Archives for October 2008

Flexible Friday #19 Wiener Dogs and Last Minute Costume Ideas

Happy Halloweenie to one and all!

Did I ever show you what the wiener dogs were last year?

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Sabu was ketchup. Dudley was mustard.

You would think I would know how to fix the red eye but I think it’s a nice Halloween effect…SCARY wiener dogs!

I want to hear what your kids are dressing up as.

I want to hear if you dress up? Does your husband dress up?

What’s your Halloween plan?

I’m not nosey, I’m just interested.

Come on, indulge me so I can get some ideas for a last minute costume for PhilBillPaul…

…who has never dressed up in the 21 years we’ve been married.

I wonder if I could get him to dress up if I let him wear his motorcycle helmet?

Here’s The Grunter and Roger Leroy trying on the lovely helmets and I can assure you that no teens were injured while wearing the helmets in my bedroom under close supervision. 😉

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Leave a comment and tell me what your family is doing for Halloween!

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Apple Crisp a la PhilBillPaul

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I asked PhilBillPaul for the apple crisp recipe he made last week.

He willingly shared the recipe he found at Allrecipes.com but I think it’s important you know about the changes he made right from the start.

He DOUBLED the topping. Then he put just one quarter of it on the bottom and the remaining three quarters on the top.

Frankly, I’m surprised he even put apples in it. Because he likes fruit almost as much as he likes vegetables.

Which is hardly at all.

Sad, I know but I knew this when I married him and I’ve accepted it.

Apple Crisp

  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C rolled oats
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 C butter, melted
  • 4 C peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350º In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Stir until crumbly. Press half the oat mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover with sliced apples.

In a medium saucepan, combine white sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla. Cook, stirring, until thick and clear, 10 minutes. Pour over apples. Cover apples with remaining crumble mixture. Bake in preheated oven 45 minutes, until bubbly and golden.

Vanilla bean ice cream optional but highly recommended.

One more thing sort of related to apples.

On Monday, I forgot to tell you that on our way home from the apple orchard that we found our perfect mountain cabin.

The view from the deck…

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Check out the grill area on the deck…

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The cabin…

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Truly a glorious place on 5 acres.

Anyone want to go in halfsies?

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Orchards, Berry Picking and Apples, Apples, Apples

Fall equals apples to me.

Last week we had this apple pie and this apple dip and apple crisp that you’ll have to ask PhilBillPaul for the recipe for because he made it.

Visiting an apple orchard on a cool, crisp day is one of our favorite family traditions.

When we first moved to Georgia, PhilBillPaul and I would pack up the kids and travel back to the Midwest for my family’s Labor Day weekend family reunion in Indiana and then we would head up to my parents’ house in Northern Illinois to celebrate The Grunter’s birthday.

And go to the apple orchard.

My dad loved to go the orchard with us and it is one of my favorite memories of watching him with my kids there.

I think most everyone in the state of Illinois knows about Edwards Orchard and people drive from many miles away to spend an afternoon at this family-operated orchard in Poplar Grove, Illinois.

It’s where my kids got to pick raspberries.

Berry picking is very serious work.

Roger Leroy is seriously contemplating eating the berry instead of putting in her basket.

Wizzy concentrates on finding the perfect berry.

As you can see, they ate way more than they picked.

Then we brought apples back to Grandma’s and I had packed the fancy-dancy apple peeler/corer/slicer/dicer contraption that Grandma said seemed like a whole lot more work than using a knife.

But a knife is not nearly as much fun and the kids wouldn’t be able to help.

Besides, there is no way I can slice apples as thin as my handy-dandy apple thingy cuts them.

Side note: Thank you for exhibiting self-control and not commenting on how I sliced and diced my photos in my early scrapbooking years. I have since recovered and the family albums no longer suffer my impaired cutting skills.

After eight years and kids getting busy with school and sports, we weren’t able to stay up in Illinois for an extended vacation and to visit the orchard.

