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Buttermilk Pancakes

Murphy and Ryan love “cakes” for breakfast, and it is definitely a better alternative than mulch for breakfast.

I am also discovering that pancakes for breakfast, will make your husband do anything.  I think they have some sort of magic mind control powers.  Since breakfast, Ryan has cleaned the entire kitchen, is now vacuuming the entire downstairs, and plans to give Murphy a bath later (shhhhh, don’t tell Murphy).

Did somebody say bath?

Did somebody say bath?

If you would like your husband to turn into a super husband, here is my favorite recipe for buttermilk pancakes (adapted from here):

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Frozen blueberries (optional)

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon with a whisk.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and whisk just until blended.
  4. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Cook over medium to medium/low heat (depends on the size of your burners) until golden brown on each side. If adding blueberries, add them right after you pour the batter on the pan/griddle.
  6. When finished cooking the humans’ cakes, make three small cakes for your spoiled dog.
Behold the magical cakes:
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Perhaps the secret powers of the cakes are too strong.  As I was typing this, Ryan came over and vacuumed me.
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Mulching

For four months, we lived at my parents or, as Ryan affectionately called it, the “Country Club.”  There were pros and cons to living at the Country Club.  For Ryan, one of the pros was my mother’s love of cooking.  This was both a pro and a con for me, especially when it came time to fit into a bridesmaid dress – the horror!

Since moving out, I made an effort to cook healthier foods and less food.  We all lost weight after moving out – Murphy included.  But the Country Club is still open for business.

Here is Murphy on moving day:

Mom, please don't make me leave the County Club.  I love it here!

Mom, please don’t make me leave the County Club. I love it here!!!

Last weekend, my mother invited us over for breakfast – pancakes and bacon.  I declined in favor of making smoothies at home.  Big mistake, because everyone wanted to know what was in these smoothies.   Spinach!!!! You can imagine the shock and horror, when they learned there was spinach in the smoothies.  Everyone decided I was torturing poor Ryan and making him eat mulch.  Ugh.

So, I decided to prove them all wrong.  I would make the most delicious smoothie ever by using fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit.  The flavor was good, texture, on the other hand – straight up mulch!

Fast forward to this weekend.  After we get home from dinner last night, Ryan informs me that he “may” have made a stop or two running errands, and he “may” have gotten “us” a surprise.  I know my husband well enough to know three things: (1) the surprise is not flowers; (2) the surprise is not something shiny; (3) and the surprise is not for “us.”  What was it you ask?  Buttermilk and sausage, so “we” could make pancakes and sausage instead of  mulch for breakfast!

It was a delicious breakfast, and Ryan did the dishes after so I declare this mulch free breakfast a success!

 

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Homemade English Muffins

On Friday night, Ryan and I went to the grocery store (I know married couples sure know how to have fun), and Ryan wanted to buy English Muffins.  Instead of just agreeing with him, I made the mistake of asking him if he wanted me to just make homemade English Muffins.  Of course he said yes.

We tried this recipe once before over the summer, and it turned out great.  It does take a bit of work, but on a cool-fall Sunday morning, with a fresh cup of coffee in my hand I don’t mind.

Here is the recipe that I started with.  I pretty much followed it exactly, with only a few tweaks.  Most of my changes were because I used the stand mixer with a dough hook instead of kneading the dough.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 5 cups all purpose flour (+ extra for sprinkling)
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • Cornmeal
Instructions
  1. Add water to bowl of stand mixer.  Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water.  Set aside for 5-10 minutes
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, butter and honey until the butter is melted. Cut the butter into small pieces so that it melts quickly. Let cool.
  3. Add milk mixture to the water/yeast mixture
  4. Add flour and salt.  Using a dough hook attachment mix in the first three cups of flour until most of the flour is incorporated.  Add salt and remaining flour, and mix until a ball forms.
  5. Lightly sprinkle cornmeal on two cookie sheet. 
  6. Split dough in two.
  7. Roll out the dough (you will need to add flour so that it doesn’t stick) until its a 1/2 inch thick.
  8. Cut out circles (I used  a water glass, so mine were a bit on the smaller side), place on a cookie sheet, and sprinkle the top with cornmeal.  Cover and let sit for 45 minutes.
  9. **Optional** If you do not have a warm/sunny spot for the dough to rise in, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Place the cookie sheets in the oven, and turn the oven off.
  10. Heat a cast iron pan (or any other pan with a heavy bottom) over medium heat.
  11. Place each muffin the pan and cook on each site until browned (think medium brown/golden brown not dark brown).  Flip and repeat.
  12. Then eat!!!

I like to top my English muffins with either honey or peanut butter, but you can add whatever you like.

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Also, Murphy wants you all to see his new bow tie.  Someone loves him very much and made him a new knit bow tie!!!

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It isn’t the best picture, because Murphy loves napping about as much as he loves his bow ties!!! Murphy decided to try mixing prints – what do you think of the red bow tie with the blue paisley collar?? I told Murphy it was a little much, but Murphy insisted that the ladies would love it.

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Family Breakfast

Guess which one is for Murphy . . .

Family Breakfast

Mom, Can I please have my cakes now, I might die if I have to wait any longer for the cakes.

Mom, Can I please have my cakes now, I might die if I have to wait any longer for the cakes.

 

You got any more cakes?

You got any more cakes?

 

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Birfday Breakfast and a Food Review

What are those, Dad? Are there cakes on that plate?!?!?!  Let me take a look!!!

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Yummmmmmmmmmyyyyyy!!  Sausage too!!!! No way, this is the best birfday ever!!!!

Must move cakes out of the way so I can get the sausages!!! Love sausages!!!!

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Okay, now it is time to polish off the cakes!!

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**Murphy’s Mom here.  Murphy is napping now.  Too much breakfast excitement for him I suppose.  With breakfast we had Johnsonville’s Pork and Chicken Sausage instead of traditional breakfast sausage.  Both Ryan and I really liked the Pork and Chicken Sasuage.  It wasn’t as fatty as typical breakfast sausage, but still had a lot of flavor.

 

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Apple Pancake Recipe

This morning I achieved something to be proud of . . . The Best “Cakes” ever.  At least according to Ryan.  Here is the recipe if anyone else wishes to one day achieve Best Cakes Ever status.  I will also loan you Ryan to declare that you have achieved Best Cakes status.

Again, please be sure to include thick-cut bacon in the future, as, according to Ryan, bacon will put you over the top.

Ingredients

  •             2 large apples, thinly sliced (I used Granny Smith)
  •             1 tbsp butter
  •             1 tbsp brown sugar
  •             1 tsp cinnamon
  •             1 eggs
  •             1/4 + 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  •             1/4 cup milk
  •             1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a cast iron skillet (we have a small one, so I had to make two cakes – I got half of one, Ryan got the rest –he is spoiled) melt butter and  sauté apples, sugar, and cinnamon (about 4 minutes)
  3. In a bowl, whisk egg and whisk in flour, salt, and milk.
  4. Turn off heat, and pour egg, flour, and milk mixture over apples
  5. Bake about 20 minutes (pancake will be puffed and golden brown)
  6. Enjoy! – We served ours with powdered sugar, but I am sure sugar would be delicious.

And a picture, just to persuade you to try it . . . fresh out of the oven.  Come on, you know you want to try it!

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