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Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

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We go through a lot of bananas in our house.  A lot.  From munching on them as snacks, to using them in my naturally gluten free banana pancakes, a bunch of bananas is almost always within reach for my kiddos.  As you can see, even the littlest tries to help herself.  LOL.  I love bananas because they are a perfectly portable healthy snack.

Dole bananas

About those naturally gluten banana pancakes… these are ridiculously easy to make and healthy to boot!  Really all you need are egg whites and bananas!  That’s right, these delicious pancakes are completely flourless!  Oh, and whatever toppings you like, such as fresh berries, feta cheese, chopped nuts, or nut butter.

flourless banana pancake ingredients

If your aim is to remain gluten free, pay attention to your toppings, as not all are created equal (real feta cheese, like most real cheeses, is gluten free, but processed cheeses may not be)The pancakes are naturally sweetened by the bananas, so you can have a stack of yum with out the added sugar or syrup.

gluten free banana pancakes @thatbaldchick

Here’s my recipe…

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes
 
Two ingredient banana griddle cakes are simple to make and a treat to eat.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 16-20
Ingredients
  • 4 medium DOLE bananas
  • 1 cup egg whites - about 8
  • 2 tsp butter or non-stick spray *optional if using non-stick griddle, needed if using skillet*
  • toppings of choice (DOLE fresh berries, feta cheese, chopped nuts or nut butter)
Instructions
  1. Preheat griddle to 350 º F or medium sized skillet to medium heat
  2. Smash banana with fork or potato masher
  3. Whisk egg whites lightly
  4. Combine smashed banana and egg whites and stir till combined
  5. *If desired, spray griddle with nonstick spray or drop 1 tsp butter on griddle and spread. If using skillet, you'll need the butter to keep them from sticking*
  6. Pour mixture onto griddle, about 2-4 tablespoons for pancakes (I used a ¼ measuring cup and filled ⅔rds full).
  7. Use bottom of spoon or measuring cup to spread evenly.
  8. Let cook for 2 minutes, or until golden brown and turns easily.
  9. Cook on remaining side 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. ***note- if you turn it too soon, it will be delicious banana mash*
  11. Top with your choice of toppings. I like to use smashed raspberries and feta cheese.

Ridiculously easy, right?

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes @thatbaldchick

Beware… they disappear quickly!

Speaking of bananas, I’m excited to share that the Dole Get Up and Grow! Tour will be in St. Louis area July 30-August 4!

Dole Get Up and Grow TourWHAT IS THE GET UP AND GROW TOUR?  It’s an 11,700-mile, 115-day journey organized by the Dole Food Company and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze to give North Americans a number of tangible ways to make 2015 their healthiest and happiest summer EVER!  We are directly challenging local residents to eat better this summer to receive some exciting health and wellness rewards. We’ll ultimately be stopping at 480 supermarkets and special events throughout the U.S. and Canada through September.

The Get Up and Grow Tour Caravan is a wrapped van and trailer with kitchen and sampling tent that offers free recipe samples, a DIY smoothie bar, free giveaways for the kids, expert nutritional advice by our resident RD or produce expert and other surprises. Visitors can also create their own customizable, interactive pledge that gives them the chance to receive wellness rewards like free DOLE fresh produce, Fitbits® and a wellness getaway in California. Visitors can sample a variety of fruit, vegetable and salad recipes created for Get Up and Grow and learn about many other recipes, including the Charred Summer Salad, which has been proclaimed 2015’s “Official Salad of Summer.”

Tour stops include:

  • 07/30/15 Swansea Schnucks at 2665 North Illinois St., Swansea, IL 62221 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 07/31/15 Hampton Village Schnucks at 60 Hampton Village Plaza, St Louis, MO from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 07/31/15 Ballwin Schnucks at 2511 Khers Mill Rd, Ballwin, MO from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 08/01/15 St. Charles Sav-A-Lot at 1900 First Capitol Dr, St. Charles, MO from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • 08/01/15 Godfrey Schnucks at 2712 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 08/02/15 St Louis Sav-A-Lot at 6840 Page Ave, St Louis, MO from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 08/02/15 St Louis Sav-A-Lot at 4447 Natural Bridge Ave, St Louis, MO from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 08/03/15 Overland Sav-A-Lot at 9430 Midland Ave, Overland, MO from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 08/03/15 St Louis Sav-A-Lot at 3646 Page Blvd, St Louis, MO from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 08/04/15 St Louis Sav-A-Lot at 1601 S Jefferson Ave, St Louis, MO from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 08/04/15 St Louis Sav-A-Lot at 3427 S Jefferson Ave, St Louis, MO from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Even if you can’t make one of the Get Up and Grow Tour Caravan stops, you create create your own customizable, interactive pledge that gives you the chance to receive wellness rewards like free DOLE fresh produce, Fitbits® and a wellness getaway in California. online at http://dolegetupandgrow.com/

