Daily Life Food

Things I love: pancakes, stamps, and craft books

I can hardly believe it’s already November. I’m preparing myself for the busy cold months ahead, and putting extra care into the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

I’m a huge coffee person, so there’s always a fresh pot brewing at my place before I even hop in the shower. But mornings fly by so quickly that I often forget to eat until lunchtime hits. But it really makes a difference to wake up a bit earlier, put on some morning jams, and start the day with a hearty home cooked meal.

Here’s my favorite pancake recipe. It’s easy and super fluffy (see how thick they are?):

Fluffy Banana Pancake Recipe
adapted from “good old fashioned pancakes”

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sliced bananas

1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
2. In a smaller bowl, beat together egg and melted butter. Continue to blend as you add milk and vanilla extract.
3. Combine the dry and the wet mixtures together until just blended.
4. Lightly butter a heated pan, scoop about half a cup of batter onto it, and place a couple banana slices on top. Brown each side before serving hot.

*Make sure to take out the egg and milk out of the fridge ahead of time, so that they’re at room temperature.

Taurin and I threw a small Tex-Mex dinner party recently. We prepared Mexican rice, chicken fajitas, refried beans, spicy salsa, beef filling, potatoes, and flour tortilla. It was our friends’ first time trying Mexican food, and they really enjoyed making tacos.

For breakfast the next day: Mexican rice topped with an egg, bacon, and a dollop of sriracha (My friend Zeolite brought us a huge bottle of it all the way from Virginia).

Korean bibimguksu: Chilled noodles smothered in gochujang + sesame sauce (add a splash of vinegar and a bit of honey) with julienned cucumbers, topped with a soft-boiled egg and toasted sesame seeds.


P.S. I just found out I won the Memi the Rainbow giveaway for her hand-stamped fabric buttons. I’m so excited! It’s just timed perfectly, because I just ordered this lovely Japanese dress pattern book from Jannese. I plan on baking lots of pies and sewing cotton dresses this winter when I’m home in Virginia.

Aren’t these button stamps adorable?

Happy Homemade 3
Happy Homemade Vol. 3!

Happy Homemade 3

Happy Homemade 3

*The stamp photos belong to Memi the Rainbow and the sewing book photos belong to the workroom.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and beginning of a new week.


  • Reply
    Thuraya Lynn
    November 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I am so making these tomorrow morning!
    Thanks for the recipe share!

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Let me know how they turn out! πŸ™‚

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    November 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    The pancakes look so yummm!
    It’s so true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as good breakfast means a good start of a brand new day. But, I am always too lazy…

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      You have to ease into it, I think. Yogurt + fruit is a perfectly easy breakfast option. πŸ˜›

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    November 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I must say, Korean cold noodle is one of my favourites. It’s basically what I order when I go to a Korean restaurant. πŸ˜€

    Thank you for the recipe; you’re such a darling!

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      πŸ™‚ I love getting cold noodles at Korean restaurants, too.

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    November 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Pancakes omnomnom…and the bibimguksu looks really lovely too! You only showed a few pages of the dress book, but the layout seems so nice, I hope that you have fun making them (:

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I’m so excited about picking out fun fabric for the dresses, too.

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    November 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    those pancakes look SO GOOD AAAAHHHHHH

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      πŸ˜› I wanna make waffles!

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    Kelly Zarb
    November 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I love pancakes I’ve just found a great recipe for almond meal and besan flour pancakes they are yummy too!!

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Ohh almond meal and besan flour pancakes! Sounds deeelicious.

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    November 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

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    Aya β™₯ Strawberry Koi

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      November 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Aya!

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    November 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

    …WOW WOW WOW!!!!!
    your foods!!!!!!!!! ahhhhh
    the fluffy banana pancakes…..what a dream!!!
    and the bacon and eggs and bibimcooksoo!!

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      November 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Haha Aron, you’re great. πŸ™‚

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    November 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Oh there are TOO many things that I like about this post. I am a huge fan of pancakes and those are the thickest that I’ve ever seen, they look delicious! Secondly, there is something amazing about a runny egg on top of rice. So yummy. I’m really craving it now and it’s super late here…1am is too late for more food haha.

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      November 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Winnie! I love slightly runny eggs.

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I am a HUGE fan of breakfast food, so I just have to try those pancakes! Adding the recipe to my favorites, thank you! Those vintage buttons are prettyyy.

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      November 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      I hope the pancakes turn out just as fluffy for you!

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I love pancakes too and also stamps and craft books πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!
    The noodles look fantastic, too!

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    November 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

    All that food looks so good!

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    November 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    wow, this table of food looks absolutely glorious! What I would give for something like this right now πŸ™‚

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    November 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    What a lovely post! πŸ˜€ Those pancakes look delicious…. and it’s great that you’re putting in more effort into making breakfast everyday! I wish I had your discipline and determination… and COOKING SKILLS ;p I’d like to be able to prepare healthier breakfasts for myself but in the end I always end up choosing sleep over anything else.

    So glad I discovered your blog! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading more posts!

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    Studio Meez
    November 8, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Oh my, all that food looks so delicious. Definitely going to try out your pancake recipe!
    Lucky you for wining that give-away, those buttons are so cute!

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    Alexander Testere
    November 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I love everything about this.

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    November 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

    oh those pancakes look SO good– especially because i think bananas are my very favourite fruit πŸ™‚ we only have a hot cooked breakfast on weekends, when we’re not busy… but i think it’s the yummiest meal of the day x

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    November 9, 2011 at 6:01 am

    ahh, i have fogotten how fun pancake making is. i miss it..
    Need to try on next time.
    what else do i have in my garden? i took some pictures today and now updating. Have a fun day.
    Are you sewing your clothes?

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    November 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    ultra adorable!!
    it’s good loving these things. makes a happier life ^^
    your blog is very inspiring! thanks for stopping by in mine!

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    December 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Yes these button stamps are adorable!!!

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