Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

The baby's fever broke early this morning and she's been fever-free all day! She's still clingy, but she's babbling and smiling again for the first time in days. N is also doing much better, and I think that by Saturday all will be well (unless C comes down with it by then . . . )

I made heart-shaped pancakes this morning and the boys were thrilled. For years, we've purchased pancake mix, but I don't know why. A couple months ago I started using a simple recipe and they are easy to mix together! If only I could figure out how to get them fluffier, I'd be set. Any tips? The recipe I use is flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, egg and buttermilk. I used dried buttermilk for the buttermilk since it keeps forever and I really like the taste. I wonder if increasing the baking powder would give the pancakes more rise?

My sister came through for me last night and picked up a couple candy hearts for the boys. DH was sent out of town yesterday and should be home sometime around midnight. The trip was unexpected (as most are for him), and with the kids sick, I didn't pick up any valentine candy.

I took a few minutes a couple days ago and found a bunch of valentine-themed worksheets for schooling today. It's wonderful all the resources available for free on the internet! I covered math, reading, writing, mazes, coloring sheets and word searches. The boys each wrote an acrostic poem for "love" that are just adorable.

And, then, I'm clearly a bit crazy because I made cutout heart cookies and frosted them. All while holding the baby on my hip, but passing her off to a brother while I shuffled pans in and out of the oven. The house smells yummy, though, and DH will be happy when he comes home to find fresh cookies!

It's time to snuggle down with L and get her to sleep for the night. Hopefully DH arrives home safely -- his car started overheating on the trip out yesterday and he's in the middle of nowhere. Last I spoke to him he was taking it easy and had a couple gallons of water in the car in case he overheated. There doesn't seem to be cell service where he is, as his phone is going straight to voicemail.


  1. Anonymous3:32 PM

    I came across your blog from other one I was on and wanted to leave you a tip about fluffier pancakes. If you try separating the eggs and beating the egg white until they are fluffy and then adding them to the mix it might help. All recipes are different, but it works for one I use and I don't see why it wouldn't work for you. Hope that helps!

  2. Thanks for the tip! I made pancakes for dinner (DH out on a call) and tried your trick. It definitely made the pancakes fluffier!

  3. I am SO glad the kids are doing better now - nothing is more heartbreaking than a really sick baby!

    I make my own pancakes too and I just use 2 tsp baking power and 1/2 tsp salt for 3 cups flour... mine turn out good, but I'm not sure how "fluffy" you want them...

    I agree homemade pancakes rock though!

    Your valentine's day sounds like it was really awesome - you deserved a good day after all you've been through lately!


  4. Melanie, I have a wonderful pancake recipe that needs to be posted on my blog. If you nag me, I will try to get it up...and it has a trick for making fluffy pancakes....easy. They are pretty hearty pancakes and loved by anyone who has ever eaten them. :)

    LOVE your banner photo! I grew up on Venice Beach.....makes me feel right at home....which is why you will find an beach banner photo on my blog, too.........even though I live in the mountains!

    Praying for your sweet little girl. Hope she is well soon.........and asthma-free!


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