Happy National Pancake Day!!!

Who doesn’t love pancakes!?!  Today, March 3rd is National Pancake Day!

What a better way to celebrate then with a nice stack of delicious pancakes!!   IHOP began National Pancake Day in 2006 in hopes to give away FREE short stacks to raise money for charity.  Since then, they have raised over 16 million dollars for charity!!!  Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 billion for charity!!!  So, stop in for breakfast or lunch or even make it a fun dinner for the kids and get yourself a nice short stack!

If you prefer to stay in we have a yummy recipe for you and you can still donate to your favorite charity as well to stick with the theme!!

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To make delicious vegan pancakes at home just use this recipe:

  • 1 Cup of flour
  • 1 Cup of Vegan Milk (your choice we use almond)
  • 1 Tbsp of Vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 Tbsp of Baking Powder

Additions can be:

  • 1/4 cup of vegan protein to give them a protein power punch
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • chocolate chips

To find an IHOP near you check out their website: http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/

~Maria~

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10 kid friendly ideas for “Random Acts of Kindness Day”

Today, February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day.  Here are some ideas of what you can do to help spread the kindness.

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10 Random Acts of Kindness

  1.  Make a phone call.  Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Tell them how much you miss them and tell them how important they are in your life.
  2.  If you live somewhere where it’s snowing go ahead and shovel a neighbor’s driveway or clean the snow off their car or walkway.  If you live in the warmer climates, then go ahead and help a neighbor with some gardening.  Pick a few weeds, mow their lawn, sweep their front porch.
  3.  Send out a handwritten letter to someone.  We are all consumed with cell phones, texting, computers…. shut it all down!  Grab a pen and some nice paper and write away!!!
  4.  Smile at everyone you see today.  Work in a big city? Take your ear buds out look up and smile 🙂  That’s right at every single person.  You will be amazed what a smile will do, you may make someone’s week.
  5.  Make dinner for someone you know that could use some help.  Maybe it’s an overwhelmed mom or maybe it’s someone who lives alone and doesn’t usually cook for themselves.  Better yet find a local group of people in need on Facebook and make a beautiful dinner for a complete stranger!!  Not a great cook?  No worries order something and have it delivered…even if it’s pizza 😉
  6.  In line for coffee today?  Pay for the person behind you.  Who wouldn’t love a cup of joe from a perfect stranger??
  7.  Leave a special treat for the mailman with a special note.  Let them know that you appreciate them.
  8.  Leave hidden dollars at the dollar store!  I read this once a while ago and it’s a great idea.  You can even do it at a grocery store!!! Leave them under cans or boxes it will really brighten someone’s day.
  9.  Say thank you to a police officer, fireman or anyone in the military that you see.  They dedicate their lives to helping everyone around them.

 

 Keep the kindness going all year long!  Keep a bowl or jar in a central location in your home filled with random acts of kindness.  If you have kids have them help you think of kind acts and have them help write out the cards.  Every person in your family can pick out a random act each day.  Keep spreading the kindness all year long.

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Contest!!! Win a Couple’s Thai Yoga Massage Workshop for Valentine’s Day!!!

Thai Massage is bodywork therapy based on the principles of Ayurveda and Yoga, born centuries ago in Thailand (as one would assume).  Basically, the practitioner guides a client through a series of yoga like postures and applies pressure with the palms, thumbs, feet or elbows to clear the “sen”, better known as the energy lines.  The result is a beautiful, relaxing, and at the same time invigorating experience.

So when you bring together therapy like Thai Yoga Massage and an open-minded spouse or partner, you connect with your loved one on a spiritual level, deep past the skin and straight to the heart.

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Interested?  This week we are giving away a Valentine’s Day Couple’s Thai Yoga Massage workshop for two (a $50 value).  This workshop is instructed by the Dalai mama herself, who has been orchestrating the event for the past seven years.

When: Saturday ,February 14th 6-9pm

Where: Inlet Yoga , 233 East Main Street, Manasquan, NJ

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Vegan Lentil Loaf

As I write this I’m pretty sure FoodTV may blow up my email and my phone tonight begging me to come and host a show. I think they will call it….Mama V, the Mom who cooks vegan cuisine with her kids. I peeked at a few lentil loafs and came up with a rendition of my own. We served it with roasted sweet and white potatoes. It was delish!

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Vegan Lentil Loaf

Here’s what you will need:
Lentil loaf:
1 cup of uncooked lentils (wash them and sort them there are always some random stones, etc in the package
3 cup of water
1 small onion diced and 1/2 of an onion
Half of a sweet potato shredded
Half of an Granny Smith Apple shredded
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 cup of oats (crush them with food processor to make a powder)
1/2 cup of bread crumbs (any kind you like, seasoned, homemade…whatever floats your boat)
1/2 cup of Walnuts chopped
1 tsp of dried thyme
3-4 tblsp of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce:
1/2 cup of ketchup
2Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
2Tbsp of Apple Sauce
1Tbsp of Agave

Pre-heat your oven to 350.
Place the 3 cups of water in a pot and let the water boil you can add salt and half of the onion to flavor the water, or use a veggie broth or just plain water. It’s up to you. Add the lentils and let the water come back to a boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer for about 40-45minutes. You want to basically overcook the lentils. In the meantime, take 2tbsp or so of the oil and sautee the onion and garlic for a few minutes, then add the sweet potatoe, apple and walnuts. Sautee for about another 5 minutes. Put this in a large bowl, then add the breadcrumb, ground oats, thyme, dash of salt and mix well. Once the lentils are finished take 3/4 of it and blend (I used my Cuisinart hand blender) then other 1/4 just put in the mixture bowl. When you have finished blending the lentils add them to the bowl as well. Mix well with you hands is best. Then taste to see if you need salt or pepper. Now, if this wasn’t vegan you wouldn’t be able to just stick your finger in and taste. You would probably get really sick. :0

Get your loaf pan out and lightly grease with remaining Olive Oil and then add parchment paper to cover the inside with some paper hanging out the sides. Put your mixture in the loaf pan and push down with your hand to make it even. Now, to make the sauce…
Take all the ingredients and wisk really well. Take half or so of the sauce and cover the top of the load generously. Save the rest for dipping.

Place your loaf in the center of the oven and bake for about 45 then remove and let sit for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan and let it cool on a cooling rack. Then slice and enjoy!!!

You can always add celery or carrots instead of sweet potato. I saw a lot of recipes that called for those ingredients instead. Sweet potatoes are so good for you I decided to add them instead. Have fun with it!!

~Maria~

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