Monday, March 28, 2011

Pancakes and Transfer Ware

One of my favorite things to look forward to over the weekend is pancakes! Or french toast - basically anything bread-like combined with real maple syrup! Hubby made these spelt walnut pancakes and I think they may be my favorite recipe. He added fresh pear on top. 

My mom flew up from California last week and while she was here, we took a drive into Portland. My shopping goals were some good nursing tops and some pants. She dropped me off at Marshalls while she drove laps around the parking lot to soothe the babies to sleep. It had been over six months since I'd been shopping. 

I came out half an hour later with these plates - eight dinner and eight salad. I didn't even try on clothes. 

They're the same pattern as my brown transfer ware (here). I thought the blue would be nice for spring and summer...and all the yummy culinary goodness that comes with these seasons - hello morel mushroom pizza, fruit salad, mescalin greens and oh, insalata caprese.

Spelt Walnut Pancake Recipe:

2/3 cup stone ground corn flour
1 cup spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp raw sugar
1 tsp salt 
2 eggs - separated
1 1/2 cup milk 
2 TB melted butter

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk egg whites separately in another small bowl until frothy. Combine together with dry ingredients in large bowl - throw in handful of walnuts. 

I want to thank everyone for your comments and e-mails. It really means a lot to me to hear from you. Unfortunately, it's become quite challenging to keep up with correspondence as I'd like. I pretty much always have a baby in my arms (I'm holding sleeping Margaret as I type with one hand right now!).

I also wanted to say that I'm still reading blogs which I can do with one hand and a mouse! I'm just not able to leave comments so much (but I do write very long chatty comments in my head!). 

xo

63 comments :

  1. No one would ever expect a mother of newborn twins to be able to do much other than look after them! We enjoy your blog so much, that's all we need. The plates are gorgeous. Rachaelxx

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  2. So funny...I love that you came out with those pretty plates...and I'd love to have seen the expression on your mom's face! I'm sure she 'gets it', I know I do...and now you have another reason to go back to Marshall's, I know...easier said than done (but they might have a pretty blue pitcher in the same pattern...just sayin!).
    Your arms and hands are doing and holding the most wonderful things they could possibly be doing and holding Trina...and we get to visit you here...it's perfectly perfect...and like Rachael said, it's all we need!
    xo J~

    *Can't wait to try those pancakes, way to go Mike!

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  3. Keep up the good work with those gorgeous twins, you can only do what you can when you have one baby let alone two!!
    A friend of mine has these plates and I have fond memories of eating many meals off them when visiting her!

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  4. Oooh! the pancakes look divine. The plates are gorgeous and I love reading your blog (all the way from Spain!)

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  5. I loooove the plates! I totally covet your brown transfer ware!! And the pancakes (and OH MY fresh *real* maple syrup!!!)....mmmm, the recipe is going to file right now for a very soon to be date with me and my tummy!!

    And yep, I agree with Rachael - you are a new Mumma to gorgeous twins so you enjoy loving them lots. We aren't going anywhere :-D

    Hugs

    Cath

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  6. I am happy to send you some tops! I would go shopping for you...I know perfectly well about twins and now that mine are 18, I have a bit more time for myself. Enjoy, cuddle and bask in the glory of those babies. Aprons are good with babies - I love wearing a long apron to catch spills and such. Perfect pancakes....hmmm.
    pve

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  7. The pancakes look yummy and I love the dishes! It's amazing what we learn to do with one hand!!!!


    Blessings,
    Robin

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  8. Those pancakes look mouth-watering! If only someone will make that for me too haha.

    Belly B
    http://www.papertiaras.com

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  9. Sounds like something I would do. Go in for clothes, come out with home decor! LOL Glad mom was able to keep the babies for a bit. Those pancakes look yummy!

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  10. LOVE the plates - Marshall's really?!

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  11. You are doing great...we love reading the blog. It is a gift from you. :)
    I laughed about not even trying on clothes...sounds like me. I go in with good intentions and come out with home goods. We need to take Janet shopping with us...she is my favorite fashionista! Perhaps we would stay on track and make wiser decisions.

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  12. I do love that you went into the store for the practical clothing and came out with the lovely, dreaming of summer dishes.

    (Perhaps because I'd always trade an outfit for something pretty for our home!)

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  13. too funny that you went in for much needed clothing and came out with much desired china...i can identify...and holding babies is much more important that typing comments...at least for the time being...enjoy this time while it's here.

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  14. First - both the plates and the pancakes looks amazing (I saw a similar set and I thought of you, and we don't even know each other!).

