We really enjoy pancakes in this house. We eat Chinese scallion pancakes, Korean Pajeon (Korean scallion pancakes), German pancakes, potato pancakes, and, of course, American breakfast pancakes. Like I said, we like pancakes! LOL
This post is for the American breakfast pancakes. I’ve used different recipes and finally found one that I am sticking with from now on, unless you show me an even better recipe. The one I made in the past had the rise in the pancakes but they felt heavy. It didn’t have the fluffiness that my kids kept asking me for. When they ate it, they said it was kind of chewy. I’ve made truly flat pancakes in the past because I didn’t have any baking powder or eggs even. Now, THOSE are chewy pancakes. LOL It was basically flour, sugar, and water. The result is a white colored, flat pancake not even 1/2 inch in height that is chewy and sweet. Sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have, which is what we’ve learned to do the past year and a half.
Anyway, I searched for fluffy pancakes and found this copycat recipe for IHOP pancakes. We actually had eggs this time and all that I needed to make these. These were definitely fluffy and light! I’m definitely not using the other recipe anymore, because this is now my go-to recipe. No more will I hear my daughter ask me if I can make pancakes that aren’t chewy.
So here is the recipe doubled. We are a family of four and I like to have leftovers for the hunger pangs that hit before dinner or after (in my husband’s case). There’s usually only 4-6 pancakes leftover and I hope to have some for breakfast for the kids the next day but many times there are none left!
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup sugar (can put less if you prefer)
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups buttermilk*
2 tablespoons butter
Mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk. Mix the wet ingredients. Pour the wet into the flour mixture and stir with a whisk until smooth. Cook them on a pan/griddle.
*If you don’t have buttermilk, use regular milk and add 2 tablespoons vinegar to the milk and let it sit while you mix everything else up. It even works with evaporated milk. I mix 1 cup water with 1 cup evaporated milk and then add the vinegar.
This recipe works without the butter and just 1 egg (it can also be fine with no eggs – I’ve done that when we’ve had no eggs).
There’s a contest going on for this really neat travel jacket with many different hidden pockets. It’s geared towards travelers but I know I’d still make good use of it even though I’m not a constant traveler.
They are giving away fifteen of these jackets and the prices are between $100-$150! They didn’t offer much detail in exactly which jacket you’d win. This ends on March 15th so go here if you are interested in entering!
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Sorry I haven’t been posting much about life here in the Bahamas. I’m a little leary of sharing personal stuff my hubby wouldn’t be happy with me sharing. A lot of our lifestyle wouldn’t be understood by most people. We moved here as missionaries and we are completely living by faith. That means we live totally dependent on God. I’m home with the kids and homeschooling and hubby does ministry work full time. He’s not working a regular job. It’s what he felt the Lord wanted him to do, which is to focus on ministry and not working a regular job.
How do we get income, you ask? Many people (even his own family, and mine, of course) think we’re crazy for not working a job. Ministry is a full time job and we have many friends in the ministry that are working a job and pastoring a church. We also have many friends that DON’T work a job and minister full time. It’s all on what God has called each person or family to do. Anyway, God has been the one providing the income. It’s been an amazing adventure this past year. We’ve seen the hand of God like never before. He’s spoken to many people in sending us money. We’ve also had people bless us with groceries, and always right when we run out of food! I’ll be posting some of these testimonies in the future in my Testimony Time posts. I have so many more testimonies because of this past year.
We were blessed with a lot of flour recently so I’ve started making bread again and thought I’d try making pita bread cause hubby wanted something different than the regular loaf bread I’ve been making. I have the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book and it has a recipe for pita bread. I tried it last night and it came out great! I won’t be buying pita bread from the store anymore now that I know how easy it is to make it.
Since the dough I made was for regular loaf bread, the pita was plain. So today, I made a new batch of dough (I used the recipe for olive oil dough) and added italian seasoning and minced garlic. The dough smelled amazing. It wasn’t as fragrant once it was baked but it tastes great. I would probably add more garlic next time. I like garlic, a lot!
If you haven’t tried no-knead bread making and you like fresh homemade bread, then you must give it a shot!! I will write a separate post on the making no-knead bread but if you can’t wait for the post, just do a search for no-knead bread and you’ll have no problem finding it. I also highly recommend getting the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Buy it or borrow it from the library! If I knew bread making could be this easy, I would’ve been making my own bread years ago!!!
I made potato bread for the first time recently. It’s a Bahamian food. It uses a sweet potato that are called Boniatos. It didn’t come out exactly like the potato bread others had given us but it was still tasty. I’m hoping to find someone that makes it and can tell me what is the proper way to do it. I followed the recipe I found online but it didn’t give any details on the kind of potato used and if they needed to be dried after shredding or what.
