2 and a half mashed ripe bananas
2 cups of oat flour (make oat flour by blending regular oats in a high power blender)
2 table spoons of almond butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 teaspoons of baking powder (or 1 teaspoon of baking soda)
Mix all the ingredients and bake in a baking sheet at 375 degrees for 12 minutes
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of rolled oats
2 tsp of baking soda
Salt (I use about half a tsp)
2 tbsp of Vegan butter
1 tbsp of Olive oil
3/4 cup of oat milk
Blueberries (about a cup, up to you!)
Preheat the oven at 410 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl mix the flour and rolled oats, mix in the baking soda and salt.
Add the butter and the olive oil to the dry mix and massage the mix with your hands.
Add in the oat milk and keep mixing with your hands.
Add the blueberries to the mix. separate the mix in balls (the size of your fist) you should get 7 equal scones.
On a baking sheet separate each scone about an inch apart.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
This recipe can be modified for all tastes; the main ingredients are flour, baking soda, salt, butter and milk. You can use any type of flour but I find that the mix of all purpose and oats is best. You can even make it using only oat flour (if you don’t’ have oat flour then create your own by just putting rolled oats in a high power blender). You can substitute the blueberries for chocolate chips or bananas, or make them just plain.
There is nothing on this planet that prepares you for being a parent and I mean nothing. Your entire life is flipped upside down overnight. I always love the people that are all “I’m exhausted, we just got a puppy so we are prepping for when we have a baby”. I either spit out whatever I am drinking or I normally have to physically hold my hand down from back handing whoever utters those words. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that preps you for this life event. There is also no tired you will ever feel that is the same as the tired you feel for those first few months or even first year. There is just no way around it and yes it is all more than worth it but man it is not easy.
What I think is one of the more underrated aspects of those early years is the amount of patience you need while being thrown so much information about what your baby should be doing at this stage and what they shouldn’t be doing at that stage and when they should be walking and at what month they should have teeth etc. etc. Whether it is from your pediatrician or the millions of articles online you’re constantly being bombarded by timelines and goals that inevitably your baby won’t meet, and that is perfectly fine. The worst source of information is probably your neighbor or your girlfriend whose baby started walking at 8 months and had teeth at 6 always bragging about these milestones and questioning why your child hasn’t started yet while simultaneously posting photos and videos about their “miracle child”. My response to all of this is please have patience and block out all of the noise. There are actually studies that say walking to soon can cause issues and lead to physical therapy down the road since your child’s core might not be strong enough yet or her legs developed enough to handle this motion. Please don’t be that person who sits around all day and passes your child back and forth hoping to catch (i.e force) them to “walk” so you can post it on social media and brag to all your friends. The later your child walks the stronger they will be and more prepared they will be. Yes, there are kids who are ready earlier and physically advance faster than others but at this point what does it matter right? I get it it’s a big milestone but when she is a teenager does it matter if she started walking at 8 months or 15 months? Nope, walking early doesn’t mean your kid is going to be a professional athlete.
My wife and I have just lived through this scenario, we kept seeing children her age or younger walking around like little toddlers while our daughter would walk but only back and forth between the two us from a fairly short distance away. We knew she could do it she just didn’t have the confidence to take off on her own. It caused us a lot of stress and anxiety wondering if there was something wrong, or were we not practicing enough with her, or was it something we did? The answer is none of the above. Right around 14.5 months we were walking out of a restaurant one night with her holding my wife’s hand and like magic she dropped my wife’s hand and just starting walking on her own and from that point on each and every day she has got stronger and sturdier and more confident. The next day even she was getting up from a seated position like it was no big deal. I think a lot of that can be attributed to her waiting a bit longer to go off on her own; she was strong and more developed. It was such a burden off of our shoulders and just like that all those anxious and stress filled weeks and days were part of the past.
The moral of the story here is don’t rush your baby and always talk to your doctor. Our doctor for instance said to relax and be patient if your child is not walking by 16 months then you might need some therapy but until then she will walk when she is ready. Listen to the professional, don’t get sucked into social media and listening to other parents, your child will walk when she is good and ready. Encourage her and help her when she needs it and trust the process. Always remember there is no perfect path and there is no guidebook to parenting, we all do the absolute best that we can and that is good enough. Your child will hit all of these amazing milestones and you can look forward to each and every one whether that be earlier than expected or later than expected they are all so special.
