The Best Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes to Make From Scratch

How to Make Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes from Scratch

…and then make extra mix and save it for later!

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Ok so the photo above is of waffles, (fun fact – waffle mix from scratch is like basically the same thing.)

Did you know the ingredients only change slightly from waffle to pancake? The great thing about this recipe is the dry ingredients remain the same for waffle and pancake – you can mix these guys together whenever you want and set it aside for later. Then, when you’re ready to bake, you just add the “wet ingredients.” The wet ingredients vary slightly for pancakes, or waffles. Mix and pour, and you’re guaranteed delicious breakfast food every time!

To make the whole grain DRY MIX, you will need:

(Makes enough to fill a mason jar)

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats (grated if you want a smooth mixture)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine dry ingredients together. Make some now, save some for later.

You’ll observe in the photos that I don’t actually own proper measuring spoons. That’s because I’m a free spirit (aka – I don’t have any – but I’ve done enough baking that I’ve learned to “eyeball” pretty well).

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And now for the WET INGREDIENTS…

For Pancakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Pour over skillet, flip when bubbles form on surface. Repeat.

For Waffles

  • 2 egg whites (whipped)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour batter into center of iron. Close for 6 minutes, reopen and remove waffle. Repeat.

Serving Suggestions, top with any or all of the above: Fresh Fruits, Yogurt, Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, more Cinnamon, Nutella, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Coconut, etc…etc…

I like to top mine with naturally sweet ingredients, since the pancake itself lacks the buttermilk-sweetness that you might have grown up with. (AKA – it’s healthier). I also love cooking the pancakes so the outer edges are crispy, but the inside is still a tad battery. Finding this balance takes time, and knowledge of how your own kitchen works. (Whenever I’m in new kitchen it takes at least 3 pancakes to get it right…) Another reason making more than enough is a good idea!

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Tip: Store your dry ingredients in an empty coffee tin, or a mason jar for safe keeping.

I do this because I know they will be kept safe from contaminants, I also like to recycle my jars, you save money and you save the earth.


I hope your pancakes or waffles turned out! These recipes were crafted from my own trial and error, work with yours to find the perfect balance for you. : ) It’s hard to go wrong with pancakes. Also – I’ve never heard anyone complain about someone making them breakfast before. So make away, have fun, and serve them with a smile!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Start the Year Off Right with the 7 Most Impressive Desk Essentials

It’s still January, which means the holidays are officially over and we all have to face the facts: it’s time to get back to work! No more short days, no more holidays, just a beautiful brand new year to light the way. Happy 2015. :)

I work in a studio in Maker City LA – which is the 11th floor of The Reef – which is A Creative Habitat in DTLA – which BY THE WAY ranked in the top 5 “Next Level Community Spaces!” as of this January, 2015. Eeep!

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 It really is a great place to work, I love my team and I love my floor-mates. Come and stop by sometime!

Anyways, that was some pretty exciting news for us. With that being said, I wish I could tell you that my own office space is super glamorous and exciting. It’s not. I work in a mostly male office, and we began as a crafter studio and became a production studio overnight. So while all these things could be conducive to a beautiful creative workshop, it translates more to a clusterfuck of random crafts stuffed into every vacant corner and shelf in sight.

I do try to keep my “woman’s corner” looking tidy, this is the best I’ve been able to do. Showing here:

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So that’s cool, as you can tell I try to keep it classy with my golden apple, my mannequin, and my white peg board…

Now, if I had the freedom to start all over, my entire office space would be a beautiful clean foyer of well-organized goods, each hidden in a tidy bin, and decorated with the oddball fixings that add character while bringing an office to life. Alas, I remain the only girl, and my crafters corner will do for now.

Since a girl can dream, I’ve dreamt up this list of desirable finds for my own dream desk accessories. Please enjoy, and see shopping details below! …While we’re on the subject, what would your dream office space look like?

Fabulous Finds for My Fictional Office:

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1. A Beautifully Illustrated Calendar

Honestly, I think I need multiple offices in order to justify buying multiple calendars. When it comes down to it, I am stuck between two designs: Rifle Paper Co’s Las Fleurs Calendar, and Garance Dore’s Beaut Calendar. Too bad they’re sold out everywhere.

