mei tai carriers. now i'm really not a huge fan of fleece, and i'm usually amazed at the amount of ugly fleece patterns that are available, but these carriers are too easy and awesome to resist. plus, some of the solid colors really aren't so bad. i also got some auburn fleece to make a special carrier for jeremy.
and here he is being a lovely model! the first picture is with aiden, the breastfeeding babydoll. and the second one is with oscar - who is now a tiny bit too heavy for the carrier. (actually, i wore him sort of to the side the whole time i cooked pancakes because he wanted to see what was going on in the pan and it wasn't so bad).
here jeremy's running around like a horsey for oscar. i used the pattern and directions from the fabulous hobo mama. she's completely amazing and always has great, honest, well written blog posts.
so.. i think tonight i made the best pancakes EVER. ok, well, maybe not EVER, but they're the best pancakes i've ever made. it probably didn't hurt that i'd splurged and spent $6+ on pure maple syrup. i dont know that i've ever actually had real maple syrup before, but it tastes just like maple sugar candy - yum.
whole grain banana walnut pancakes
- 2 cups flour (i use mostly whole wheat with some wheat germ and some milled flax seed)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar (i'll be leaving this out next time)
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 bananas
- 1/2 cup walnuts
in your batter bowl, measure 1 cup whole wheat flour. then pour a bit of ground flax seed and some wheat germ in the 1 cup measure (maybe a heaping 1/8c of each - i really have no idea) and fill the rest of the way with whole wheat flour. you could leave those out and do 2 cups whole wheat, but then you have to change the name of the pancake - and that complicates matters.
next add 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tablespoon sugar (this is probably completely unnecessary) and stir until combined. at this point your dry stuffs are set to go - unless you're using powdered buttermilk stuffs. if you're using powdered buttermilk stuffs add 4 tablespoons - which will be a cup of buttermilk after adding the water.
next combine 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup water (or buttermilk), 2 eggs and an overflowing tablespoon of olive oil and stir that up in a bowl.
next get your bananas ready. i used 3 bananas and cut them up into itty bitty pieces and then did a bit of smashing into a very very heaping one cup measure (it was probably a cup and a half or so). i also smashed up about a 1/2 cup walnuts - maybe a bit less, i didn't measure.
then dump the wet into the dry and stir and then fold in the bananas and walnuts. cook in a skillet on medium sprayed with olive oil. serve hot with bananas and walnuts and maple syrup.
some of oscar's mmming. i missed some of the best ones, but it went on the whole time he was eating. he also told me i'm a good cook, but he usually tells me that every day (have i mentioned how lucky i am?) i hope you can hear this.. we barely can on this computer..
so the garden has been very very busy making cucumbers.... and jeremy has been busy turning them into pickles. he brought home another pack of quart jars today, so i think he'll be making more tonight. actually, a few of these are pickled peppers.. but that's a lot of pickles!
we've also had plenty of squash. lots of yellow and zucchini squash as well. a few of these got turned into butternut squash and spicy sausage soup last night.