Veganism can mean many different things to many different people; I think if anyone has paid attention to the endless debate over the Impossible Whopper then you know there are different factions of people that have very strong viewpoints on this subject. Believe me I have had enough conversations on various different social media platforms to dive into that discussion but what I want to touch on is Vegan as a diet vs. as a lifestyle and the evolution that I think happens when you make that first decision to go vegan. I will use myself as an example just because I think I have followed the path that most vegans do. I initially became a vegan for 2 reasons. First off my wife was vegan and she immediately started to see benefits across the board from physical to mental to personal. Secondly I always tried to stay active and in shape so I was intrigued by switching up my diet but mainly for a few months as a “test”. Well fast forward 18 months and I am still a Vegan and don’t plan on changing anytime soon. What I failed to initially realize though is that Veganism is not just a diet but a lifestyle. You don’t just eat vegan, you need to live vegan. From the start to the end of your day you are constantly thrown temptations and challenges that test your will power and your mental resolve. The peer pressure from others mount, the questions from the people you come in contact with grow, the products you used to love can no longer suffice and then you start to educate yourself on the tragedies and abuse to animals. Just like that, you are consumed and you want to fight for what is right and just while your body, mind, and health transform. This is when being a vegan becomes a lifestyle and not just a diet. There are always going to be doubters and haters and people that think it’s a trend but you are the person living that reality and you are proof of the positive impact being a vegan has in your life holistically so be proud of that and continue to live your life your way.
Please share your story or what Vegan means to you
One of the most popular catch phrases during the COVID-19 pandemic is “new normal”, but what exactly does that mean? I understand what it means for right now but what I am more curious about is what does that mean mid-long term? There are two sides to the fence when it comes to the working from home debate, those that love it and those that crave the social interaction that comes with going to work every day. A great way companies can adapt the “new normal” is to offer more flexibility and offer employees the choice of whether to continue working from home or going to the office while offering benefits for both. They can start that process right now to get ahead of it and then reassess what their physical vs. virtual footprint will be in order to scale down and cut costs wherever needed i.e. lease out office space or move entirely.
What scares me most however is the fact that while some companies may in fact move more virtually many others will realize that they can survive and even thrives with less staff and at a fraction of the offices they currently use. Does this mean they can move the majority of jobs offshore at a cheaper rate? Does this mean they can quickly develop technology that will replace many of the workers that are home during this crisis? The recession caused by this pandemic is only accelerating and while corporations can be nimble and adapt people many times cannot. My only hope is that people are not displaced or better yet can us this time to acquire more skills to make themselves more attractive if and when there job is not there for them when the time comes.
Like everyone else the majority of my time these days is filled with conference calls in my Pajamas and frequent trips to the refrigerator for a morning, late morning, early afternoon, mid-day, early evening, evening, post dinner, and before bed snack. As you know none of this is good for keeping your desired weight and feeling your best day in and day out. Obviously a lot of that depends on what you’re snacking on but if you’re like me it tends to be on the sweet or fried side. I think one of the many changes that will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a second rush of “New Year new me” people who snacked too much while working from home and put on the “Corona 15”. While I have definitely snacked too much I have actually been able to work out more than ever so here are a few pointers that have helped me maintain and even better my current health.
First off just needing fresh air is motivation enough for me, I’ll wake up and put on gym clothes so when there is a break in meetings or the day is just slow I can toss on my shoes grab my headphones and head outside for a run. Secondly I bought a few weights that I leave directly behind my work from home desk. This way there is no avoiding them and they scream my name every time I stand up. Think about it, how many times do you stand up during the day to grab a drink, a snack, or use the bathroom? If you did a few sets of curls, shoulder presses, pushups, or tricep dips every time you stood up you’d be doing more sets in one day then you typically do a full week at the gym. Lastly instead of stocking up on toilet paper and paper towels I have stocked up on frozen veggies and fruit. Nothing like not being able to leave your house to force yourself to eat healthy, right? I am forced to make a stir fry every night or eat a few dates when I want a snack instead of chocolate. This time, more so than any most of us have ever experienced, will feed our temptations and enhance our stress eating. If the unhealthy snacks aren’t there then you won’t eat them and if you’re willing to risk contracting a deadly respiratory illness to go get chocolate down the street and the local mini market then it’s time to look in the mirror.