I had Edwards Orchard withdrawal and my sister was kind enough to mail doughnuts and caramel corn puffs to me and honey for PhilBillPaul.

I knew we needed to create a new tradition and find an orchard a little closer to home. Thankfully we did. We’ve been back to the Hillcrest Orchard near Ellijay, Georgia many times.

Sunday was a perfect day to take a beautiful drive towards the North Georgia mountains and visit the orchard.

Only two kids could come with us – the other two were working.

The sun was so bright, the picture barely turned out. Scary Baby wanted to test the stockade where they punish apple thieves.

We were thankful that Wizzy and Scary Baby were able to help us eat and drink our body weight in nutritious apple dishes…

We had caramel apples, apple fritters, apple cider and doughnuts.

I can’t believe I didn’t take one single picture of our heavenly apple dishes.

You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Every bite was delightful!

We did make it home with doughnuts and one fritter for the other two kids.

Do you have a favorite Fall family tradition?

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Flexible Friday #18 Locks of Love

My mom told me today on the phone that she was sure she read last Friday’s post.

Thanks mom.

But there was no post last Friday.

I was so flexible that I didn’t write anything.

Partly due to the fact that my Wizzy has been having some heart *issues* which we believe she inherited from her Nice Dad.

This is how the second half of last week went…

On Thursday we were at a cardiologist making sure she could run in her favorite Cross Country race of the season. She got the okay from the doctor.

On Friday Scary Baby spent the day at home from school and in the evening I took her to our hairdresser because I could no longer tolerate the tangled, scraggly “I’m growing my hair down to my butt” look .

When she allowed me to fix her hair, I was okay with the length.

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But those days were all too rare. Photo circa July 2008. We didn’t take any pictures of the long, tangled look. Add at least 4 more inches of growth and that would bring us to last Friday.

So we headed to get a haircut and I was more than a little surprised when she looked through the hairstyle books and picked a cute shoulder length bob.

When our hairdresser said if she went that short, she probably had enough for Locks for Love, that really sealed the deal.

Scary Baby remembered a girl in her class getting a haircut in the 2nd grade for Locks of Love.

What a special gift it is for a young girl to donate her hair to help make a precious wig for another girl who needs it even more…

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Such a sweet gift of love…

Oh, and Wizzy did run in the race.

With her knees buckling at the finish line, they helped her into the paramedic’s tent where they administered oxygen and hooked her up to their EKG monitor.

We’re patiently waiting for additional test results but she is feeling much better.

Never a dull moment…

I hope this weekend is a little calmer.

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

**POST EDIT: Recipe below calls for 15 ounce small can of pumpkin**

It’s about time for a recipe – the Fall season puts me in a baking mood.

Oh I know what you’re thinking…

You think I mean I get PhilBillPaul to bake. Which is partially true. But you know I had to have some serious skill to teach him to cook. And during this season I love to bake.

Stop snickering.

I’m going to be sharing some of our favorite recipes in the coming weeks and I think you will be mildly impressed.

Except that I don’t have impressive pictures of the finished products. I’ll try from time to time but I’m not promising. What I can promise is that if you’ll trust me, the recipes I’ll share will not be complicated and will be kid-tested by my very picky crew and they will be delicious!

So many of our favorite recipes have stories that go with them as I’m sure yours do too. Family and friends connecting through food is really universal.

I don’t think there has been a year that we haven’t had pumpkin bars several times during the holidays. If you ask my kids what their favorite food is in the Fall, these are at the top of their list.

In fact, when the kids attended a small Christian school they had a Thanksgiving feast each year and I volunteered to make these as the dessert for the whole school.

Mom tip: Volunteer in a BIG way and it can sometimes carry you through the whole year or at least a semester.

I did this for 4 or 5 years and the girls loved to help me make them the week before the feast. Assembly line style, we made between 10 and 20 jellyroll pans of pumpkin bars and froze them. The day before the feast, we mixed up the frosting and slathered the bars with the most delicious frosting!

Yes, that is a hand mixer you see Roger Leroy using.

