Pancakes Anyone?

Who doesn’t love pancakes?

I pride myself on cooking from scratch with love for my family. I know every ingredient that goes into our bellies and I’m confident I feed their growing bodies healthy food. That being said, sometimes it’s nice to have a treat! Pancakes! Who doesn’t love pancakes?

There is something to be said about the satisfaction of taking a handful of ingredients and turning it into something delicious, that’s my pancakes and it’s the only pancake recipe you will ever need!

We use an all-purpose gluten free baking mix but regular flour will work just as well.

flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, vanilla, butter

flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, vanilla, butter

After heating a fry pan or griddle, slowly heat 4 TBS. butter in a small saucepan.

While the butter melts, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set them aside.

MELT BUTTER

MELT BUTTER

1 1/2 cup flour (sometimes I substitute 1/2 cup flour for cornmeal because I love corn cakes!)

2 TBS. sugar 

ADD SUGAR

ADD SUGAR

2 TBS. baking powder

MIX ALL DRY INGREDIENTS; SET ASIDE

Then in a separate larger bowl, whisk together

2 eggs

ADD EGGS

ADD EGGS

&

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

MEASURE VANILLA

MEASURE VANILLA

By now the butter has melted; whisk it into the egg mixture with

1 c. cold milk

to cool the butter before adding to the egg mixture and then pouring in the dry ingredients.

ADD DRY INGREDIENTS TO EGG MIXTURE AND MIX GENTLY

ADD DRY INGREDIENTS TO EGG MIXTURE                           AND MIX GENTLY

Don’t mix too much, some lumps are okay.

Measure about 1/4 c of batter onto the buttered pan and wait for the bubbles.

When the edges look dry, flip and cook the other side for about 30 seconds.

That’s it! The perfect pancakes.

The Perfect Pancakes From Scratch

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter (melted)

1 1/2 cups flour

2 Tablespoons sugar 

2 Tablespoons baking powder

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup cold milk

Directions

  1. Pre-heat pan or griddle to 350-375.*
  2. Sift dry ingredients in medium bowl.
  3. Mix eggs, vanilla, butter and milk in a large bowl.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to egg mixture.
  5. Combine until smooth (some lumps are okay, don’t over mix).
  6. Grease pan and pour batter in 1/4 cup increments.
  7. Watch for bubbles and wait for edges to look dry.
  8. Flip and cook for 30 sec.
  9. Plate, drizzle and ENJOY!!!

This recipe makes 12-14 perfectly fluffy pancakes!

Tasty Tip: Use the small sauce pan from melting the butter to heat up pure maple syrup for a buttery rich drizzle.

We also utilize our oven’s warming drawer to heat up our plates and syrup so we never eat a cold pancake.

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So, You’re a Stay at Home Mom. What do you want, a medal?

I did.

I wanted a big bright shiny medal!

I wholeheartedly with every ounce of my soul despised my life and was about ready to up and escape it all; just a few months ago, no less. Being a wife, a mother and everything in between, I was at my wit’s end! (pregnancy hormones are raging and out of control, by the way)

Let’s be honest though, because when I started this web log I told you “if you know me, you’ll now KNOW me and if you don’t know me, you’ll love me.” In that little blurb of the “about me” section of my page I was writing of my truth. I made a promise to myself and you, the reader, to be truthful; and this post is just that. Get ready. Saddle up!

I’m lazy.

There. I said it. I am. I am utterly, hopelessly lazy. Ask anyone who REALLY knows me. My mom, my sister, my husband…they’ll all tell you, it’s true.

How can that be? Well, I hate doing anything I don’t FEEL like doing; so, I just don’t do it. To be brutally and embarrassingly honest, dishes have sat in my sink for more than just a few days; I’ve restarted the same load of laundry in the washer more than just a few times; my bed has gone unmade for over a month, which means, yep, the sheets weren’t changed in that time. GROSS! I know.

My laziness never mattered to anyone much before I had kids so I never grew up. I never got my act together and now at almost 33 years old, I’m struggling with how to really act like an adult in my everyday life.

I little history about me. I’m the youngest of five. Growing up in my house, I didn’t have to do a thing. Ask them; they’ll tell you. “Lisa never had to do anything.” “She’s spoiled because she’s the baby.” “Lisa got away with everything!” you can sense the resentment in their tone. But, it’s all true.

Surprisingly, despite my laziness, I am and always have been incredibly ambitious, self-motivated and hard driven – when I want to be. When it was for something important to me, I could move mountains and not let the earth settle until I succeeded.

 

Some days, things get accomplished and I feel like a million bucks; most days, though, I think, “Those dust bunnies will be there tomorrow.” So, instead of stressing out over my to-do list, I look into my babies’ eyes and hug ’em tight because tomorrow is another day but they’ll be another day older, another inch taller and that much closer to growing up and out of the phase where mom’s hug CAN fix anything.

Everyday I pray and thank God for this life, the time I get to spend with my kids making memories, and for this man sitting next to me making sacrifices to make it all possible.

So what about that medal?

Truly I don’t deserve one. I’m a stay at home mom. I realize and appreciate that I am blessed beyond the vast universe to have a roof over my head, food on the table for my kids and the health of myself and family.

Did I birth 6 human beings? yes.

Do I maintain a household for 8 people and 4 pets despite my laziness? yes.

Do I juggle being a mom, wife, writer, artist, choiffer, chef, gardener, maid, boogie-getter and storybook narrator? yes.

But I don’t get a medal for living a life of my choosing.

This is why I have a hard time answering the blizzard of questions and comments like, “How do you do it?” or “You’re super-mom!”

It’s not easy and I certainly don’t claim it to be, but what about that medal?

It’s looking into those eyes I mentioned earlier.

It’s hearing my 6 year-old say “mmm, mom! this is really good!” with a mouth full of a dinner I just spent over an hour preparing.

It’s seeing my husband across a crowded room with his freshly cut hair (saving money by doing it myself) playing with our kids, making them giggle and laugh.

It’s even this cat on my lap purring as I type this.

All these little things add up to a big bright shiny medal.

So I leave you with this:

 

Live each day as if it were the only day you have left. Tomorrow might be a new day, but you’ll never get to do this day again (unless you’re Bill Murray).

 

***Disclaimer***

I do change the sheets (almost) every week.

We’ve been keeping up on the dishes (for the most part).

Since Dogwood loves to vacuum, the dust bunnies don’t hang around(for too long).