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Mama’s Best Buttery Biscuits

There are just those days in life when nothing short of a warm, sofa, golden-brown buttery biscuit will solve your problems. There are actually quite a few days like that. So, after experimenting with about a dozen popular biscuit recipes (flashbacks to my days of pancake obsession) and adjusting things a bit here and there, I found the biscuits that not only look like they belong in a Norman Rockwell family scene but taste exactly like a good biscuit should taste. The butter on the biscuit icing on the cake is that they cost just a few cents to make, are quicker than you would expect, and freeze reaaaally well.

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Aren’t they pretty?

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

Grab those ingredients and lets go! One quick trip to the pantry and fridge should take care of it; this isn’t a fancy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I prefer unbleached)
  • 4 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 tbls white sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups butter, very cold
  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk is good, but any will do)

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, with a rack in the middle.

Note: The recipe makes about 18 decent-sized biscuits. Adjust according to the size of your family and appetites!

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl. I use my kitchen-aid mixer. I loooove her.

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

Cut in the cold butter until it is pea-sized. This where a pastry cutter would come in really handy… and why it is now at the top of my wishlist. Someday…

Mix the egg and milk together, and then pour into the flour/butter mix.

Stir gently until just mixed and formed into a soft ball. If you are not using a standing mixer, a fork works nicely for this step.

Tip: Make sure that butter is frosty. You don’t need to literally freeze it, but I shove mine in the freezer for at least 15-20 minutes before making the biscuits. It wouldn’t be a horrible idea to chill your bowl beforehand too. The colder the butter is when it bakes, the better these biscuits will turn out. I know, I know… you’re already thinking you’ll just skip that step. Please, think of the poor little biscuits…

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and pat down until it is about 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick. Do not use a rolling pin on this step. Patting it down with your hands is what gives it the flakey layers later. A rolling pin will destroy all those pretty little layers, which is just cruel.

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

Use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to stamp out your biscuits. After you have as many circles cut out as possible, take the leftover dough and gently form it together with your hands and pat it back down. Cut out as many more circles as possible. Continue until you run out of dough. Which happens to me every time I run to Target.… get it?

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

It helps if you hoist a 3 year-old onto the counter and make them do all the hard work.

Transfer biscuits to a baking sheet or stone.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden-brown.

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

Yum. A favorite, to be sure.

Buttery Biscuits | Painting Sunny

As a bonus, they freeze really well. I stick the leftover ones, unbaked, onto a cookie sheet and stick the sheet in the freezer to let them flash freezer. Then, I move them into a freezer-safe baggie as shown below. They keep in the freezer for up to a couple months, I think. Freezing them first on the cookie sheet lets moisture get out of the biscuits as they freeze, which apparently is really important.

Whats your ultimate comfort foods? Favorite biscuit toppings? I like a nice jam and some real butter, personally. Although some egg and cheese can be tasty too. Mmmm…. biscuits.

Sorry for the inconsistent watermarks on the photos. I’m getting a little too experimental.

Mama’s Best Buttery Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I prefer unbleached)
  • 4 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 tbls white sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups butter, very cold
  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk is good, but any will do)

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, with a rack in the middle. Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut in the cold butter until it is pea-sized. Mix the egg and milk together, and then pour into the flour/butter mix. Stir gently until just mixed and formed into a soft ball. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and pat down until it is about 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to stamp out your biscuits. After you have as many circles cut out as possible, take the leftover dough and gently form it together with your hands and pat it back down. Cut out as many more circles as possible. Continue until you run out of dough. Transfer biscuits to a baking sheet or stone. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden-brown.

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.

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“Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.” – Angela Carter. (A list of My Favorite Comedic Memoir Authors)

Out of all the genres, comedic memoirs seem to be bursting at the seams shelves in bookstores these days…. and thank goodness. These are books that can inspire, uplift, and provide joy for many people. They can also be train-wrecks that make you feel much better about yourself. Either way.

