July 4th is almost here, and that means a lot of pancake breakfasts! One of the favorites in our family is a recipe that we learned from an old scouter named Ed Frasier. When he told us about them for the first time, we were incredulous! But, we tried them out and we have been eating them when the urge strikes ever since.
You can use any pancake recipe or mix that you would like. Today, I am using Bisquick because it is fast, easy and delicious. Just use the recipe for pancakes on the side of the box, substituting the root beer for the liquid called for. Or, if you use your own pancake recipe, replace the liquid with root beer. I also like to add a little root beer extract to boost the root beer flavor.
I usually make a double batch of the recipe. So, that means 4 c. ofBisquick, 4 beaten eggs and 2 c. of A&W. You substitute the root beer for the milk in the recipe. Then, about a teaspoon of root beer extract. If you don't have the extract, you don't have to use it, but I have found the root beer taste is much less noticeable without it. Make sure you let the foam head on the root beer go down in order to measure it. Then you bake the pancakes on your favorite cast iron griddle! (Lodge Brand is our favorite!)
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In advance of making the pancakes, I got the butter, syrup, strawberries, whipped cream and blueberries ready! After all, it needs to look patriotic! Everyone got to decorate their own pancakes with what they wanted! They were delicious! Give Root Beer Pancakes a try. They are a lot of fun! By the way, you can really use any flavor soda you want to use. Orange and cherry cola are good as well.
You may remember this adorable picture of my grandson from this post back in January. I told you then that we were beginning to do some renovations on our home, but things were getting done slowly because of my work schedule. I have posted this picture so you can see the ancient, old, gross carpet we had down in the living room. We also had popcorn ceiling and walls badly in need of a paint job.. (Besides, who wouldn't want to see that cute face again?) Now that summer is here, we are finally making some progress!
We ripped up carpet and scrapped off the popcorn ceiling. Here is my youngest son tearing up tack strips down the hallway, then we pried up ancient tiles down to the bare floors where we are going to install solid surface flooring. The only place that is still getting carpet in our home is the living room, (mostly because of the floor sitting at Christmas).
We purchasedStainmaster Carpet at Lowe's.. But, before it was installed we painted the living room with Olympic Paint, a satin called oatmeal cookie! My husband's favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal, so my daughter and I took that as a sign when we were out looking for a good color for the room.
Here is my cute husband doing the cutting in. He used to paint for a living, years ago, so he is very good and quick at the cutting in. TIP: Use an angled brush! There is the nice warm oatmeal color, we painted the trim white.
This is another little tip, you don't have to put tape everywhere, you can use a straight edged putty knife or trowel, similar here, along the baseboards. (Good Job Maddy!)
Ta-Da Carpet is laid and furniture is on the way! More updates to come!
I am still keeping my oven turned off! On Saturday I took chocolate dipped strawberries to a baby shower. I had some chocolate left over, so I decided to use it on these delectable S'more Bars! The only problem with them is that they are so sweet, I could have sliced them a bit smaller!
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Beat 1/2 c. butter, 1 c. dark brown sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add and beat in 2 c. graham cracker crumbs. Check my last blog entry threewinksdesign.weebly.com/home/cutest-little-cheesecakes-ever to see how I crush graham crackers for these small recipes. Also add 1 c. flour and 1 tsp. coarse sea salt. Beat in 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk.
Next, stir in one 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips and 2 c. mini marshmallows. Smoosh the whole mixture into the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator until firm.
When the bars are firm, cut them up into squares and dip them into the chocolate. I liked putting them in on the angle. You can eat the bars without the chocolate, but I find the chocolate brings out the s'more flavor. No fire, less mess, the kids love them! This is a nice summer snack!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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