Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pancake Bake

I modified an awesome Christmas breakfast recipe from my husbands family to deal with leftover pancakes. You of course could use bread instead of pancakes, but either way it’s yummy.


The original recipe is made in a 9X13 pan but we can’t even come close to eating that much so we make half of it and make it in a 8.5 X 11 pan or an 8X8 pan.

First you’ll need to cover the bottom of the pan with slices of buttered Texas toast or buttered pancakes * note on the pancakes if you just happen to have leftover apple cinnamon pancakes they work AWESOME in this recipe. 


If I’m using pancakes I also cover them with a little maple syrup. 


Then you cover the pancakes with a healthy layer of cheese and bacon or sausage.  We prefer sausage, especially maple flavored sausage.  Seriously go with the sausage. (I never said it was healthy, just yummy)


Cover that with another layer of buttered pancakes, or bread.


Then in a separate bowl mix together

6-7 eggs

1/2 quart of milk

1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper


pour it over the pancake bake and put it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.


Bake at 325-350 degrees for 1 hour.  Then Enjoy!

Sorry there are no after pictures it was already eaten before I could get any. 

On the horizon

  • French Herb Bread (seriously awesome bread)
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  • Crumble Top Banana bread
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pancake Mix

I tried 2 different recipes for homemade pancake mix.  One you keep in your refrigerator and one you keep in the pantry.  I thought they both were great, but I’ll keep making the one you keep in the pantry because I never have much room in the refrigerator.


Pantry Mix

4 cups flour

2 cups wheat flour

2/3 cups of sugar

2 TBS baking powder

1 TBS baking soda

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until their combined.  Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.  I would also double or triple this recipe for our family of 7.  One batch doesn’t make much.

To Make Pancakes

Add 1 egg and 2/3 cups (ish) milk to every 1 cup mix. The original recipe called for 3/4 cup of milk but it was way to much, so play with that part a bit.  ALSO we have a lot of powdered milk so next time I make this I would add 1 cup of dry milk to the mix and just use water to make the pancakes.



Fridge Mix

4 cups of flour

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 TBS. salt

1 cup dry milk powder

1 cup shortening

1/2 cup sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until their combined.  Store in your refrigerator.  I would also double or triple this recipe for our family of 7.  One batch doesn’t make much.

To Make Pancakes

Mix 1 1/3 cups of mix, with 1 egg and 3/4 cup of water.



On the horizon

  • Leftover pancake bake
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  • French Herb Bread (seriously awesome bread)
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  • Crumble Top Banana bread
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

S’mores 2.0

One day I went to Costco and bought a big box of granola thins… yummy!  When I tried them I immediately thought they would make great s’mores so I made them for after school snacks for the kids.  Bit hit.

You’ll need

Granola Thins



That’s all, go about your day.  Oh and ENJOY!!

On the Horizon

  • Homemade Pancake Mix
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  • French Herb Bread
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ducks are LAME!! Bathroom redo

Once upon a time, I had two little girls (3 and 1) and a new house to decorate.  Me, being a nice mommy let them pick between a couple of choices for their bathroom. They, mostly the 3 year old picked ducky’s I thought it turned out pretty cute.  Now fast forward 6 years and another 3 kids and apparently “DUCKS ARE LAME!” On Saturday morning the kids are responsible for cleaning their bathroom.  One Saturday they decided to not only clean it but start the redecorating process for me, you know cause “DUCKS ARE LAME, MOM!” I had some really awesome pictures of them ripping down the ducky border in protest of its lameness, but I can’t find them, so lame.  But anyway it really was time for a makeover and really I didn’t do much but remove the ducky-ness. This make over cost me about $10.00.  I know, I know I’m a big spender.

Yes, it’s kind of a joke, the post I mean. Serious bathroom redoers beware

Now for some before and after.

Before duck shower curtain.


After – polka-dot shower curtain


Before ducky border & weird space behind the door.


After no ducky border & what about the weird space behind the door… still there.


Before – ducky trashcan


After Blue trashcan.  Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the new trashcan.  Devastating I know, basically it looks like the duck one, only blue.

Before- cool blue paint


After – cool blue paint, okay it’s the same blue paint.  Like I dug around in the garage for 20 minutes until I found the 6 year old gallon of the same blue paint. What can I say I’m dedicated. (feel free to pretend like it’s a different color since the lighting in the bathroom is so awesome it looks like 2 different colors) OH and 6 year old paint…works awesome!


Okay enough before and after here are some other random things.

These little guys stayed because how often do you see a sink and bathtub, toothbrush holder and soap dish?? Answer: not often



I really want something decorative to go above these towels but I just can’t decide what.  It’s annoying me. seriously


That’s it.  Hope you enjoyed it .

On the Horizon

  • S’MORES 2.0
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  • Homemade Pancake Mix
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  • French Herb Bread
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Yummy Flourless Cookies

These cookies are by far my hubby’s favorite.  We discovered them some 10 years ago when I was expecting our first baby.  We have been enjoying them ever sense I hope you enjoy them too.


You’ll need

1 1/4 cups of packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco (I’ve often used plain)

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups of crunchy peanut butter

1 TBS corn syrup

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups of quick oats (uncooked) Don’t use regular oats!

2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (we have used lots of different kinds of chips in them too, all good)


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine wet ingredients and cream.  Add the dry ingredients until mixed.  Then add the chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9 –11 min.  Don’t over bake! cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.  It makes a ton of cookies, we make them kind of small and get around 64 cookies.



On the Horizon

  • a bathroom redo
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  • S’MORES 2.0
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  • Homemade Pancake Mix
  • panckae

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mrs. Wages Pizza Sauce

I make a lot of pizza, so one thing I do to make it faster and cheaper is to can my own pizza sauce.   But I kind of cheat.  One year I tried Mrs. Wages Pizza Sauce mix and have been using it ever since. It’s fast & easy.  You only need, tomatoes, a packet of mix and some sugar.  You can find it at Wal*Mart for a couple of bucks and 1 packet makes enough for about 20 pizzas (depending on how saucy you like your pizza).  Also It says to can it in pints but I always use 1/2 pints so I don’t have leftover sauce when I actually make the pizza.  I can get 2 pizzas from 1/2 a pint. 

*A*- I have other tomato recipes too, send me your email address and I’ll send you some! Smile


FYI- Try buying it at the end of the season on clearance and saving it for next year.

Mrs. Wages also has lots of other products.  The only other one I have tried it the Pasta Sauce and we liked it too, but only after it had set on the shelf for about 6 months.  Weird, I know but it kind of mellows out over time. But I liked enough to make more this year.


  • (YUMMY) Flourless cookies
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  • hopefully a bathroom redo
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  • S’MORES 2.0
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