Okay. I admit that I am a Type A personality and I can’t stand it when ‘things’ get out of order. I’ve relaxed considerably over the past two decades of raising kids, though, and occasionally I come home in the evening to realize that *gasp* I missed a night on the dinner planner. Nothing is thawed. There isn’t some meal simmering in the crockpot or baking in the [pre programmed and timed] oven. Ten years ago this would have instigated a Con- NIP-tion fit, but now? Eh. I’ve been beaten down by the unending demands of a gangly group of teens so I turn to the masses, grin really big and declare, “It’s PANCAKE NIGHT!!”
Much rejoicing, laughter and Whoops of Joy ensue.
Pancakes – original recipe from my ancient , red checkered BHandG cookbook. Typed into this post from memory. Of course, my memory isn’t what it used to be, so this version includes the ‘extra’ stuff I’ve been tossing in since the beginning of time.
2 c flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 T sugar
2 c milk
4 T melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
frozen or fresh blueberries, blackberries or whatever you can scrounge from the freezer
That picture of the pancakes? Not mine. Totally stole it from http://www.allrecipes.com/. The pancakes don’t hang around long enough at my house to get a picture of them.
Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl to blend. Then whisk all the wet stuff together in another bowl, breaking up the egg yolks. Dump the wet stuff into the dry stuff, whisk quickly just to blend. Pour about 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter per pancake on a preheated, 375 degree griddle. Drop blueberries or other fruit of choice onto each pancake, as much as you want. When the top is bubbly and the edges are dry looking, flip the pancakes over, cook for another minute then frisbee onto a plate for the waiting kids. Repeat over and over. Teach kids how to make their own pancakes and let them bring you a plate while you sit at the kitchen table and tell them what a good job they are doing. Serve pancakes with whipped cream. Or maple syrup. Or (Teen Son#1’s favorite) peanut butter AND maple syrup.