Well, I made it to 10pm last night, my husband was in bed by 9pm because he has an awful cold. My three sons stayed awake to see the new year in.
I knew I would be in bed by then anyway because it’s been years since I’ve watched the ball drop. Actually ever since I had my sons! It’s amazing how sleep becomes the priority after having children.
Truth be told I’m a morning person, up between 4:30 and 5:30am. I love to watch the sun rise with a hot cup of coffee and truly enjoy the quiet start to my day.
To welcome the new year I made a special breakfast of pancakes and bacon. My favorite recipe is from KitchenAid. It’s in the little book that you get when you buy a KitchenAid mixer, I’ve had mine since 1986! I remember the day I bought, it seemed like a fortune to spend on a stand mixer, but I knew it was one of the best if not the best mixers you could buy. And mine has stood the test of time, it looks and runs like it did the first day I brought it home. One thing you’ll notice about me is I will go without rather than buy an inferior product that will just end up in the landfill.
So back to breakfast. As I was tiptoeing around this morning I picked some pieces to put on the table. Pink depression glass, transferware, old silver and a linen tablecloth and napkins. Very pastel and pretty, so what if I’m the only girl in this house!
I double this recipe to serve all 5 of us. I’ve made a few changes (buttermilk instead of milk and butter instead of shortening) and these are yummy!
1.5 cups all-purpose organic flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon organic sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 organic (organic eggs are far superior to regular, mass-produced eggs)
1.25 cups organic buttermilk
3 tablespoons organic butter, melted
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add eggs (slightly beaten), buttermilk and melted butter and mix with a large whisk until smooth. I let this batter “stand” for a few minutes while I heat up a cast iron griddle, you’ll notice the batter lighten up with bubbles. Melt some butter on your griddle and cook your pancakes on medium heat. Make sure you see the edges of your pancakes start to bubble before your flip. I like to make pancakes on the smallish side, around 4″ across. This recipe makes about 10-12 pancakes and as I said I double it.
I serve with organic maple syrup, there is nothing like the taste of true maple syrup! We all sat down together and enjoyed a very hearty start to 2013.
My sons are off to see family and I’ll start to put away all the Christmas decoration. Enjoy your New Years Day!
I’m sharing this at French Country Cottage