Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Weekend of Fun Plus Best Pancakes Ever!

I didn't get a whole lot done this weekend. Instead we had friends up for a visit.
We met them in town and checked out the Pop-Up Art Gallery, then we had lunch at a great sandwich shop in downtown Palestine. Later, we headed back to the farm to get ready for an evening of fun:

You see, we are neighbors with a vineyard/bed and breakfast/bistro and they had their very first Grape Stomp!

So of course we went and stomped the grapes ( well, our guys didn't - haha).
Me and Susan stomping the grapes

We also enjoyed good Barbeque and great music in the vineyard. My feet still have purple stains on them but I got a cool t-shirt with my footprints on it. :-)
Grape-stained feet!

We enjoyed the evening - the weather was perfect; not too hot- which is rare for July in Texas!
Scott, Susan, Me, and Bruce

The next morning, I made pancakes from the best recipe ever. My sister shared it with me when she came up to visit. This will now be my go to recipe for breakfast/brunches with family and friends. They are absolutely yummy! You make up the mix and just use what you need.
I love just putting fresh strawberries on top. My homemade blackberry sauce tasted great on them too. Of course, I didn't get a picture...in too big a hurry to eat them. ha!

Here's the recipe:

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

4 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup instant dry milk
3 Tbls baking powder
2 Tbls cinnamon 
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tarter

Mix all ingredients together well and store in a gallon zip-lock bag or airtight container.  Makes 10 cups of pancake mix.

To Make Pancakes:

2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil 
2 cups mix
1 cup water

Beat eggs in a large bowl then beat in oil. Alternately add pancake mix and water to eggs and oil. Blend well. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle. (350 degrees on electric skillet) Makes about 10 pancakes. Good with chopped pecans added in.

After our friends left, we did get the laundry ceiling painted and started working on my replacement door. I am trying not to feel like this project needs to get done by a certain time. However, it will be great to have this room bright, fresh, AND organized, so I really want it done! I will definitely paint the walls and hopefully get the accent wall done the next time we go up. I will share some of my projects in the meantime, so stay tuned!

Feeling relaxed and happy,


  1. What fun!!! Ok, am I the only one that thinks it is a little funky to drink something that someone's feet have been all over? Lol

    Funny you posted a pancake recipe. I think we're going to have to have a pancake cook off :). I was just thinking this past weekend I should post my pancake recipe. It's the only one Ive ever come across that doesn't use any eggs, and it's soooo good! I like that your recipe incorporates oats and whole wheat flour. I have everything I need except the dried milk. I never buy that product but will pick one up and give this recipe a try.

    1. Hee, no Doreen but he didn't have lots of grapes in the tubs so I think he was going to dump them. I didn't ask. Lol. As for the pancakes, you can buy the dried milk in package of three envelopes, each are a cup. Much better than the big box. They are delish!

  2. Love those purple feet! This looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Oh yeah, it was! It was fun to watch everyone else stomp too. :)

  3. That's the one part of wine that I have a very hard time with LMHO...................
    Looks like a blast though.

    1. I'm pretty sure it got dumped. He didn't have a whole lot in the tubs. At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Lol


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