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While we’re discussing Calendars… here is a pro tip:

Is your calendar Old? Expired? Or you already have one? …SO WHAT!? Use them for art!!!! Calendars are BY FAR the cheapest way to obtain 12 or more quality graphics that are already printed on nice paper. Repurpose them and decorate your space with a single common theme. The calendar publishers have already done the work, all you have to do is cut them out and put the new art where it belongs. Whether it be in a frame, surrounding a mason jar, used as contact paper, etc, a calendar’s pages are a fun way to decorate your space for much longer than 31 days. End thought.

2. Plant Life!

Your desk is where you are going to be spending a quality amount of time, which is why you need some company. …Have I mentioned that plants make great companions?

They’re bright, they’re beautiful, and they are a living breathing thing that provides your brain with oxygen! I’m a sucker for pothos and other basic indoor plants, but nothing gets more basic than the succulent.

Take some inspiration from this diy idea off The Jungalow, and create your own succulent planters using vintage egg cups!

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I am also a big fan of airplants, as you can see in the image spread above. That little cup of joy was found HERE on Etsy, in the Thrifted And Made Store.

3. A Tres Chic Desk Lamp

Lamps are great right? We can at least pretend that we use more than just the light from our phones when it’s dark and we can’t see anything… BONUS POINTS: This lamp matches my iPad! Gotta love Ikea’s RANARP light, $39.99.

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4. Quirky Pencils

Say how you really feel. These fabulous pencils can be personalized on Etsy to say whatever the hell you want! The ones pictured are covered in quotes from Mean Girls, but I happen to have a set with just my name on it, and those are pretty cool too. Custom pencils add an unexpected touch that people delight in.

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5. A Place for Pens

Every great desk needs a great pencil holder. At the moment I’m obsessed with cacti, so this Cactus Pen Holder from TYPO at Cotton On is OBVIOUSLY a must have. By the way – My current desk features a golden apple (because I’m a golden apple) so that’s pretty much close enough.

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6. Shiny Things

I need these gilded scissors – because I have to open a lot of packages (thanks Amazon), and these are magnificent.

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7. Boxes for Hiding the Goods

Seriously. The more closed boxes the better, because they hide away clutter – and the less clutter the better! I love these boxes because they are pretty, and a lot comes in one set; that means I can look good AND stay organized all at the same time! Aaaahhh, music to my ears.

These guys are from The Danish Design Store, and they’re called The Hay Box Box Desktop, if anyone knows how I can get some in the USA, do tell.

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That summarizes MY fictional office at the moment. What’s in YOURS? What are YOUR must haves?

Ok Ok, one last thing.. I know you’re thinking it – so I’ll just make it easy for you: IF you want to buy me any of these fabulous finds, my office address is 1933 S Broadway, Ste 1132. Los Angeles, CA 90007. I go by Lisa Loperfido. Thanks! ;)

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My Very Merry Christmas in Arizona – 2014

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Merry Christmas, friends, family, readers, but most of all, YOU. I hope your year was merry and bright.

I think it’s safe to say that the holidays are a crazy time of year where work gets put on hold, we eat lots of food, spend lots of money, and we’re all the more jolly for it.  All sentiments aside, I spent Christmas in the mountains of Arizona with my family this year. Our first Christmas away from Huntington Beach, our first Christmas in the home that – from this point forward – will be known as “Grandparents house!!!”

Please note: I am not having any kids any time soon, but I am an auntie, and my nieces and nephews will know it as such, and in good time so will all the little puppies and kitties of my own.

Ok so anyways, I took some scenic landscape pics, (and a bunch of selfies). You will see them pictured below. I threw in some typography to make them a little more interesting… kinda like itsaLisa postcards. You want one? Hit me up, maybe I’ll send you one! …Maybe I’ll start selling them – that’s a thing people do, right?

Cheers!

From Arizona

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SELFIE TIME!

Guess who can prevent Forest fires?…

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ONLY YOU.

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XOXO, itsaLisa ;)

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Coconut Cherry Festive Macaroon Cookies

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These fruitful little clusters of joy are a family recipe that I grew up with. I’m not one for baking, especially baking sugar filled treats. (Ugh, staying healthy in the holidays is soooo difficult), but I had to celebrate with something. So I chose my favorite cookies, and they’ve got real fruit in them, so that makes them kind of healthy still – right?

This is my mom’s mom’s recipe. Not sure if it’s an original or “from the old Sears Catalog” like so many other vintage things seem to be. Nevertheless, it’s a favorite and if you like something easy and tasty, it will soon be yours too.

Before I begin, you also must know that this is a very, very kid friendly recipe! Here’s why:

  • No measuring – all ingredients can be “eyeballed”, or are “1 package unit”
  • You can lick the batter!
  • You can use your hands (aka kids can use their hands)
  • It’s a great way to introduce picky kids to coconut!