While there may not be as many of these books out there as Harlequin romance novels, there are still quite a few. The covers aren’t as sexy, but let’s read them anyway. Here are just a few of my favorite sources for awkward laughs, unfortunate circumstances, and shopping tips (in the case of Kaling).

Let’s get this popularity contest started.

A List of My Favorite Comedic Memoir Authors | Painting Sunny

Laurie Notaro, author of I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl

Anything by Laurie Notaro is funny. And a little messed up. She has also written a ton of other books that are also worthy of your time. The titles alone suck me in. Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood had me bust out laughing in an airport once, and I’m pretty sure security tailed me for awhile.

Mindy Kaling, author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

A refreshing, laugh-out-loud, awkward story of a girl that may feel familiar, but also relatable. You may recall my obsessive ramble extensive review, earlier this year. Mindy is the little sister you wish you had, the best friend you find exhausting but can’t help but love, and the daring career woman you want to be inspired by. I’m also a little hooked on The Mindy Project, no lie.

Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)

If you don’t read The Bloggess (Jenny Lawson’s blog, and the launch for her book) you should. Just google “beyonce the chicken” and clear your schedule for a few hours. Okay, I’ll fess up; I haven’t read her book yet. I’m on a tight budget, and honestly it is so new I still can’t afford to buy it. If someone wants to be my secret admirer and send me a copy, feel free. I do stalk read her blog regularly, though… and her posts are enough to land her on my comedic memoir fav list.

Wade Rouse, author of At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life

A Midwestern shout-out and a hilarious memoir. In all seriousness, you will take stock of your own dependence on technology and materialism. Then you will go back to laughing. Real, funny… I can’t wait to read more by Wade Rouse.

Tina Fey, author of Bossypants

… or a million hilarious SNL sketches. No list of comedic memoirs would be complete with Bossypants. A comedic goddess, she needs no introduction by me. Every bestseller by a female comedian for the rest of this decade will say “the next Tina Fey”. She is what every woman I know wants to be when they grow up.

David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day

The King of funny biographies, anything by this man is worth buying immediately and reading. Everyone I know has a collection of David Sedaris books, and brings up “the time they saw him speak in person” at every social gathering. It isn’t even obnoxious; he is just so funny. I think he invented this genre, since contributing a wealth of books including Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, and more. His sister is also one of the coolest people alive. If the United States turns into a monarchy, we could do worse than the Sedaris royal family.

Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays

Funny and intriguing. Sloane is just a smidgen younger than most comedic memoir authors, which adds a refreshing and slightly edgier quality to her writing. Even more intriguing is reading some of the critical feedback in response to some wondering how truthful the memoir is. If it makes you laugh, does it matter?

Sarah Thyre, author of Dark at the Roots: A Memoir

Sarah Thyre brings back every the feelings and emotional responses of every shameful, weird, and awkward moment you’re trying to forget from your youth. Dark at the Roots gets real, and doesn’t pretend those moments didn’t happen. Cringe-worthy and yet endearing, it’s worth reading.

Alright, what else should I be reading? Any really serious omissions to my list? Should I jump on the Chelsea Handler band-wagon, or can someone make me way more cool by cluing me into an up-and-coming fresh new author? Attracted security at an airport due to your social awkwardness? I’m sure it’s not just me…

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Before the Blog – Pinterest Inspired Projects, Part II

Well, I am finally getting back into the swing of things after getting back from Florida. I believe the amount of days it takes to readjust after a trip is multiplied by three for every child you have. Which means I still have a good excuse for at least another week… or something like that. I’m bad at math.

Last week I put together a little list of projects I had completed pre-blog and pre-good-camera, and shared pictures of the finished product as it stands today along with a link to the inspiration. These are all things directly from my Pinterest boards, as well. Well, I discovered I couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a DIY project in our house, so had to break these projects down into a few posts.

By the way, where in the world did that expression come from? It is horrible yet somehow really gets the point across. I promise, no animals were harmed in the making of these projects. Not counting Paloma getting just a tiny bit of Gesso in her fur. She’s used to it.

Project #6: Sponge-Stamped Painting from Latex Wall Paint

Sponge-Stamped Painting from Latex Wall Paint | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the DIY Latex Paint Wall Art over at Young House Love.

