Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Homemade Pancake Waffle Mix for Santa

Christmas morning homemade waffles. 
The mix is a simple mix, I make and keep on hand at all times for pancakes or waffles. This is a gluten recipe, but I'm sure could be adapted for those with issues with gluten.

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Besides the mix, you need vegetable oil, buttermilk or milk and eggs.


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Santa had worked very hard the night before---and so had the elves. And we were hungry.

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Can't you just smell this delicious goodness.

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In season I use fresh fruit, out of season I use frozen berry medleys or the berries of your choice cooked down with juice. Today I used cranberry juice cooked with blackberries, cherries, strawberries and raspberries. I don't add sugar, but I thicken it with a bit of cornstarch and a pinch of vanilla extract maybe 1 tsp. for cup of berries.

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It's only for Santa and Mrs. Claus today---the rest of the elves are resting in their homes.  
Sprinkled with almonds, these waffles are festive for sure.

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We have gone through our stash of lingonberries from IKEA
which is a favorite topping with pancakes.
But, I cooked the berries down just to get a good juice going.

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The secret to divine waffles is to separate the eggs, and beat the egg whites and fold them in.

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I hope your days are berry and bright...LOL. 

Recipe for Homemade Healthy Pancake/Waffle Mix

3 cups of unbleached flour 
3 cups of whole wheat flour
3 cups of long cooking oats
6 Tbsp of Baking Powder
2 Tbsp of salt
3 Tbsp of Baking soda
2/3 cup of ground flaxseed
2/3 cup of sugar (or add applesauce/fruit/or sugar as you use it: 
(1 1/2Tbsp equivalent per 1 1/2 cup mix)
sift ingredients together and store in tight container.

Recipe for pancakes for 4
1 1/2 cups of mix
2 eggs blended -or egg beater equivalent
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp. Vanilla extract or your choice
(sugar/fruit to taste-we often use apples chopped up)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of low-fat buttermilk or milk
add nuts, fresh fruit or dried fruit if desired.

Mix all ingredients---quickly until blended, 
fry on griddle, enjoy!

Waffles are made same as for pancakes, except separate eggs.
 Blend in mix as above with egg yolks,
then whip whites until light and fluffy fold in, 
and use 1/3 cup of batter per waffle. Makes 8 waffles, light and fluffy. 

Extra pancakes or waffles I freeze, for a quick breakfast.

I have no idea where this recipe originated, but it has been tweaked from a basic 
pancake recipe over the years (30+). 


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Hope all Santas/Mrs.Clauses enjoy. Kids will enjoy also and have no idea
they are eating anything healthy. 


From our Vintage home to yours,
We wish you a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thanks always for visiting. 
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Sandi





Thursday, December 22, 2016

Snow in the Living Room

Snow, Snow, snow, ...well it's Chicagoland after all.

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We simplified this year, because we aren't having tons of company during the holidays.

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It all started with the OLD Christmas tree fence. Snow underneath made the pickets show.

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I loved the tarnished silver snow on top of the pickets.


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A favorite pony cavorting in the snow...

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Biggest change for our decor this year is not putting up the village in order to simplify. I'm using white candles too. And we kept the white/blue ticking covers on the sofas.
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I kept it very simple.

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Earlier in the year, I found this wonderful OLD tin, 1983 with a Currier and Ives (1870) skaters on one side and Mt.Vernon on the other. It's almost perfect for a quick buffet decor.

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Add Snow...and old white wooden houses, a few trees and it's a Winter Wonderland.

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Another house on the other side. 

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In front in a Swedish Cheese bell from the 1950's (thick glass) a swan and an ornament. I took five pictures of this, the distortion because of the glass was crazy.


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Not putting up the entire village---hubby purchased these adorable  NEW Carousel and Ferris wheel from Menards for the grand to play with. they have music and lights and all the horses move. She won't be here that much during the holidays--and two boxes are easier to deal with than the 7 totes of buildings, etc. of the village.