    Second - no need to apologize or explain. I'm sure everyone understands. My kids are 2 and almost one (on April Fools Day! - they are 15 months apart) so I definitely know what you are going through.

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  15. that sounds just like me (sans the need for nursing tops;) to go into a store with the expectation to buy clothes, only to come out with something for the house instead!! Wise choice!
    Love your new blue and white plates- I think you are really going to love them this Spring/Summer!
    The pancakes look and sound wonderful! I love that Mike cooks!
    don't you worry for one second about commenting or writing people.... No one would want you to take time away from the sweetpeas.
    xoj.

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  16. Yum, those spelt walnut pancakes look good! Love pancakes on the weekend too :) Love the plates too!

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  17. I love the transferware! beautiful. I have some Currier and Ives dishes that were my Grandmothers... I save them for special occasions, but they are blue and white too.

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  18. The plates are beautiful, as are the pancakes. :)
    Sending you a big hug!

    xo Dawn

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  19. I love the plates!! I would love to get some Asiatic Pheasant dishes someday. My favorite are the old ones that are sort of a faded blue color. But the dark blue ones are gorgeous, too!!
    Those pancakes sound amazing! I will have to try that recipe!
    Hope you have a wonderful day with your sweet family!
    Beth.

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  20. Love that transfer ware. Just this weekend I was looking for transfer ware to add a spring touch to my kitchen. You were more successful than I was! And I loved the story about clothes, as I'm ALWAYS doing that. I'll tell my husband I'm going shopping because I desperately need new pants, a jacket, etc. and come home with new throw pillows or a mirror! :)
    As always, your home is so, so very lovely, simple and inspiring. Truly my favorite blog of all time. Happy Spring to all five of you!

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  21. Pancakes seem to be in the air at the moment! Delicious and tempting.

    I agree with the comment above, kudos to you for being able to do anything other than be a mum to those gorgeous twins!

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  22. You do a great job! I love your posts, and your photos are always so beautiful! I hope that I can get some great pics like that for my new blog! You just do what you can, us moms have to stick together and support one another, we all understand!
    Erin,
    http://alittlesomething2.blogspot.com/

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  23. yum! And anything tastes better on beautiful plates! I'm a collector of plates and linens! Your babyies are adorable! I love checking out the pix as we just got out first grandbaby...a precious girl in November. Name is Maryn (sounds like Karen). I watch her a few days a week.....I admire alllll new moms!! Esp those of twins!!

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  24. LOL! I can't blame you one bit! Those plates are gorgeous. Hugs to the babies.

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  25. Ohhh...I love Johnson Bros. transferware! I have their pinkish/red Christmas tree ones. I love 'em! The blue ones are really nice, too. I love the way food looks like on blue plates. ;) I have a collection of different "blue room" plates by Spode too and whenever I make waffles with blueberries they always look twice as tasty! Ha! Your pancakes look heavenly btw....YUM!

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  26. I need spring summer clothes very badly, I buy fabric that may or may not have an exact destination, hummm?

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  27. I'm a dish fanatic and love the blue transferware! More and more I realize that decorating with white allows me to use whatever I want on the table as the mood strikes me.

    I love going in TJ Maxx and Marshalls for dish stuff. So many great finds!

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  28. So glad that you were able to get out and shop for a little while. Sorry you didn't get to try on clothes but those dishes are great and the pancakes look awesome!!

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  29. I absolutely love my cranberry transferware! I just can't resist buying them whenever I find them!
    Check out my new blog page when you get a chance.
    Thanks and have a great day.
    Paula

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  30. you kill me. you went in for pants and tops and came out with plates! a true decorator!

    xo
    janet

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  31. Love this story, Trina!
    The bags of dishes instead of clothes? Something I would totally do (and have done!)

    Love the plates - I'm a big transferware fan too and have collected only the brown. But I have been tempted many times to try red - just for a change-up.

    And like everyone else commenting here, let me just add: no apologies needed about trying to maintain touch. We're all just so grateful you have any time at all to post any little old thing. So be happy - rock those babies for us - and try and get some sleep!!

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  32. I have 1 plate in the same pattern except in black, which I bought at Home Goods. Love your blog and so happy you continue to post. Happy Spring! Mickey

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  33. I would walk out with plates, too - pretty plates always fit just right! :) I remember those days - with two babies at once - there is almost never a free hand! - Cailan

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  34. I think you are excused dear Trina at the moment - I'm more than happy to know you are peeping over The Hedge still with babes in arms! Let your fingers do the shopping online for something as mundane as clothes, your time is better spent adding to your gorgeous china collection.
    Millie x

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  35. LOL!! I love how your Mom was making laps in the parking lot. Wise woman! We used to have to do that with our youngest. She would sleep as long as the car was moving, so when we hit a light or stop sign, we would all rock back and forth in our seats....LOL People must have wondered what the heck we were doing. Kit

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  36. Don't you just love a shopping detour...great plates!!

