I’m sitting here with a bit of a chill, some clogged painful ears, a stuffy nose, and a yucko throat. Welcome to working with Preschoolers 101! I actually have only had to use one sick day this year, so when I was up all night dealing with the above issues, I allowed myself a day to recover. I didn’t sleep in, because sleeping is nearly impossible with a stuffy head. I just sat. And then my Italian mother convinced me to go to the doctor to try and clear myself up before I have to get on a plane (which in the past was very, very disastrous).
So I sat at the doctors, feeling like a 12-year old, for the first time in awhile. Usually I turn to more natural remedies but I want to get over whatever this is (sinusitis as it turns out). Anyway, the real point of this is one of three things that the doctor strongly recommended. A Neti Pot. I feel like the Neti Pot and I have one of those college-level relationships. Where you pass by each other, stealing glances, but never making the first move because you’re a bit too nervous. Well, I finally got the push and made the move, purchasing a Neti Pot. I’m sure you’ve heard everyone and their brother rave about how awesome it is (most notably Oprah). Apparently this little device is great for clearing out the nasal passages and allergens.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to be giving any visual instructions. I ended up buying the cheap Walgreens brand, which happens to be plastic. I was so congested and in pain that I didn’t think twice about diving right in and pouring some warm saline water through my nose. I LOVED IT. I know it sounds creepy and strange, I thought so before too. But I have to say I am 110% in support of all things Neti Pot. Honestly if you have any sinus issues at all I think it’s worth the $10 – $15 to give this a try. All sorts of nasty gunk came aflowing out, which made me feel quite satisfied.
Moving on. I forced myself to go to yoga today. I only have a few days left to complete my challenge and if I didn’t go today the rest of my evenings would be an absolute drag. So since I didn’t go to work, and canceled my clients, I headed to the early class and just took it easy. I was nowhere as strong or quick as I usually try to be, but I attended and stayed present and that’s what mattered. Three classes to go until I complete my 20-day challenge!
I also knew that I wanted something comforting for dinner. Nothing like breakfast for dinner to bring on ultimate food lovin’. I reverted to the old favorite: pancakes. Once again we have some differing palates: I was in the mood for some banana pancakes ala Isla, while D prefers a more traditional fluffy pancake. This of course was no problem for me, because I hadn’t made the Vegan Brunch traditional “Perfect Pancakes” yet and was curious about them as well! So I made both.
The “Perfect Pancakes” were extremely fluffy, and cooked up quickly. The recipe made eight perfect pancakes. D said they were indeed “perfect” and “just like the real thing”. He ate almost the entire tall stack happily until his belly was full! Thank you to Isa for coming up with a perfect D-friendly pancake!
The “Banana Pancakes” were not nearly as fluffy as the “Perfect Pancakes”, however they tasted fantastic. They were sweet and slightly cinnamony, with a whole bunch of gooey bananas inside! I whipped up half a recipe, making four perfect banana-y circles of love.
Being sick stinks, especially when you know you’re going to force yourself into going to work feeling like yuck. I hope all your Earth Day folks out there are gettin’ earthy with it, cause I pretty much spent all day indoors and got couchy with it.
What’s your favorite breakfast for dinner meal? I used to love french toast but recently since the switch to vegan-foods I’ve become all about the pancake!