Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Last year as a fundraiser, we put together a community cookbook at my daughter's elementary school. It was our family's last year at that school after 9 years, so I was really excited to have a keepsake that would last longer than the children's outgrown sweatshirts and t-shirts.

Over the past year I've tried quite a few of the recipes, loving that they came from friends and neighbors, and many of the recipes have become staples in our home. These pancakes are from the cookbook, and while they aren't exactly a staple for us (we don't eat pancakes all that often, maybe once every couple of months), they have certainly become a favorite with my children. I like them because they are filling and not too sweet, especially if you forgo the syrup in favor of a little whipped cream. I made them tonight for dinner to accompany scrambled eggs, using pumpkin instead of milk, and they were a nice light orange color, perfect for an October evening.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I use white whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup almond meal (or ground oats, or more whole wheat flour--I use almond meal)
2-3 T sugar (I use 2)
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup milk, or pumpkin puree
2-3 T melted butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
whipped cream for serving

Mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir in the chocolate chips. Stir until combined. Using 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, cook over medium high heat on an oiled griddle. Yield 12 pancakes.

If you try them, I hope you like them!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween cookies

121: Halloween cookies by besomom
121: Halloween cookies, a photo by besomom on Flickr.

I almost forgot to make these cookies this year! I'm so glad I remembered, because they are as tasty as they are cute.

First blogged here, with full recipe and instructions (and a cuter photo, too).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Just "Merried"

My niece's wedding was last weekend. It was a blustery day outside, but it didn't rain. The ceremony was beautiful.
My niece made all of the decorations herself. She used silk flowers for everything: her bouquet; the bridesmaids' bouquets; the corsages for the groom, the groomsmen, the parents, and the grandparents; and all of the floral arrangements in the church and at the reception. If you see something floral in these photos, my niece made it.
The hanky was her something old, borrowed, and blue, courtesy of me! It belonged to my grandmother, brought from Germany when my mom moved here over 50 years ago.
Here is their getaway car! The misspelling of Married is a little joke between the bride and groom. I must say, they were quite a merry pair on their wedding day. At the end of the ceremony when the pastor presented them as the new Mr. and Mrs., my niece raised her arms in the air and shouted "Woo hoo!" (She's always been an open book. That's one of the things I love about her.)
All of the cupcake trees and the pie serving plates belong to my sister and my niece. The decorative touches are courtesy of my niece. The bride and groom had pumpkin pie, and the guests had cupcakes!
I bought her the forks from this etsy shop and gave them to her as a shower gift. I know some women would despise being thought of as Mrs. anything, but not my niece. She couldn't wait to be Mrs. E!

She was my flower girl in my wedding in June 1992. Every time I think about it, I get a little misty.
Godspeed to the happy couple!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

We are family

My latest cross stitch! I saw a custom family cross stitch design posted on Feeling Stitchy, and that old I-must-stitch-now feeling swept over me. I think this is adorable and hilarious at the same time. I look pretty good in cross-stitch (love my hair!), but my husband is way better looking in person than his cross-stitch counter part.

The pattern is a custom design from weelittlestitches. They have patterns for characters from many movies and TV shows (Star Wars, Big Bang Theory, Harry Potter...). I had to restrain myself! I sent them a photo of us, and within two days they sent me the custom chart. They were easy to work with, and I love the end result. If you're not a stitcher, I believe they offer an option to stitch your design for you (on the custom orders, anyway, maybe not on the character designs).

I had to get this done now before my son is taller than I am!

Our full name is stitched on the design, but I covered it for privacy.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

100 Days

I have been pretty faithful about posting one photo a day for my 365 Flickr project. Yesterday was the 100th day. I have missed one or two days, but some days I post more than one photo because I can't choose just one! Nearly every photo was taken with my phone. I always have my phone with me, and uploading the photos I take with it to Flickr is as simple as hitting the share button, so I haven't run out of steam yet.

This project has perhaps made my photostream a bit dull to an outsider, but for me, I like looking back and seeing what was worth remembering that day.