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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cass Cakes

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved pancakes! I used to spend the night at my Grandma and Grandpa's and we would often times have apple pancakes! Yum. So it only seemed natural to continue the tradition in my family. Andy and I partake in this glorious meal at least 1/2 times a week. Praise! I have tried many recipes but this one has become our recipe! Our fav! Our speciality. CASS CAKES!  I was originally inspired by good ole Pioneer Woman for her pancakes but have tweaked them along the way. Pioneer Woman uses sour cream in her pancakes, but we use greek yogurt. We opted for a fluffier and a more healthy version..... I would double the recipe if its for 3/4 adults. 

Cass Cakes:

1 cup of Greek yogurt ( I use plain, honey, or nonfat. whatever you prefer)
7 T. flour (we use 1/2 WW and 1/2 AP)
1 T. sugar (we use cane sugar)
1 t. Baking Soda
1 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. salt (we use Kosher)
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla

mix with a spatula the white ingredients. in a seperate bowl stir the eggs and vanilla. add the eggs/vanilla to the other ingredients. stir in the eggs until they are mixed in. then pour the batter on the griddle. I use a 1/4 cup for measuring the cakes. We are a big fan of maple syrup with our cass cakes. I always serve them with butter/ warmed up syrup. You can add bananas, blueberries or apples to the batter too. Hint: When I use apples and bananas; I put them in the batter while on the griddle. 

all the ingredients

mix together the white ingredients

stir the eggs and vanilla

add egg mix to the white ingredients

stir in until evenly mixed

pour batter on the griddle

when bubbling, flip the cakes

ready to eat

Your welcome! They are the best!!!! Happy Tuesday folks! Thought I would share with you some cuties below. They were apart of the Cass Cake action today. Yes, Kiyah is wearing Christmas jammies in March. But, hey, its a storm out.....it's allowed in MinneSnowta land. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

I am lovin'

I am lovin' a couple things in my living room right now that I had to share with you! Our living room is like living in a studio apt. Everything happens in this room. It is the central hub for my family of 4. We love spending time in this room. We intentionally do not have a TV on our main floor. So this room is the room we play, eat, talk, gather, build forts, cuddle with our girls, go on the computer, rest, and enjoy life! I recently added a few things that I wanted to share with you! I love myself a good ETSY purchase. I just got these pillow covers on there. I got the geometric triangle one and the quote one! Aren't they cute? I love the geometric shapes that are trending right now. The quote says, "Let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see." 

As I mentioned in my H54F, I have been creating a new gallery wall in my living room too! It is by my desk. I love it! I went outside the box and didn't just keep the pictures at eye level. I dropped it down and went for more of casual look. My sister, Chelsea talked me into doing it. I will post more this week on the details on the gallery! It has a lot of meaning to our family. 

Are you creating anything new for your space? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? I wanted to mention that I am going to start doing a GIVE AWAY monthly on the BLOG!!!!! If you start following me (under "followers" on my right side bar) I am going to give away a free hair product every month! Join! It will be fun!!!! I will be announcing  the first give away on March 30! Spread the news. Check back tomorrow for my favorite hair products and why! Happy Monday!!!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Our Kitchen Progress!

I thought it would be fun to show you our kitchen today! I love our kitchen! When we moved in our home in 2010, I was sooooooo excited to have a big kitchen. With my husband being a youth pastor, we entertain a lot! We both love hosting friends and family. Andy and I both love cooking! We have yet to paint our kitchen or anything. I can't get over how having two kids under the age of 3, over takes our life! I have dreams for our kitchen though.......Here are the before!

I am not one for stained wood. I love painted trim and cabinets. But I love how our cabinets are simple/mission style. I like how the stain is matte finish. 

Here is our kitchen as of now. 

I have changed the curtains and painted the chalkboard wall. I want to paint the walls soon with a pale yellow called "Bee wax" and change out the lights. Someday we want to put concrete countertops. I would like to put some glass doors on the cabinets to brighten it up. 

It took me awhile to figure out what to do with our shelving above the cabinets. I have landed on the idea of collecting wire baskets. I like that it is functional and fun! 

I have a love/hate relationship with our desk area! I love having it in the kitchen and use it all the time. But it often becomes the landing station for junk. clutter. and chaos. I am always tweaking it to keep it organized. The cabinets hold art supplies that we use the most. The office station is from Staples, Martha Stewart collection. I wrote about it here

I am so happy that we painted our walls with chalkboard paint! I posted about it here. It is used all the time! We added the IKEA white magnet boards for Zion and Zakiyah's, Melissa&Doug dolls and  ABC's. 

The picture below is facing our dining room. I love have stainless steel appliances. Don't you think concrete counters will be heavenly!? Someday!!!!

I have cookbooks in a basket for fun! 

I love my chalkboard decals on my canisters.

I love my mini Starbucks mugs with my Andy Warhol soup cans. They are resting on my window sill. 

I love my vintage inspired fabric from Jody! I made these curtains. 

When Andy and I got married, a friend of ours made this sign for us! 

Love my mirrors. From TJ Maxx of course.

I love how calendars can be art! I got these on Etsy. I ordered two different sets. One for the kitchen and one for the studio. I used mini clothespins and twine. 

I won this painting last year from Rochester Women's magazine. I think it goes well with my kitchen. fun. fresh. and warm. 

We made this plate for Zion last year at a local pottery shop.  

My mom is an amazing sewer and quilter. She made this table runner for me! I love it!!!! It is all fabric from the FabricShoppe. I got the balls at Target and the square bowl from Pottery Barn. 

Kitchen sink essentials.

I am excited for the changes that will be made to make the kitchen more us! Everything takes time! But it is going to be so fun painting and customizing it for our needs. Do have any dreams for your kitchen? 

Friday, March 1, 2013

HighFive For Friday TIME

Every Friday, I link up with Lauren and show you my highlights of the week! I have been having a blast showing you pictures of my hair, Here, Here, and Here! I launched Lock Love Wednesday about a month ago! Every Wednesday, I will post pictures of hair styles for you. I started this "link up party" to get out of my hair rut. I am hoping that I can inspire you along the way. I just had a Lock Love button made! So join us! Add the button! It will be fun!! 

Isn't it pretty? I love it!

I love the morning sunlight in my house! It is my favorite time of day! Which is a miracle, because this mama used to not like the morning hours. I love my baby girl. I love my red robe. I love cuddles. 

We got to have our baby, Zakiyah Nova, dedicated last week! It was a blast. We hosted both of our families for lunch and fun. I love our church! I love our family! We are so grateful. I can't believe Zion is 3 and Kiyah is 6 months......

I am working away at getting our "house tour" set up! It is a lot of work. I am really excited to have it ready though. I am working on the detail shots of the rooms. Check back this week and see the progress. This whale 3 part canvas is in my daughter's Zion's room! She loves it. I made it last summer for her. We always sing "Baby Beluga"! 

I am obsessed with my new clock from Target. I love coral! I love the shape. I need to know the time because I am famous for running late. ;) I am also working on a gallery wall in our living room. Stay tuned. 

We are planning on hanging low this weekend. Both of our girls are a touch sick. I am so ready for spring! What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun? Have a great day!
Don't forget to check back next week for Lock Love Wednesday!