Ok so here’s the recipe. Here’s the original link.

Please note, I used maraschino cherries instead of candied cherries as the recipe calls for, because I couldn’t find any. (Apparently you can find them next to the produce section during the holidays -advice from mom.) Anyways, the maraschinos are preserved in liquid and the candied ones are not, so the extra liquid led to a slightly more moist, and very pink cookie. They were still good… so my best advice is do what you want!!! *\(^o^)/*

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Ingredients for Cherry Coconut Macaroon Holiday Cookie:

14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
14 ounces Coconut
1 3/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Almond Extract
1/2 cup Green Candied Cherries; chopped
1/2 cup Red Candied Cherries; chopped

(Original recipe makes 30)

How to make Cherry Coconut Macaroon Cookies for Christmas, or any other Holiday (yum!)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until cherries are evenly distributed. Place parchment paper over cookie sheets.* Shape into golf-ball sized balls and place about 1″ apart on the parchment paper. Bake in oven until cookie edges are lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before storing. Place sheets of wax paper between layers of cookies in tins since they will remain slightly sticky.
  • *If you do not have parchment paper, place balls on a well greased cookie sheet. Immediately loosen cookies from cookie sheet. The cookies will be very soft and may start to fall apart. Reshape as necessary and let cool completely before storing.
P.S. My Mom has a Big Oven account, give her a follow HERE and let her know how much you love her recipes. It would totally make her day.

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Thanksgiving 2014 – Mostly Just Photos of Dogs

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Thanksgiving is going to the dogs.

This year was magical. I drove up to the mountains where my cousins live off the land, literally. Ok not literally, but they do have livestock and stuff. This year was especially nice because everyone’s getting married, but instead of reproducing they’re just getting pets! That means dogs galore, and a wide open range for them all to play on!

So that’s what this year focused on, and it was great because who doesn’t love a breath of fresh air and happy pups to play with? So I collected my favorite photos from everyone’s various DSLRs (and my iPhone) because we’re a tech family, and using our latest devices is half the fun.

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Family selfie

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Brother 1, Dad, Mother, Myself, the family dog.

This is my new favorite family photo… that lighting, my hair, we’re all smiling – even the dog. These moments are rare.

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My beautiful cousins,

whipping up the bourbon cream, because we ain’t kids no more!

The homemade apple and pumpkin pies.

Homemade everything.

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And that’s our Thanksgiving!

Maybe next year I’ll remember to take photos of the turkey too, or even better, maybe I’ll have my own dog to bring along! Here’s hoping…

XOXO itsaLisa ;)

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Easy Cat Costume Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Simple Cat Makeup Tutorial for Halloween Costume

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“I wish that I could be like the cool cats… cause all the cool cats they seem to get it”

Follow along on YouTube as I makeup my kitty cat face.

I purposefully only used common makeup products for your convenience!
All you need is:

  • foundation
  • eyeliner
  • mascara
  • bronzer
  • black lipstick (optional)

The black lipstick is optional, but definitely worth adding to your kit if you don’t have any. ;)
Other than that, buy some ears, a tail,
and wear something comfortable, perhaps furry(?), and kitty colored!

MEEOOOWWWW meeeooow meow meoow meeow meeeooow meow meow meow

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Cat by day… (no nose yet)

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Cat by night… (added nose and tail)

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Cruella and I… (good thing I didn’t have any spots) :P

Cat claws…

And that’s my costume! Good luck with your own makeup and costumes! I would love to see them, share them with me on insta or twitter by tagging me @itsa_Lisa, or post them in the comments below! :D  OK THANKS BYE!!! XOXOXO

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TREAT YOURSELF – The story behind my tattoo and claw nails

This past October has been such a blessing!

To start off I would like to thank you, my readers!!! Thanks to you all I am officially the Queen of Peter Pan on the internet!! I sold over 150 Peter Pan hats on Etsy, I passed 100,000 views on the blog, and as the countdown to Halloween drew closer, I received over 4,000 daily views! This was so fun to witness, and I really couldn’t have done it without you. So, here’s a GIANT THANK YOU thank you for searching the internet for “how to make a Peter Pan costume,” and clicking my link. It means so much to me. :) I hope to make even more great tutorials for your convenience in the future!

With the extra money from selling Peter Pan hats I decided to treat myself. This was the first time I’d had some extra spending money basically since I had to start paying off student loans one year ago, so I decided to splurge a little.

