Thursday, April 21, 2016

Grandma Joe's Easy Buttermilk Waffles

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This recipe reminds me of my childhood. Every Mother’s Day we (we being my dad and siblings) would “secretly” wake up a little earlier to make mom breakfast in bed. But, I’m sure she knew because of the excessive clanking in the kitchen, and she was probably dreading the mess being made. But, after a few burnt waffles and soggy fried eggs, we would tromp into her bedroom and reveal our delicious meal to her.

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Then things always get weird. I have a question for you. Why is breakfast in bed a thing? Picture this: there’s mom in bed, sipping her orange juice and trying to make conversation as we all stare at her. So, at least in our case, in mere minutes we would return to dad in that lovely pink apron (so awkward) and eat our own breakfast on the kitchen table. Soon enough mom would walk into the kitchen holding her tray trying not to spill the flower vase full of dandelions. We would all get upset and tell her she had to eat her breakfast in bed! But she would always tell us that she would rather eat with us (and not get crumbs in her bed).  We would roll our eyes and agree. But now that I think about it, it is a little weird... Like lets banish mom to eat in her bed and have a party without her in the kitchen where dad in is control (sounds dangerous).

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Someday I hope to be that lady in bed.  I’m going to tell all my children (and my husband who is making the breakfast feast) that I would rather eat with them. And we will run around the house finding magnet boards and emptied drawers and we will ALL have breakfast in bed. Sure I’ll sacrifice my clean bed for one day, it’ll be well worth the memories. So to all you making breakfast in bed with mom.  Although I don’t recommend springing this idea on her in the moment, don’t be mad when she doesn’t want to eat alone, she’s only a mom because of you and she just wants to be with you on her special day.

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Okay so why in the world am I tell you this… Oh yes this wonderful waffle recipe! Let me tell ya, these waffles are the perfect quick and easy morning breakfast food. They are delicious and nutritious (especially if you choose to add in some whole wheat flour).  I love to top them with fresh whipped cream, fruit, and nuts.  AND this recipe is totally user friendly. I mean all you really have to do it stir it all together and pour it in the machine (ya got that men?) So go for it! You can do it, I believe in you!

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Grandma Joe's Easy Buttermilk Waffles
INGREDIENTS
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups flour (whole wheat if desired)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk (or more if too thick)

Whipped Cream Topping (optional)
INGREDIENTS
1 cup whipping cream
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS
For waffles: Preheat waffle irons. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil, and vinegar.  Sift together dry ingredients and add into egg mixture. Add in buttermilk until incorporated (do not over mix). Pour batter into waffle irons and bake until golden brown (about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the waffle iron).

For whipped cream topping: Pour cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into a small mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks form when beaters are pulled out.

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