Saturday, August 20, 2016

Classic Waffles


It's really hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. It's back to school on Monday for my big fourth grader and of course, it's always a bittersweet beginning. I panicked mildly when I realized there are only two summers left before he starts middle school. 

Didn't he just graduate from Pre-K last year?!


And this whole 'growing' thing he's got going on... he's so tall now. So, when do those extreme growth spurts start again?! I hope the answer to my question isn't "around age 9" or "fourth grade".  There's a mere, five-inch height difference between us at the moment, and I'm only 5'1". So, exactly one minute after he's tall enough to stare me in the eye, he'll be staring down at me...what?? That will be weird, right? 

Sigh. Okay, I'll simmer down now. I'm getting way ahead of myself...I think.

But, luckily when it comes to this whole parenting gig I'm figuring out that, in more ways than one, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 



Yes, he's bigger, more independent, has his own thoughts and dreams, BUT he still loves my homemade chicken noodle soup. He won't let me take a million pictures like I used to, but he still gets excited to help me make cinnamon rolls and he is the still the world's best meatball roller-upper.  

And waffles are still his favorite breakfast. 

I'm really glad for the fun memories my son and I have together in the kitchen. These days I love to watch him teach what he knows to his little sister. I look forward to more sophisticated cooking adventures with him as he grows... and continuing to freak him out with weird vegetables. 


Oh, how I cherish these small blessings and funny moments with my kids. And, although I believe change is a good thing, I really do hope that some things stay exactly the same. 



These waffles are one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts! Make a big batch, break them into quarters and then freeze them. Pop them in the toaster for a quick, scratch-made breakfast that's hard to beat! 


My Kitchen Assistant #1 circa ages 4,5 and 6, but he's been and expert egg-cracker since age 3!

Classic Waffles
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 stick butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or other light cooking oil)
1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set it aside. In another, smaller bowl mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and oil together. 

2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Using a wooden spoon or a whisk, stir the batter until it is just moistened. It will be a bit lumpy. 

3. Pre-heat your waffle iron. Using a good non-stick cooking spray, lightly grease the waffle iron surface (before each pour) and pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of batter, enough to cover the surface, onto the iron. 

4. Cook until golden brown and slightly crisp. 

5. Top with your favorite syrup, whipped cream or fruit and enjoy!


10 comments:

  1. You have a super sweet sous chef :-)) These classic waffles look awesome!

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  2. What an incredibly sweet post, Marcelle! I love that he still gets excited to help you in the kitchen. My favorite memories of my mother will always be those in the kitchen; she is there with me every day, even though she left this earth almost 30 years ago. Your son will have the same memories and will love sharing them with you as he gets older! The waffles look perfect for this gorgeous Sunday morning!

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    1. Thank you, David :) Thank you for sharing about your mom, means alot. I'm so crazy about these two kids! LOL

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  3. What a lovely tribute to your kids! Spending time in the kitchen together is such a treat, and it's especially delightful to see him teach his little sister what he knows.

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    1. Hi Beth, thank you! It's nice to see them bond over cooking. They bicker about almost everything else :):)

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  4. you've found the trick to pulling at my heartstrings, marcelle! what a sweet post, and your waffles look delicious! great freezer tip!

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  5. Ahhh. I'm sure egg cracking is sign of great things to come. GREG

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  6. Love waffles! And never have them, because I don't have a waffle iron. Really need to get one! Really nice post -- so well written. Thanks!

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  7. Your son looks like a natural in the kitchen Marcelle, delicious looking waffles.

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