Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend and Waffles

I don't know about ya'll but, I had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  I spent time with Family and Friends every day.  I couldn't have asked for better company and weather.  Sunny all day the whole weekend.  

My son and I went to Bishopville to do some visiting.  We started at my grandmother's house Friday evening.  My sister went and got pizza so we got to spend some extra time without anyone having to cook.  I love going to Grandma's house!  She always has goodies and new recipes to try.  I took some pictures and copied a few down.  She even gave me one that she had a couple copies of.  I love that woman!!!

The next morning, my niece Rosie and I made waffles.  It was my first time making homemade waffles and they were wonderful, if I do say so myself.  I have the recipe below.

After breakfast, we went to Nana's house (My sister's mother-in-law).  Judy is another one of those grandma's that has all kinds of goodies at her house.  And she has a pool to boot.  Alex got to have his first swim of the season.  I swear, my son is a fish.


Poser :)

My brother-in-law David grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for a late lunch.  Getting my kid to eat either one of those is near impossible.  I had to settle with him eating a hot dog bun and some chips.  After that I got to go out with my long time girl Crystal. (If you get a chance, go check her out at Fitness Amongst Chaos with Crystal .)  We went out to Zaxby's and Walmart and did a lot of catching up.  I know, we party hard.

Sunday, Alex and I went and ate breakfast at Grandma's.  That woman knows how to make a spread.  She had grits, sausage, rolls, orange cinnamon rolls, and apple turnovers.  I was in heaven.  I think I had maybe 3 cinnamon rolls...on top of grits and sausage.  

Since the kids did not get to go fishing as planned on Saturday, we went on Sunday.  We went back to Nana's house and picked up another passenger.  Rosie and Lilli's cousin Emma.  So, we had two cars full of girls and David and Alex.  This was going to be interesting.  We picked up some crickets and headed to the pond.  First we stopped at David's uncles house to make sure it was ok that we go to their pond and I discovered the most wonderful place.  This house...













This place had everything I dream of in a house.  Antiques, flowers, dogs, and family.  I fell in love with this house.  I got to talk to David's aunt and found out that all of that yard was nothing but a corn field when they moved in years and years ago.  Bless her heart.  She worked hard to get that yard where it is today.  After exploring for a while, we gathered up yunggins and fishing poles and headed out back to the pond.

Now, I've never really been one to enjoy baitin' a hook but, when you go with your son and three young girls, you kinda have to.  David took Alex off down the bank a little ways away from the wild girls and within 5 minutes Alex had caught the first fish.  I was one proud momma.

He really had no idea what to do with it after he caught it.

He and Uncle David stayed down a little ways but didn't catch any more.  We kept moving down the bank and trying again.  I think by the end of the day, he had just as much fun going barefoot in the shallow spots trying to catch minnows.  While we were there, we had a beautiful view.



After a couple of hours and the girls catching a couple more fish, Alex and I made the 2 hour trip home.  

On Monday, we got together with some more family and had some ribs that my hubby made Sunday night and some more swimming.  Alex was in hog heaven all weekend being surrounded by all his peeps.

Now, on to the waffles.

I found the original recipe over at Darling Doodles.  I love this blog.  Brie is so very creative and talented.  I've adjusted the recipe a little.  I think the came out absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup melted butter
4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup milk.

Start off by melting your butter and setting it aside to cool.  You don't want to add hot butter to your mix.  It will partially cook the eggs.  Not good.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients.  Flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  Set this aside.  With the four egg whites in another mixing bowl, whip the whites until light and fluffy.  You should be able to form somewhat stiff peaks in the egg whites when they are ready.  Mix your evaporated milk, regular milk, and egg yolks into your dry ingredients thoroughly.  Then you gently add your whipped egg whites.  Don't get too rough mixing these together.  The air in the eggs is what helps make these waffles light and fluffy.  Prepare your waffle iron with a little cooking spray on the top layer and about a teaspoon of cooking oil on the bottom.  This will help your waffles be a little more crispy on the outside.  Cook away and enjoy your fluffy goodness.

Fluffy Waffles

It looks like I have a spot light on this plate but, I swear, it's the sunlight through the trees.


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