Monday, July 11, 2011

Waffles and Devo

As a very newly married couple, I am proud to say we have already established a family tradition: Saturday morning waffles and family devotion.

Since our very first Saturday in our new home, we have been taking advantage of our waffle maker (why, yes it was a wedding present) with an awesome recipe that we tweaked from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything." (which, by the way, is a great cookbook but is even better as a great teaching tool on the basics of cooking.  I am happy to report my husband has made wonderful use of it.)

Our Saturday mornings start out with us getting to use our two favorite appliances.

LOOOVE my Kitchen Aid!

To make the waffles we use this recipe (half of Mark Bittman's original recipe for
 Everyday Buttermilk Waffles with a few variations)

1/2 cup whole wheat all purpose flour
1/2 cup white all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup of yogurt thinned with 1/8 cup of milk
1 egg, separated
2 tablespoons butter

Combine the dry ingrediants in a large bowl.  In another bowl wisk the yogurt with milk and egg yolk.  Stir the butter into this mix. Combine all the ingredients. Then, in a separate bowl, beat the egg white until it holds soft peaks.  Fold these into the batter.
Brush the preheated waffle iron with a neutral oil (we use grapeseed oil).  Pour 1/3 to 1/2 of the batter into the waffle iron. When the iron is finished (3-5 minutes), enjoy soft, golden waffles.
*We divide our batter to make 3 waffles, we learned the hard way not to overfill your waffle iron*

Following our delightful waffles, we settle on the couch (and sometimes our darling cat even joins us) for our Saturday morning devotion. We take turns reading out of Devotional Classics. It is a book comprised of selected readings from well-known theologians and Christian authors.  The selections are beautifully written passages and sermons to lead the reader into "spiritual renewal." So far, we have heard from the likes of C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Jonathan Edwards, Francis de Sales, and Spanish monk John of the Cross.

If you are looking for a deeply spiritual, well-written devotional, I highly recommend this.

Attempt at a family portrait.

We are still working hard on our apartment, so stay tuned!
Hopefully before and after pictures will be up soon!


  1. Madison can't stop explaining how much she wants a kitchen aid! I don't think I was meant to understand the fascination, but obviously I'm in the minority here.

    Also I had no idea so many ingredients went into waffles. That and you described cooking techniques which I'm pretty sure you made up. haha (soft peaks?) Definitely impressed, but what even is that?

    Also I'm excited about the apartment pictures! Not the architect talking here (yes it is).

  2. So eventually you'll have your wedding gift from me. Although I hate to admit it, but it's not nearly as exciting as a waffle iron! It's been sitting in my room since the beginning of May, just waiting for a box and postage. One day...

  3. So this is going to sound dorky... but I want that mixer. My parents have one and its wonderful. Haha. But anyways y'all are so incredibly PRECIOUS. :)


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