Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day and Snakes on the Balcony!

Happy Mother's Day!

I made these amazing strawberry shortcakes (no added-sugar, gluten-free, primal version) for breakfast. I always make pancakes using this recipe and this morning I was looking in the fridge and saw some fresh whipped cream and strawberries and I suddenly had a lightening bolt of inspiration hit me.  Homemade strawberry shortcakes!!! For breakfast!!!

Primal Strawberry Shortcake Recipe (for 4 shortcakes):

1 cup almond flour
1 smashed ripe banana
3 eggs
1 tbsp butter (optional)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)

Mix all the ingredients in one bowl.  Recipe makes 8 thin pancakes, enough for 4 strawberry shortcakes. For each strawberry shortcake put a pancake on your plate, add fresh whipped cream and cut-up strawberries, another pancake, and top with whipped cream and strawberries.  YUM!!!

Eat this delicious but healthy treat while bragging that you get to have strawberry shortcake for breakfast when other people are eating icky cereal.  It is so, so, so hard eating our "restrictive" clean diet.  I really don't know how we do it.  ;-)

We are about to go visit my  husband's mom and then we are picking up my 92-year-old grandma and heading out to my parent's house for dinner.  Smoked bratwurst, made by my amazing husband.  I really love food...

This morning was really "chill".  Can you say that when you are in your 40's?  The guys strummed their guitars while I listened.

I also watched the squirrels getting their "sugarcrack".  I noticed that the hummingbird food was disappearing in a day or two and I was excited to see that I apparently had tons of hummingbirds visiting my feeder.  A few days ago I looked out the window and saw this squirrel hanging on the hummingbird feeder, tilting it, and drinking all of the sugar water!  Yes, our squirrels are sugar addicts. Can squirrels get diabetes?

OK, now I have to confess something.  I was wrong and my husband was right.  AGAIN.  Imagine me hanging my head in shame as he laughs triumphantly at me.  Yes, this really did happen.  More than once...

You might have remembered this post where I laughed at my husband's "irrational" fear of snakes getting into our bedroom when I leave the door open to the second floor balcony.  One of my readers, Vickie, commented that snakes on a upper balcony are a real credible threat.  But I wasn't worried since the back balcony doesn't even have any trees around it.  How would the snakes get up there?  Mini snake-cannons?  Snake trampolines? Snake zip-lines?

This afternoon I glanced out the balcony door off our bedroom and saw this:

A snakeskin.  Not planted by my husband or boys (they did a pinky swear).

Not only did a snake get on our second-level balcony, it hung out long enough to leave me a little present...

Oh boy, I think I going to have to look under the bed and in the closet before we can sleep tonight.

Snakes in the Bed!!!  Snakes in the Bed!!!

Have a great day with your loved ones today and don't go to sleep until you check under your sheets.

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  1. Happy Mother's Day, Rita! I want that strawberry cake!!! Looks yummy!

  2. Sweet family! Happy Mother's Day:)

  3. Hope you had a great MDay.

    Your husband will never let you live the snakes thing on the balcony now will he! :)

  4. Snakeskins are incredible! I've heard that their scientific name is Ecdysis - they seem to be so intricate and beautiful!