First Day OF School

The first day of school is always an exciting time. There is lots of jittery excitement in the air as everyone runs around to get ready to head to school for the first day. At our house, we have one that goes to a charter school, one in Jr high, one in high school, 3 in college (how that happened, I don't know) and one at home with Mom. Everyone has different needs and everyone seems to be running in different directions. The non-college kids have their clothes set out the night before and backpacks ready. They have all opted for school lunch rather than home made on the first day, which is fine by me. One less thing to think about!

We have lots of traditions at our house. The first day of school is no different. I always make pancakes for breakfast on the first day and we always take a picture of each child on the front porch, backpack and all! It's fun to look back on how much each person has changed over the years. I decided that I would share my go to pancake recipe with all of you today. It's a good one that I've been making for many years. It takes a little more work than a mix, but I think it's worth it. My 14 year old is a pancake coniseuir and he loves them! This recipe has been quadrupled. After all, I'm feeding 9 people at our house! (If you don't need that many pancakes, cut it in half or fourths. Or make the huge batch and freeze the extras to pop in the microwave for those crazy mornings when no one has time to eat). My big batch makes about 28-30 pancakes.

Old- Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes

First, gather your ingredients. You will need:

2 1/4 cups of Milk
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
3 cups all-purpose Flour
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1-1/2 Teaspoons Salt
3 Eggs
1/4 cup and 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
Chocolate Chips (optional)
Cooking Spray

Measure milk. Add Vinegar and let set for about 5 minutes. This sours the milk and in essence, makes buttermilk. The milk will get a little lumpy looking. I forgot to take a picture of how this looks. (If soured milk grosses you out, you can use the real stuff from the store. I just never seem to remember to buy the buttermilk!)

While you wait on your milk, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Crack your eggs and mix them up. Add eggs and melted butter to the soured milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wire whisk until there are no lumps. This is what your batter will look like. Notice that is it starting to look a little foamy. Resist the urge to mix the batter again. The foamy batter makes the pancakes tall and fluffy!

Spray your heated griddle with cooking spray. Scoop out batter in 1/4 cups full. In our house, we love chocolate chip pancakes! At this point, you can add chocolate chips to each pancake.

Cook until the edges and surface are bubbly. Flip each pancake and cook until browned on the other side.

Serve with butter and maple syrup or fresh fruit and whipped cream. Enjoy! You may never go back to the packaged mix again.