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  37. Great story that I can completely relate to (especially as it involves Marshalls) Homewares are fabulous!!!

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  38. I have four boxes of blue "Camilla" tranferware in the garage that I haven't unpacked yet. You've inspired me to go and get it out! And make some pancakes too!

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  39. Just found your darling blog and simply can't get enough of it! Will have a long night going through your archives ;)
    xo, your newest follower

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  40. Just keep doing what you're doing, Trina! Those sweet babies of yours deserve all the time and energy in the world.

    Aside: I need to bring you on my next trip to Marshalls...never in my life have I scored like you did here.

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  41. Comments in your head - I love it! I do lots of blogging in my head ...

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  42. Trina, you have an amazing knack at finding transferware! I am totally with you on leaving the pants and tops and going with the plates. I have a growing collection of blue and white transferware (Burleigh and Spode) which I display on open shelves in my kitchen and use on a daily basis. When I first saw your brown transferware display I thought, I'll have to get some of that for Fall, and some red for winter : ) So glad you found blue, it is perfect for summer. I love Johnson Brothers ironstone - can't get over your find! Glad to know what you brown transferware pattern is, I've wondered and admired. Do you have vintage milk glass pieces? I love mixing them in with my transferware, white goes with everything :) I heart insalata caprese too..... Wishing you and the babies and the hubby a beautiful spring.

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  43. God Trina, you sound like me. I used to be such a clothes horse, but now that I've discovered decorating, I don't want to shop for anything else. I haven't gone clothes shopping for months either. All my dress pants are looking wretched. Too bad I can't wear gym pants to work. :)

    Always thinking of you.
    xo Terri

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  44. Love it! You will have the plates forever. We have pancakes or waffles almost every day. Perhaps that is why my clothes are a little tight. One thing that I love is to mix a little bit of fresh orange juice with my syrup.

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  45. You and your family are adorable! Have no worries about blogging. . .

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  46. Hi Trina!
    I have those exact same plates from Marshalls too! They make all food taste better, if I do say so myself.

    I love your blog...it always brightens my day to see your posts when I wake up in the morning.

    Enjoy the kiddos!
    Cali

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  47. Great shopping expedition! I love real maple syrup!

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  48. Ooh those pancakes look so yummy, even at 5pm!!
    Love your new collection as well. If I had the room in my teeny kitchen I'd start to collect transfer ware as well, I love it.
    Hugs~
    T

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  49. A girl like my own heart: I so can identify with buying plates when a pair of pants is urgently needed and you have put off clothes shopping for months... he he. Enjoy your special time with your twins: they DO grow up too quickly, even if it is kind of difficult to imagine when your life revolves around babies and you barely have the time to drink a glass of water, let alone take a shower or have more than 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
    Love, love love your blog, and will patiently surf around the archives while waiting for you to come back ;)

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  50. So yummy and such a beautiful presentation!! Double yummy!!
    xx-Gina

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  51. Pancake breakfasts on the weekend have become our substitute for "family dinner", as my husband gets home later than my boys need to eat.

    Can't wait to try this splet version. And, fresh pear. Brillian!!

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  52. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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  53. Thanks for sharing the recipe they look so delicious. What a find too with those plates.

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  54. Yummy....and I do the same thing when I go to Marshalls....too funny!

    xo kelley

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  55. Trina, I'm so glad that you were able to get out and do a little shopping. The plates are just adorable. Also, thanks for the recipe for the Walnut Pancakes. Sounds real good, and I'm going to try to make them Sunday morning for my hubby. Have a great weekend!

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  56. hi trina... what time do you serve? i LOVE pancakes... and transferware!
    have a wonderful weekend... xoxo

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  57. I just found your darling blog by way of The Polo House. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Thanks for sharing the receipe with us. hugs ~lynne~

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  58. You are my kind of girl! Who needs new clothes when dishes are available? Pancakes look delicious. I'll have to try the recipe. I recently posted pancakes and a recipe too. ;-)
    ~ Srarah

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  59. How Yummy and absolutely beautiful

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  60. A perfect combintation of two things I absolutely adore: pancakes and transfer ware!

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  61. ooh! i have some of my grandmother's transferware!!! wish they said "dishwasher safe!" afraid to use them actually...

    still loving your blog..., it's been way too long since i have been back.
    hope all is well.
    -kelley

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