Yes, it is true that I got through 19 years of marriage and 4 children and did not own a KitchenAid mixer until Christmas two years ago when PhilBillPaul found that the hand mixer was too strenuous for him. So he bought *me* a KitchenAid. Go figure.

In his defense, I was really fine without one.

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Mr. Handy PhilBillPaul even made a special tray for me to slide the disposable foil pans on to and carry into the school three pans at a time. Sometimes he scares me with his handy creations.

One year my former next door neighbor offered to help and she made half the bars and I made the other half and then we loaded up our vehicles and delivered them to the school.

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Her two youngest children were obviously assigned the important job of guarding the pumpkin bars until we were ready to head to the school.

These pumpkin bars began with one neighbor bringing one pumpkin bar over on a little dessert plate to share with me.

A small gesture that she may not even remember but I loved the pumpkin bar so much that I asked her for the recipe. She sent it over handwritten on a recipe card.

**POST EDIT: Recipe below calls for 15 ounce small can of pumpkin**

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Here is the original card she gave me about 15 years ago. Thanks Suzanne.

Side note: The only thing I changed is that I use a full 8 oz. block of cream cheese. That and I missed the “keep refrigerated” for about eight years with no adverse side effects.

I have since re-typed it on my computer and have lost count of how many people I have shared the recipe with. In the final year at their school, I printed the recipe on card stock so the school would have a stack to pass out when moms asked for it. They are that good!!

I can’t wait to try the pumpkin apple muffins featured on iLash Girls yesterday. YUM!

Do you have a favorite recipe that has become a tradition in your family? Let’s swap some recipes in the comments so we can all add a new recipe or two to our menu this year!

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Award-Winning Halloween Costumes

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I wanted to give you moms who still have little ones an opportunity to whip up an award-winning Halloween costume for your neighborhood or community contest. You still have plenty of time.

Adult award-winner is at bottom of the post but let’s focus on the kids first.

I believe it should fall to the grandmas of the world to make the costumes. Such a loving act to your grandkids and such a relief to moms like me who become stressed when I have to sew on a button.

Yes, my mother can sew.

Yes, I took Home Economics back in the late 70’s in preparation to become the domestic goddess that I am today.

It’s just that the sewing bug never really stuck after I made that beautiful quilted vest I had to wear when I was a freshman.

Oh yes I did, because part of the grade was that you had to wear what you made to school.

What mean teacher thought of that? I still got an “A” in spite of that vest.

Somehow, I guilted my mother, a non-crafter to begin making costumes for my precious children because even though I can’t sew, I have a serious aversion to the store-bought variety.

I now give you the Killer Bees of 1992…

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Poor Wizzy couldn’t even walk so we had to pull her in a wagon.

In 1993 we had a litter of darling dalmatians…

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They were like little doggy snowsuits. Grandma was thinking of the wintery Halloweens of Northern Illinois. Lucky for us, it was actually cold that year and our puppies stayed warm in Georgia.

Sticking with the animal theme in 1994…

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A lion and two cheetos. At least that’s what the girls told everyone when they asked what they were. “We two cheetos.” Wasn’t that obvious?

The problem with being a fourth child? Well, there’s a list but trying to stay focused on the topic of today – poor Scary Baby has had to wear every single costume her siblings had already worn.

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But if we didn’t have family albums by the year and I hadn’t noticed her creative personal touch of adding of my bear feet slippers, I’m not sure we would know that it is Everina and not Everett.

Mom tip #1: If you pick a theme like animals, they are really timeless. The Barney costume and Mutant Turtle things of the 90’s – not so timeless.

After three years of awesome costumes, Grandma lost her momentum and I conceded that I could handle it in 1995 trying to remain grateful for the previous years.

Part of our early Halloween traditions include going over to the local supermarket where they have cookie decorating, games and ample candy all in the quiet convenience of our favorite grocery. Then we head to a Fall Festival at our church where there are more games, pony rides and of course, more candy!