This was a zero-dollar project for me, and helped to tie the room together and provide something visual in an otherwise empty corner of our master bedroom. You have seen it before, hanging above a desk in this post, which can give you a little more sense of scale. I used a frame I already had in storage, and cut a regular kitchen sponge into the arrow-shape you see above. I used both the same latex wall paint you see on the wall behind the painting, but combined it with other acrylic paints I had on hand, in shades of purple and just a smidgen of blue. The painting is in good-quality Canson paper, which I usually have a stack of on hand. I left one area of the pattern blank to just be weird add interest.

Project #7: Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror

Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror | Painting Sunny

Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror over at Green Your Decor.

This is a favorite of mine, as it has a huge impact on the space it is in. From the pictures it may not look like it, but this is actually pretty large in size by the time it is completed. I suspected after I made it that it wouldn’t last long, but it has been almost a year and so far not a single piece has fallen off. This was so cheap to do. I obtained some bright-colored glossy magazines from my bestie Laura, a mirror for a couple bucks from Hobby Lobby, and broke out my glue-gun and a piece of scrap foam board.

Basically, I just cut a circle of foam board a couple inches wider than the diameter of the mirror, and glued the mirror to the foam board. Then, I painstakingly rolled magazine pages in colors I liked, and taped them together with clear scotch tape. This step was a little tedious, I admit. Try watching old episodes of Lost while you do it.

Some magazine pages are much wider than others (think Oprah compared to People) so it naturally ended up with my having different lengths of magazine. You can also trim them to make the sunburst effect. I then hot-glued the magazines around the mirror, used some Windex to clean the spilled glue of the mirror surface, and was done! I just 3M hanging thingies to stick it to the wall.

Project #8: Spray-painted gold thrift store baskets

Spray-painted gold thrift store baskets | Painting Sunny

Spray-painted gold thrift store baskets | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Spray Painted Straw Baskets over at Martha Stewart.

This project was really convenient for me, as it served multiple purposes. I spray-painted about 8-9 baskets, and used most of them as the base for gift-baskets during the holidays. Each basket was between $1-2 dollars and from our local Goodwill. I was left with the two baskets above. The top one was perfect for storing my baskets in, and I like having the gold accents in the bedroom. Apparently gold is making a comeback, right?

The second basket, I just couldn’t part with after painting it. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was one of the $2 baskets (splurge, sort of) but is really woven delicately and is sort of a strange shape. It isn’t the most functional thing, but at least the remote control fits inside it.

Project #9: Butterfly Foot-Print Sentimental Art

Butterfly Foot-Print Sentimental Art | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Fingerpainting Fun over at Project Balancing Act.

Yes, I realize that every single person on Pinterest has pinned this, and a lot of people have done it. It is trendy and not all that unique… but I love it. I think it is so sweet having their little footprints up there, and this was just so affordable and easy to do. Well, until your son starts screaming bloody-murder as soon as the paint is on his feet and you have to hold him still while quickly shoving the canvas up against his feet to get the prints, all the while trying to keep your older child from smearing paint all over the pantry while she hunts for Goldfish crackers. Sorry… I may have personalized that a little bit.

This was made with a two-pack of canvases on sale at Hobby Lobby (I think it cost $3 for the pack) and some children’s non-toxic fingerpaints we had on hand. After the footprints had dried, I used a small brush to draw the black middle outline in. One canvas is our son’s footprints, and one is our daughters.

Project #10: Twine & Paint Vase

Twine & Paint Vase | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Vase Refresh over at Apartment Therapy.

This was the easiest and quickest of this set of projects, but also the one that didn’t turn out as well as I expected. I maybe try to re-do it at some point. This was made by my cleaning out an old, clear glass vase and then winding twine all around the outside. I taped the twine in place at the top and bottom, and then lightly sprayed two thin coats of white spray paint on it, letting it dry between coats. The lines turned out a little fuzzy, but it looks alright. If I did it again, I believe I would try rubber-bands instead of twine.

