Monday, September 25, 2017

Easy Breakfast- Puff Pancakes...

Puff Pancakes are definitely one of our easiest and tastiest breakfasts.  You simply mix up all the ingredients and wait for the oven to heat up.  As the oven is heating, I put the pan in the oven with the butter in it.  The butter melts as the oven heats and, usually, by the time the oven is to the correct temperature, the butter is all melted and ready for the batter to be poured in.  Super simple. 

Puff Pancakes 

6 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla 
2 T butter (salted)

Turn oven on to 375°.  Place the butter in a 9x13 pan and put in oven.  As the oven heats, it will melt the butter.  Remove pan from oven as soon as the butter is completely melted.  But, as you wait for that, go ahead and mix the remaining batter ingredients together. 

When the butter is melted, pour the batter into the hot 9x13.  Return to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are browned and it's all puffed up.  

Remove from oven, cut into serving sizes, drizzle with your favorite toppings.  We prefer maple syrup, but fresh berries and powdered sugar would be awesome, too!!

Here's what it looks like as soon as the timer goes off, ready to be pulled out of the oven.  

And here's what it looks like after just a few minutes!!  The pretty puff is gone (so don't wonder "what did I do wrong??" when yours does this!!!), but the yumminess is left behind.  

And here it is all served up and ready to be devoured.  So tasty.  

We've been making this for at least 10 years.  Hope y'all love it as much as we do!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gross But Necessary....Why You Should Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner's Beater Bar.....

Sorry for the super nasty photos that follow.  There are just some things us homemakers MUST talk about....

So, yes, I knew this.  I KNOW we are supposed to clean the hair off of our vacuum cleaner's beater bar on a regular basis.  But.... well, I got lazy and HELLO THIS IS GROSS!!!!

According to this website, this is WHY we should make sure we clean the hair off on a regular basis.

Vacuums are the cleaning workhorse of our carpeted rooms, but every once in a while they need a little cleaning themselves so that they can keep operating properly. Most are already familiar with cleaning or replacing the vacuum bag since that happens on a more regular basis but it is not as common to remove the roller brush and clean it as well. If you live in a household with long haired people or animals you may know this problem all too well. As the vacuum runs along the carpet it picks up hair that wraps around (and almost dreads) your roller brush. When enough hair builds up, the roller brush is no longer able to rotate and stops picking up hair and debris on your floor. Luckily it's an easy and quick fix.

I finally cleaned mine last week.  Yep, disgusting.  All three of us girls in this home have long hair, so you better believe there was a TON of hair to remove.  

So now?  Our vacuum cleaner is running MUCH better than it was!!  We only purchased this vacuum 6 months ago and already we had this much hair.  YIKES!!  Lesson learned- I will clean it off WAY more often than every 6 months!!!!

How often do YOU clean the hair off the beater bar?  If you have pets, definitely be sure and look to see if it needs cleaning!!  And if you cannot figure out how to remove the beater bar, youtube is your best friend. Type in the brand of your vacuum and some nice person has surely uploaded a video of how to do it on your exact machine.  YAY for technology!!!


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