Monthly Archives: July 2009

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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My parents are going to be here in just one week… one week from today!!!  Why am I so excited?  Well, besides the fact that my parents happen to be pretty amazing people and I enjoy their company in general, I’m excited because it’s been over a year since I’ve seen them!  One of the downsides to moving across the country is the limited visits from my folks.  When we were living in Idaho, they would drive over every couple of months, but now it’s a bit more complicated traveling. 

So they’re staying at our house, and I’m going to have to get everything ready.  My  mother (bless her heart) loves finding all the things I haven’t cleaned to her standards and “help” me out.  She says it’s her way of blessing me.  Mostly it drives me crazy because with three kids in the house, my standards of cleanliness are not exactly where hers are.  She doesn’t try to be rude about it, and in fact, when I sit and look at it, she is just trying to do exactly what her mother did by helping a mommy out!  Well, I’ve got a list a mile long of walls to wipe down, corners to scrub, and of course the inevitable pile of laundry that needs to be done. 

The problem with all this is that I’ve been sick since this weekend, and now the kids are coming down with it.  How to accomplish so much in such a little time frame? 

The CLOCK method!  That’s right, I’m going to treat my house like it’s a great big clock.  Start at the 12 and work my way around till I get the bottom floor done.  Then it’s upstairs to finish.  I’ve found that if I “work around the clock” I get things done faster and stay on task.  Much as I enjoy making lists, I tend to scamper around the house finishing a project here, starting a project there… the CLOCK method keeps me focused and I tend to finish what I started.  Next time you need to clean your house, or even just a single room, try “working around the clock” and see how fast you go!

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Red White and Blueberry Pancakes

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This 4tth of July, I decided to put on my Suzie Homemaker hat and whip up a batch of delicious Red White and Blueberry Pancakes…

Gather the following and enjoy them any time of the year!

1 box pancake mix (I use the cheapy stuff from walmart)

Vanilla Extract

1 pint fresh blueberries

1 pint fresh strawberries

Sugar

Whipped Cream

 

I like to make two separate syrups, so take two medium saucepans, dump the blueberries and about 3-4 tbl sugar in one (I added a smidge of water too), hull and chop the strawberries and toss them in the second saucepan, again with about 3-4 tbl sugar.  Start them off at about medium high to high heat and stir occasionally.  The berries will start to cook down and the sugar will help create a sweet syrupy liquid (don’t look for it to be thick like maple syrup…  this will be thinner consistency)

Once you get the berries cooked down, turn them down to low and let them sit on the stove top… Time to start the pancakes! 

The reason I like Walmart pancake batter is because it’s inexpensive and can still taste good.  My family doesn’t usually like fluffy pancakes, so I typically water them down to make them thinner, but for this recipe, fluffy is good!  The recipe on the box just calls for adding water, but I always add about a tbl of vanilla extract.  I think it makes the pancakes taste just delicious!

Okay, you’ve made your syrup, flipped your pancakes… now it’s time to assemble them:  Pancake, Blueberry Syrup, Pancake, Strawberry Syrup, Pancake, half strawberry, half blueberry syrup and a nice big dollop of whipped cream on top!  Delicious!!

Please remember, the syrup is still warm/hot off the stove… don’t burn your tongue!

Enjoy this yummy breakfast treat with a glass of milk!

Red White and Blueberry Pancakes

Red White and Blueberry Pancakes