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Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Archive for February, 2011

Hercules Glade with the Armstrongs (Oct ’10)

Mon ,28/02/2011

It was a pretty Saturday the 16th of October in 2010.   Emily and I were going to go to Silver Dollar City but since it was a nice day and we wanted to get outside in nature, we called up the Armstrong’s to go hiking with us.  We went 4.7 miles which was pretty impressive for the kids to go that far.  Hercules is a fun place to go backpacking in; usually very isolated, in fact, I don’t remember seeing anyone else there.  And it’s not too far away either.  I think Bree must have gotten tired near the end (or somewhere in the middle) because Mike had to give her some piggyback rides.  It only took us just under 3 hours and since I had my trusty GPS, I have geotagged the pictures that we took (click on the one below) so you know where the trail is.  It was a good afternoon.

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Double Yolk

Fri ,25/02/2011

Our chickens…they are so funny. One of them laid a bigger egg and I put it with the rest of the eggs. So when we were making food for our Halloween Party (more on that later) I cracked an egg to put it in the puddings we were making, and it had two yolks in it! I’m so glad that we had to separate the yolks and whites. Still, pretty cool huh?

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Bluberry Pancakes

Thu ,24/02/2011

Oh, Martha…I wish I could be like you (minus the jail time, house arrest and alcohol). We had these for dinner last night:

They were really good, and I really like the cornmeal in them. Here’s the recipe:


Makes about 1 dozen 5- to 6-inch pancakes; Serves 4

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for griddle
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (1 pint) blueberries
  • Orange-Maple Butter, for serving
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, butter, and egg. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined (mixture will be lumpy).
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Toss blueberries with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Brush griddle with melted butter. Spoon batter onto griddle 1/3 cup at a time. Sprinkle with sugared blueberries, about 2 tablespoons per pancake. Cook until edges are set, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter and blueberries, adding more butter to griddle and keeping prepared pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven. Serve with orange-maple butter and maple syrup.

Read more at Blueberry-Cornmeal Pancakes – Martha Stewart Recipes

I made the Orange Butter which totally complemented the pancakes. I liked powder sugar on the top but Jordan preferred syrup. Also, frozen blueberries work really well and they are cheapest at Sam’s Club.


Mon ,21/02/2011

We haven’t written any blog posts in a long time. I promise it’s not because we’re lazy, we’ve just been so busy doing fun things that we’re behind on blogging about it. I promise that we’ll write something this week. So stay tuned for some pictures :).