I don't do many things home-made. I'll admit it. I've never used a cloth diaper for anything more than a spit rag. I've never pickled my own cucumbers. Rarely do I even bake cookies from scratch. (Although I used to have one mean recipe for vanilla wafers... completely from scratch, and my dad still talks about them. Hey, when you are a 6th grader and stuck home alone over the summer, you have to find something to do...)
Anyway, case and point, I suck at home-made, not because I can't do it, but usually because I don't have the time.
And if there is anything that budgeting has helped me do, it's doing some things homemade. Tonight I tried a new one: homemade pancakes.
I'll be honest, I assumed you could make home-made pancakes (I mean, there was a time before Aunt Jemima), but I didn't think people actually did that anymore... until I started looking for recipes. Holy moly there are a lot of homemade pancake recipes! So I chose one with four stars, tweaked it just a little bit (mostly because it makes me feel like I know what I'm doing, bahaha), and what resulted was some darn good pancakes, if I do say so myself!
Here's the tweaked version of my recipe:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon (plus just a smidge) of white sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
(sift these all together and make a well in the middle)
dump in the well:
3 tablespoons of melted butter
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon (plus a smidge) of vanilla
mix together until basically smooth
cook on griddle or skillet warmed up to medium / high heat.
Yum, to rich and fluffy pancakes! Also, while I was making pancakes I thought of all of the add ins we have in the house! White chocolate chips, bananas, blackberries, strawberries, (would have had blueberries had Bryton not eaten them ALL this morning) cinnamon, raisins, and even nuts! So many options! So for tonight, I made a couple 'special' white chocolate chip / strawberry pancakes for Bryton and I (Aaron's a plain jane pancake eater). Yuuuuuummmmy! I want to make more just for more add ins! I see peaches in pancakes being yummy!
I see lots more pancakes in our future!