Protein (Powder-less) Pancakes

If you do a search for protein pancakes you will find a myriad of recipes that call for the addition of protein powder, which doesn’t thrill me. Now, I’m not against protein powder, I just haven’t found one that I like. Typically they are sweetened, and I personally find the taste of the sweeteners used (like stevia) off-putting and overwhelming. So, to say the least, a recipe that calls for the addition of powders aren’t really my thing right now.

Anyway, back to the pancakes. I wasn’t actually on the search for a protein pancake recipe but I stumbled across one that called for banana and eggs only. Feeling intrigued by the concept I decided to give it a whirl. And while it wasn’t necessarily bad, I thought that texturally it could be improved upon to reflect more of a traditional pancake. I wanted to keep the ingredients as pure and healthy as possible, and the results were so good, we now eat these pancakes weekly without a bit of guilt. In fact, the banana adds so much sweetness (especially if it is really ripe) that most times we eat them without syrup. But for a special treat, pure maple syrup and some butter is always nice! They will be denser and more “hearty” tasting than you may be used to, so don’t be surprised when you take your first bite.

Oh, and this recipe is totally customizable! We’ve done several variations by adding different fruits (in addition to the banana) and spices and they always come out great!

Protein (Powder-less) Pancakes

1 large ripe banana (the more brown spots there are, the sweeter the pancake)
3 large eggs
3/4 c oatmeal flour (I make my own by whizzing organic oats up in my magic bullet. You can do this with both old fashioned oats and steel cut.)
3/4 tbs cinnamon (or to taste)
A dash of salt
Coconut Oil (for cooking the pancakes)

Additions, if you so desire: sunflower seeds, blueberries, a dash of vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, etc.

Peel the banana and mash with a fork until only small chunks remain. (I’m sorry for the blurry photos. I took these quickly with my phone under the stove vent light…not a good combo!)Protein-Pancakes-01

Add the eggs and combine. (I know, the picture only shows 2 eggs, but add 3 please.)Protein-Pancakes-02Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine.Protein-Pancakes-04If you are using any additions, you can add them now or in the case of blueberries for example, you can carefully sprinkle them on top of the batter after you’ve added it to the skillet.Protein-Pancakes-06
Heat a skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add some coconut oil to it.Protein-Pancakes-08 Once the oil has melted, add about 1/3 of a cup of the batter to the skillet.Protein-Pancakes-09 When bubbles begin forming on the surface, flip the pancake and cook the other side.Protein-Pancakes-10Cook until golden brown and delicious!Protein-Pancakes-11Now go and eat them without guilt, because compared to a tradition pancake, these could almost be considered a health food! They are in my book!Protein-Pancakes-12

No Bake Peanut Butter, Honey & Oat Bars


Browsing Pinterest is a favorite past time of mine, and judging by it’s popularity I’m not alone in this. Not only do I find inspiration for my home but I also often find myself browsing through the food and drink pins. This particular recipe was first pinned by my sister and the simplicity of it really sold me. Just 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time promised to deliver a scrumptious treat. How could I not try this out??

Of course though, true to my style, I had to tweak the recipe and make it my own. But as I’ve said before, that’s the beauty of cooking. You can really do whatever you’d like! I decided to make a half batch to begin with and here is the recipe I came up with:

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of organic unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • cinnamon to taste

Heat the peanut butter, honey, and brown rice syrup over low heat and stir to combine. Once combined, remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Press into an 8x8x2 pan and let stand over night. (Since I halved the recipe, I pressed the ingredients into half of the pan only.)

The results were delicious! Both my husband and I loved them. They are a sweet treat but we feel good about eating them as the ingredients are all relatively healthy and there are no additives in them. And like I said before, this recipe can be altered in so many ways. If you don’t prefer peanut butter, try your favorite nut butter. If you want them less or more sweet, adjust the honey. Don’t have/like brown rice syrup? Use all honey. Want to add some dried fruit? Feel free! The possibilities could be endless.

Recipe adapted from: 

3 Ingredient Laundry Soap


As you may have surmised, I am interested in all things chemical-free. That does not mean that everything I use is completely chemical free but I try, where I can, to make a healthier choice. I had been buying more natural, safe for the environment laundry detergent for years and was happy with them. I had no intention of making my own but as I started to see just how easy it was and that the cost savings was significant, I got excited about the process.

Many recipes I found call for grating a bar soap called Fels Naptha. For some reason this method didn’t appeal to me. I think I questioned a few of the ingredients listed on the package and decided to look for something else. After searching around I found a method that uses Dr. Bronner’s soap. I typically always have that on hand (I use it to make an all-purpose spray) so this appealed to me. (Plus it reminded me of my childhood as my mom always had a bottle in the shower to use instead of bar soap.)