Please come hang out with me on Pinterest, too. I spend way too much time over there…

Well, that’s it for this set. Anyone else have a kid that is phobic about having paint or mud or anything gooey on them? Spending hours rolling magazine pages until your hands are stained dark purple? Oh, the things we do for crafts, am I right?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Not a Real Post: Return From the Strange & Fabulous World of Orlando

I am back in town and settled in front of the new episode of Grey’s Anatomy; so, obviously, this will be brief. I do have priorities.

Orlando was very nice… all warmth and sunshine, coming from a very chilly Indiana. A strange city, for sure, but really nice. The work-related conference was fabulous too. Without the kids with us, we skipped the main attractions in town (we were pretty busy in sessions and events, anyway) so didn’t do the Universal Studios or actual Disney park. We did soak up a little sunshine by the pool between sessions and socials, and hit up some really tasty restaurants. The place is expensive, but the food is sure good.

I went sans camera for the trip, since I knew it would just be frustrating to focus on work if I was tempted to do real tourism activities or photograph things. I did have the iPhone on-hand, though. It is literally always in my hand. I’m working on that.

No trip would be complete without a slide-show of random photos. Here are some Instagram-style ones to catch everyone up. I think Disney looks just a little more edgy and less cheesy via Instagram.

Painting Sunny's Orlando Trip

While we didn’t do the whole theme-park thing, we did take in Downtown Disney one night. It’s great; there was ample parking, no admission fee, and lots of interesting stuff to look at. We took some photos that we thought would most impress the kids. See above (beautiful princess carriage, made my miss my little girl!) …

Painting Sunny's Orlando Trip

…and terrifying dinosaur hanging above us (Lo would be suitably impressed).

Painting Sunny's Orlando Trip

Can you believe the above was a real person?! Okay, you probably can – but I was stunned. She was one of the most skilled people I think I’ve ever met. I mean, we didn’t really meet, as she doesn’t speak; that’s kind of the point, you know?

Painting Sunny's Orlando Trip

The handsome husband standing outside the T-REX building. Yes, he has the arms of a Disney Prince. Yes, I know they are amazing.

Painting Sunny's Orlando Trip

What is a bunch of trip photos without a random picture of food? When we ate at Cookes of Dublin inside Downtown Disney, I was pretty sure it would be overpriced and not all that great, based of my previous experiences with theme park food. This was so good. Maybe not the best good of the week (Mimi’s Cafe, the Caramel Brioche French Toast wins that award) but it was good. Grilled salmon wrap, and not even as expensive as most regular restaurants in town.

Well, thank you for politely sitting through the reel of vacay/conference photos! I was able to stay on-schedule blog-post-wise with some pre-writing and scheduling, but will be back Monday on schedule. See you then!

Anyone else finding the free/cheap tourist actions? Any trips lately? Restaurants I should hit up next time I’m in Orlando?

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Southerwestern Salmon Salad

I don’t really know if salmon is a common component of Southwestern Cuisine. Oh well. This tastes good.

This is another “practically not a recipe” recipe, since it is basically taking things you really like and mixing them together in a nice way. I have to share, though – it was delicious.

Southwestern Salmon Salad | Painting Sunny

It is both warm and cold, and quite filling. FYI: that bowl above is not a normal sized bowl. It is, in fact, mixing bowl sized. Please don’t judge me.

Southwestern Salmon Salad | Painting Sunny

Gather your ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce hearts
  • Ripe tomatos
  • Pinto beans  (as seen in the plastic leftovers container above… it was from tacos)
  • No-salt-added whole kernel corn (again, in a plastic container)
  • Salsa
  • Ranch dressing (I like the Greek yogurt version from Bolthouse Farms, in the produce section)
  • Pink salmon, from package or can
  • Hot sauce, optional

… and whatever else you like on salads of this sort. Obviously.

Southwestern Salmon Salad | Painting Sunny

Chop up your veggies.

Warm up your pinto beans and corn. I use the microwave.

