the new magnolia cookbook + plans this weekend

I was thrilled to find the new Magnolia Table cookbook for sale at Sam's Club a couple of weeks ago. (and early, no less! I was so happy!) The kids and I love to look through new cookbooks and imagine which recipes would taste the best. 

The first one the kids decided to make was called "The Best-Ever Fluffy Pancakes," and even with a baker's mistake, they were the best ever! This morning I made our third batch, actually using the buttermilk the recipe called for, and OH my, they are absolutely delicious.

I added water to the recipe (quite a bit), because I like thin and light pancakes, and I used butter in place of vegetable oil (an option), and I can't say I've ever tasted a better pancake:

I'm really hoping to try a new recipe from it each week and record our favorites here. :) These pancakes were definitely a family hit, though. So much so that I made four double-batch pancake mixes today: 

I'm more than enjoying our slow mornings. Today may be the last one for a little while- tomorrow is Noah's 13th birthday, so we are busy from this afternoon through the weekend with birthday and other hosting plans. I have to make a list for myself to remember everything I need to buy and everything I need to get done. Grocery shopping, house cleaning, yard mowing, haircuts, gift wrapping, a lesson, exercising, cooking... our house will be bustling tonight. :)

Pancakes this morning were the perfect way to celebrate his last day of young boyhood. Tomorrow, believe it or not, I'll have two teenagers!!! Two nearly-grown boys. Somebody stop it, please.

I may need to add a box of tissues to my list. :)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17

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