I adapted the recipe for our personal home use and have been using it for over 2 years now. We have been very happy with the results. The cost savings has been awesome as well. I haven’t done a breakdown but I will tell you that in the 2 and a half years of using it, I have only purchased the ingredients twice, excluding the Dr. Bronner’s soap because in this recipe it stretches very far.

Here is the method I use:

  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
  • 1/8 Cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap

Place all ingredients in 5 quarts (20 cups) of water and stir. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil on the stove over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally just to make sure all of the ingredients are dissolved. Once boiling, turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat. Cover and let stand over night.

homemade laundry soap

Heating up

In the morning, place the mixture in a bottle and it’s ready to use. (As you can tell from the photo, I use and old laundry detergent bottle for mine.)


A few words of caution: the mixture will look like water with clumps in it… or kind of like egg drop soup! At first it is hard to get over the fact that this laundry soap is not thick like regular detergent and your mind will play tricks on you making you think that there is no way this could possibly clean your clothes. But don’t fret, it will! Also, your clothes will not have a “detergent” smell, so if that’s your thing, this homemade laundry detergent probably won’t cut it for you. Your clothes will just have a freshly laundered smell. And that’s good because those smells we all love and have come to know actually come from chemicals. And who really wants more chemicals in their life?? Not me.

As far as the amount that I use, usually a half capful does the trick. If the items I’m washing are particularly soiled, I’ll add more. Happy washing!

“Cheesy” Vegan Kale Chips

My sister-in-law was in town recently for a visit and she was my inspiration for trying out this recipe. You see, she is a very healthy and clean eater. She doesn’t claim to be vegan but she can often be seen enjoying vegan foods. I, myself, try to make healthy choices, or at least what I’ve found to be healthy for me. When it comes to my grocery cart, you will find that most of my purchases are organic and mainly consist of whole foods such as nuts, vegetables, fruits, and proteins.


I have done research on vegan diets and I do agree with many of the principals behind it. Even though I do consume meat and dairy products I am all for trying a recipe that eliminates both, but is still satisfying. That’s where these “cheesy” kale chips come into play. My sister-in-law had bought several bags of them during the course of her stay. I had tried them years earlier but a bite of hers reinvigorated my taste buds. But let me tell you, they are not cheap! I believe I paid around $5.50 for a small bag. While talking with her about them she mentioned that they are really easy to make. So I set out to find a recipe that I could use as my base, but tweak it to make it my own, as I often do with recipes.

Most recipes call for a food dehydrator as you can control the temperature more easily and, because it’s such a low temperature, the product actually remains “raw” and none of the nutrients are lost (at least that is what I’ve read). But since I don’t have a dehydrator I decided to use my oven on the lowest temperature and the results were great! I can’t vouch for all of the nutrients being there, but they certainly were crisp, and lets face it, any kale chip has got to be better for you than a regular chip!


So without further ado, here is the method I used:


2 bunches of organic kale
2 cups organic cashews (raw is recommended, but I only had roasted and salted so I soaked them in water for a little over an hour beforehand and then drained them)
1 organic red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove peeled garlic
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 tablespoons nutritional yeast (many grocers carry this in bulk bins)
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
Cayenne pepper, ground chipolte pepper and smoked paprika to taste

(You’ll notice that the last 3 ingredients are “to taste” and really, all of the spices can be considered as such, as well as the nutritional yeast. You can add any spices you’d like! After whizzing the mixture up, give it a taste and see what needs to be adjusted according to your palate. That’s the beauty of cooking, each recipe can really become your own!)


Preheat oven to your lowest setting

1. Wash the kale and remove the leaves from the stems. Tear into bite-sized pieces and then dry.

2. In a food processor, puree the cashews, bell pepper, and garlic.  Add the lemon juice, olive oil, yeast and seasonings, then puree until creamy.  If the mixture is too thick, water can be added in small increments until it resembles something like a pancake batter.

3. Taste your puree and adjust any seasonings you’d like. You can add a dash more of any that are called for or sprinkle in another spice that you think would be tasty. If you want an even cheesier taste, add more nutritional yeast.

4. Toss the pieces of kale with the puree in a large bowl. Continue to mix until it is evenly distributed on all of the kale pieces. (In my experience, if a piece of kale was overly saturated with the puree it didn’t crisp up as nicely.)

5. Cover 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper and arrange the kale in a single layer on the paper. It is best if the pieces do not overlap.

