Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Log Cabin? Are you kidding?

To me it's not really Spring until I get that first scent of lilacs! It's spring here for sure!

It was a beautiful Saturday here on Long Island yesterday, and today we have one of those rainy all day kind of days! So what better to way to end the weekend than with a nice big brunch! Yesterday was a beautiful day for lilacs and gardens. Today is a lazy Sunday, so we were in no rush, we all sat down to a really nice, very late breakfast! Shortcuts involved for sure, but still it was brunch, and it was good. and I found something out about the Griller today!


He came clean after all these years! Can't believe it. I mean we do eat our share of junk food and sweets. I like pre-prepared foods as much as the next guy. Ravioli in a can. Fine. Love it. Mac-n-cheese from a box, the best! Even mashed potatoes that are powdered. Not a problem here. But sugary sweet, no "maple" flavor pancake syrup versus REAL GRADE B Maple syrup? I like both but prefer Grade B syrup. He never expressed a preference. Go know? What a surprise that was! Next he's going to tell me he prefers his mother's brisket over mine?


By the way, those pancakes? From a container. Shake and Pour. They're ok. Better than the canned pancakes! but definitely not as good as the box. Remember that canned stuff? We like the box mix so much better. Much, much better!  We like scratch but sometimes it's ok by me to just grab the mix! No mess, no fuss. I'm all for convenience! and kitchen gadgets!

See what I got from Williams-Sonoma? A pancake pen. If you make lots of pancakes, this is a great kitchen toy! No drips like with a spoon or a ladle! I really liked this thing!

Basic Pancakes
Source: Martha Stewart Everyday Food
Printable Recipe

1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 -1 cup milk (more or less to desired consistency)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted) or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil for the pan

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Mix your dry ingredients together, then add in your wet ingredients. Mix until it's all moistened, a few lumps are ok. Don't over mix.

Pour about a tablespoon of vegetable oil on a paper towel and wipe the inside of a large skillet or skillet with the oil, giving it a thin coating. Heat the large skillet or griddle on medium heat. Spoon about three tablespoons or so of batter into the skillet, you should be able to get about three pancakes in the pan, depending on size of the pan and size of the pancakes! When it’s bubbled up on one side, flip them over and cook the other side for another minute or two until that side has browned!

Transfer to a baking sheet; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in oven. Continue with more oil and remaining batter. Serve warm, with whatever toppings you prefer.

Joining Mary from The Little Red House for another Mosaic Monday! Stop by the Little Red House to see lots of fantastic Mosaics every week!


  1. Nice post, I love your lilacs! Thanks for the pancake recipe, we usually have Aunt Jemina box mix. I will have to try your recipe next time.

  2. This is a great post Carol. I grew up on Bisquick pancakes and they are just find for me although I do have other recipes I love too. The pancake pen is cool. I could probably use something like that. Your counter reminded me of mine...I have the same mixer and jar on mine right next to other. I use my jar for cookies though.

  3. What a wonderful-looking breakfast, Carol! Now you've done it. You have me craving pancakes and I think I need a pancake pen! That would help with making aebleskivers too! I clicked on the link and now I also want one of those waffle pans - OY!

  4. I am not surprised that you found the pancake pen! You are the gadget queen! And I heard of others will only eat pancake syrup, won't touch maple syrup. Go figure :-) Your breakfast looks wonderful! My friend and her sister go out for breakfast at
    5 p.m. twice a month. They love breakfast food for dinner!

  5. Cool gadget! Leave it to you to find something ike that...I like the idea the bottom opens up for refill. I don;t think I have ever had REAL maple syrup..always Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin here.
    Your photos are looking so good lately (they were good before) right down to the mint leaf!!

  6. Beautiful Lilacs and great pancakes! What a yummy breakfast! Hope you have a wonderful new week!

  7. Oh I like that pancake pen! My husband is in charge of making pancakes on the weekend :-) We like pure maple syrup from New England...I buy it in bulk from

    Lovely lilacs came out this week --they smell so good!
    ♥ Pat

  8. Love the lilac mosaic, the brunch looks great. Pancakes are my favorite, but only butter please. Have wonderful week.

  9. That looks delic. We're not so fussy either on the pancakes but the syrup has to be the real thing, especially here in the heart of Maple Syrup country lol. Enjoy your week! ~jeanne

  10. Beautiful lilacs. Mine are just starting to bloom. Love Sunday morning pancakes.

  11. Nothing like homemade pancakes and maple syrup! I always add a dollop of sour cream (just like my grandma always has) to the batter - seems to make them a touch lighter and airy.

    Your lilacs are delightful!


  12. Love the lilacs but I want that pancake pen! Off to W&S pronto!

  13. I love Lilacs too!! mmmm pancakes!

  14. Bisquick for us and definitely Log Cabin syrup. Thanks for stopping by my anniversary blog Carol. I love the lilacs too. Mine is just about ready to bloom. Have a great weekend.

  15. Oh your lilacs are so beautiful! The color, the smell.
    But pancakes! Oh, I love pancakes. We go to IHOP quite frequently for pancakes! But at home I use Bisquick and Mrs. Butterworth! I'll be in pancake heaven for at least a couple of hours! ;)
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. I can hardly wait for the lilacs to bloom here. The fragrance is so intoxicating. I love pancakes but only get my fix once a year on shrove Tuesday. Martha has a recipe for everything. Its a good thing. Valerie

  17. My lilacs are SO close to blooming but not quite there yet - looking forward to it though.

    As for pancake syrup - I have a terrible problem! My whole family prefers the "butter flavored." How is that a preferable flavor?! Why do I want my food to taste like butter? I don't! Bring on the maple!

  18. I love the sweet smell of lilacs! Hmmm, I still go for the old fashioned pancake in a box mix! And the regular store brand syrup suits fine.

    Enjoy your week!

  19. Our pantry always has a bag of Krusteaz Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancake mix in it. According to the bag it's a Northwest Tradition since 1932! They make great waffles as well. Looking forward to checking out some of your recipies next time I'm planning a company meal...

  20. What a fun post! I like all the items you mentioned too! The blue box of Mac and cheese ~ We lived on it the first couple of years we were married. Nice stopping by!

    Kindly, ldh

  21. Love, love, love lilacs! Have a great week & come visit.. I'm having a give-away!

  22. Perfect post: I love both lilacs and pancakes. :)

  23. Lilacs are just about my most favorite flower...all colors! They make the most lovely spring arrangements.

    Tell me it isn't true. Those fabulous pancakes and not 100% maple syrup? no no no no

  24. I don't like maple syrup either..too strong..
    I don't have lilacs yet. Your mosaic is very pretty..And breakfast looks delicious!!
    And he does hike his mom's brisket better..he told me! :)

  25. My kids prefer Aunt Jemima's because (regrettably) we did not raise them on maple syrup. :) Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

  26. Carol, you make the best breakfasts. Yummy. But your lilacs are what I long for... no blooms on mine this year...AGAIN!


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