Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I'll admit to being a total pancake snob. Growing up on hearty buckwheat buttermilk pancakes and a french toast recipe which included whole wheat bread and wheat germ, I could never stand plain white flour pancakes. And while you can now find great mixes, I don't even buy those anymore, after my son started calling the ones I make from scratch the "fluffy" ones, and they aren't much harder than a mix. But on weekdays we're all over the frozen waffles and pancakes (gluten-free Trader Joes version are not half bad, and those mini ones are surprisingly sweet and yummy.)
This stuff if fun to squirt out and made pretty good pancakes. They do need to be cooked at pretty low heat, or maybe that's just my sucky stove. On the other hand, if you want to make fresh pancakes and not use this, and don't have time to whip up a batch, I found a Washington Times article that has a mix that can sit overnight and up to three days.
All-weekend buttermilk pancakes
1 teaspoon (about ½ package) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons lukewarm water
2 cups flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons tablespoon honey
Butter, as needed
Dissolve the yeast in the water. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, oil and honey. Add the yeast and buttermilk mixtures into the flour mixture and whisk to combine (the batter will not be completely smooth). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I think we're all hoping to reduce the number of gifts we have to buy this season by winning some of the many giveaways around the net.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I'm so hoping for this Wii and Wii Fit, but g'head and enter yourself if you want.
SoCal Mom is giving away a great basket of gifts plus some for SoCal residents.
And don't forget I'm giving away a didj here. Leave your comment by Dec. 6th.
You can also win one over at Who's the Boss?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
"I put on Band-Aids and winter coats and school plays"
"I unpeel oranges that are too tight too"
"I leave 'shugar' and 'vilets' misspelled on their valentines"
and the one that made me tear up "I know when a child does not
understand. I know when a child is not telling the truth. I know
when a child was up to late last night. I know when a child needs help
finding a friend."
If you are like me and life is getting a bit too serious, or you are
starting to wonder if there is still hope for our education system, take a few
hours to read this book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder what
school he's teaching at and whether the lack of pets at your kids' school is
doing irreversible harm.
Friday, November 21, 2008
A little while back I and many of my fellow mommy bloggers wrote about an awesome event with Leapfrog. They give each of my kids a game system of their own (didj for the older one, Leapster2 for the preschooler), and the kids have been loving it. As Keegan said to his doctor yesterday "they had to switch to times, since I did all the adding and subtracting problems." The kid loves math and may just die over a new Star Wars math game. I'm not worried about my little guys reading, but from what I can see this can only help. Right now he covets the hero's game on the didj and has pretty much had enough of his Leapster2, but really, ya can't blame a company for starting with a tame game and wanting you to buy some more exciting ones. Although they really should include the $10 SD card needed to download the free computer games.
Do you want on of these too? Well, I've got a brand new didj to give away right here. Plus, Leapfrog is throwing in three games: Hannah Montana, Indiana Jones and Nicktoons.
I'm going to keep this contest open for two weeks so you have until December 6th at midnight to:
- Leave a comment below and make sure there is a way to reach you by email.
- Post this on your blog for an extra entry, or if you don't have a blog let three friends know about the contest (include a comment, I'll trust you)
- Tell me one way you get your child, or would if you had one, to love reading.
I'll choose the winner on Sunday by random number generator or a name in a hat, and you should have this by the holidays.
I love to shell out advice as well, but shy away from giving unsolicited advice since I'm a total wuss at heart, but if you want to know my favorite books (provided I read them in the last week and have not yet forgotten the names), make-up and hair products I swear by (this week) for curly hair and acne-prone skin, or methods of keeping my wild boys in line (scratch that, send me yours) ask away.