Weekends…

Who doesn’t love a weekend? Especially one with no plans, no where to be and nothing in particular to do.  We puttered around the house, had a great dinner with friends, read stories, played, ate LOTS, and cuddled.

We are usually so busy that we welcome a weekend like this with open arms.

Saturdays are always good pancake days.  We have a new favourite recipe from the 2014 Milk Calendar. I really like this recipe because the oats make them hearty, a little heavier then our normal fluffy pancake.

Farm Favourite Oatmeal Pancakes.  (2014 Milk Calendar) 

1 1/2 cups oats                             2 cups milk

1/2 cup whole wheat flour     1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tbsp brown sugar                    1 tbsp baking powder 

1/2 tsp cinnamon                       2 eggs, beaten

1/4 butter, melted                     pinch of salt

In a mixing bowl soak oats and milk for 5 minutes.

Whisk dry ingredients, add melted butter and beaten eggs. 

Add anything you would like (raisins, chocolate chips) 

We love using our cast iron skillet (my husband is slowly getting me hooked on cast iron cookware) it makes the pancake edges a bit crispy.

I usually serve with some berry compote (ie, frozen mixed berries thrown in a saucepan with a teaspoon of sugar and boiled until it makes a sauce – nothin’ fancy bout that!!)

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Remember how I said we played? We have a playroom full of toys (maybe two toys purchased by us, the parents) and the kiddies love playing with them, but there is just something about a cardboard box that little ones cannot pass up.

We had a box, C2 liked it, C3 liked it. I consulted Pinterest (surprise, surprise) and poked some holes in the top for a set of Christmas lights. Ta da! These two really do light up my life (ah, how mushy), and even though C2 gets a bit impatient with the lil’ Miss crowding his space, he is tolerable enough for sweet moments like these

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And, we ended the weekend with this deliciousness

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Bacon and Shrimp Carbonara (If you are going to eat pasta, make it count!!) No real recipe, just a lazy Sunday thrown down. We sauteed garlic and onions in butter, threw in some shrimp and bacon (husband + cast iron) dropped some pasta, opened a jar of PC Carbonara pasta sauce (gasp! from a jar) and some Alymers garlic and olive oil stewed tomatoes (no salt) and topped with fresh grated parmesan (just say no to Kraft) I ate two helpings….my pasta craving I do believe has been satisfied, for this week at least.

And, well, I lied…………..we truly ended our weekend with THIS

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Pretty decent wrap up I’d say!

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