Learning to LIVE

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Hello Lovelies!

How’s the world treating you today? The past two days have been a wonderful learning experience for me. For a while, pretty much over the last year, I’ve been considering quitting my job. Like many of us, I let the extra cushion on our finances convince me to keep working. With our daughter getting older every day though, this slowly became more difficult to do while taking care of her. It was an incredible opportunity to be able to work from home and stay with my baby all day, but it started to wear me down. I don’t know how some of you super mamas do it!

I kept pushing on as long as I could, but both ends of the candle were far over burnt and I started to feel depressed. That’s when I couldn’t take it anymore. When my mom called me to tell me my grandpa had suffered a stroke (a week before he passed away), I made the decision to turn in my notice. This was a very hard thing for me to do because I’ve always held a part of my identity and self-worth in my accomplishments at work. As life moves forward though, you really begin to notice the things that matter most and for me, that is family.

Monday night I was making myself some Yogi Bedtime teaΒ and this was written on the tag:Β DSC_0216

How incredibly fitting for where I am at in life! As of February 10th, I became an official Stay at Home mom and my work consists of taking care of my family and loving the world. That’s just what I intend to do.

Monday morning I decided Audrey and I would get out of the house. The weather was too beautiful to resist! Here are a few pictures of what we experienced together:

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She likes to sneak off to my bookshelf, pull off her Veggietales DVDs and “read” the front and back covers πŸ™‚

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She’s still pretty small for the baby swing, but she absolutely loves it. She was laughing and clapping her hands the whole time!

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I’ve seen over 30 turtles in our pond before but this day we only saw one little baby sunbathing!

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A bunch of ducks flew in as we were circling around. Audrey squealed at them πŸ™‚

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“God said every green thing is for food mama, so I’m gonna eat this!” I did the best I could to stop her…but she may have still gotten a piece or two haha!

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She’s never played in the grass before so she crawled and grabbed and tossed it everywhere!

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Nom nom noming on a PB&J

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Oh yea, water….its goooooood!

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Our pond never seems to fail to provide something interesting to check out- this time it was an upside down grocery cart! Classy!

To some moms these things might seems like what you would do every single day. For me, I like to really recognize the fact that the world is a huge place for Audrey to discover, for all of us to discover really. It’s watching her examine these little things, on our small adventures, that I realize the most precious things in life. Family, hope, and love. Beautiful God-given things that bless our souls. So yes, quitting my job has been more than worth it, just to learn to live.

Take some time to discover the world this week Lovelies! You’ll be so happy you did! πŸ™‚

~Cali

Vegan Pancakes- nom nom nom!!!

Hello Lovelies!

When my hubby and I got married we decided to start a Saturday morning pancake tradition. We stuck to it for the most part, but since our baby was born, I have to admit I’ve been slacking. I picked back up when we moved into our new home, but the last oh, six months or so I haven’t been so great.

That being said, last night when hubs and I were watching Parenthood (tears, always!) and a commercial came on for who knows what and I saw them… delicious, fluffy, and oh so mouth watering PANCAKES. So, instead of waiting for Saturday, I woke up this morning and made pancakes for the family and man were they good!

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The recipe I originally started with came from Food.com (recipe here), but they always seemed to burn on me and weren’t as sweet as I like. Thus, I altered the recipe and came up with what I’ve listed below that we much preferred! I would like to state, before I put this recipe out there, that I think if you’re going to have pancakes, you should balance it out with some fruit or fresh fruit/vegetable juice as shown in the picture. Have a little healthy in there too! πŸ˜‰

Vegan Pancakes!!!
Yields 6-8 pancakes

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp baking powder (I know that seems silly, but it works)
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup soy milk (or another dairy-free version)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce (I’d love to try cinnamon applesauce next time!)

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Mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) in a large mixing bowl. Add in soy milk, coconut oil and applesauce in next. Using a whisk, beat the mix for about 60 seconds. Let the mix sit for another minute by itself so it naturally rises and thickens. Using a 1/4 cup to measure, fill the cup and pour onto your griddle or pan. I use my griddle and put the temperature just barely over 300 degrees. Wait until you see bubbles starting to form in the middle and the edges of the pancakes look somewhat cooked before flipping over for just the right color!

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Once your finished cooking, set the table (because pancakes deserve a welcoming atmosphere πŸ™‚ ), add a side of fruit, and get to munching! These pancakes are baby approved as well!

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Maybe you’ll start a new Saturday tradition, maybe not. But either way, I hope you enjoy my version of vegan pancakes! If you don’t like the recipe, you can always revert to Aunt Jemima’s Original pancake mix, because yes- it’s vegan too!

Happy Weekend Lovelies!

~Cali