Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough pancakes have been a favorite dish around here for quite sometime!  We had a bit of a break from them when I ruined my first starter, but I have seemed to make a holy grail of starter on my last batch and everything it seems to mix with turns to pure sourdough gold!  We are stoked to have some pancakes back into our life!

These are a bit on the thinner side.  We have a recipe for fluffier ones, but these are especially great for stacking, filling, stuffing, rolling or whatever it is your heart desires!

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  I am already dreaming of making these in the middle of summer when our strawberries or blackberries are ready for picking and lots of whipped cream…can you see it??  Man oh man!  It is going to be DELICIOUS!

 

Ingredients:

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups sourdough starter

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Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the heck out of your eggs with a whisk.  Children LOVE this job.

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Now in a small bowl, mix your honey, sea salt and baking soda together.  It will form a thick paste. And then scrape this mixture into your eggs and mix again.

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Now add your liquid gold…I mean sourdough starter and mix well, but dont over do it!

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Smother your griddle in ghee or grass fed butter (or whatever it is you do to keep your food from sticking).  When the pancakes start to bubble, flip and cook until golden brown.

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Now its time for the fun part!  We left them plain and simple this morning with just some pure maple syrup drizzled over them because nothing is in season, but you bet come summer time we will be decking these babies out!  We have also made this with nutella smeared all over them and rolled up.  Makes a great breakfast to go!  Enjoy!

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PS…dont forget to go back and feed your starter!  If you are new to sourdough, you will add back whatever you took out…for this recipe it would be 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 cups of water and a sprinkle of sugar.  Cover and leave out in a warm spot until the top is bubbly again and has that wonderful ‘fermemnty’ smell.  Then store in your fridge!

And if you are looking for a starter recipe, may I recommend this one:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/8392/sourdough-starter/

We have had beautiful results with it!

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Dream Pillows

I am always looking for ways to keep my littles hands busy and a way to instill a love of herbs and sewing into their everyday lives.  These little dream pillows was a wonderful way to conjure up all of these things!  We all really enjoyed this craft and especially love snuggling in to our beds at night as we drift off to the smell of relaxing herbs and essential oils.

We started by infusing some dried lavender flowers with Calming the Child essential oil blend from Plant Therapy.  Calming the Child is one of our favorite blends to add to evening bath water or to diffuse at bed times.  It is a blend of  mandarin, tangerine, lavender and chamomile.  Of course, any other essential oil could be used such as singles (lavender, chamomile, etc…) or your own personal relaxing blend.  I poured in just 3-4 drops and the children took turns mixing it in.  While we stirred, we thought about all of the good dreams we would have while sleeping on our pillows!

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We have a collection of wool felt squares and all picked two colors to cut hearts out of. You could of course leave them in any shape, but since we made these on February 1st hearts seemed fitting.

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The children then picked their favorite colors of embroidery thread and practiced their sewing skills to stitch around their hearts.

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We left a small opening and stuffed our hearts with our infused lavender flowers.

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Then we finished stitching up our hearts and have been enjoying drifting off to sleep surrounded by these little pillows of relaxing scents and good dreams!

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Baby Bear Diaries – Weeks 14-17

14 weeks old.

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You maybe a farm baby if…
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“Let me check to see if the baby is awake.” Yep.  Defiantly awake <3
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Big brother’s bed.
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You are getting to be more and more active.  Your little legs are always kicking around with excitement.
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15 Weeks old.
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We went to the park!  You loved the swings as long as they stayed still.
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Big sisters give the best loving.
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16 Weeks old.
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1st Solstice!
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1st time finding your toes
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Twas the night before your 1st Christmas…
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1st Christmas
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First time eating solids!  You had an avocado and you loved it!
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Always drooling.
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Baby Bear Diaries – Week 13

13 weeks and you can roll from your tummy to your back!

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Arm chub

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Shortly after you were born, your bits of brown hair fell out.  It finally started growing in.  I hoped for a red headed baby, but these blonde hairs remind me of your brother and sister.  In other words, I couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect baby if I tried.

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You have gained more and more head control the past couple of weeks.  You love watching us move around the room and we love watching you learn and grow.

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Afternoon slumber.

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You have gotten really good at holding toys this week!

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This is our 3rd Christmas at the cabin.  And never once in the past two did I think we would add another child to the mix.  How amazing it is to have life always throwing surprises at us.  And you’re my most favorite surprise yet.

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