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
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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.
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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,
Cecilia

6 comments:

  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.

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    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!

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

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

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

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    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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