Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday pancakes and branding the sheep...

 I love pancakes.  When I was a girl, we had pancakes almost every single Sunday.  At thirteen years old, I could eat eight large pancakes along with bacon, sausage, and an egg on the side.  I think I'm a pretty good pancake critic so when I found this recipe for Easy Almond Flour Pancakes over at Wellness Mama's, I wanted to give it a try.  As you remember, Hubs and I have been trying hard to eat smarter and reduce carbs in our diet.  Since this pancake recipe is made from almond flour, the carb count is low and the protein count is high.  I made Almond Pancakes this morning, slightly tweaking the original recipe and serving them with butter and maple syrup.  We both loved them -- 2 thumbs up!  They'd make delicious snacks, and what a great way to get more protein and nutrition into the kiddos at breakfast!

Almond Meal/Flour Pancakes
(revised from the original)
Serves 4

  • 1.5 cups almond meal/flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3 eggs, beaten to fluffy
  • tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2  tsp. sugar (opt. for browning)
  • 1 cup of water or milk (or slightly less to desired thickness)
  • Optional: spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, blueberries or other flavors
Instructions:
  1. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until fluffy first.  Then add all ingredients using a hand blender or immersion blender until batter is a pourable consistency.
  2. Make one test pancake to check for desired thickness and texture.
  3. Cook all pancakes on a griddle or in a large pan for approximately 2-3 minutes per side until bubbles form and both sides are golden brown.
  4. Enjoy!
** 327 Calories per serving (serves 4), 15.7 g. protein, 25 g. fat, 12.9 g. carb (if made with 2% milk) 


"Don't you love this new red shade?  It looks good on my lips too!"
 
After our delicious pancake breakfast, we decided to go brand and pour the sheep.  It's supposed to get snowy and cold after tonight so Hubs thought it best to get this job done today before the sheep got wet.  Since shearing their wool off yesterday, the sheep no longer carry our mark so it's important for us to get them branded right away.  The brands are made with sheep paint which is specifically engineered to stay on the wool and yet wash out when the wool is cleaned and processed.  Our brand is lazy YJ and we always use red paint.

"NumberOneSon did a much better job on your brand than he did on mine, Hilda!"

When we "pour" the sheep or cattle, it means that we apply a dose of liquid insecticide on their backs which takes care of parasites that are specific to that animal.  We always pour the sheep right after shearing.  After the work was done, we sorted the ewe lambs and bucks away from the older ewes that will lamb in about ten days.  The mature ewes stayed in the pasture close by the lambing barn and the others went out to another pasture since they won't lamb until May.

It feels good to have the sheep all worked and taken care ofThis week we'll set up the barn with jugs (small wooden pens) for lambing.  It won't be long now before the little lambs start coming.

Statistics:
167 ewes ready to lamb at the barn.
105 ewe lambs and 8 bucks at Buck Pasture.  

16 comments:

  1. Saturday was our pancake morning. Every morning for many years. Then I transferred the tradition to my family too. I even have special Christmas music that I play then, and the kids call it the pancake music :) Your sheep are so adorable. I love their little faces.

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    1. Christmas music on pancake day! How clever and fun!

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  2. Did you ever try my Power Pancakes since you started eating low-carb? http://gretchenjoanna.blogspot.com/2009/09/power-pancakes.html

    Even my man who burns calories fast can go for hours on just two of these. In the original posting I wrote that I package them in 3's, but he asked me to cut it back to 2 per package!

    I love pancakes too and I might just try yours today, because I have some almond meal handy. Thanks!

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    1. Gretchen Joanna,

      I have not tried your power pancakes, but I'm going over to the recipe right now. They sound like just what we'd like. We liked these almond meal cakes because they really stick with you. I ate two and was good to go all morning long!

      Thanks, I'm trying yours next time.

      Jody

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  3. Mmm, they look great! You guys work hard enough to be able to tuck into pancakes without any guilt whatsoever! xx

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    1. Some days we work hard enough for pancakes, but not every day.

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  4. I love the beautiful clean sheep. They all look good in that color.

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    1. I love looking at those white sheep with their pink flesh showing through. Red does look good on them.

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  5. You had a nice warm day for it. I had a student once that loved pancakes. He would write in the middle of his papers about how much he liked pancakes, just to make sure I was actually reading and correcting his work. One day I took him some homemade pancakes and he was the happiest kid you ever saw.

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    1. What a great teacher to bring your pancake-loving student is favorite food.

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  6. You're so funny Jody -- I love that your sheep are so fashion forward LOL. And I would love those pancakes too -- I LOVE almond anything!

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    1. I hope you try the pancakes. They are super-delish and filling too.

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  7. I recently made some similar almond meal pancakes and served them with cranberries boiled with a bit of sugar. It was delicious but better with honey too. A little less sour! I'll have to try your recipe. I like its high egg content.

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    1. Cranberries sound like they'd be very good on pancakes. I'm thinking blueberries would be good dropped into the batter too.

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  8. It's lovely to find a healthy recipe that tastes good too!! I really love pancakes too but I don't think I ever managed 8 at a time. You had a good appetite. :)

    Its very interesting to read about the sheep - our good friend Peter, has sheep too. But his operation is a lot smaller than yours!

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  9. Love this peek into your corner of the world! And that red is a very becoming color on just about anybody :-)

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