Helpless Homemakers

From helpless to helpful, one tip at a time.

Recipe: Banana Pancakes

1 cup Maida
1 tablespoon White Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 Egg, beaten
1 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Sunflower Oil
2 Large Ripe Plantains or 4 Small Ripe Bananas, mashed

Tip: The key to making light, fluffy pancakes is to first mix the wet & dry ingredients separately and then combine them both.

  1. Combine the dry ingredients: maida, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: egg, buttermilk, oil and bananas. Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk, just squeeze some fresh lime into a cup of warm milk and let it stand for a about 15 minutes before adding to the mixture.
  3. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava over medium heat.
  5. Scoop the batter onto the tava, using approximately 1 curry ladle for each pancake, spreading it lightly with the back of the ladle in a clockwise, circular motion, as one would do a dosa. Tip: If a non-stick tava is used, oil is not required, but if necessary, only slightly oil the pan.
  6. Cover the tava with a steel lid so it cooks quicker & better on the inside.
  7. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on both sides.
  8. Serve hot with honey or pancake syrup.
  9. Enjoy! 🙂

Why Sparrows???

Why are sparrows on my header for such a blog? Well, the answer is simple and symbolic.

Whether you’re single and living on your own, preparing for marriage, or married and loving it, “making” one’s home can be exciting, stressful, memorable and horrifying – all at once. As I contemplated the challenges of marriage in particular, I watched nature take its course all around me and was reminded of something we all know but easily forget.

All living creatures are able to clean themselves, find suitable food each day, protect themselves, communicate effectively with others of their kind, woo and win a mate, and yes, build a home for themselves. How do they do it all, even to the point of being meticulous and extraordinary? God gave every living creature on the planet something we call “instinct”.

I stopped and thought, “As a human, far superior than any other living being, how much more must God have given me the “instinct” to do everything that is required for me to live well!” I am personally convinced with every passing day, that the wisdom and skills I need to make my home have already been put inside of me by the God who created me. I just need to realize it and put them to use in that faith. The sparrow couple header is simply a reminder of that fact.

Booster Thought: As helpless a homemaker as you may feel, stop worrying because you already have what it takes!

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