Our favorite Pancakes

Opportunity and inspiration…….they present themselves in the strangest ways sometimes. You have to keep your eyes and your mind open – because you never know what might happen when you least expect it.

That’s my thought for today :)

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Our favorite Pancakes – adapted from the Ihop recipe

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 heaping tsp baking powder
2 level tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and oil. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until blended. Spoon ladlefuls of batter onto a nonstick griddle. Cook until the underside is golden brown, then flip and cook until the underside is golden brown as well. Serve hot with lots of syrup!

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

In the past week, I’ve been able to surprise Sabrina twice in a most humorous way.

You see, I don’t possess the artistic viewpoint that both she and my mother share. What that means is, when I’m getting dressed to go out (or going to work, for that matter), I often call upon her for creative input and advice. She loves nothing more than to peruse my closet and put together an entire outfit for me, right down to hair style, jewelry, and shoes.

The flip side to that input is the inevitable disappearance of an article of clothing – sometimes two – that mysteriously get sucked into the vortex known as her room.

…..never to be seen again……

However, since becoming a Pinterest addict (and before you mock me, she’s totally and completely addicted to it now as well), I have been able to coordinate a few outfits that have garnered praise…..and quite frankly, utter surprise…. from her.

“Mom? You put that together yourself? I’m impressed!”

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“Wait…..you saw that on Pinterest, didn’t you?”

Dang it….

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes – adapted from several sites online

These pancakes were a bit dense and heavy for my liking, but very tasty nonetheless. I think the solution might lie in whipping the egg white separately to lighten the batter – I’m definitely going to try that next time. And add chocolate chips – because Alexander’s newest breakfast obsession is oatmeal with chocolate chips. I think he’ll like these.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup raisins or chocolate chips

In a bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the raisins or chocolate chips (if using) and stir gently.
Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat, coat with cooking spray.
Drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the hot griddle. Cook until dry on the edges and bubbles start to form in the center. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup or powdered sugar.

Matzo Brei – and the countdown to school continues….

Here we are………..the final days of summer vacation……….the clock is ticking……

WAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Has anyone else noticed how fast this summer went by? I know, I know……time flies when you’re busy ~ but I can assure you, I’m not the only one that noticed it. Everyone has said the same thing.

So there.

In my ongoing effort to cope with the impending doom (i.e. the completely regimented schedule), I decided to paint my dining room today.

I’m literally waiting for Lowe’s to open.

This home improvement kick is really taking on a life of its own. I don’t know what I’m going to do once the house is completely repainted.

yeah right :)

In the interim, here is one of the posse’s favorite breakfasts. To me, it’s an interesting twist on french toast…but it’s super simple, super delicious… and I always double the recipe in a futile attempt for leftovers.

Notice I said “futile”. It never happens.

Matzo Brei – adapted (not really) from Epicurious

2 sheets unsalted matzo (our preference)
2 large eggs

1 tbs. vegetable oil and 1 tbs. butter

Syrup and/or cinnamon sugar

Break 2 sheets of matzo into 1/2″ pieces; place in a medium bowl. Cover with very hot tap water. Let stand for about 30 seconds, then drain. Beat 2 large eggs in another medium bowl. Add drained matzo; mix until combined and a wet batter forms. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon scant 1/4-cupfuls of batter into skillet, making 4 pancakes. Fry, turning once, until golden and just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Serve with syrup, or cinnamon sugar. Or both.