Mom tip #2: I always told them in a very excited voice what they were going to be for Halloween. Because asking a kid what they want to be for Halloween is like taking a 2 year-old to Toys R Us and saying “pick a toy!”
It is over-stimulation and I say…start early…don’t do it!

Of course, I am aware that I have stifled their creativity and any behavior problems I now have (and I have plenty) can all be traced back to their childhood scars of never getting to pick their Halloween costume.

Whatever.

What is quietly amusing about our themed costumes is that when Grandma stopped making them, the kids started winning costume contests at the grocery store.

Mom tip #3: Matching costumes helped me manage them in public just like coordinating clothes did. Again, I plead guilty to squelching their individuality. My mom motto? Do what works…for you.

Alright, back to the winning costumes because that is what you really want to see, right?

I present the Humphreys robots of 1995…

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Forget sewing but give me a glue gun and a can of spray paint and I go crazy.

I wish I could tell you where I got this idea because I’m sure you already figured out I did not think of it on my own. I’m pretty sure it was a magazine. Or TV. Or a book.

Supply list: Dryer duct, reflectors, outlet covers, stickers and even those little battery-powered Christmas tree light packs for miniature trees all work well for this project.

Add a variety of foil baking pans and a colander from the kitchen section.

Then set everything up at a big table and let the kids decorate their own costumes. See, I didn’t stifle their creativity entirely.

Final touches: Grey sweat suits and spray paint old shoes and milk jugs with silver paint and you are looking at first place winners at Publix!

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Notice Wizzy couldn’t wait until after the picture to start eating her candy. They won the big pumpkin and a cake from the bakery. Because we would need a sweet dessert after trick or treating?!

First place came with some pressure.

What would they be the next year?

Sometimes, the old classic standbys are the easiest and best…

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Two clowns and a magician worked. Yes, I did succumb to the store-bought clown suits and wigs.

In fact, the clowns took 2nd place at Publix.

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I think it was mom’s custom face painting that won them a big basket of candy and toys.

Whew, that’s five years of ideas and I’m spent. Hope it gives you an idea or two.

I also loved that they are all unisex and not pink or blue. I spent a lot of years with a boy and two girls fighting those stereotypes.

Then I had Scary Baby. And pretty much gave up. But that’s a whole different subject.

Oh, I almost forgot, I told you at the beginning I did have one
adult award-winning costume idea to share.

I know three unnamed young women who hoped to win $100 in a contest in the 80’s for this delightful group costume…

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One of them didn’t even drink. They all knew PBR wasn’t a very popular beverage. But it was the easiest can to draw on giant poster board. Go figure.

These women went as a six-pack and carried an empty can next to them in hopes they’d find a dream date for the evening.

They won the $100 but had no luck with the dates.

Adapt this idea accordingly. Giant poster board, metallic silver poster board, markers, wire coat hanger and foil for the beautiful pop tops and you’re good to go.

And if you are planning to have children and don’t want a picture of you in your reckless youth to be discovered, I think you should be a six-pack of Sprite. Just a suggestion.

The kids’ animal costumes have been lovingly cared for and worn by neighbors and friends through the years. I’m all about recycling so if you have a little one and need a bee, dalmatian, lion or cheeto costume, just email me and I still have time to loan you a costume or two or three!

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Pancake Throwdown

Did anyone teach their husband how to beat egg whites last week in honor of the Waffle Throwdown?

I’m here to tell you ladies, a few cooking lessons will benefit you in the long run! But if beating egg whites and waffle-making is too advanced, anyone – and I do mean anyone – can make great pancakes!

I thought my friend Ann was kidding when she said she had never made pancakes with anything except Bisquick.

I’ve only learned recently that people actually make pancakes with Bisquick. No offense to Bisquick but those are some nasty pancakes.

I posted Our Favorite Pancakes way back in May which happens to be an IHOP copycat recipe.

When Ann said she made them for dinner one night and couldn’t believe how good they were, PhilBillPaul said she really needs to try another one of our favorite pancake recipes.

