President Harold B. Lee counseled mothers to be "at the crossroads" and "make a career of motherhood."
Years after first hearing these words I think of them often. Lately I've been wondering how I can do better at this career of mine, how to be a little more present when I'm already home with my kids all day long.
My solution is pancakes.
I've always considered myself more of a waffle person but we've been eating a LOT of pancakes over the past six weeks. They lend themselves very well to whole food adaptation, they're easy, and I like making a hot breakfast for my family to eat together rather than us all eating a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast whenever we get around to it.
I'm sure you've heard all the stuff about about families who eat together:
"Studies show that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and know which fork to use."(from this Time article)
We already eat dinner as a family every night but I figure it can only help us to eat breakfast together as well. Since Aaron works from home it's easy to sit down together in the morning.
This recipe is our weekday workhorse. I make other things and other pancake recipes too, but these pancakes show up more often than not. You whip up a big batch and keep it in the fridge so it ends up being just as easy as boxed mix and much better for you. It doesn't win the award for best oatmeal pancake recipe ever (I think that honor goes to this recipe from Orangette) but we like them.
If you're like me and don't keep buttermilk on hand just put 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a measuring cup and add enough milk to make 1 cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes and you've got homemade buttermilk. Easy. Although, I'll be honest. The few times I have actually had buttermilk on hand the pancakes have been a smidge superior.
My favorite pancake topping is butter and real maple syrup but I tend to reserve that for weekends. Most days I top my pancakes with vanilla bean yogurt and fruit.
The only change I make to the recipe is to do 100% white whole wheat. You can find the recipe here.