Multigrain pancakes you will actually eat! (and the pour shot!)

Let’s do some simple word association here.

When I say “Multigrain pancakes” you say…


Eggs Benedict with fresh avocado and a side of bacon?


Multigrain pancakes?

Dry. Chewy?

You get my point.  Nobody’s mouth waters when I say “multigrain pancakes.”  But after watching Forks Over Knives and reading the corresponding books we have been convinced to make some long term lifestyle changes as it relates to what we consume. One of those changes is staying away from refined and enriched flours and grain and replacing them with whole wheat and whole grains.  Saturday mornings in the Cochrane house usually involves daddy making pancakes (the out-of-the-box kind that only involves one step – adding water!). Time to put our money…er…whole grains where our mouth is right?

Today daddy whipped up some of the yummiest and most filling pancakes I have ever had.  Before this starts to sound like a poor attempt at a food blog here’s the deal, I could care less about making pancakes, per se, what I was looking forward to was the chance to (irritate my family) by making a photo shoot out of breakfast. Haha  It’s a yucky, cloudy overcast day here today but I wanted to experiment with photographing a backlit pour shot! I waited until after breakfast to avoid the eye rolls as everyone waits for mom to get the shot.  But here she is!  Oh, and the recipe is below…and it is legitimately absolutely delicious!

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Multigrain Pancakes with Fresh Berries (original recipe from the Forks Over Knives Plan they also have a cookbook)

“Makes about 12 pancakes You might think it’s difficult to get light and fluffy whole-grain pancakes, let alone without adding oil to the batter. I am happy to be the one to tell you that it’s actually as easy as making this recipe!” -DS

1 1 / 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 / 4 cup cornmeal or other whole-grain flour
1 / 4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 / 2 teaspoon sea salt
1 / 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 / 8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 3 / 4 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
1 / 2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving, if desired
1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries, for serving Apple butter, for serving (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the plant milk, applesauce, and maple syrup. Gently fold the ingredients together just until incorporated. Do not overmix; the batter will be lumpy.

3. Heat a griddle or large nonstick pan over medium heat until a few droplets of water dropped in the pan jump and sizzle.

4. Spoon 1 / 3 cup batter for each pancake onto the pan until no more will fit. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until the edges look dry and the bottoms are crisp and lightly browned. Using a spatula, turn the pancakes over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to a heatproof platter and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.

5. Serve the pancakes topped with fruit and a little maple syrup or apple butter.


And just for fun – Here is the “before” pick of the actual set up for the shot that I shared on my IG feed.  This is the magic of food photography – you really can do it anywhere!  Its pretty freeing to work in such a small space compared to the larger overhead sets that I am used to with my commercial work!

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Our favorite styled stock desktop to date – Blush and Marble!

We are so excited to be announcing the first 2016 Brand Builder Set in the SC Stockshop! We think this gorgeous new blush on marble desktop is the perfect representation of what the SC Stockshop has in store for you this year. Just in time for all of your Valentine’s Day promotions and 2016 brand refreshes, we have a complete Brand Builder Set and several individual images for you to choose from!

But what we are most excited about in this set, is that for the first time ever we are incorporating fully styled verticals! These vertical images are perfect for blogging, Pinterest and making use of the new IG vertical feature! How fun is that?!

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And if that wasn’t enough goodness, you asked and we responded! We heard you when you said “more exclusivity please!” and truly take your feedback to heart. In order to create even more exclusivity for you as customers, we will be releasing each new image and image set in batches of 10 downloads only!

This means that out of the thousands of you who are reading this, only 10 of you will get to incorporate these images into your brand! Making your SC Stockshop investment even more special!

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If you are loving this new marble and pink set, you will not want to miss out on one of the few downloads available! Shop now and do business beautifully in 2016 with the help of styled stock photography!

The SC Team



Whole 30 approved Homemade Spiced Chai Larabars

We are nearing the end of our first Whole 30 experience and I have to say, it has changed our eating habits and thoughts on food in ways that I did not anticipate.  More on that later! For now, I had to share this incredibly easy 5 minute (seriously!) 4 ingredient recipe for Homemade Spiced Chai Larabars that I just whipped up!  Anybody who has done the Whole 30 knows that Larabars are the life saving loophole to sugar free living (praise sweet Jesus!).  I had never had a Lara Bar before starting the January Whole 30 but these were so yummy and so easy to make that this recipe will be a new snack time staple in our house and for way less money than it costs to buy them in a store!


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Since I hate food blog posts that have paragraphs and paragraphs of text that you have to scroll through to get to the recipe (is it just me?) I’m going to get right to it!

