Saturday Pancakes and Weekend Reading: August 28, 2010

Around our house, Saturday morning pancakes have become almost sacrosanct.  (Though they’ve been known to make an appearance for dinners as well.)  I’ve had several people ask for the recipe lately, so I thought it would be just as easy to put it here!  So start you Saturday off right by making some pancakes and enjoying some with your weekend reading. (Recipe at bottom.)

Check out these gems from around the web!

A fun bread recipes along with loads of learning objectives from Teaching Young Children: Baking Bread Encourages Many Kinds of Learning.

The title says it all: Four Fun Ways to Teach Colors!

Check out this great game board that you could use in SO many different ways.  We Play: Our Very Versatile Giant Game Board

I love this activity! (My boys just did it last week!)  Not only do you get the great spin art design, the science of centrifugal force, along with some color mixing observation, but it also adds in a motor skills aspect as the children do it themselves!  Salad Spinner Art

It’s so important to let children do what they’re capable of doing instead of always doing for them.  Get more ideas from this great post from Simple Kids:  Practical Life Skills: Letting Your Young Children Help With Household Tasks 

Saturday Morning Buttermilk Pancakes

(I usually double this for my family of five.)
1 cup flour (feel free to use whole wheat or a mixture)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup buttermilk (or milk with vinegar added)
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp oil
*If you’re using milk and vinegar in place of the buttermilk, do that first to give it time to do its work.
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt (you can even mix this together and stash several ziplock bagged batches for later).
Add the soda to the buttermilk and let it foam a little.  Add all wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Stir until only slightly lumpy.
Cook on the griddle and serve with Vanilla Syrup! 

(I put leftovers in a ziplock in the freezer and my boys will eat them out of the toaster with leftover syrup.  My husband’s a little more picky.  🙂
Vanilla Syrup
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
Mix together in a saucepan and heat until boiling and thickened.
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp vanilla  (I prefer Molina Mexican Blend)
Stir until smooth.  Store leftovers in a mason jar for later!

Happy Pancaking!

 Top photo by Glenda Otero.
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One response to “Saturday Pancakes and Weekend Reading: August 28, 2010

  1. Thank you for linking to my article (Four fun ways to teach colors). Much appreciated!

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