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The most amazing syrup for fluffy pancakes

Folks if you haven’t tried brown butter buttermilk syrup on fluffy pancakes then you are missing out on a slice of heaven. I know what you are thinking. Eeew, buttermilk in syrup! I thought the same thing and figured it would have a curdling effect. But I assure you it doesn’t. It tastes like a vanilla caramel syrup. It is super smooth and worthy of pouring on a tall stack of steamy pancakes. It takes about 10 minutes total to make and serves 4-6 people. Try it, you won’t be disappointed….

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Make your own brown sugar

Who knew it was so easy to make your own brown sugar! All it takes is regular sugar and blackstrap molasses, and a strong hand to mix it together (or a hand mixer if you have one). I’ve included a couple recipes below depending on how dark you want the finished product to be.

Light Brown Sugar

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses

That’s it, easy as pie. It tastes so fresh and doesn’t really get hard at all. It also adds a rich flavor to coffee. I prefer to make my own and will not go back to buying store bought brown sugar!

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Making homemade soap

Last weekend a friend and I got together at her house and she showed me how to make soap.  Not the melt-n-pour way, but the cold process way. She’s been making her own soap for a little over a year. So I was feeling comfortable enough in her ability to show me the right way to do it. We used the cold process way to make soap. And initially I was a little intimidated by the process. Having to deal with lye and the chemical reaction with water and the oils (called saponification), seemed tricky and had the potential to be dangerous. But we measured out the ingredients using a kitchen scale that could hold 16oz. of oils. We used Palm oil, coconut oil and olive oil for the base oils in my soap. I mixed in some tea tree oil and peppermint oil for the scent.  Then we mixed in the lye and water mixture in with the oils and used a stick blender to emulsify the mixture. We did this until the consistence was like a thick custard or pudding. We then pulled out our lined soap mold and started filling the mold with our mixture.

The only downside to the soap making process is that it can take up to 6 weeks for the soap to cure and become more mellow so it won’t be so harsh on the skin. I can’t wait to try out this soap. I want to feel the tingle and cooling feeling of the soap on my skin from the peppermint.  I promise that I will post a more detailed step-by-step with photos of the whole soap making process. 🙂 Stay tuned….

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