Homemade Chai Spice Larabars


2 cups lightly salted or raw cashews (I used raw unsalted)

2.5 cups pitted dates (usually found in the produce section)

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2-1 tsp Cardamom (depending on personal taste)

*Cardamom is bit pricey but is so incredibly yummy that I find ways to use it in other desserts.  You could leave it out if you don’t have it – you would just loose the classic Chai flavor.


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Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. When it starts to clump it is done.  Roll the mixture out between two pieces of parchment paper (one on the top and one on the bottom).  Using a small cookie sheet can help to maintain desired thickness and shape.  Once rolled out, use a sharp knife to cut into bars or squares keeping the parchment paper intact. Once cut, put bars in a ziplock bag and store in the fridge!

Once you have tried your first batch you can begin to experiment with different mix-ins and spices.  In place of the cinnamon and cardamom try unsweetened coconut flakes and a little bit of dark chocolate (Not Whole 30 approved of course. haha).


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The Smart Girl’s Reset for Success Survey!

Happy almost New Year friends! While I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, I am all about using December to reflect and process through what took place in the past year in order to find renewed clarity and intentionality for all areas of life and business going into the new year.  For Graham and I that usually means a series of lengthy discussions (we are both talkers) about what worked and what didn’t work for our family in the past year in all areas of our lives.  Since both my husband and I are entrepreneurs and small business owners we also spend a good bit of time in December nerding-out on business books and talking through business strategy for the new year (romantic huh?). Yes please.

But this year, things were different.

I am enormously pleased with the way business went in the past year. Overall, I worked with amazing clients, had new opportunities, and was challenged and flourishing creatively (Don’t be discouraged! It took me almost 9 years to get here!) but since nothing was “wrong” with this past year, per se, I wasn’t sure how to go about resetting my focus and reenergizing my efforts for the New Year. I wasn’t sure exactly how to survey the landscape of my business. Come January, I was going to be simply jumping back into the hamster wheel of business-as-usual without any real blueprint for growth.  And financial growth is not the measure of success that I am talking about.  I want something more valuable than that.  I want growth in my creativity and authenticity, in the value that I add to other’s lives, in the quality of my own life and the life of my family and I want to continue to peal back the “should’s” and “ought to’s” until I am doing only the work that I love, 100% of the time.

Don’t you?

So this is my little gift to myself…and to you.  The Smart Girl’s Reset for Success Survey.  A set of 15 questions that I developed to help you (and I) get started in thinking intentionally about our businesses. This is not a definitive list, but they are the questions that I would ask you over coffee and would hope that you would ask me in order find renewed focus, clarity and resolve in our businesses for the new year.  I hope that you will print it out, give yourself lots of time to think through and journal out the answers to these questions. Post them in your office for that not-so-far-from-now time when you need to be reminded of why you became a small business owner in the first place.  I truly believe that you will be the most successful, creative and authentic and when you are doing what brings you the most joy. Don’t wait until January to think through what your 2016 fresh start is going to look like!


The Smart Girl’s Reset For Success Survey:

  1. How will I define success in the new year? (This is the most crucial step!! For more on defining your success watch this first!)

  2. What projects brought me the most joy in 2015 and why?

  3. What is my most favorite element of what I do?

  4. Can I intentionally restructure my business model to allow me to do more of what I love the most? What would that look like?

  5. What projects were the most creatively draining for me in 2015?

  6. What type of work do I need to definitively say “no” to in 2016?

  7. What is unique about me and what I offer that makes me different from everyone else and how can I better capitalize on that unique offering?

  8. Are there areas of my business that could benefit from more authenticity or originality? What would that look like exactly?

  9. What type of activities were bottlenecks or time-sucks in my workflow and how can I change or outsource those for next year?

  10. What area of my work generates the most income? Can I restructure my time to give this area more attention if it also brings me joy?

  11. What does an ideal work day look like?  How can I begin to restructure my schedule to give myself these “ideal” days? (after all – you are the boss aren’t you?!)

  12. Where do I draw the most inspiration from & how can I incorporate that into my work week regularly?

  13. What am I the most afraid of in my business?  Track that train of thought all the way out to the worst case scenario.

  14. What is the best thing that could happen to my business this year?  What are the first three steps to take toward that goal?

  15. Do I have a group of like minded creatives and business owners that I can be transparent with and who will challenge and encourage me creatively?  If not, how  and with whom can I build this “team” ?


I hope that this was helpful! If it was, please share the love by pinning the image at the top of the post to Pinterest so that other people can benefit as well! You can follow along with my crazy life on Instagram @shaycochrane and find gorgeous styled stock images for your business on the @scstockshop feed. Here’s to doing business beautifully in 2016!


 **This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been updated** 


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