Shortly after, Leigh Anne had posted the Overnight Waffle Recipe and this is when I realized we were keeping some great recipes to ourselves and I should be more forthcoming.

Here is a recipe for some delicious buttermilk pancakes. If you don’t know this little tip and I’ll about sharing – if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can put 1 Tbsp of lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup and then add regular milk to the 1 cup line. Let sit for 5 minutes and you have a decent buttermilk substitution.

Oh, and one more great tip:

I highly recommend buying one of those long electric griddles if you don’t already have one because they really make cooking pancakes much more efficient!

59 Diner Pancakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-3/4 C flour
  • 2-1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

Combine liquid ingredients and dry ingredients separately. Mix until smooth. Let batter rest for 10 minutes. Cook on a preheated, lightly greased griddle for 1 minute. Sprinkle fresh blueberries, pecans, chocolate chips, bananas or strawberries on uncooked side. Turn pancakes and finish cooking. Makes about 10 pancakes.

For some reason I think we got this recipe from Parade Magazine many years ago…

We PhilBillPaul always doubles this recipe.

Try them and tell me what you think. And please do share any great pancake recipes you have in the comment box – I just don’t think you can have too many “personally-endorsed by friends” recipes on hand!

We have breakfast for dinner at least once a week and Sunday Brunch too so we have lots of opportunities to try different recipes!

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Girlfriend in the Garage Part Two

In case any of you were thinking I am in control of anything at my house or I am the boss of anything…

I’m not.

As evidenced by these photos of my daughters meeting my husband’s girlfriend.

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The girlfriend in the garage has moved to the driveway. That’s Roger Leroy with her arms wrapped tightly around her dad going for her first ride.

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And then headed down the road. With Wizzy on the back.

Because I’m the boss of everything here.

But, he forgot one thing about me and my blog…

Turnabout is fair play.

Just wanted to share the details of PhilBillPaul’s first motorcycle injury.

It was on his birthday and I have refrained from discussing it here.

Until he took my daughters for a ride this weekend.

I figured it was time.

Plus my friend Ann dared me. I think there was a money bribe implied.

First, the back story on the injury…

It has been 20+ years since he has needed a helmet.

He has never worn a full face helmet and he took an opportunity to try on helmets while he was waiting on an oil change at Wal-Mart by himself.

He had no idea that the helmet would feel so claustrophobic and was too tight for his big head.

Now, cut to the first injury…pun intended and you’ll get it in just a minute.

When he came home he was bleeding and we all asked what happened.

He had no idea what we were talking about and came into the bathroom to discover that he had a good-sized cut across his nose.

We are pretty sure that Wal-Mart has videotape of a 50 year-old man in the helmet aisle thrashing around trying to get a helmet off.

It was a pretty deep gash and we’re also pretty sure he left a trail of blood…

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I cannot deny that the kids and I got hysterical re-enacting what we pictured happened at Wal-Mart.

For the next two weeks it was an awkward injury to hide.

Especially when we were in public together. So I would just get it out of the way upfront and say, “Go ahead, tell people what happened to your nose.”

I’m sure you all will be happy to know that the cut healed and he is not sporting a nose scar.

Poor Phil…

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Flexible Friday #17 Anniversary and
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Sometimes it’s still hard for me to believe 21 years ago on 10-10-87 I was that “sister who got married in the living room.”

Sorry Julie, but that’s still my most favorite way you introduced me to one of your friends.

But it’s true, today is our anniversary.

21 years ago “Poor” PhilBillPaul married me in spite of my many issues and never expecting to have to live with a woman who still shouts out coma
as an excuse a reminder as to why I’m behaving badly.

Side note: Please kindly remember that I was up for the Wife of the Year Award earlier this year!

He has a few issues himself though it’s probably not the appropriate time to highlight those here. Suffice to say I certainly wasn’t expecting to have to deal with his girlfriend.

So maybe we’re even.

Then again, maybe not.