 

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5 Apps for Reading with the Family

Special thanks to French Toast for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

Raise your hand if your family loves reading! I’ve searched high and low for apps that make reading with the family easy. Check out these 5 smart phone/tablet apps that can help make reading as a family more successful!

Bob Books Reading Magic #1 – Bob Books are well loved by many parents, and was even Parent Choice approved in 2012! This app is an interactive phonics-based game that teaches kids which sounds out the letters make and how to connect letters to make words. My struggling reader especially loves when the black and white picture becomes colored and the drawings come to life!

Reading Eggs – Reading Eggs is well known for their web site which promotes literacy. Our favorite app is the Reading Eggs Eggy Words 250, which teaches the top 250 sight words a child needs to learn.  Sight words are commonly used words (such as the, and, of) that young children are encouraged to memorize as a beginning step of reading. This app teaches these words and reinforces the lessons taught on the website. It can be used in conjunction with the Reading Eggs site, or as a stand alone tool.

Tales2Go – Want a different kind of reading experience? Tales2Go is your answer. It’s an audio book service that lets your kids listen to books! There are tons of novels and short stories to listen to, so your kids will never tire of reading.

PlayTales – Are you looking for an app the whole family will love? Try PlayTales. Stories are designed in a playable format to promote a love for reading. There are animations, music, effects and more! I love that new books are added every week, and that you can filter by theme. It also has “read to me” and “read by myself” options, which is great since my kids read on different levels!

Rootz – Rootz offers an interactive way to read books with educational games and a collection that is updated monthly! I love that the Rootz encourages family bonding: you can read a book together, play a game together, or even share pictures, which is great if you’re out of town, at work, or on a trip.

5 apps for reading with the family

These apps can simplify your reading time. How has technology simplified your parenting? Join the discussion with our Twitter Party on July 23rd at 8 pm EST for a chance to win a year’s worth of uniforms. Use the hashtag #BTSTech and follow @FrenchToastcom to join the fun.

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Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse

Want to know to know another one of my secrets to keeping kids happy and entertained during the summer? Check out this Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse I had the privilege to receive for review!  Clearly this is geared more towards younger children…or, it’s supposed to be, but my older girls seem to think they fit inside it perfectly too.  Oi.  Anyway…

I’ve wanted to get an outdoor play house for my patio for a while.  Not only do I have my own toddler, but I watch a couple of toddlers as well, and they don’t get as much satisfaction from drawing on the back patio with sidewalk chalk as older kids might.  They just get a bigger kick out of playing pretend than they do expressing themselves artistically!
Once this product arrived- and by arrived, I mean that I came home to the most massive box ever blocking my front door!- I was slightly nervous to tackle the assembly process.  I’ve heard from people that these play house things are a major pain to put together and that we should budget at least two hours for assembly.  Great.  NOT EVEN CLOSE!  Whew!  This was an absolute breeze to assemble.  In fact, the actual assembly took approximately 20 minutes. Want to know what took the longest?  Placing the stickers on the assembled structure!  Seriously.  The play set comes with all the tools needed to assemble the product, which amounts to one special screw driver that they provide.  The directions were easy to follow and the pictures were informative and helpful.
playhouse assembled                 playhouse assembly
Little Ms. A (and the kids I watch) love this little cottage!  We’ve had many picnics out back in the cottage (not me, just them), and they love pretending that they are taking care of their own house!  The cottage has been outside for a couple of weeks and withstood some serious bad weather as well as very extreme heat and I see no evidence of damage or warping.
playing in house
I’m SO happy with this addition to our back yard!
The Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse can be found in national retailers as well as online and retails for $129.
Find more boredom busters by following Little Tikes on Facebook@littletikes on Twitter, and Official Little Tikes on Instagram.
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4 apps to help you be more productive

Technology can make you happier, makes life easier, and can even make you wealthier. Why aren’t you allowing it to make your more productive? The sad truth is, most people allow technology to take away their productivity. You don’t have to be one! Check out these 4 apps to help you be more productive!

