A downside to self-employment is you don’t necessarily get holidays off.

{This fact is completely countered by the inordinate amount of hours I can spend in pajamas.}

So while I did spend Labor Day actually laboring, I didn’t feel bad about:

a) Working in my comfy chair in the living room

b) Starting the day with a special occasion, holiday-worthy breakfast:

Chocolate Chip Pancakes!


chocolate chip pancakes

oatmeal pancakes

While making pancakes takes a little more time than whipping up a batch of oatmeal, they really don’t take that long. Plus, I always make extra for the next day. {Or snacks later on- whichever happens first.Winking smile}

Chocolate Chip Pancakes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 + cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 + cup chopped pecans


  1. Mix together flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Stir in almond milk and water. Adjust water to achieve desired batter thickness.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients: coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate chips, pecans, and anything else you want to mix in.
  4. Let batter sit for a few minutes. While you're waiting, heat a griddle pan over medium heat.
  5. Spoon batter on to pan about 1/4 cup at a time, or any desired pancake size.
  6. Cook a few minutes on each side. You can tell it's time to flip the pancake when the edges start to dry and the center gets a air bubbles.
  7. Eat while warm! These save easily in the fridge or freezer too.


chocolate chip pancake recipe

oatmeal pancake recipe

This chocolate chip pancake recipe is my go-to pancake recipe, but that doesn’t mean I don’t switch it up almost every time. Some of my favorite additions:

  • Mashed ripe banana instead of/in addition to the honey.
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Coconut yogurt
  • Pecans, walnuts, and coconut
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, or almond extract

Speaking of being self-employed, look what I got in the mail the other day:

neal nutrition counseling

online nutrition services

Build-A-Sign sent me 5 of these car magnets to advertise my nutrition counseling company. Don’t they rock?

car magnets  bumper sticker magnet

Up close they’re a little grainy because of the printing-on-a-magnet-process, but once it was on my car, it looked fantastic.

small business advertising

I love that they’re magnets so I can take it off or move it any time I want. I did learn that my bumper is made of plastic though. Luckily my trunk is not!


Did you have to work yesterday? Are you self-employed? Do you work from home or in an office? Or somewhere else?


*I’m 19 weeks pregnant today! Hop on over to tiny sneakers to find out what’s up these days.*