I’ve been reading The Green Ember (the kindle version is free! :)) as a read-aloud to the kids and it’s now it’s part of family time. My husband started listening in in the middle of the book and now he’s caught up in it. If he has to do something, he tells me to wait til he’s done so he won’t miss anything. My oldest wasn’t too interested in listening when I first started this book but now she begs me to read another chapter after chapter.
Do you have any fun books that you use as a read-aloud?
I want to start having a regular posting of testimonies. If you have any testimonies of what God has done in your life and would like to share and encourage others, email me at frugalwifeblog @ gmail com.
I’m not sure if I will be posting testimonies on a weekly basis or not. It also depends on how many submissions I get. I wanted to do this so that others can be encouraged by the testimonies posted. I have a list of all the times God has provided for us supernaturally since we embarked on our journey here to the Bahamas. When I get discouraged or have thoughts of whether or not God will come through for us, I go back to my list and read over all He has done for us in the past. It really helps to bolster my faith and gives me encouragement.
So, let me get to one of my many testimonies I have of God’s goodness and faithfulness to us!
This was back in 2004 when we lived in Brandon, FL (it’s just outside Tampa). I just had my first baby and she was around 1 month old. Hubby was working as a courier and drove around all day delivering time sensitive documents and packages. We only had one car and it recently had broken down. The repairs cost well over $1000 and we had no extra money to help pay for repairs. So, hubby couldn’t work since his job was to drive around delivering packages.
Now get this, this is a testimony within a testimony. When hubby told his boss our car broke down and he couldn’t go to work, his boss got him a rental car for 2 weeks!! What boss does that? That was such a blessing for us and we were SO grateful! But now, the 2 weeks was almost over and we still weren’t able to solve the main problem, a broken down car and no money to pay for repairs. We had already prayed but hadn’t seen anything happen.
So, it was down to like 2 days or so before we needed to return the rental car and I was home with the baby. This problem weighed heavily on my mind. I remember sitting in front of the computer talking to God. I don’t remember the exact words I used but I basically told Him that there’s nothing we can do about this and that He’s gotta come through with a car somehow! I said this is completely out of our hands and only He can do this.
I don’t remember how much time passed but the phone rang and it was my friend in NYC. He had led me to Christ in college my freshman year. He told me he’s calling me while on the highway driving down to Tampa (from NYC) to come give us his BMW. Wait, what? Yep, he was coming to deliver his BMW to us. He told me the Lord told him to give it to us. I started crying and told him our situation with our car (which he knew NOTHING about). He told me he was going to get it detailed and then come pick us up and take us to dinner and not to tell my hubby. He wanted to surprise my hubby himself. So he picks us up and we drive to Old Hyde Park (near downtown Tampa) and when we get out of the car, he hands the keys to my hubby and tells him the car is ours! He was shocked of course! We thank him profusely and praise God and then went inside the restaurant to have dinner.
This is definitely something I will never forget! It is such a great reminder of His supernatural provision! This wasn’t even the first car that was given to either of us. Between the 2 of us, before and after we were married, we’ve been given 5 cars. I’ve also given one away as well ( and no, it wasn’t junk, it was still working). I’ve always donated our broken cars to the Kidney Foundation or the like. There are plenty of organizations that accept vehicles. What we have seen in our lives is the biblical principle of sowing and reaping. Maybe in the future I’ll share how God blessed me with my very first car.
I was recently introduced to this new animated series for kids called Owlegories. It’s a cute play on words. Owls are used to teach kids about God through allegories, hence the name, Owlegories.
This definitely was very entertaining, even for us adults. My husband, who is very particular on what our kids are allowed to watch, gave this series a very enthusiastic two-thumbs up! I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with him.
The creators did a great job with teaching about God in a fun and very entertaining way. It’s got some adorable and cute characters and cute puns. My girls laughed a lot through each episode. What IREALLY liked was that at the end of each episode, there is a special message given by a Christian leader to give a more in depth explanation of the lesson in each episode. This volume features Dr. Tony Evans, Author/Blogger Jen Wilkin and Pastor Matt Chandler.
This first volume has 3 episodes called: The Sun, The Seed, and The Water. The approximate runtime for the DVD is 52 minutes. I recommend clicking on “Play All” so you don’t miss the little interludes in between each episode. I think my kids enjoy that more than the episodes themselves! Haha! You can always stop it after the interlude if you want your kids to watch just one episode. I’ll say it again, we give this DVD a:The next volume comes out January 26th!Here’s the trailer for the first volume:
I’m excited that the sponsor is providing a giveaway of copy of Owlegories Volume 1! It is open to the US and Canada.