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I I kept it simple, with just lights, some Royal Copenhagen porcelain 
and vignettes under cheese bells. 


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A sweet Old porcelain reindeer with vintage ornament in snow.


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On the other side is the Ferris wheel, and another cake plate vignette.
I got the NEW cloche for $2.99 at GoodWill? Crazy huh, and it was perfect.

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This OLD cake plate my mom made in the early 60's is pretty chipped up---so I used some doilies and more snow---a Royal Copenhagen porcelain polar bear, 
and a couple of New trees from Walmart.



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The wooden sparkle houses I've had for maybe 15 years, think they were from TJMax.

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 Under the buffet, Santa has already arrived. 

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Our rumpled lived in living room. Snow is in the form of the white pitcher with a spotlight.
 I have filled it with holly.


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It brightens this corner and casts great shadows on the wall. 
Our Fisherman and woman and pieces in Bing&Grondahl, Royal Copenhagen. These are family pieces that our from my grandmother.


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I blanketed the tv console in snow--with lights underneath and kept our some of our everyday items out. Photos of our  boys, and darling daughter-in-laws are always there. Our winter porcelains, the white weasels, and polar bears are comfortable in the 'snow'. 
Simple and Sweet Fridays

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The silver candlesticks were my grandmothers. Quite old and mysteriously filled with wax underneath for weight? They are from Denmark and hallmarked, which I have to research. 

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A cut glass bowl, magnifies the candle light when it's lit. I have used batter candles for the candlesticks...little kids running around not so safe with tippy candles.


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It's very pretty at night.

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 A snow scene etching from Denmark on the wall. 
This etching depicted a church not far from my family's home.
Another white wooden house on a patch of snow.

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I hope your Christmas is 'White' and full of love and laughter. I swear the toys play under the tree. I have turned that Raggedy around many times.

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From our Vintage home to yours,
We wish you a
MERRY CHRISTMAS 
and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be sharing at these fine Parties!

Sandi




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Farmhouse Kitchen Tour

Our Christmas Kitchen, 
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Come grab a cup of coffee and 

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Whistle a Carol or two, 

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Make your coffee, just the way you want.


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Grab a cookie from our last Sunday Cookie Bake before I put them away.

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Or a piece of poundcake,

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or another cookie, 
I have them hidden in plain sight here, now.



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or here, this carousel plays music, turns--and is a hidden cookie tin.

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I'll just put away the cookie cutter bins, LOL. Yes, it is that bad here. 

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Phew, now grab a chair and let's take a break.

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Around the kitchen, I add Christmas to what I have here everyday.
Everything is vintage at this point.

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I've added vintage tins, everywhere.

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Elves living in my ivy.


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Elves everywhere

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In the tree

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everywhere.

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I decorated the windows with round molds and cake pans.

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And streamers of cookie cutters.

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On the island, Grandma was in charge of baking all those cookies with 10 elves helping on Sunday.
We managed to get them all done and iced and another 6 dozen or so gingerbread baked before the snow hit.

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A Sinterklaus, watches from the buffet.



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Another elf in the gravy boat.


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A couple of adorable furred elves, on the pantry doors.


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A vintage Danish Bell hanger is on the new wallpaper. Nisseman or Danish Elves are busy doing their work and play.

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I think this is from the early 1970s.



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Since I now have a red, white and blue kitchen, even the S&P are decor.


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I have an old wool santa next to the tree. 



A nutcracker stands guard at the herb planters which I stuffed with snow and snowflakes

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which I stuffed with snow and snowflakes

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Gingerbread boxes are safe for little hands to handle. Vintage cookie cutters are here and there
in case Grandma cracks the whip and we have to bake some more.



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Well, how about another cup of coffee. 

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Another piece of poundcake?


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And a Very Merry Christmas and 
Happy Holidays 
to All!

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be sharing at these fine Parties!