Gluten Free Crepes and a weekend in Belfair, Washington

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Well hello there!  This year is literally flying by and I cannot believe it is already June!  I meant to post about my lovely weekend with my gal pals after it happened way back in April, but before I knew it two months went by!  Despite this being a bit late, I am still excited to share it with you all 🙂

In mid-April, I spent a weekend in a beautiful lake house overlooking Trail’s End Lake in Belfair, Washington.  The weekend was this year’s Social Worker Spring Break, an annual event I have been celebrating for the past 5 years with 6 gorgeous ladies I met in graduate school.  We started taking trips together during our actual Spring Break while we were in school, but even after graduation we have continued to take a break from “grown up life” in Spring.  We are all social workers, so it is vitally important that we take time to get out town, drink wine, eat chocolate, laugh until we cry and complain/rejoice about our jobs, partners, dogs, etc.  Even if we didn’t have jobs that drained us emotionally and physically, I believe everyone should have friendships that fill us up and strengthen us to keep fighting the good fight.

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We found the lake house on VRBO.com.  It was a huge home with a large deck that featured panoramic views of the lake and a hot tub.  There were stairs leading down to a dock on the lake, which was perfect for afternoon lounging, reading, and champagne sipping.  The lake was quiet and the neighbors felt well spread out, making this great for a more private getaway.  So relaxing.

Trail's End Lake, WA - scottileona.com

Trail's End Lake, WA - scottileona.com

We each sign up for a meal or snacks and spoil each other rotten.  This year I made gluten free crepes with both sweet and savory filling options.  I love crepes because the filling and topping options are endless!  You can get creative with your flavor combinations, or eat them simply with some fruit and yogurt and either way they are delicious.

The filling options I brought along were:

Savory:

  • Smoked Salmon
  • Goat Cheese
  • Arugula
  • Sliced almonds

Sweet:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Almond Butter
  • Powdered Sugar

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Recipe

Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (I used Namaste gluten free Perfect Flour Blend)
  • 2+ cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 2 cups of almond milk, the eggs, vanilla extract and agave.
  2. Add the flour and salt and stir.
  3. Add a little almond milk at a time until the batter is thinner than pancake batter.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium-high and add a little coconut oil.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet and swirl the skillet until it is covered with a thin layer of the batter.
  5. Cook the crepe until the bottom is lightly browned (about 2 minutes).  Carefully flip over and cook until the other side is lightly browned.  Continue until all of the batter is gone.
  6. Fill with whatever your heart desires and fold in half.  Add more toppings and enjoy 🙂

**Full disclosure**: I used the recipe above and doubled it for our group of 6 and I had a really hard time getting it to thin out enough.  I had many trial crepes that ended up in the trashcan before I got the batter thinned out to acceptable, but I still didn’t think it was quite thin enough (although I got rave reviews from my very sweet friends).  I am not sure if it is the gluten free flour or not having enough almond milk, but I have not had time to play around with the recipe since.  I am still new to gluten free flours and need some practice!  However, when I made it following the instructions I listed here, they turned out great.  Play around with it and let me know if you find any secrets to making a larger batch 🙂

Welcome to summer!

Xoxo – Scotti Leona

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About Me 2.0 – or – Why am I still blogging?

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When I started this blog, I was a full time graduate student and was working full time while trying to find balance.  I found that focusing on my fitness and health was the best way to take care of myself during stressful times.  It caused me to create set aside time for self care, whether that was an hour workout or hiking on my (very limited) days off.  I also began learning a ton about nutrition and eating well, which was partly inspired by the heath conscious, farm-to-table values of the city I had just moved to.  Taking the time to focus on my physical health had an incredible effect on my mental health.  When I moved to Portland, I was overweight, anxious and depressed – and I was furthering my education in a field that could perpetuate those problems if I wasn’t consciously looking for ways to combat them.  By the time I finished graduate school in February 2014, I was no longer experiencing depression or anxiety, I was 35 pounds lighter, and I was training for my first marathon!

As I began to change my habits, people started noticing and asked what I was doing.  I started sharing my meals on Instagram and Facebook and told people about new ingredients I was trying.  I would post about when I would squeeze in a workout during an extremely long day.  With the desire to talk more about what I was learning and cooking, I started this blog.  I wanted to show that even though I was swamped with school work and trying to make ends meet financially, I was still able to change my eating and focus on my physical health.  I also wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle as a way to improve mental health.

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So, now I am done with school.  I work that regular 9-5 and don’t have tons of school work to do when I get home each day.  I have thought about whether the original intent of this blog is still relevant with my new way of life and whether I am still a busy girl getting fit.  After some thought, I have ultimately decided that yes, it is still relevant.  My work is stressful, my days still feel hectic and are often longer than 8 hours.  I am still really busy outside of work too, maintaining my relationship with my partner, family and friends, and finding time to take care of myself.  I am still striving to improve my health and become to best version of me in all areas.  I am still not rolling in the dough so I need health and wellness to fit within a budget.  I am nowhere near perfect.  I eat cupcakes when they are delivered to my work.  I drink lots of wine when hanging out with my girlfriends and some Fridays, Nick and I are just too exhausted to do anything for dinner except order a pizza.  I want fitness, health and wellness to fit into a realistic, “everyday person’s” lifestyle.  And I want to talk about how that can be possible.

In 2015, I am re-committing to this blog and I hope to learn as much as I can about the art of blogging to bring you better posts about recipes and wellness tips.  To start off, I am completing the Blogging 101 training hosted by WordPress (I am already behind on assignments – typical for my learning style!  I’ll always be a procrastinator!).  This year, you will find more posts with:

  • Recipes
  • Tips and tricks on preparing healthy meals for yourself and your family
  • Ways to fit fitness into your everyday life
  • Suggestions on how to create overall balance in your life so you always feel fulfilled
  • Plus some recaps of our adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond 🙂

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I look forward to meeting more people who are interested in similar topics, so please reach out!  My email is scottileona@gmail.com 🙂