Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Whole Wheat Waffles and News

Hi people. I do have some big news, but I'll post the recipe first. I have never actually posted a recipe before, but these waffles are really good and a little different. They are also a great way of using up kernels of wheat from any food storage you might have. I got the recipe off a blog called The Sisters' Cafe that has tons of tasty recipes. The only thing is I have no idea how it was supposed to make 10 waffles. It made closer to 3 for us. Maybe I just make them ginormous. I don't know. I also added the recipe for coconut syrup, which sounds a little strange but is actually very very good. We put strawberries on top because I can't eat waffles without them. Well I could, but I prefer not to. And now I'm babbling. Anyway, here's the recipe.

Whole Wheat Blender Waffles

1 c. plus 1 Tb whole wheat berries
1 c. milk
2 eggs
4 Tb oil
2 Tb sugar (or honey)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Blend wheat berries and milk on high for 4-5 minutes, until batter is smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on low for a minute, or until incorporated. Cook on hot waffle iron. (Stir batter before pouring into waffle iron, because the heavier wheat particles will settle at the bottom.) Makes about 10 waffles. (Ha! more like 3)
(To make pancakes instead of waffles, use 1 c. wheat berries and 2 Tb oil.)

Coconut Syrup

7-8 T. butter
¾ c. buttermilk
1 c. sugar
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut extract

Place butter, buttermilk and sugar in a pot. Then turn stove on medium and stir until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil one minute. Remove from heat and add soda and flavoring. It will bubble up; just continue to stir and give it a few minutes for the 'fizz' to reduce before serving.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot my big news. We're moving to Georgia for Jared's work in early June. Ok, talk to you later!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Those Who Hunt the Night

I realized today that I haven't posted a book review for a while. I must rectify that immediately. Ok, here goes. Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly is a vampire book. No, it's not a vampire book like Twilight or anything like unto it. There is no forbidden love or wanting to get bitten. Vampires are definitely the bad guys, but you can't help feeling some empathy for them. The time period is early-20th century England. The vampires of London are being killed one by one by being exposed to daylight. A seemingly mild-mannered professor named James Asher is blackmailed into helping them find the killer. I say seemingly because until he got married, he was actually a spy for England who used his academic work as a cover for espionage. A vampire seeks him out and threatens his wife and family unless he helps them. Asher, of course, wants to find out who is killing the vampires so that he can team up with him or her. However, not all is what it seems.

All in all, it was a pretty good book. I found myself liking the vampires. What can I say? Sometimes I like the bad guys. I also liked the main character. A motorcycle-riding ex-spy who is also an Oxford don. What's not to love? His wife is a good character too. She refuses to be left behind and so gets involved in the investigation. The couple that investigates vampire murders together uh stays together. Yeah, because that happens a lot. But hey, it's always good to come up with a saying to account for every eventuality.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Babies' First Cell Phones

The girls begged and pleaded for cell phones, and we finally gave in. Yummy!