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Perfect Pan Pancakes! July 28, 2012

Filed under: Food — xmommy1x @ 10:00 pm
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Who doesn’t love a stack of warm of fluffy pancakes? I’m a big fan of the whole “breakfast for dinner” taboo. I know many turn up their noses at the idea, but why? It can be just as healthy and filling as any other meal. Besides With Jeff’s odd work hours mornings aren’t a time to eat… or really even be awake. Lol. I make breakfast often when I don’t know what to make or I simply just forgot to pull something out the freezer  ::Gasp! a mother forgets to do something!::For years I swore by Bisquick. Well, at least It was always what I used. Well always till I ran out and started making my own. These aren’t just any pancakes though. These are far more fluffed and tastier than any mix I have ever… uh.. mixed.

 

2 tbl white vinegar

3/4 cup of milk

1 cup of flour

2 tbl sugar

1 tsp baking power

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

2 tbl melted butter

 

Its easy I swear!

First: Mix the vinegar and the milk in a bowl. Set it aside

Second: Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking power and salt

The milk and vinegar will turn “sour” and will be lumpy. Third: melt the butter (I nuke it for about 15 seconds) and add the butter and egg to the milk.

Now just combine the milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk together. No need for an electric mixer, even a good spoon will do!

Sometimes I like to add a little cinnamon!

I don’t have an exact measurement for how much to pour into the pan, I just throw some in there. But do beware that the pancakes will rise a bit and if the pancake is too thick it won’t cook well in the middle.

For those using a gas stove, you may have to turn down the gas gradually as the pan will continuously get hotter burning the pancakes.

Flip once the side start to turn off-color. Once you make your first one you get the hang of it. I also use a quick dash of cooking spray.

I like to scramble up some eggs with cheese to go along. For fun a sprinkle of powdered sugar. A little fresh-cut fruit and it’s a meal!

 

True Fun For the Fam July 14, 2012

Filed under: Family — xmommy1x @ 12:14 am
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Talk about unexpected fun! I took the kids to a pottery studio the other day. They carry tones of unpainted pottery (like banks, dishware and such), You pick a piece and you paint it to your liking. The put it in a kiln (it’s like a big oven) and its glazed, shiny and ready for use.

 

Elyssa choose a hello kitty bank, and I a turtle; Sheila’s feeling lonely back in Texas I thought I’d send her something to cheer her up (she likes turtles).

I actually enjoyed it. The baby was content sitting in her car seat playing with toys. We were there about an hour or so.

The place I went to isn’t a chain, but I believe there are all kinds of these little studios around the country.

What’s even better, At night, they have a Bring Your Own Booze policy for adults. I’m not a heavy drinker by any means, but the idea of sipping wine with other adults and painting pottery, sounds like a great refresher for those looking to restore sanity by engaging with other adult (who are probably parents  as well).

Its gonna take two weeks till we can pick up our pieces, and it was a little pricy, but not too bad . But it’s all worth it. The studio also does jewelry making , glass fusing, and mosaics.  I’ve even convinced Jeff to come with me one night! The possibilities are endless here, and you don’t need any talent to do it. I’m all about different and this is definetly it.

 

Life Can Happen Fast July 13, 2012

Filed under: Family — xmommy1x @ 3:18 am
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Last few weeks have been non-stop. It’s been cook-outs, pools, beaches and more, not to mention an ER visit with the wee one. In case all that fun was throwing all life off-balance, for whatever reason my sides/ribs have been horribly sore. It seems whenever I inflate my lungs, they apply pressure to whatever is hurting.

I don’t know if that’s even possible, but that’s what it feels like.

Really it’s only bad when I hiccup or yawn, which got me wondering (This right here is where it all starts, the  “wonder”):

Why do we yawn?

I’ve head a few different reasons over the years, but never really thought about it (or cared). I searched on good ol wiki for the true reason only to find out that my trusted goto site didn’t haven any more of an idea than I did.  A few theories that could go either way on whether they could be right or not. But that’s it.

So being out at strange houses (by strange I just mean houses other than ours) it’s always a question of what we’re gonna bring for the baby to sit/ lay in. Sometimes its the bouncy others it’s the stroller. Up until now it wasn’t a huge deal because she was probably gonna sleep most of the time, but now she tends to want to be apart of the crowd.

So a few years ago I saw something in target unlike anything I had seen before. It was a seat for babies who couldn’t support their heads yet. Unlike a bouncy, the BUMBO allows infants to fully sit up.

It’s perfect! Well, almost. It does have a few drawbacks:

 There are times where you might not want your little one so close to the ground.

Depending on your baby, he or she may grow out of the sit rather quickly. It supposed to go to 22lbs

This short use item has a price tag of 40 dollars or more!

 My best advice for acquiring this quite nifty piece of baby gear, Craigslist! I found it for 15 dollars from a mother who said her 9 month old who [get ready…] grew out of the wonder seat. Actually, I saw three within two days. There are trays that can be attached, new Amazon has them for less than 10 dollars.

So in all it is worth having, but it is not worth the price. Just be smart.

 

Good Friends, Good Food July 5, 2012

Filed under: Family,Food — xmommy1x @ 3:23 am
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Ass a child I was very a picky eater. Worse, my mother just accepted it and didn’t generally make me eat anything I didn’t want to. I didn’t starve, she made a point of buying and making the things that I did eat. Now, Later in life, I’m still somewhat of a picky eater, but at least I’m more willing to try new things. I love eating out at new non-chain places or ordering non familiar dishes at familiar restaurants. It’s fun! With that being said, One of my best friends flew up from Texas and was here visiting friends and family.  She has a little girl about 18 months or so.

 

I found it interesting to watch and interact with her because its been a long time since Elyssa was that little and Olivia is still a bit away from being that big. At the same time she found amusement in playing with an older more interactive child. We had quite the day! We played games throughout the house including Hide and Seek.

 We walked to the local school yard and played and ran in the hot sun.

 

Once dinner time came around we ended up at the local Ihop. I love breakfast anytime of day. I don’t see the taboo in eating “breakfast” for dinner. As long as it’s somewhat healthy and/ or balanced. We knew Ihop would be perfect for the kids most of all. It’s nice, but not so nice that you worry about the mess kids leave behind. I got the bacon omelet with pancakes. Minus the chaos of the children, it was really good. I loved it. It had this amazing cheese sauce in the middle, and of course tons of bacon.

 

We hung out a bit longer until the children tiered out. I was purely exhausted. The heat, the excitement of it all, I was happy to end the day and put my feet up. Sheila is one of my best friends and even though she is [what seems like] a million miles away, we do a lot together throughout the year.

 

Being a stay at home mom can become very isolating. I find myself looking forward to cookouts and other get-togethers more so than I used to. For most of us it is in our human nature to be social. We thrive on human interaction. Don’t fight it, embrace it!