4 apps to help you be more productive @thatbaldchick

Stayfocusd

stay focusd app
Price: FREE
Speaking of technology sucking away productivity, when was the last time you logged on to a social media site to check in and then saw that you wasted three hours of time? It happens to everyone at some point, and that’s where Stayfocusd can help. This URL blocker offers customizable settings, multiple countdown clocks, and a self-imposed lock-out feature to help you stay off the Internet sites that waste time and keeps you focused on work. You do have total control over the lists of sites it blocks or limits, though, so you need to be honest and harsh with yourself when setting the app to be what you need.

RescueTime Solo Pro

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Price: $72 per year, but a free version is available
Let’s say you have blocked sites, limited sites, and locked yourself out of others, but you are still losing time. How!??! Where is all of your time going? RescueTime can you help you find it. Anyone who looks for ways to be more productive will tell you that every minute of your day counts, and every minute saved is one that makes you a more productive person. RescueTime is an app that monitors your computer use to show you where you are productive and where you are wasting time. This app is also customizable and you can tell it to monitor all activity or just certain apps and sites. For best results, let it look at all computer activity. It is both Mac and Windows compatible and can work on multiple computers and devices. You can get a 14 day free trial.

Evernote

Evernote logo
Price: $45 per year for Premium, but a free version is available
You took wonderful notes today at that oh-so-important meeting and you feel like you can use your television watching down-time to get ahead on tomorrow’s work. Great! You are being productive and getting ahead- until you get home and see that you left your notes on your desk and you can’t run back to the office. Don’t let this happen again. Evernote is an app that can store notes for you on just about any device you can imagine. If you put them in form your work computer, you can access them on your phone when that dentist appointment runs longer than you thought. You can then pick up where you left off on your Kindle at the gym. It ensures you are never without notes when you need them, or even just when you have extra time to access them.

Cozi

cozi logo
Price: Cozi Gold is $29.99/year, but a free version is available

Ever schedule an appointment, not realizing another family member had already scheduled something for that date/time?  Unless you have the superpower of duplicating yourself and occupying two places at once, you need a shared family calendar.  Cozi is an awesome shared calendar app that the whole family can use and update.  You can color code family members for the calendar, which makes time management for the whole family a breeze. The free version has the shared calendar, a shopping list, a to do list, and even a family journal. Cozi Gold is  ad-free adds an address book and birthday tracker feature that the whole family can use.   Cozi Gold also offers VIP customer support.

 

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Moxie Girls- Sunkissed Magic Hair Doll

As promised, the next item up for review on my “how to keep my kids busy during the summer” list: Moxie Girlz Sunkissed Magic Hair doll.  Ok…typically I don’t go for toys that involve painting of any kind, but my middle child, Ms. M, is obsessed with doing people’s hair and creating hair styles that are trendy.  I’m not sure where she got that from because the most creative I get with hair is a French braid, but that’s besides the point.  She loves it, so when I had the opportunity to get this doll for her, I bit because I knew it’d be right up her alley.

Moxie Girlz 1

The Sunkissed Magic Hair doll is pretty cool, I have to begrudgingly admit.  She comes with all the accessories you’d expect from a doll whose hair is meant to be styled (a brush, hair clips in the shape of hearts and flowers, hair rubber bands), but she also comes with a little tube of color changing gel that is to be applied to doll’s hair.  It goes on (with a little applicator that looks like an eye shadow applicator) light blue, however when the doll is put in direct sunlight, the gel changes from light blue to a dark blue-ish purple color.  Super cool!  Disclaimer: I doesn’t work when held in sunlight streaming through the window…duh…the window blocks UV rays.

 Moxie Girz 2

Like the  Moxie Girlz Creative Me doll from my last post, the gel washes out of the doll’s hair with warm water, and once the hair is dry, it’s able to be colored over and over!  Added bonus, the cute little hair clips work in little girl hair, too, making for a very content child with stylish hair!

Find Moxie Girlz Dolls at any major toy retailer and on Amazon.

Find more boredom busters by following Little Tikes on Facebook, follow @littletikes on Twitter, and Official Little Tikes on Instagram.

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