Since Back to School time is upon us, I wanted to post my favorite homemade pancake recipe.
This is just like a Bisquick mix where you can mix it up ahead of time and keep it in the pantry for the weekend and then add the wet ingredients for quick and easy, light, fluffy pancakes!
This is a pretty neutral recipe with just a hint of vanilla and cinnamon so you can also add in fresh berries or chopped apples if you have those on hand.
Every single weekend without fail my husband and our girls make big batches of pancakes, we lay them out to cool and then pop them in freezer bags for weekday mornings. The girls love pancakes and have them with a little fruit almost every morning.
And you might be asking- well why bother making my own mix? I can just buy Bisquick at the store. I personally find these taste better then box pancake mixes. The other reason is that box mixes often have all sorts of ingredients you can’t pronounce. I prefer to make real food as often as possible and since this takes seconds to mix and pop into a jar, it just makes sense to me to mix up my own.
Do you love Chipotle? Goodness we do! We don’t get fast food often but if I do it is either Chipotle or In-n-Out for sure.
I have previously posted my very favorite salsa recipe and I thought it would be fun to also post a Pico de Gallo recipe that is so simple. And it tastes just like Chipotle.
Now we are mild kind of people in our house so this is a mild recipe. You can for sure amp it up with more Jalapeno.
Pico de Gallo is just delicious with nachos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas…. really any Mexican food that you love. You can also grill chicken with a lime marinade and top with this and it would be delish.
Oh goodness do my girls love pickles! I can never resist them either- especially the huge whole ones you sometimes see in gourmet deli sections? Those always take me back to my childhood.
This summer I decided to add Homemade Pickles to our Summer Fun list because I thought my kid’s would get a kick out of making something they love so much.
These pickles are crazy easy to make. I believe there are two types of people- bread and butter pickle people and dill pickle people. We are firmly on the dill side so these are nice and briney and salty and dilly and delicious!
Best of all they literally take minutes to put together.
If your family is like mine, you might look forward to taco night.
We love tacos and it always guarantees a pleasant evening meal without complaints or arguing from my darling little angels.
We usually buy the bulk taco seasoning at Costco and I have never really taken a look at what is inside the container- I just assume spices and stuff to make my tacos yummy. Enough said.
But I ran out of seasoning a few weeks ago and decided to play around making seasoning from scratch.
If taco seasoning is not something you already made, I would encourage you to give it a shot! It is so easy and very cheap and I personally liked it better then what I used to buy. I know exactly what goes into my food and I can adjust the recipe to suit out tastes perfectly.
Plus what I found really interesting is that I took the tiny bit of seasoning left in the container and smelled that versus what I had just mixed together and it was a huge difference in aroma. The homemade seasoning just smelled very vibrant and fresh and the packaged stuff smelled really artificial. (Give it a shot and see if you agree!)
So if you want to whip this up yourself it is extremely fast. And you don’t need to stockpile the pantry with tons of jars if you don’t have all the spices needed for the recipe. My bulk bins at the grocery store have these spices that you can buy in small quantities for pennies.
Oh I have a really delicious recipe for Strawberry jam for you! This is not really a freezer jam recipe or for canning. Sometimes in summer I find myself with too many berries or I just want to make a little gift for someone or I just want something quick and easy.
This is a perfect recipe as it only calls for 1 pound of strawberries and it takes like 15 minutes or so in total to make. And you just won’t believe how delicious this jam is- it is really heavenly and only 3 ingredients needed!
Place in a medium sized bowl and use a fork or potato masher to start mashing them up.
Add ⅓ cup sugar and mash a bit more.
Add the juice from one fresh lime and stir into the berry mixture.
Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Once the berries start to bubble increase the heat to boil.
Stir the jam frequently for about 6-10 minutes until it starts to thicken.
Don’t let it burn! Once the berries start to have bubbles all over and it feels thicker to stir, remove from heat and immediately transfer to a jar.
If you prefer chunky jam you are good to go! For a smoother jelly just add to a food processor for a minute or two.
A few notes about this recipe- first I use amazing strawberries from the Farmer’s Market. They are small and just packed with sweetness and flavor. If your berries are not as flavorful you might consider adding a little more sugar.
I prefer the lime juice in this recipe which makes the jam so fresh and vibrant and just a little different. You can substitute a lemon if you prefer.
This makes a small jar of jam that will last in the fridge for about 2 weeks. I love to serve this with buttered french bread and a small fruit salad for breakfast. Absolutely delicious!
I made this for a neighbor as a little gift. The jar above is a double batch of the jam and I included a little pint of berries from the farmer’s market and a loaf of french bread.
Perfect gift for summer! If you are headed back to school soon wouldn’t this be a lovely idea for the teacher for the first day of school?
I hope you give this one a shot for a super fast and easy homemade jam. If you do try it, please come back and let me know what you think!
It has been a really hot summer this year so I have found myself stopping by Sonic here and there for drinks in the afternoon. I normally try to avoid sodas but the one thing I just can’t resist as a very occasional treat is Sonic’s Ocean Water.
Have you tried it?
It is a crazy concoction and I think most would probably love it or hate it. I love it :).
Since Sonic is on the other side of town, I decided to see if I can recreate the recipe myself at home. Turns out it is so easy to do!
You only need 5 minutes and a few ingredients to make this yourself.
At Sonic the way they make Ocean Water is to add Sprite to a cup with the yummy crushed ice and then a little shot of a special Blue Coconut syrup. I have never seen the Blue Coconut syrup at a retail store but apparently it is just like the stuff they use to make snow cones.
So you probably need to make the Blue Coconut syrup yourself and that is super easy- just coconut extract and sugar and water. The coconut extract I have is JR Watkins and it was something like $2 at Walmart in the spice aisle. I actually had this on hand from making a Coconut Cake for Easter. I also like to get the Mexican Sprite at Walmart or Safeway or whatever- it is a buck per bottle.
So here goes the recipe I think tastes pretty darn similar to Sonic:
Add ½ tablespoon sugar to a small bowl and 1 tablespoon of water.
Mix for just a second and pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds- just to dissolve.
Set the mixture aside to cool.
Fill your glass with crushed ice- or pop some ice cubes into a food processor for a few seconds. (This is optional but darn if those ice chips don’t make things taste better.)
Add your 12oz bottle of Sprite to the glass and set aside.
Come back to your cooled sugar mixture and now add ½ teaspoon coconut extract. Stir.
Add 2 drops of blue food coloring- stir again.
Dump into your glass of Sprite and mix well.
Very easy and then I like to finish mine off with a little squeeze of lime. If you are a Sonic Limeade fan you can also order a Blue Coconut Limeade and that is almost the same as the Ocean Water except a tiny bit cheaper.
Now one last note is that the coconut extract has a strong flavor so you might try a little less then 1/2 teaspoon for your first glass and you can always add more to suit your tastes. My husband can’t stand coconut and I made him try about 7 different variations of this recipe and he liked the version above.
Or another really yummy Copycat recipe is this two ingredient homemade magic shell. It goes on top of ice cream like a decadent hot fudge and then hardens after a few seconds and it is really heavenly.
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