*Sigh.* Sunday night about 8 PM I sat down with a glass of egg nog and breathed a sigh of relief! The last of my Christmas decorations were finally in place, so I enjoyed watching one of the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies without any guilt. :)
Between family obligations, work travels and my kids’ activities, I didn’t have one big block of time to decorate for Christmas. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving a friend and I got together and made fresh evergreen wreaths for our front door. A week ago Saturday my family and I traveled to Carlson’s Christmas Tree Farm in Franklin County for our beautiful flocked fir. Last Sunday we got our tree decorated. Then one night last week I set up the nativity. Another morning I got up early and decorated our bookshelves before heading off to work. (You get the idea.)
Even though it takes time, I just love decorating for the holidays. I especially enjoy hanging ornaments on the tree because it warms my heart to look at the handmade ornaments my kids brought home from school. My favorite decorations are those that include a school picture.
Through the years, I’ve also enjoyed making Christmas ornaments with my Girl Scout troop. This year we’re learning about ways to reuse and repurpose, so we’re planning to make ornaments from clothespins. One year we made wreaths from puzzle pieces. Another year we decorated pinecone ornaments and used them to decorate boxes of homemade cookies for the elderly.
In addition to decorating and making crafts, I love holiday baking and cooking. I make Buttermilk Pancakes every Christmas morning, so today I’m sharing this simple recipe with you. As much as I love traditions, however, I also love trying new things. That’s why this year I’m thinking about making our traditional pancakes plus Eggnog Pancakes with Maple Cranberry Syrup. Even if my pancakes don’t look as picture-perfect as those pictured with this recipe, at least it sounds festive!
What’s your favorite thing to make during the holidays? Feel free to share a recipe with me!
Makes about 15 pancakes
2 c. buttermilk
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
½ tsp. vanilla
2 T. vegetable oil
Maple syrup for serving
In a bowl, beat eggs until frothy (2-3 minutes) with an electric mixer.
Then add buttermilk, melted butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla.
Continue to beat just until the mixture is smooth, which is about 2-3 more minutes.
Preheat griddle over medium heat. Place pancake molds on griddle; spray surface and molds with nonstick cooking spray.
Add 1/3 cup batter to each mold, spreading batter to edges with a spoon; cook until bubbles appear on surface and pancakes pull away from sides of molds (2-3 minutes).
Remove molds, flip pancakes and cook until bottoms brown, 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to a warmed plate.