife in your soul?

Hm, there’s an idea: fix your eyes on sweet summertime and lovely spring. Savor what’s beautiful now and what you will miss in the sweaty months of summer. Notice the intricate ice patterns on your windshield as you wait for what feels like a million years for your heater to kick into gear. Be thankful for the walk to class that’s mostly in the sun instead of shade. Drink tea with great intention and often, after all, it wouldn’t be nearly as cherish-able without cold winter to counteract it’s warmth. Take time to be cozy, when else will you get the chance?

Above all remember, God’s creation is perfect, even when it’s frozen.

Beautiful spring and summer are on their way, I promise. In the meantime, find your favorite blanket, put it in the dryer for a few minutes then watch Downton Abbey, (British TV is better when it’s cold outside anyways).


Making Banana Pancakes

Just like Jack Johnson.

So my Mondays involve a lot of free time. I have a class from 8-8:50 then a break until 2:30. I resolved when school first started that I would, under no circumstances crawl back into bed at 9am when I got home, so I’ve started making breakfast because when I can’t sleep, I make.

I make omelettes, french toast, smoothies, oatmeal.

So today? Banana Pancakes.

Gluten free, I might add!

I’m learning to improve my food photography skills, I’m still using my iphone which makes me feel not-so-fancy but I’ll live.

Also, real talk: I totally burned the batch in the pan trying to get ‘a perfect shot’. Yep.

Back to the pancakes, these are awesome and they don’t taste gluten free. This is one of the few foods that I’ve never thought tasted gluten free, no matter what brand of gluten free mix you use which is such a relief!! I don’t feel like I’m missing out on the real thing.

I also LOVE fruit and pancakes, not a compote on top, not bananas on the side and a bowl of strawberries. I need the fruit in the pancake please. It needs to be warm, it needs to be juicy and if the berries don’t ooze, get out of here.

I was originally going to make blueberry pancakes but I used all of my blueberries in a crisp I made last night, oops. No regrets, it was delicious.

This batch makes more than the bag of mix said, FYI. I made silver dollar sized pancakes and got 12+ (excluding the casualties due to picture-taking). I ate 3 (or four…)and froze the leftovers. They are delicious with butter and maple syrup. REAL maple syrup. Are you still buying the sticky in-a-bottle-shaped-like-an-aunt kind? If so, I urge you to splurge and get the real stuff. Worth it.

Now, turn on your Spotify, listen to the whole Jack Johnson song so you remember more of the lyrics than just the phrase “Makin’ Banana Pancakes”, pretend it’s not Monday and read while you eat, (at least that’s what I did and it worked for me!)


Banana Brown Sugar Pancakes
Author: Kailey
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Serves: 4
Adapted from the Pamela’s Pancake Mix box
  • 1 C Pamela’s Gluten free Pancake Mix
  • 1 Egg (or flaxseed egg substitute for a vegan version)
  • ¾ Cup of Water
  • 1 Banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbs Butter, melted
  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. In a small bowl combine banana, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. In a large bowl combine pancake mix, egg and water and stir.
  3. Add banana mixture and stir.
  4. Heat nonstick pan to 350 degrees (or until you can sprinkle water on it and the drops ‘dance’).
  5. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop batter into pan for silver dollar sized pancakes, use a bigger scoop for bigger pancakes.
  6. Cook until both sides are golden brown