Friday, March 27, 2020

Chas's FAVORITE Sourdough Pancakes!

I love pancakes. I love all kinds of pancakes. I've rarely met a pancake that I didn't like.
The pancake itself fried so you get a little bit of crispy bits around the edge while the middle is light, fluffy, and and FULL of flavor, slathered with butter, covered in REAL maple syrup. It's a thing of DELICIOUS BEAUTY!!!

But sourdough takes these favorites of mine to another level. Boy oh, boy!!!

Over the years I've made and tried TONS of different pancake recipes. I've dabbled in sourdough for many years as well... most of that time making it so much more difficult than it really is. I feel like I'm getting the hang of it nowadays I think.

Of all the recipes I have tried though, I do believe this is the BEST one I have made. It's been tweaked and this is my favorite! MY FAVORITE! That says a lot... and I want to share that recipe with you!

Start a batch tonight for your family tomorrow! Enjoy!

1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup milk kefir, buttermilk, or water (realize you can make your own buttermilk with the amount of milk and add about a tsp of vinegar or lemon juice, allow the milk to sour a little)
1 cup flour

Combine these ingredients and allow to ferment overnight

1/4 cup melted butter (you can use coconut oil as well)
2 eggs beaten slightly
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Mix these ingredients into your prepared starter mix and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Then get your hot skillet ready, add the oil or butter to the skillet and fry your pancakes batter as normal.

This is making my mouth water!
By the way, I make double this recipe... we have a lot of big eaters, and if by chance we have a few left over, I put them in a ziplock bag for another meal! 

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2020

I bit the bullet!

Well, I did it. After much encouragement, I, with fear and trepidation went ahead and made my first tutorials for youtube and IGTV.

Here are my first installments for sourdough bread.

Please don't expect perfection, you won't get that here... what you will get is a gal who is trying to be helpful to many right now who just want to put good healthy food on their table. Who are finding themselves in a new predicament, maybe being home a bit more than in the past, or maybe you have just decided you want to bake. This is simple, direct, and easy to follow.

My heart is to help anyone out there who may be intimidated by the technical sourdough how-to's. This is a get-your-feet-wet type method. It will get you baking and hopefully give you courage to try lots more sourdough recipes! I plan to repost some from my past as well as add a few new ones that I've used lately.

The second video is how to make a sourdough boule. The instructions are specific to that type of bread, which I find a little easier to show rather than to write, but here are the basic instructions...

Mix 1/2 cup starter with 1 1/2 cups room temp, filtered water. After you’ve mixed those together you can add your flour. 3 1/2 cups total. I used 2 cups white plain flour and 1 1/2 cup hard red wheat. Mix together with your liquids. Finally add your 1 1/2 tsp salt. Mix.
Cover and allowed to ferment, double, and rest for at least 12 hours!
**Don’t forget to feed your starter! 

I hope these encourage you during this time! If you have any questions, feel free to post below or email me at
at home with chas at g mail dot com

Be well!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Woodlawn Women's Retreat 2020

On Thursday morning, we left out for our annual Woodlawn Women's Retreat. 
It was cold and feeling like winter again! And on Friday, we got to see some beautiful snow falling. No accumulations, but it was still wonderful to see! 
It didn't cause any issues driving so that was a big bonus!

We stayed in a beautiful cabin and had a fabulous time! 
Lots of laughs and tears and learning and loving. 
Our retreats are always such a source of inspiration and encouragement. 

Several of these pictures were taken from a friend of mine, I barely took ANY pictures, (gasp!)!
The one above is hers and it is GORGEOUS! There was snow on the top of the Smokey Mountains. 
 Our Bible studies were convicting and encouraging and challenging. 
Me and my sweet friend Karen!!! 
And my hands and feet partner for Friday!!

Our Pastor's wife, Beth, gave us a copy of this picture below.... a depiction of Jesus as He was reaching His hand down and pulling Peter back out of the water... It is SO beautiful!
It make me want to sing the old song 
"When He reached down His hand for me!"

Once my soul was astray from the heavenly way I was wretched and vile as could be
But my Saviour in love gave me peace from above
When he reached down his hand for me
When he reached down his hand for me when he reached way down for me
I was lost and undone without my God or his son
When he reached down his hand for me
I was near to despair when he came to me there
And he showed me that I could be free
Then he lifted my feet gave me gladness complete
When he reached down his hand for me
When he reached down

 Some pictures that I got from my sweet friend again... I have got to make sure to take more photos next time!

 But I always take the group shot. We are such a big crowd I have to open doors to get back far enough to take the picture. It makes me laugh when I get to look through some of the "get ready" pictures. I love these ladies SOOO much!
And here's our final group shot. 
What a blessing to be a part of this group of beautiful, Godly women.