From the bean of Green Bean.
My eyes flicker open.
I hear voices, muffled by closed doors and 6 year old effort. Footsteps run back and forth from bedroom to bedroom, no doubt dragging a blanket full of stuffed animals or the fireman costume behind them.
Summer draws to a close and soon, mornings will be filled with frantically packed lunch boxes, congealed cereal that didn't get eaten before the carpool arrived, and mismatched socks that are "close enough." Until then, though, I've got a week's worth of mornings. Of dutch baby pancakes and clafouti for breakfast. Of trying new recipes and fiddling with eggs and flour and a smidge of honey. After that, it's all about mixes.
Oh, not Bisquick or some fancy Whole Foods brand that costs $6 to make four pancakes. My own mix. Made from ingredients I've chosen, purchased for a fair price and ready at my convenience without a shred of packaging. Convenience without the inconvenience.
Here's the recipe for a DIY pancake/waffle mix that I love (adapted from Country Living):
7 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
8 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
Place ingredients in a large bowl and whisk thoroughly. Transfer to air tight canister and store for up to 3 months.
For pancakes: Put 2 cups of mix in a medium mixing bowl and add 2 egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until just combined. Make pancakes on a medium hot griddle.
For waffles: Put 2 cups mix in a medium mixing bowl and add 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 1/2 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until just combined. Make waffles on preheated waffle iron.
Turns out I'm not the only one thinking of saving time, money and packaging. Check out Small Notebook for a Simple Home for DIY bread mixes. Do you have any DIY mixes you love?