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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Easy Old-Time Flapjacks Recipe


A Pioneer Recipe!

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Easy Old-Time Flapjacks Recipe - (Breads, Rolls)


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
1/2 cup milk or water
Lard or shortening for frying


Combine all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix well. Pour the dough on a well-floured surface. Roll or pat into 3/8 to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut the dough into irregular-shaped squares, 2-3 inches long, and make slits in the middle of the squares. Heat some lard in the frying pan to fry your flapjacks. Fry 2 or 3 flapjacks at a time. Cook the flapjacks for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Place the flapjacks on a paper towel briefly to drain.

Thoughts On Easy Old-Time Flapjacks Recipe:

Serve your flapjacks with butter, syrup, jelly, or honey. This was an old-time, or "pioneer" recipe. Flapjacks were usually made when there was little food in the home. The slits in the flapjacks help them to fry evenly. When I was a child I always enjoyed breakfast time with my mother when she made flapjacks. She never called them flapjacks. They were always called pancakes and most of the time they came from a box mix. This recipe is very authentic and what "old-timers" would mix as a recipe. My favorite topping was syrup.

My second daughter was dating a nice young man in the past and we decided to eat at Denny's Restaurant with my daughter and her boyfriend. We ordered "pancakes" to eat on that occasion. I watched my daughter's boyfriend prepare his food before eating. He took his spoon and began to cut a hole in the middle of the pancakes. I asked him what he was doing. He said, "Just watch." After he cut the hole in the middle of the pancakes he filled the hole with syrup until it ran over top and onto the plate. He said he was making a crater for the syrup like you do when for mashed potatoes and gravy. It's like a gravy crater in mashed potatoes but it's a syrup crater. It made sense to me and I have been doing that since.

More Information On Flapjacks:

In the United Kingdom flapjacks are different from pancakes. Flapjacks in the UK are cooked differently too. When did the slit in flapjacks become incorporated into the cooking process? Do you want to learn how to make "British" flapjacks? You can learn more about the history of pancakes and flapjacks by visiting the Allrecipes website.

Some Questions For You:

Have you tried this old-time recipe? What is your favorite topping to put on flapjacks or pancakes? Have you tried peanut butter on your flapjacks? It is a favorite topping that my daughters use. Did you see my last recipe? It is called Needle In A Haystack No-Bake Cookies Recipe and it's a great no-bake cookie recipe to make.

My Thoughts For Today:


My grandfather is famous in our family for making banana bread. He likes to let his bananas turn black so his bananas are sweet for his bread. If you visit his house and open his refrigerator freezer, you will likely find frozen black bananas. He is 94 years old and still loves making banana bread. I've heard my grandfather remark on other people's banana bread and insist that his bread is better and sweeter. My grandfather is a funny person. I would like to get my grandfather's recipe for banana bread and share it with you. I will see what I can do.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Southern Chocolate Gravy Recipe

Biscuits, pancakes, or waffles!

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Southern Chocolate Gravy Recipe - (Sauces)


5 tablespoons cocoa (heaping)
4 cups sugar
1 can pet evaporated milk (12 ounces)
1/2 stick of butter


Use a large skillet if you have one. Mix sugar and cocoa together and gradually add pet milk. Stir and mix all together. Place on medium to high heat and stir as the mixture begins to get hot. As you see the mixture beginning to bubble start gradually turning heat back to medium. Continue to boil and stir as you gradually reduce the heat to medium. You want continuous bubbles but do not cook fast. Turn to low add 1/2 stick of butter and stir. The gravy is thin and does not have to be really thick.

Thoughts On Chocolate Gravy:

The whole process does not take more than 10-12 minutes to cook. Pour over hot biscuits, pancakes, or waffles. Serve with scrambled eggs and breakfast meat. This recipe does not have four so it will seem less grainy in texture. I prefer chocolate gravy like this but you can try other recipes with flour to see what you like.

More Information On Chocolate Gravy:

I found a great article by Allrecipes called Why Southerners Are Obsessed With Chocolate Gravy (and Why You Should Be, Too) that you will enjoy. 

Quick Question Or Two For You:

People either like chocolate gravy or they don't. Which one are You? Reply to this post and let me know. Also, did you see my last recipe? It is called Strawberry Pretzel Pie and I know you will enjoy it. 

