Two years ago, I bought my best friend and I matching books, 940 Saturdays by Harley Rotbart, MD. I have subsequently given it to several other friends as baby shower gifts.
The book is a family journal where you can jot down what you did each Saturday. The “940” is because there are 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth day and the day they turn 18-years-old. We keep a Seventh-Day Sabbath on Saturdays. I thought the whole concept of this book was perfect for making Sabbath special, especially while the kids are little.
Another way we try to make Sabbath special, is by making pancakes almost every Sabbath morning before Sabbath School and Church. I got this idea from my favorite Uncle W. and Aunt P. Whenever we visited their house growing up, we could count on Aunt P.’s famous pancakes and fresh blueberry sauce (if we were lucky enough to stay through Sunday morning). Their family had her famous pancakes and blueberry sauce every single Sunday! My family recipe and my husband’s modified version are both listed below. Enjoy! & Shabbat Shalom (may your day of rest restore you to wholeness)!
S. Family Pancake Recipe
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Mix together the dry ingredients and then beat the following wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
1 cup milk (we used 2% growing up but now I use Kirkland Organic Vanilla Soymilk)
2 TBS vegetable oil
2 TBS lemon juice
Beat well and then add to dry ingredients stir until mixed well, but don’t overdo it. Pour the batter onto a hot skillet, flipping once until each side is golden brown. Resist the urge to pat them with the spatula while they are cooking!
For extra special occasions, I love adding chocolate chips to the pancakes. As the first side cooks, drop the chocolate chips, one at a time, onto the pancake. Then flip and continue cooking the other side.
Here is the W. family recipe for pancakes (adapted from S. family recipe by my husband).
“There’s been a joke with my wife and I that I always hi-jack her recipes. This was one of them, and the pancakes were fine…..but sometimes I just can’t help to change thing up a bit. Over the past eight years and three kids later, our Sabbath morning tradition continues with the recipe below.” — E.W.W.
W. Family Pancake Recipe
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 1/2 cup ninja-shredded oatmeal (or blend the oatmeal in a vitamix or a blender Eric just wanted the word “Ninja” in the recipe)
- 2 tbsp flax seed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Dash of nutmeg
- 1 cup soy milk
- 2 oz orange juice
- 1 oz vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- Drop of vanilla
Mix the dry ingredients, beat the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then stir to combine. Pour batter onto a skillet greased with coconut oil. Be generous with the coconut oil for crispy edges! Flip the cakes and cook each side until golden brown.
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