Pancakes For EVERY Monday, Food Oasis Ideas, Dogs Turning Into Terrible Lizards

Posted: 04/08/2014 in Uncategorized
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I think I’m a week off of schedule with this.

That’s okay, I’m doing it now & there is a TON of stuff going on right now in my life, so to the eight people who are regular readers to this, I apologize & will explain more in the near future.

In the meantime, I made pancakes.

Specifically apple cinnamon oatmeal flax seed pancakes.

Monday is no match for this plate of noms.

Monday is no match for this plate of noms.

I love pancakes, & putting everything but the kitchen sink in them is something fun to do with these guys.  I LOVE THEM.

I started with dry ingredients:  1 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar(or some maple syrup if you’d like to get really nommy), a quarter of a cup of ground flax seed, a quarter of a cup of oatmeal, a teaspoon of cinnamon, an eighth of a teaspoon of nutmeg, half of a tablespoon of baking powder, and just a few shakes of salt.  Mix that until it is thoroughly blended.

Wet ingredients are easy:  water.  Like around 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups of it.  Really easy.  Mix that into the dry mixture really well.  There should still be some lumps from the oatmeal.  Feel free to use a little oil, but I’m trying to get away from a lot of that in this recipe, so minimal use on the skillet is all I use.

Then there’s the in-between wet & dry ingredient:  two apples, diced to about 1/4″ or so.  Mix that into the now wet dry mixture.

Ladle some of that onto an oiled skillet heated to 350.  Flip the cakes when the edges are bubbling.

You should get about eight good-sized cakes out of this, which are usually a serving for me or at least a few servings for someone else.

So good.

And now for these local canine messages:

We were apart for five long days while visiting Ohio for my sister's wedding.  I never want to leave them for that long again.

We were apart for five long days while visiting Ohio for my sister’s wedding. I never want to leave them for that long again.

It's awesome in the kitchen when I'm making the vegan dog food.

It’s awesome in the kitchen when I’m making the vegan dog food.

See??!!  They change from dogs to dinosaurs(that’s the terrible lizard thing in the title, get it??) when I’m making their food!  I love that they get along so well now, not that Cinder didn’t just tolerate Little Baby Alec Baldwin from the start.  Cinder is kind of Alec’s idol/lick friend, too.

Now back to the post.

Has anyone ever heard of a food desert?  There are a TON of them out there in urban concrete jungles where low-income meets low access for quality groceries.  Wondering where there’s one around you?  Check out the map that the USDA compiled here.

The obvious problem with food deserts is that people just can’t get good, nutritious food.  Everyone should have an opportunity to enjoy bananas or apples instead of being coerced to buy a shitty bag of chips or fast food value meal that will only lead to potential health problems & possibly even slight addiction(we’ll talk about the chemicals put into foods that cause mild, unconscious addiction on another post).

The reasoning behind this conundrum is potentially the fact that a lot of businesspeople that deal with grocery store locations see an area that is thriving with businesses & immediately want to put their store there(usually the potential sales is the driving force in area decision).  If enough stores are clustered together in a tight-bound knot of sales-addicted fervor, eventually these food deserts are then created by the migration of businesses to the knot or the businesses that stay in the soon-to-be desert are slowly starved(no pun intended) & sent out of business.

What is the solution?  What can people do to fix this & how can it help the people who can fix this?

What about creating a food oasis?  It might be as simple as this:

Go to a wholesaler(bonus points if it is a local farmer that will hook you up with a deal on a case) & pick up a case of apples, oranges, bananas, any kind of fruit.  It doesn’t have to be a specific fruit & dependent on local laws, sales might be permitted as long as you classify yourself as a roadside stand.  This is a big might, because in Florida, it looks as though what’s called Cottage Law here would permit it.  If you buy a case of fruit at wholesale & sell it individually, chances are, you’ll make a profit.

The other option is trying to put together a farmer’s market.  Start by looking for a location.  An old parking lot, a little park, just a clear area.  Talk with the owners, see if there is a permit process with the city to work on, & find some local farms to come in & sell their veggies.  I make it sound easy, which it isn’t, but the return is great.

With either solution, it’s a step in the right direction & like I mentioned before, everyone should have an opportunity for nutritious food.

In any case, that’s it for me.  Going to record a new episode for the Green Bean Podcast today & work on some pretty pressing issues, but that’s for another time.  Have a great couple of weeks & throw some comments down below on what you think about some of the info above!  I’m by no means a pro with laws, especially from wherever you are in most cases, but I’d love to learn more on this because I think it would help so many communities!




  1. pancakes & pup-pers! neato ~!
    ( Stares at her coffee mug & tries to incantation it into PANCAKES MA NA MA NUMS!!!!)

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