Southwestern Salmon Salad | Painting Sunny

… and toss all your ingredients together in a way that looks aesthetically appealing.

Eat. There you go.. wasn’t that delicious, and healthy too?

I am amazed I did not add feta cheese or artichokes to this. Those are like sacred foods in my life, to be eaten at every meal. Maybe next time…

Anyone else found any good uses for those packets of ready-t0-eat salmon? Recipes where the titles are alliterations?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Before the Blog – Pinterest Inspired Projects, Part I

Before having a blog, I actually did do stuff sometimes. Or, “in the beginning, there was chaos”. Same thing.

I have loved Pinterest since near the beginning of Pinterest. Not quite the beginning, but near. And the other day I was looking around and realized just how many pre-blog and pre-nice-camera projects I had done, many of which were Pinterest-Inspired. I may not be able to contribute these to a YHL or Bower Power Pinterest Challenge, but they do still exist and I wanted to give them a little recognition. So, here are five of them.

Oh yeah – and this is not at all sponsored by Pinterest. They may not know I exist…

… and, of course, please come over and visit me on Pinterest!

Project #1: Ceramic Tile Coasters

Ceramic Tile Coasters | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the tile coaster tutorial over at The Cottage Home.

I bought about 20 tiles at once and pretty much mass-manufactured these. The tiles were about 47 cents each at Lowe’s, if I’m not mistaken. This was over a year ago… so I may be mistaken, but I know they were not more than a buck each.

These were so so simple, cutting squares of scrap paper I had on hand already, and using Mod Podge both under and over the paper. I even added a few little scrap-booking letters to some of them, to make them more personalized. Then, I cut and stuck felt squares to the bottom to keep them from scratching surfaces. Quick, easy, and used in gift baskets for a bunch of people! I did keep a few for us, which are still hanging around the house.

Project #2: DIY “Mercury Glass” Lamps using Looking Glass Spray Paint

DIY "Mercury Glass" Lamps using Looking Glass Spray Paint | Painting Sunny

DIY "Mercury Glass" Lamps using Looking Glass Spray Paint | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the mercury glass lamp tutorial over at Designing Details.

Using Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint, this was a snap. I made these almost 3 years ago, and they are holding up strong, even to occasional cleaning with Pledge Multi-Surface. It was easy as pie. I just needed to do it outdoors, as that spray paint really does require some serious ventilation and a mask. The lamps both came from Goodwill and originally one was powder blue and one was off-white. I think I paid $2 each for them, or so.

They are painted using a spray bottle of water in between the layers of paint to get the “mercury glass” affect. I bought both shades from Target, and seriously the shades cost more than the thrift shop lamp bases, re-wiring kits, and paint combined. Okay, maybe not… but close.

Project #3: Vintage Wrapping Paper Art

Vintage Wrapping Paper Art | Painting Sunny

Here is the close-up, if you wanted to see more detail on the symbols:

Vintage Wrapping Paper Art | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Pretty Papers post over at 7th House On The Left.

When my mother sent me a gift wrapped in this paper I completely freaked out and became a Mama Bear with it. Seriously over-protective. It is just so unique, and such an amazing color in person. Almost a Cerulean blue. I loved it, and immediately wanted to save it for a project. After some Googling, I found the blog post linked above… and the stars aligned.

Since then, Mom said it is vintage paper from her mother-in-law. I may go raid her stash of it sometime, and just cover a wall with it. Maybe.

FYI: I used a frame I had sitting around the house, that the glass had broken on. So, there is no glass in this frame. 

Project #4: Sensory Bottles for the Children

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Originally inspired by the Discovery Bottles at Modern Parents Messy Kids.

These were so affordable to make… I think I spent $7 total for 6 of them, and used up some bottles we were about to recycle. That said, it wasn’t the best-smelling project… it required ammonia. Kind of stinky. I found the instructions for dying the rice and noodles somewhere else on the web, and can’t seem to find it now.

Also, the kids like them alright, but it did not fascinate them to the extent I had hoped it would. Oh well, they are still pretty cool! However, the “glitter and glue” bottle turned out really milky-white for me. Maybe the wrong glue? Yes, the lids are super-glued on.

