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Family Favorite Flapjacks

Okay, I don’t call them flapjacks, but couldn’t resist the alliteration. This recipe is one that I have been making for over 44 years.  At one of my wedding showers, the party host had everyone bring their favorite recipe on a card to give me.  This was one of those recipes.  Over the years I have changed it to be just what we like.  Here it is:


  1.  Mash two bananas in a large bowl.  Riper bananas make for a better flavor, but I was impatient and mashed these more firm ones.



2.  Add 2 eggs and mix.



3.  Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 1 Tablespoon honey and mix.  I use raw, local honey.



4.  Add 1 and 1/2 cups of milk and mix.  I use almond milk.  Also, I use a 1/2 cup measuring cup and add three of them with the amount of milk being scant.  That means a little on the not full side.



5.  Next I add the dry ingredients.  1/2 cup of flour.  I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour.  I have not always been gluten free.  This recipe is delicious made with whole wheat flour, which is how I originally made it.  But, thanks to harmful chemicals in foods today, I am gluten free.  Wait to mix until you have added the next ingredients.



6.  Add 1 Tablespoon baking powder (aluminum free) and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  You can mix it now.



7.  Add 1 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats.  Mix this all together.  We will also be adding chocolate chips when cooking.  If your entire family enjoys chocolate chips in their pancakes, then you can add them now.  1/4 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  This batter will thicken as it sits, so you might want to wait about 20 minutes before beginning to cook them.



8.  Even though my pan is non-stick, I drizzle olive oil in the pan so they certainly don’t stick.  I cook them on medium-low heat. It works best if you allow the pan to heat up first.  I often use a large lid to cover the pan to create a little oven inside.



9.  Since not everyone in my family enjoys the chocolate chips, I add them as I cook them.  I can add as many or as few as I like to each pancake.



10.  Ready to enjoy.  We like them plain, but they are also delicious with maple syrup.  And there we have it, our Family Favorite Flapjacks!



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Workshop Do-Over

In my last post, I mentioned that Tom’s workshop would be the next story.  It took him about 3 months, I think, to finish it.  Being redesigned, a little bit, has made it much more usable for him.  Not to mention the getting rid of TONS of stuff has created much more room.

It began with the removal of everything inside and placing it in the driveway.


The inside looks nice when it’s mostly emptied. You can see the insulation in the ceiling.  See all of those boxes of laminate flooring?  Twenty-three!  They were left over after flooring the inside of the house.  I actually returned them to Costco for a refund of over $600.  I love Costco!


The first thing done was to install a plybead ceiling.  It’s similar to beadboard, but cut and formed from plywood rather than masonite.


I am not a very strong helper, so Tom engineered a contraption to help hold up the plybead while he screwed it into the ceiling beams.


The workshop has a 1/2 bath which makes it a super man cave, don’t you think?  He didn’t like the placement of the sink.  He bought a new one and moved it to a better location. The new configuration gave more usable space to the shop.  The photo below shows how he moved it from left of the toilet, to the right and adjoining wall. The board on the floor is covering the sewer opening.


This is how nice the bathroom looks now.  He installed a space saving pocket door as well.


The shop is now ready for some great projects.  I heard rumors that he’s going to get those bikes road worthy.


The large hoist in the picture, is what we use to put the 5th wheel hitch in and out of our truck bed.  The table saw is vintage, just like we are!  🙂


We are out of projects!  What to do?  Thanks for stopping by.  Maybe you have some ideas for our next project.  Oh wait!  We could, maybe, find some projects for the 5th wheel!