Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Nourish ~ Waffles on Wednesday!

Welcome to Nourish: 31 Days of Family, Food, and Faith. This is Day 8. To see the rest of the series click here!

Wednesday nights in our home are a challenge. Read: They have NOT BEEN NOURISHING! Our Wednesday nights begin at 6:00 before which is too early for us to eat dinner because if we do, we'll come home starving and sleepy at 8:30 or 9:00. After years of struggle we've landed on a solution. We grab apple slices and peanut butter as we head out the door and then we come home to Wednesday Waffle Night! We are nearly two months into the AWANA Year and so far, so so good!

My sister-in-law shared her recipe for Belgian waffles many years ago and we remain loyal to the recipe because it works every time and is simple to assemble even 10 minutes before walking out the door. 

{Recipe on left is for a single batch. Recipe on right is for a double batch which usually leaves about 4 waffles left over in these parts.}

I assemble the dry ingredients and set them on the counter and then do the same with the liquid ingredients and place them in a lidded container in the fridge. When we get home all we have to do is mix them together and turn on the waffle maker and begin moving the waffles through the production line while we move kids through the shower. 

Within 20 minutes of our return home, some kids are eating and some are showering and all of us are shortly to bed with clean bodies (mostly) and full bellies (absolutely). Batta bing batta boom!

I'm always concerned about getting bored with a meal on the same night each week and to combat that possibility, every now and then I'll prep pancakes instead of waffles. Another way I stave off boredom for both cook and eaters is to make a different kind of syrup or topping for the waffles each week. 


I thought we were making things easy here? 

Can I tell you a secret? Making syrup is as easy as making Kool Aid. Yessir! 

So far we've had:
  • Blueberry syrup {recipe below}
  • Cinnamon Molasses syrup for our Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Vanilla Syrup {recipe below}
  • Strawberry-blueberry syrup {recipe below}
Enough talk! Let's cook!

Any Berry Syrup:

3 cups berries (any kind of berries or a combination) fresh or frozen
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

In a sauce pan combine the berries (fresh or frozen) and the sugar and the water. Simmer on medium heat with the lid off for 30 minutes. Stir often. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Allow to cool a bit and drizzle over waffles or pancakes.

Vanilla Syrup:

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon vanilla

In a sauce pan combine the brown sugar and water. Simmer uncovered over medium heat until sugar has melted for about 15 minutes stirring often. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and stir well.

“Every time I read ROFL, I hear Scooby Doo trying to say waffle.”

“You should eat a waffle! You can’t be sad if you eat a waffle!” -- Lauren Myracle

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