I treated myself to a fancy manicure, and I bought myself my first tattoo.

What do you think?

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The manicure is to die for! Seriously, I don’t think I could ever go back to “normal” nails. I got claw acrylics, the kind that are pointy. They are so fun to wear and my hands feel 10 times as feminine!

I’ve never liked my hands before because they’re rather wrinkly for their young age because I’m a crafter who obsessively washes her hands… But with the extra length they make my stubby fingers feel longer, and the claw shape and sparkly color gives me a feminine edge that I didn’t even realize I was missing until it was right on my fingertip, literally!

I had to relearn how to type and use my phone of course, along with several other everyday tasks, but now I even use my hands in a more feminine way. They feel so natural now and I seriously don’t think I can go back. I have always been rather aggressive and boyish in my actions before, so I love how the nails force me to hold my hands like a lady. Pinky out!

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I also modified my body in an even more permanent way… I got my first tattoo!! It is a simple black outline of a triangle right behind my ear from the guys at Alchemy Tattoo in Silverlake. I wanted to start with something small just to get used to the process, and I found that the process is very simple, and didn’t even hurt. ((To be honest, the nails hurt worse than the tattoo because my manicurist kept filing down all my gross dead cuticles, gross!)) Anyways, here’s another #selfie….

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Before I tell you what it means, I would first like to make a statement that a tattoo DOES NOT have to have a meaning. You could simply get a tattoo because you find it attractive. That is good enough “reason” for me.

People get so judgmental over tattoos! Hey, it’s your body you can do what you want to! As long as it isn’t publicly hateful, I’m gonna be ok with your self expression whether it means something significant or not.

However, I also know that a tattoo is a permanent image that is literally drawn into your skin forever….It becomes a part of you.

My tattoo does happen to have some meaning behind it… a great deal of meaning, actually. I know, I know, it’s just a triangle, but triangles can represent many different things!

This is what my tattoo means to me…

The biggest reason I chose a triangle is because it’s symbolic of three. Three has always been a significant number in my life because I am one of three.

That’s right, I am a triplet, I shared a womb with two brothers who I love very much.

And cue the questions… “Do you look alike? Do the boys look alike? Are you identical?” (Yes, all three questions, in that order too). So here is a photo for you to decipher.

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I don’t get to see these boys as often as I like. One of them is doing very well for himself and lives in San Diego. The other struggles with a mental illness called Manic Depressive Schizophrenic. Or Bipolar, to put it simply. That means his brain chemistry causes him to become completely irrational during high and low mood swings. Now isn’t the place to go into details, if you’re curious you can start reading up on it here.

This disorder has been very hard on all of us as a family, himself included, since his diagnosis 4 years ago. Choices had to be made, and unfortunately he couldn’t live with us anymore. I don’t actually know where he is now, he doesn’t have a phone and his Facebook posts don’t make any sense, but that does not mean, and will never ever mean, that I don’t still care for him. He will always be my brother, my triplet brother…. No diagnosis, no words, no distance, no punches, and no time apart will ever make me love him any less. I have tears streaming down my face right now just thinking about him as I write this, and the only thing I can say is that I love him and that he matters to me.

So this tattoo is my public statement:

He might never see it, but I know it’s there…

I love you Grant, YOU MATTER.

Triplets forever!

Being a triplet is all I know, and now that I’m out on my own, I realize more and more how much I love my family, and how growing up with those two boys at my side has shaped me… I’m currently working on a much longer “life as a triplet” post, so stay tuned, it includes never-before-seen thoughts! Very exciting, I know. ;) But for now, I just wanted to talk about the tattoo.

I also like the triangle because I’m into the thin black geometric look. As Don Draper would say,

“make it simple, but significant.” 

Triangles are also the strongest shape, architecturally. I’ve always been a strong woman physically, and into adulthood I’ve learned to be a very strong woman emotionally. A woman must be strong, we must hold our heads high and keep marching. Hallelujah, Amen.

So I have only shared with you my three personal favorites, but a triangle can be symbolic of a great deal more. If you want to start referencing Harry Potter, or the Holy Trinity, feel free. All art is open to interpretation. A triangle to me could be different than a triangle to you.

That’s the beauty of a tattoo, the beauty of art, and the beauty that makes the world go round. Art is open to interpretation. Or, as Andy Warhol would say,

“Art is what you can get away with.” 

Now you know. XO XO.

…Here are two more photos I took with iPhone 5s and edited with VSCOCAM to show off my kitty claws.

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