March 18th, 2014

I did it.  I finally polished off our Costco bag of quinoa.  I was scraping the bottom of the bag for these pancakes.  Pancakes seemed like a good way to bid adieu to the 5 pounds of ancient healthy grain that has been looming over my head to use up for the past 9 months (or maybe it’s been a year even . . .).

Turns out that while quinoa is a great, nutritious grain and source of protein, I don’t love it.  There I said it.  Maybe I should scream it, “I DON’T LOVE QUINOA.”  Perhaps it was because I pretty much had to solely ingest 5 pounds of it since no one else in our house seems to like it very much (even in granola or cookies . . .).  Either way, I’m glad to have that off my chest and out of my pantry for the time being.

So now that I’ve told you about how I don’t love quinoa, I’m sure you are eager to read on and see how to make some pancakes with it! For the handful of you that are still reading, here’s a great gluten-free and dairy-free pancake recipe to utilize some quinoa (it’s a great way to use up some leftover quinoa!).


Quinoa Pancakes   (adapted from here)

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

4 eggs

1 cup coconut milk (could be flavored or unflavored)

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla flavored coconut milk)

3 teaspoons baking powder (by all my research this is gluten free, but please correct me if I’m wrong)

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. In a blender, combine the quinoa, eggs, milk, honey, oil and vanilla.  Blend until smooth.

2. Add the baking powder and salt to blender and blend again for about a minute.

3. Cook batter in greased skillet, flipping once bubbles rise from the middle and batter has firmed up (about 3-5 minutes a side).

Top with your favorite fruit and syrup!



And in case you needed some other ways to use a 5 pound bag of quinoa  . . . .

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March 17th, 2014

If you’ve been a parent for more than .5 seconds, you know how important a good swaddle is for helping your baby sleep.  Because of their startle reflex and desire to be back in the womb, a tight swaddle is imperative to getting babies soothed and asleep (at least for our kids).  The problem is there are so many different swaddle options!  When toddler snob was born we basically went down the swaddle aisle and threw one of each in our cart to see what would work.

We certainly ended up with a favorite, but when I pulled it out for baby snob back in November, I did so with caution.  In recent news, there has been concern about swaddling and hip problems in babies.  I was really cautious because of how long we ended up swaddling toddler snob (until she was about 6 months old).  Combine this with the fact baby snob is long and skinny and can wriggle out of every swaddle we have, and you have one confused and tired mama.

I wasn’t at a swaddle loss for long though because ergobaby, makers of my favorite baby carrier, just came out with their own version of a swaddler.


The ergobaby swaddler has three key features:

  • Arm Pockets to ensure your little one’s arms are secure, close to her body and won’t escape
  • Healthy Hip Positioner just like the carrier helps keep your baby’s hips in the correct ergonomic position
  • Leg Pouch makes changing diapers a snap (you don’t have to unwrap the baby to her diaper – halleluiah!!!)


Look at that happy, well rested baby :)


The ergobaby swaddler comes in a small and medium-large size.  The bigger size fits babies 3 to 6 months, which is perfect for those of you who, like me, have an irrational fear of breaking the swaddle habit at 3 months.


And lucky you, ergobaby has generously offered to giveaway one of their new swaddlers to a reader!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below (and please note the rules).

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*Disclaimer: I blog for ergobaby and received the swaddlers for free for review.  All statements and opinions are my own.*