Amazing Gluten/Dairy Free Pancake Recipe!

by Olivia Cobbs

Are you sick of feeling guilty and bloated after eating cheap pancake mix? Do you not eat dairy or gluten? Well look no further! This perfect dairy and gluten free pancake recipe will make you feel good and look cool! It is so incredibly easy and will take only 15 minutes out of your morning! This is also a perfect recipe to trick your kids into eating healthy. So get rid of that nasty pancake mix and let’s make something FRESH!!!

Let’s get out the ingredients!


  • 1 small banana
  • ½ cup of rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp of maple syrup

TOPPINGS (Optional):

  • Maple Syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Coconut whipped cream (You can find this at Trader Joes!)

  1. Take out a smoothie blender! Put the banana, rolled oats, egg, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and maple syrup into the blender until the ingredients are THOROUGHLY mixed.
  2. Once the ingredients are completely mixed, get out a griddle and lightly grease it so that the pancakes don’t stick. When the pancakes are ready to flip they should have bubbles on the top and have cooked edges.

  1. The pancakes cook fast so be watchful! Once they are ready they should be golden brown and cooked all of the way through. This recipe makes about four small pancakes so it’s perfect for one hungry person! Now that all of the pancakes are finished start getting excited!
  2. Get your toppings out! Heat up some maple syrup and cut up some fresh fruit. Place on the plate as desired. Make it look fancy! UNSUPPORTED: UnsupportedElementAdd some coconut whipped cream to complete the awesomeness!
  3. Voila! You did it! Take a moment and feel great about yourself. You just made something awesome AND healthy! Now sit down and enjoy the amazing breakfast you just made. You deserve this!

A New Normal: Impacts of a Pandemic

By Olivia Cobbs

March 13th

You never really know how lucky you are until everything you know is gone.

This was just a normal day before we were all put on quarantine. No masks, no gloves, no 6 feet distance rule, just high school students enjoying each other’s presence. We didn’t know what was coming. None of us knew that we wouldn’t be able to hug each other until the world woke up again. They said it would be like a “long spring break”. They also said it wouldn’t hurt us. But look where we are now. 89,915 people have stopped breathing. They stopped hugging their family. Laughing with friends. Living their lives. They couldn’t even say goodbye before they finally closed their eyes forever. When will this all end, and how many more will leave us without a sound?

Enjoy running while you can. Breathing is a luxury that we don’t even acknowledge. We all fail to acknowledge the things we have until there is a risk of losing it. This is just human nature. Health is one of the most precious things a human can be blessed with. Don’t let your health pass you by because it can be taken in an instant. So run while you can breathe. Don’t wait until the cane to know how lucky you were.

Being a kid is great. You have a whole life laid out in front of you to explore. You can create who and what you want to be. Experiences are fresh and beautiful to young eyes. Even when you age you still have time. Many adults don’t realize it but you don’t have to be stuck. There is a lot more to discover besides the same desk and the same water bills. Live life to the fullest and don’t stop until you’re proud of your life. There is a certain triumph when you can lay down at last and say “I’m proud”.

The world is damaged and the people living on it aren’t any better. Although these days are lonely and trying, good things can still be found. This is a time of healing. It came in the most unexpected way but nothing good comes out of expectation. The world needed to breathe for a second. Life was so busy that there was no time to sit and remember what life is all about.

So, while we are all waiting for life to resume, let’s enjoy this time we are given. There may never be a break like this in our lives again. There are people dying and struggling so count yourself lucky if you don’t fall in that category. Be aware but don’t be paranoid. Don’t take all the groceries and toilet paper. Listen to certified people for information. And above all, stay safe and stay smart.

Life in Pandemic: Braves Messenger Reporters discuss how Life has changed under the Stay at Home Mandate

by Catie Flanagan

Everyday, my sister and I have been going on walks. Each day I have photographed something that is interesting or positive and have used it as motivation to continue these walks. Staying inside can get boring and somewhat upsetting, so going on walks is very important

On Monday, the weather was awful. Common to most days this week, it was rainy with thunderstorms throughout the day and night. However, even though the skies were gloomy, there was a single yellow tree lighting up the whole street.

On Tuesday, the weather was about the same as Monday, but we took a look at a nearby field that was covered in deep puddles that looked like ponds all around. In this field we saw lots of geese enjoying the weather.

On Wednesday the weather finally brightened up and multiple flowers had bloomed because of the rain. We noticed in particular this small patch of purple flowers.

On Thursday we noticed bears in people’s windows. There is a neighborhood scavenger hunt going on for little kids when they go on walks, so this was our participation.

On Friday, it was again sunny and a great day to spend outside. On this day my sister and I decided to draw with some chalk instead, to hopefully brighten up someone’s day a little. 

Pick your own Quarter 4 Project!

Second Assignment of Q4:

After you have completed your 4th quarter personalized learning goals you need to pick a project for Q4. You will turn your work in every Friday and it should build upon your daily writing/video blogging/photography etc. to tell a story week by week. 

Here are four suggestions: 

Choice 1. Open up a Google Doc and share it with me. Then write in the document as a “BLOG.” You should blog several times a week. 

Choice 2. Open your camera and record yourself. Do this daily or at least 3-4 times a week for maybe 1-2 minutes. Produce a weekly product. 

Choice 3: take pictures of your world. Can’t go outside much? What are you doing at home? What do you cook/eat? What do you do to pass your time? Take a picture a day and write a short description of each photograph and connect it with an introduction/conclustion to tell a story.

Choice 4: Pitch me another idea. Don’t like these three choices? What do you want to do for Q4?

By MONDAY March 30 you should pick what you woud like to do and create a GOOGLE DOC describing to me what your plan is! Here are some links below with other high school journalists who created a VLOG about their experiences through this crazy time. You do NOT have to anything about the current Pandemnic. You can write about music, reflect on your life, interview family, friends etc. (phone/email/video interviews of course…not face to face!).

Mr. Smith