From Milling to Hooping

Want to know how I spent my homesteading Saturday in the city?  It started out like so many Saturdays around here: milling grains into fresh flour for our weekend pancakes.  It’s noisy, but oh so worth it.  Here’s how:

This is a grain mill attachment for the Kitchen Aid.  I ordered it from  It works great for a small family like ours.  I put a variety of grains in the top: millet, buckwheat, brown rice, white rice, quinoa etc… you can find these in the bulk section of natural food stores (i.e. Whole Foods).  There is NO recipe or ratios, just dump.  I leave out wheat, barley and rye to keep it gluten-free for Seppi and me.  This is a much better gluten-free mix than what you buy in the store – those mixes are usually starch-based and they lack the good nutrition of whole grains.  Make your own, its easy, cheap and better for you.

See the layers?  When the container is full, I dump it into a very large bowl and mix it very well.  Then it is ready to use in just about any recipe that uses baking powder or baking soda: cookies, cakes, muffins, quick breads, pancakes and waffles.  Nothing special needed, not even xanthan gum.

Weekend Pancakes

Mix together:

  • 2 cups flour *
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or less if using a very high quality cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

When thouroughly mixed, add

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (or more to desired consistency – this will vary with the kind of flour you use)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix until just combined.  Resist the temptation to stir and stir – less stirring results in a more tender product.  Let the batter rest on the counter top for 20 minutes or so.  Take a shower, preheat the griddle, set the table, let the dog out…

Then bake the pancakes on the griddle:

They are ready to flip over when the edges get dry.

It’s time to eat!  Top with honey, molasses, cinnamon sugar, butter, preserves and/or nutbutters.  Serve with fresh cut-up fruit.  Enjoy!

* My recipes use general ingredient terms, because you can vary exact types of the ingredient.  For example you can use any type of flour, or any kind of milk you happen to have on hand.  Be flexible and make do with what you’ve got.

And then we eat and read aloud and talk, and yes, light a candle for breakfast, too:

Reading from Untying Life’s Knots by Joseph F. Sica.  This made us laugh out loud:

A Lady broke down in the middle of a busy intersection.  The driver behind her honked his horn.  After listening to the impatient honking, the woman walked back to the man.  “Sir,” she said, “if you would be kind enough to help get my car started, I’d be happy to sit here and honk for you.”  The honking stopped.

David reading from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Let’s Go!  The story of how Jesus called his disciples.

And then we built a hoop house.  That will be in the next post.

What did you have for breakfast today?


About chefmomrd

Chef, Mom, Registered Dietitian
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