I haven't posted any tips-n-tricks lately. Still trying to perfect the fine art of living in chaos. Still falling short too, but that hasn't stopped me from trying.
I'm nesting like a mad woman these days. After all, I'm gonna have a baby in a few weeks, so this is kinda normal, right? A 23-month-old, 20 lb baby, that will likely speak way more Mandarin that I do!
But this post is about pancake mix!
So much for the subtle transition.
Ya, it's not epic or anything, but it is a fast simple tip that makes my life easy and helps me spend more time with those I adore!
I totally forgot over the years that I could make my own pancake mix! Blame it on increased exposure to Progesterone. And somewhere along the same time I found myself paying an obscene amount for a box of Bisquick or pancake mix, I remembered how easy it is to make!
We eat pancakes or waffles at least 1X per week. And in my moment of clarity, I noticed that a 5lb bag of flour is only $1.99 at Walmart. (Don't get me started on Walmart! Can't stand the place. It's wrong. I'd love to take a moral stand, but did I mention that flour is only $1.99 for a 5lb bag and they honor the weekly sales of other stores? So yes, you'll find me there often, and yes, I'm totally aware this makes me a hypocrite. It is what it is folks!)
So here's the bulk recipe I came up with. My family can't tell the difference between this and the boxed pancake mix. Yields 12 breakfasts, so you may want to cut it in half. But like I said, we eat lots of pancakes round here, and left-over ones are often topped with peanut butter as an after-school-snack.
2 5 lb bags of flour
3 1/2 c sugar
10 T baking powder
5 T baking soda
mix all together in a very large bowl.
Measure out 3 cups of flour mixture into a storage container (I have a lot of quart jars right now, so that's what I used. If not, I probably would have used gallon zip-lock bags.)
When ready to make pancakes or waffles add to the flour mixture
1 T vanilla
2-2 1/4 c of milk till desired consistency
optional additions include bananas, apples, nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you fancy!
The grand total spent was $4. I had the other ingredients on hand.
Now when we come home from China, and are jet-lagged to the max, I'll have an easy go-to breakfast for the kiddos. And for a 3 months afterwards apparently!