6. Place in the oven. Cooking times will likely vary depending on your oven. The lowest setting on mine is 200 degrees. I baked my kale for about 4 hours turning once midway through.

Once they were done I allowed them to cool completely before storing them in an air-tight container. I did notice however, that by the next day or so, they were starting to lose some crispness. I reheated them in the oven and it brought the crunch back. I’m wondering how to avoid the need to do that? I thought about placing a little mesh bag of rice at the bottom of the container since rice is supposed to absorb moisture, but I have yet to try that out. Has anyone had success with keeping them crisp?

The end result was delicious! My husband loved them as did a friend of ours, who promptly made a batch of her own that weekend. If this recipe seems out of the box for you and you are nervous to invest the time and ingredients to making your own, I’d suggest buying a bag first. This will give you an idea of the flavors you can achieve and it just might inspire you to make a batch yourself!

Zero Dollar Redo

Updates to our home don’t have to be expensive or time consuming. For example, I took some primer that I had on hand and a pot of test paint that I got for free, (Valspar offers coupons for free samples in several magazines) and took my window boxes from dreary and depressing to bright and cheerful!


See for yourself:



window box after

Now if it were up to me, I’d paint the entire house. But being that I rent, this was within the realms of what I knew my landlord would be okay with. Once I get some flowers planted and established in these new and improved boxes, I know it will greatly increase our curb appeal!

And for all of you renters out there, I know it can be frustrating to read blog after blog showing home renovators taking fixer-uppers from drab to fab. I feel your pain because I experience it myself. But since owning a home is not practical for us right now I look for ways to make my rental a little more “me.” And these window boxes do just that! I hope this post inspires you to do the same.

Boot Socks – No Sewing Required

I’m typically not one to sport all of the latest and most current styles when it comes to fashion. Some would call me conservative, I like to call it classic. 🙂 I do however take note of styles I like, whether I see them on Pinterest, in advertisements, or in everyday life and tend to follow trends in that way. That’s where boot socks come in. I think they are super cute! So I made my own.


Now I’m not going to pretend that I was the first person to come up with this idea. Just do a search for ‘DIY Boot Socks’ and you will find several posts similar to this one. But what I will tell you is that I made mine last year and the idea for them was conjured up in my own mind. No internet searching was done prior to my idea, so I was pretty proud of my own little DIY moment.

My husband had two old cashmere sweaters sitting in the closet.  My original plan was to make pillow covers out of them. But after a year or so of procrastination (I’m good at that) I took a look at the sleeves and thought that they would make great boot socks. Now, I realize that the title of this post includes “No Sewing Required” but there was some sewing done on my version. Remember, I’m working with a man’s sized, slightly stretched out sweater. So, like I do with all of my tailoring needs, I took them to my mom who cut the sleeves off near the shoulder, then cut them up the middle and overlapped the fabric and sewed one straight line from bottom to top. But don’t be confused by that. If you’re working with a woman’s sweater, with just one simple cut near the top of the sleeves, they’ll be ready to wear! For me there was no trip to the store, no money spent, and an old sweater was repurposed. I’d call that a win, win, win situation!

Take a look in your closet or purchase a gently used sweater from a second hand store and make a pair of your own. You could even embellish them with buttons, lace, or whatever floats your boat.  I wear mine scrunched, as you can see in the pictures, but you can easily straighten them by cutting them at the bottom to a shorter length and pulling them down to straighten them. At any rate, I’m sure you will love them as much as I do! And besides being super cute, they are functional as well. They keep my legs really warm. 🙂


Goat Cheese and Crostini


ap·pe·tiz·er: a small dish of food or drink eaten before a meal or the main course to stimulate one’s appetite.

When going out to dinner, most times we do not order appetizers. And it’s mainly for one reason, after eating them, I am no longer hungry for dinner. However, when we have guests over I will often put out an appetizer to munch on and of course, I have no problem consuming both the pre-meal and the main course. Go figure.

I am also often asked to bring an appetizer to dinner parties. Sometimes I bring the standard cheese and cracker platter, which I love and always goes over well. But at other times I feel like I want to put more effort and thought into my choice so I rely on recipes that I’ve ripped out of magazines or I turn to the internet. I often read a blog called Annie’s Eats and recently made her rendition of Parmesan Crusted Goat Cheese with Basil Oil. It was really easy to make and got rave reviews from the tasters. It’s a great recipe to have on hand and I do believe I’ll be making it again. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And thank you Annie, for the great recipe!