Project #5: DIY Thrift Shop Painted Candlesticks

DIY Thrift Shop Painted Candlesticks | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the candlestick project post at A Sort of Fairy Tale Girl.

Does anyone else get the Macklemore & Lewis song stuck in their head every time they say the words “thrift shop”? They are about to show at the town I live in, so are getting some serious radio play here.

Okay, these candlesticks are actually wooden and were purchased for 99 cents each from Goodwill. The post I was inspired by uses metal candlesticks, but I figured it would all work out. I used Krylon’s Rich Plum spraypaint (which I have used on other projects too) and I love the deep color. They have held up great, too, for 2 years now. The green candles are from Hobby Lobby… as is the giant gold P in the background.  I wish we had more stores in town… this is getting redundant.

Well, that’s it! I wish I had tutorial-style pictures or details, but again… this was all back in the day when I didn’t think to document everything… but they are all still around the house and being used, so their very existence is an accomplishment. Once again, please come hang out with me on Pinterest!

Anyone else have an amazing project that they just plain failed to document the process of, or show off to everyone? I seriously wish grown-ups got a show-and-tell time. I would rock that.

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes

I dedicated the entire 27th year of my life to finding the perfect pancake recipe. I kind of wish I was joking here, now that I see how that looks in writing. Anyway, I ended up with this recipe that is, in my humble opinion, the best pancake recipe ever. Which means I make the best pancakes ever. Well, there went the humble.

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

They have a buttermilk flavor, are super extra fluffy, and bake up to a perfect golden brown. See, as evidenced above. Those were silver-dollar sized, so they might look a little miniature  Especially if you’re from Bloomington, Indiana and are familiar with the famed Village Deli. (Which people sometimes call “V.D.” which sounds really gross, but you learn to get used to it and start calling it that yourself.)

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

Gather your ingredients, which are pretty much all pantry staples. I do not understand why people buy pre-made pancake mix.

Note: Below is enough to feed my family of four, which includes two adults and two children. Alter servings as you need.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tbls vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbls sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbls melted butter
  • cooking spray
  • toppings as desired (we like 100% maple syrup, but I also love to add a couple blueberries or a few chocolate chips!)

What I love about this recipe is that it is super fluffy, without having a baking powder or baking soda weird taste, which others have. I know – I literally made 20+ pancake recipes before this one.

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

Combine the milk with the vinegar in a large bowl and set aside for five minutes. This will “sour” the milk, which gives it the amazing flavor.

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk the eggs and melted butter into the milk mixture after it’s five minutes are up.

Yes, the little pink bowl above is one of my kids plastic dishes.

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

Gently stir the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredient mixture.

Spray some cooking oil onto your griddle or pan and let it get nice and hot. That sounded a little sexy for a breakfast recipe.

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

Scoop out some pancake mixture onto the griddle or pan. You may need to use your scoop or a utensil to gently spread out the edges. This batter is thick, which is why I used the word scoop instead of pour. Seriously, I think that is why it turns out so fluffy.

I use a 1/4 cup measurer  that is not quite full to make silver-dollar size. I use a heaping 1/2 cup measurer or bigger for more restaurant-sized pancakes.

Wait until one side turns golden brown and some bubbles appear on the top of the batter, then flip them.

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

Let the pancakes finish cooking until both sides are golden brown. Serve with your favorite toppings! I am a serious syrup snob, I’m a little embarrassed to admit. I hate the taste of the fake “table syrup” or “pancake syrup” stuff, so splurge on 100% maple syrup. Did you know they can’t call it maple syrup exactly on the bottle, unless it is 100% pure? There are also different grades of syrup such as “A” or “B”. Okay, I’ll stop now.

Bestest Ever Perfect Pancakes | Painting Sunny

Delicious. I highly recommend.

Anyone else willing to try a million (or just 20) recipes to find the perfect one? Or super pretentious about their maple syrup? I’m like that with a few things, but I swear I will eat mac and cheese from a box just like the rest of the world.

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.