I should at least take this moment to publicly admit that we have created
four pretty terrific kids and he cooks and cleans.

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Humphreys.

Our life continues to be a marathon and your ability to stay in the race and endure me continues to impress all those who know me and imagine what it would be like to live with me…

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Be forewarned – cute stuff at reasonable prices!

Waffle Throwdown

I’ve never tried to be a food blog. There are 13 recipes on this blog.

If this one counts as a recipe.

There are more pictures posted here of food that I have ordered while dining out than of food I’ve actually cooked.

Like that yummy Folded Ear Pasta.
Or that fabulous “Original Pizza Cookie”
Or my favorite North Carolina Vittles.

This might make you think I don’t know how to cook. Au contraire. (That’s French for “on the contrary” – see I can be fancy if I want to.)

I am an excellent cook.

Even better, I have taught PhilBillPaul to be a pretty darn good cook. He does most of the cooking these days.

Because I let him.

For tips on how to train your husband to cook, I offer these suggestions:

  • Stop cooking.
  • They will get hungry.
  • They will get tired of fast food.
  • They will get tired of frozen dinners.
  • Casually leave recipes lying around the house.
  • If the recipes have pictures of the food, even better.

Next, be helpful and offer to show them how to make something easy first. It’s hard to ruin breakfast. Remind them about how much you love, love, love breakfast. Remind them of how nice you will become when someone makes breakfast for you.

No, you don’t mean the cook making your breakfast who wiped his sweaty brow and then wiped the counter at Waffle House.

Oh yes he did.

Oh no I’ve never been back.

To that location anyway. Because all the other locations are so much cleaner.

My friend Leigh Anne is quite the foodie that I have never claimed to be. She probably could win cooking competitions. She would also win competitions involving taking great food pictures in Rembrandt lighting. And she’d win in the pretty dishes category too. She finds the pretty in everything.

Me, not so much. I just mostly care if it tastes good and it’s easy. Not very refined, I know. We are just farm food people loving the kind of down home cooking found at Gray Brothers Cafeteria.

Minus Pork-n-Beans Cake or Imogene’s fried squirrel.

When Leigh Anne posted her family’s favorite waffle recipe I was excited. By excited I mean I was excited to have PhilBillPaul make them so I could eat them. And I was excited that the recipe is made the night before which would cut down his kitchen prep time for our traditional Sunday Brunch meal.

Because in addition to teaching him to cook, I like to offer up time management tips whenever I can.

The waffles were good.

But when you’ve had great, it’s hard to settle for good. Without further buildup, and with no disrespect to Leigh Anne’s waffle recipe, here is my waffle throwdown.

I bring you The Best Waffle Recipe. Ever.

Maryland Cream Waffles

  • 2 C cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1-3/4 C milk
  • 1/2 C melted butter

Preheat waffle iron. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks and milk and mix well. Add the butter and mix again.

Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients, and beat until lumps disappear and the batter is smooth and creamy. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold them into the batter just until no streaks of white show.

Bake in the waffle iron until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Makes 12 waffles.

Recipe from Atlanta Journal-Constitution many years ago, submitted by Ramona Berg-Perry, Willmar, Minn. There is actually a healthier “light” version, if you’re interested in that one, just email me. 😉

Imagine – and you’ll have to since there is no picture – how good these would be with Leigh Anne’s homemade cinnamon syrup and fresh whipped cream and berries.

Um, yeah you’ll have to keep imagining that because I eat mine with that syrup in the fancy brown bottle…Mrs. Butterworth’s.

Get wild – have breakfast for dinner one night or make these this weekend and tell me if you love these waffles as much as we do.

Or if you have an even better, favorite waffle recipe don’t hold out on me – share it right here in the comments so I can have PhilBillPaul whip them up!

Next week: Pancake Throwdown in honor of Ann my unnamed friend who had never made pancakes with anything except Bisquick and she thought I was kidding when I wrote that we have more than one homemade
favorite pancake recipe.

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