My Thoughts For The Day:

Just to spark your imagination.

I remember being in my pre-teens and getting to visit my great-grandmother on my dad's side of the family. She lived in Oklahoma. It was a small country farmhouse and I would say around three bedrooms from my memory. The picture above is not a picture of the farmhouse. I wanted to share with you the "feeling" that a childhood experience in Oklahoma might be like.

One of my fondest memories was waking up early in the morning to my great-grandmother cooking breakfast. I could smell the scent of bacon in the air. She always had her hair pulled back into a tight little bun. She wore wire-rim glasses and a dress with an apron while she cooked. There was an old metal ladle hanging at the kitchen sink to get a drink of water from the sink.

Eggs, bacon, biscuits, white gravy, and of course she would make chocolate gravy. I always loved the chocolate gravy. Unfortunately, I do not have her recipe but this one is very close. I would love to know your thoughts on chocolate gravy. 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Breakfast Milkshake - Parfait Easy Recipe


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Breakfast Milkshake - Parfait Easy Recipe (Beverages)


1 banana
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
8 ounces frozen sliced strawberries
1 (6 ounces) yogurt
6 ounces milk
6 ounces orange juice

1 tablespoon sunflower seeds


Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For added protein (and crunch). toss in sunflower seeds and puree.

Variation: Layer into a glass with granola to make a breakfast parfait.

Thoughts On Breakfast Milkshake - Parfait:

This is a great recipe to have in the morning before you start off your day. It is very easy to prepare for the day before because everything is already in the refrigerator or freezer. All you have to do is throw the ingredients in the blender and enjoy. In just a few minutes you will be loving this quick easy milkshake or parfait.

Extra Information:

The word "milkshake" was first coined in 1885. It was actually a whisky drink at first. That marketing was short-lived and soon became a drink that appealed to children without alcohol. Other ingredients could be added like chocolate. It became a family-friendly drink and its popularity soared. Today there is hardly anyone in the Western culture who doesn't know what a milkshake is. You can visit IcebergDriveInn to learn more about The Complete History of Milkshakes.

Quick Question:

What is your favorite milkshake or parfait? Do you prefer a milkshake or a parfait? My favorite is a chocolate flavor milkshake and for a parfait, I love strawberry and banana. This would also make a great dessert after a good steak meal. Did you see my last recipe made with steak? If you didn't I will share it with you here. It would go great with a milkshake or parfait. It is called Steak Rollatini's and is considered an Italian dish. You may think of eggplant when you hear about Rollatini but this one is made with steak instead. Let me know what you think of it.

My Thoughts:

Amish horse and buggy at my local gas station.

I stopped by the gas station on the way to work yesterday and this Amish horse and buggy was there. I got about twenty dollars worth of fuel and it cost around $3.75 cents per gallon. Do you remember when fuel was under $2 dollars a gallon? I sure miss those days and I wonder if we will ever get back to those prices.

My first thought when I saw this horse and buggy was how much the Amish save on fuel but then I thought about the pros and cons of not using an automobile. If I had a horse I would have to have hay, feed, and a place to keep my horse. It would take much longer to get to where I am going too. Think about how cold or hot it would be in a horse buggy during extreme weather. One good thing would be to use the horse manure for compost in the garden.

There is an Amish community not too far from where I live. Most of the Amish people in my area are situated along a certain two-lane highway you have to drive in order to get to the main highway. I always enjoy driving along that road. From the road, you can see about six different homes that Amish people live in. They have sheep, geese, horses, and other farm animals. They have long clotheslines where their laundry is on display. The colors are white, blue, black, and gray. I have even seen clothes out on the line in the middle of winter. You can always tell when there is an event among the Amish because you will see tons of horses and buggies in one place and all the young Amish children are outside playing.

Seeing an Amish community is like stepping back in time. I don't think I would like to permanently live that type of lifestyle but I would like to be more self-sufficient in living. Amish make great food and I always enjoy seeing the Amish. The only downside about driving through the Amish community besides the "country" smell their animals put in the air is driving behind their horse and buggy very slow. Sometimes you will see Amish children in the back of the buggy and they like to stare and wave at those in the cars behind them. I don't know if they are being friendly or making fun of us because we have to drive slowly. One thing is for sure, they didn't have to pay $3.75 a gallon for their car.

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