A main trend in today’s business landscape is flexibility at work, melding the corporate office with the luxuries of your home. While I am a very strong supporter of this movement and would advise all corporations, no matter how big or small, to offer this choice to their employees is the downfall productivity?
In general I think each person is different. Some people enjoy the structure given to them by a corporate office while others are distracted by the distractions and need a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the cube farm. But how can anyone be sure that work will not suffer?
In my opinion productivity and maintaining it is the major road block companies are hitting on the work from home front. Will we get taken advantage of? Can we trust our employees? Will we get the same level of work and productivity? If yes, how do we measure this and how can we formulize this data into tangible real life results? All very relevant questions and while these can all be built out in various shapes and forms what will the cost be?
It’s easy to see both sides of this argument right? From a corporate perspective people have kids, pets, TV’s, phones, tablets, couches, and beds that all scream out to them. On the flip side people have the luxury of sneaking in a couple hours on the weekend or late at night and can argue they will work more hours without losing productivity. It does not matter what point I bring up there is a strong counter argument from the other side. How then is one supposed to approach this growing trend that is quickly becoming a reality?
What do you think? Will productivity suffer? Could you carry out your daily tasks just as effectively from a home office?
Obviously when it comes to Bob Quinn there are going to be mixed reviews, the Lions are seemingly more talented than in years past however the results are still the same. Is that his fault, is that the coaching, is that a result of trying to get players to buy into a changing culture? I don’t know, what I do know is that he should be afforded more than a “make or break” year to prove his vision. We cannot allow ourselves to become the Browns and fire people before they even get time to see their own rosters compete. It’s easy to look at the 49ers and think “why can’t we do the same” but the 9ers rebuild was a long process that just happened to come to fruition quickly and see players blossom at the same time. With that being said, Quinn entering his 5th year, should be able to prove himself as a franchise leader. If anything at this point we can say the book on Quinn is out and we can reasonably expect what he will do next. We can look at his drafts and his free agent signings and see what his tendencies are. The one thing that pops out at me and what I think is his Achilles heel is that Bon Quinn doesn’t take the sexy draft pick and similar to the Patriots he drafts for need and depth. Does this work for the Patriots? Obviously yes, can this work for a team starving for talent at multiple levels with a history of losing? No. The Lions are not the Patriots and we do not have a system that works with a head coach that knows the winning formula that has proven year in and year out to draft players that fail elsewhere but excel in his system. Wont happen, will never happen for the Lions. With that being said I think Quinn has drafted relatively well. The Lions are more talented than they have been in years past and before all the injuries hit last year were one of the most competitive teams in the league and could hang with anyone. So while Depth is a great foundation for this team and this roster it’s not going to win you games. How do you add to depth to make a competitive team a winning team? Make a splash in free agency. This is where Quinn has failed miserably. In 4 years I can honestly say Quinn has only made 1 good signing, Marvin Jones. The jury is still out on Flowers, Coleman, Wagner and TJ Lang was never himself and at this point in time those are not looking favorable on the field or for the salary cap. How do we sum this up? Quinn is going to make the unsexy pick in this year’s draft, or draft down to acquire picks to continue to build depth. I personally prefer the latter, especially with the buzz around some of the top picks in this year’s draft. Does he feel the pressure of the Ford family and really make a play in free agency? I say yes, he needs to win and win now even if he is afforded a few more years. Entering his 5th year this roster can rightfully be called his so we should see, if anything, major improvements with a healthy Stafford. The only caveat to that is will his splash in free agency pan out and be a difference maker off the edge or in the secondary where we need it most? History says otherwise. Oh also, please god don’t trade Slay.