Getting Back to Nature

Some say we need to get back to nature, and I’ll admit it, that can sound a bit like an anthem from the 70’s. But I learned that it couldn’t be more true after a trip to Yosemite National Park.

Bridalveil Fall

Amazingly enough, on more than a few occasions, I got the same response when telling people that we had just gotten back from Yosemite. “I’ve never been there” they would say. And this is from people who practically have the National Park in their backyard! But I’ll admit it, I’m not so innocent myself. I had gone with a group about 8 years prior and ever since had said that I’d like to return. But days went by that turned into months and then years, without so much as even an attempt to return. That all changed when I saw a deal on Travelzoo for a lodge near the park. After adjusting our schedules we booked our room and set off to see the sights.


Once inside the park, we drove for what seemed like several miles of winding roads surrounded by pine trees. This was hardly the site I would expect one to gasp with excitement over seeing. But before we knew it, the landscape had opened up and we were welcomed by a river rushing with crisp water runoff from the snow capped mountains. The scene was absolutely beautiful. It kind of reminded me of a painting you would see from the artist who painted “happy little trees.” Remember him? Only this was better…much, much better, because it was real!

We pulled over to breath in the clean mountain air and listen to the water rushing by. This was what Yosemite is all about. And that was just the appetizer at the beginning of the park. Traveling on we experienced El Capitan, Half Dome, Tunnel view, Bridal Veil Falls and so much more.

El Capitan

We spent 2 days in the park and afterward I can honestly say that I felt revived. Was the experience life changing? Perhaps not. But it was a good reminder that we have a need to unplug. Unplug from our everyday “normal” which has become constant text messaging, phone calls, Instagram, Facebook, and yes, even blog reading. There is something out there that is bigger than this world of technology that we live in. And while most of us would agree that we love our technology, trips like this will help one to realize that we really do need to get back to nature.





If you have a National Park in your backyard, or even if it’s a few hours or a flight away, make the time to visit. I’m willing to bet you will feel as refreshed and renewed as we did!

* Think that the winter season wouldn’t be a good time to visit the park? You may want to reconsider. Check out this link that offers information as well as videos on visiting the park in the winter. The Winter Moments video is especially convincing!


DIY Toothpaste…More Like Powder

A self-proclaimed cheapskate I am not. But, saving a few bucks, lessening my intake of chemicals, and recycling a jelly jar, count me in! I wasn’t on the hunt for a DIY toothpaste recipe, it just sort of fell into my lap while browsing the internet.

There were three things that appealed to me:

1. It only involved 3 ingredients that I already had on hand.
2. It was much more cost effective than the tooth powder that I had purchased before. (Some run as high as $7.00 or more for 2 ounces.)
3. It doesn’t contain fluoride, dyes or sweeteners.

So I decided to mix up a batch and gave it a shot. Admittedly, at first it can seem kind of strange as the texture in your mouth is nothing like traditional toothpastes. No foaming agents here, so be careful not to drool! Also, if you don’t mix the ingredients well enough or your proportions are off, it can taste salty. But since I’ve been buying more “natural” toothpastes and powers for years, these things didn’t bother me. I’ve gone through 3 batches now and I really like it. It leaves my teeth feeling very clean and the baking soda seems to have even brightened my smile a bit. I haven’t calculated my actual cost savings but I know that sea salt is pretty cheap and the baking soda I buy is only 99 cents. The biggest up front cost will be the peppermint oil (make sure to get a high quality oil that is safe for consumption) but since you only use a few drops, it should last through several batches.

Here are the measurements I use:

3 Tablespoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
8-10 drops of peppermint oil (or more, to your liking)

Place ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously, or use a small whisk to mix more thoroughly.

I find that wetting my toothbrush with water first and then dipping it into the powder works best. Or, for even more whitening power, use hydrogen peroxide to wet your toothbrush and then dip it into your tooth powder.

Happy brushing!

Recipe adapted from: A Real Food Lover

Welcome to Our Slice of the Blog World!

Hello! Welcome to our space in the blog world. We are a married couple living on the west coast who, for years now, have been throwing out ideas for a blog. Well, we finally took the plunge and decided to register our domain name. So here we are, putting our ideas out for the internet world to see and hopefully enjoy.

As readers of blogs ourselves, we know how much fun they can be in documenting ideas and sharing experiences. We think our name ‘From Anything to Everything’ says it all when it comes to our content, because really, you may see posts from cooking to traveling, DIY projects to our own personal ramblings. (Although, we’ll try and keep those to minimum since there are plenty of other places you can go to hear someone on their soapbox.) We hope you will find ideas to inspire your own creativity or a tip that you can use in your own personal life. Happy reading!