We love slow, sunny, winter weekends. It’s cold outside but the air is crisp and clear and sunshine streams through the window warming our home.
During the week our time here at Uppyhouse is literally scheduled in 15 minute intervals. On the weekends we try as hard as we can to schedule nothing at all. That doesn’t mean we don’t have tons of work to do so we can be ready for Monday morning. The non-negotiable weekend tasks list is filled with cooking for the week ahead, photos for upcoming Uppymama wraps and draws, putting the house back together after a week of work, homeschool, crafts and play and of course the inevitable attack of the laundry mountain.
But for a few hours on the weekend we put all work and to-do lists away and just spend time together. We find the latest Stuart Mclean podcast, make waffles and find a sunny spot to curl up and get cozy like happy lazy cats. Reading is one of the things I value most about having UppyYaya (my kids call my mom Yaya. It started years ago and we thought it was so cute, funny and suited her so well that it has stuck). Yaya loves to read to us. She has spent hundreds, maybe thousands of hours reading aloud to my children. Yaya also loves to colour with them. Long before my children appeared on the scene Yaya talked about how she longed to be a grandma so she could draw and colour with her grandbabies. Here we are…
Glorious weekend mornings when everyone wakes up asking for waffles and settles around the sofa in the kitchen to draw, colour, listen to the Vinyl Cafe and read books together.
These are the best times.
We love waffles!!
Here is the recipe I have developed and make at least twice a week
We purchase all the ingredients we use in this recipe from our friends at Purearth Organics
12 large free range eggs from happy chickens
4-6 six organic apples (depending on size)
1 tsp real cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla powder
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup steel cut oats.
I wash the apples and chop them, leaving the skins on if they are organic. I would peel the apples if I couldn’t get organic apples. The apples should 3/4 fill the jar of a high speed blender like a vitamix.
Put the chopped apples in the blender jar. I break the eggs into a bowl first because if I happen to get an egg shell into the blender jar with all the apples it is impossible to fish it out. I add the cinnamon, vanilla powder and sea salt and blend until it is liquid and frothy. I then add one cup of steel cut oats to the blender and blend again until I can no longer hear the oat grains in the blender.
I brush some coconut oil on my preheated waffle iron and pour the batter directly from the blender jar. I find this usually makes 16 large waffles that freeze well and reheat beautifully in the toaster or toaster oven to be enjoyed on busy weekday mornings (sometimes even in the van if we are really running late).
And of course our resident vegan would offer an alternative for those of you who don’t eat eggs. Sinfully Wholesome waffles from the fantastic cookbook Isa Does It.
Whatever you made for breakfast last weekend and no matter how busy your week gets we hope you found some time to connect as a family and that you can hold on to that until the weekend comes again!