The pancakes look great! It amazes me how many people still make their pancakes using a mix when it’s so easy to make them from scratch. My dad used to put apple sauce in his cakes as well. Good stuff.
However, I have two issues. First, what is that Miller Chill doing on your counter? Granted, one cannot beat $1 per beer, but it’s not very local…or good. Why not buy a bomber for $4-5 of something really good like a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid or one of the Coney Island/Schmaltz brews? Or you could go ultra-local and buy a growler from Flat Branch or Broadway. It’s very ecological and $10 for a 1/2 gallon of beer isn’t terrible.
Second, you don’t use real maple syrup? Again, it’s expensive, but it actually has a lot of great health benefits and a little goes a long way. Sugar-free syrup just sounds wrong.
Sorry, I don’t mean to come down so hard on your post. I do like the blog and applaud your DIY ethic. Keep it up and I’ll keep reading.