Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall of Energy

Sunday my back was feeling much better...

As in not aching at all!

Of course, that made me spring into action.  It's the end of the month, and we are low on food stuff.  My girls eat waffles every single morning for breakfast.  I usually take the easy way out and buy Nutrigrain Whole Wheat Blueberry waffles.  But, they are expensive, hardly ever go on sale, and they are stingy with coupons!

I had all of the ingredients to make whole wheat pancake/waffle mix, so I decided to make up a big stock pile.  I confess my girls love this mix fresh, but never go for it when it's frozen.  However, since it will be their only choice for a few weeks, they will get over it.

So, this is what my kitchen looked like Sunday afternoon:

Go ahead, be wowed at what a tidy cook I am....

Originally I was going to just do waffles, but that takes enormous amounts of patience from me, as you must stand over the iron, and there was nothing to do while I waited.  I pulled out my griddle and decided to make up pancakes at the same time.  I did a total of three and a half batches, because that's how much wheat flour I had!  I understand that most of you, Gentle Readers do not suffer from impatience, evidenced by the fact that you read this rambling blog, but please understand that it is a trial to be me, and to live with me.  My husband would appreciate your prayers. 

And please disregard the sauce pan on the stove that I had neglected to throw in the dishwasher after lunch.  Perhaps washing up might have been an advisable activity while I waited on the waffle iron?

Oh, let's just pause a moment while I give a big "THANK YOU" to my sister, Paula.  She had sent us home with some of her homemade bierox a few weeks ago, and we enjoyed them for lunch Sunday.  My only complaint is that now my husband does not understand why I won't make them.  I said he's more than welcome to call her and find out how to make them.

Alright.  Let's return to our original topic.  Here's a recipe for you!

Whole Wheat Pancake/Waffle Mix

3 c unbleached all purpose flour
3 c whole wheat flour
4 T baking powder
3 T sugar
1 tsp salt

As you can see this makes a big batch of mix.  Simply store it in an airtight container, and measure out desired amount for your waffles/pancakes/biscuits or whatever you want!

Now, here's the recipe for the pancakes/waffles. 

2 c mix
2 eggs
1 3/4 c milk
3 T melted butter/2 T oil (I use oil for waffles and butter for pancakes usually, but since I was feeling impatient this past Sunday I used oil in all of it.)
2 eggs
1-2 tsp vanilla.

This makes a big batch, so feel free to cut it in half.  Just use a short cup of milk as it taxes my brain to measure out 7/8 cup.  How much difference can 1/8 cup make?  If it turns out too thin, I just throw in a dab more mix, and everyone but me is none the wiser.

I stirred in some fresh blue berries in about half of the batches last Sunday.  That is always a special treat.  However, be aware that the blueberries will stick to your waffle iron, so I ended up spraying it with cooking spray.  I don't usually have to do that as my iron is nonstick.

Great stir in ideas
-maple syrup/extract
-chocolate chips
-just have fun with it, and surprise your family with a wholesome breakfast that you know how to pronounce every single ingredient in!

So that's my Sunday afternoon!  Hope you make use of this delicious and nutritious recipe!  Oh, and I must give to credit to my beautiful friend Tara for originally giving me this recipe several years ago.  When my girls would go stay with her, they always told me her waffles were better than mine.  Since I was using her recipe, I consider that just messed up.  Perhaps she threw in a little more sugar?

What great time saving/money saving tips do you have for me?

1 comment:

Sarah Kamolz said...

Yummy! I gotta try this mix! And sadly, why didn't I ever think about making a big batch to freeze and eat later? Seriously! I gotta do it now! Haha!