My Love of Country Decor, Buttermilk Waffles, and Bacon!

Welcome  This was supposed to be yesterday’s Two For Tuesday post, but my time got away from me between yard work and getting my daughter to and from different activities, so, I’m a day late.  But better late than never, right?

I’m big into following trends simply for the sake of being “in style.”  But I have to admit, I am loving the country and rustic décor popularity right now.  I wish I could completely overhaul my house and remodel for the entire country farmhouse feel, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.  In the meantime, though, I’m picking out farmhouse and country accents and furniture here and there.  I’m excited to show you my belated birthday present today and share my favorite country breakfast.  Please note: This post contains affiliate links.  As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission when you click on one of my Amazon product links and make a qualifying purchase.  There is no additional cost to you and helps keep this site free for your use and free from pop-ups.  Thank you.

Food For Thought  My birthday was in February.  The same week of my birthday I dropped the large clock that hung over our fireplace mantle.  When the glass front hit the brick hearth, it shattered.  It was a mess!  Glass shards everywhere, including in my foot.  No fun!  So I told my husband that a new clock would be a great birthday gift for me.  Well, between unexpected bills, our daughter’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, and a big ice storm, my birthday present was forgotten.   Every now and then we would look above our fireplace to check the time, but no clock, and then we’d forget about it again.

Later in the spring I started looking at some sales, both in store and online to find my clock.  I hated picking out the clock without my husband because I wanted him to like it as much as me.  Large clocks are also very expensive and I felt the money could better be used for something else most of the time.  Then there’s the fact that I knew what I wanted but couldn’t exactly find it.  Five months later, still no clock.

My husband passes a small downtown clock shop each day going to and from work and noticed they were having a sale last week.  He went in and found a clock he was pretty sure I’d like.  The clock shop didn’t have a website but the owner gave him the company website where we could check out most of the clocks he sold.  My husband came home and showed me the clocks available on that site and I found one I liked a lot.  With the sale going on, the clock we were considering was marked down from $350 to $125!  What a deal!  And by the way, I would never pay even close to the original price for a clock, that’s one of the reasons it was taking me so long to find one I wanted.

So this past Saturday was “date day” for my husband and me.  Along with our lunch and mini-golf date, we went to that little clock shop to make a purchase.  When we got there, the shop is having a sidewalk sale.  The clock we were already going to buy was marked down further to only $75!  All I kept thinking to myself was “Your patience has been rewarded, your patience has been rewarded.”  Not only did I get the exact clock I wanted: 36-inch diameter, galvanized steel with raised Roman numerals, but it was marked down $275, all together.  Yahoo!  So now I have to show you my clock:

 

In case you didn’t notice, I really like a good bargain.  I also like getting what I want when it comes to things for my home so I don’t have to feel like I settled for less.  I also love the look of this clock on our large oak wall above our brick fireplace.  It accompanies the other galvanized metal accessories I have like my candleholders and watering can flower pots.  I think it goes well with our black and gray picture frames and other accessories.  I look forward to finding other accessories and making country farmhouse tweaks throughout our home.

Today’s Recipe  The early years of my life were spent in a tiny country farm house, on an actual farm, outside of a town with less than 500 people.  So yes, I know some things about a “real” farm house.  When I was a kid in that tiny farmhouse, I used to love waking up to the smell of bacon frying and sweet apples and cinnamon.  My family may not have had much when we were in that tiny farmhouse, but we always had plenty of yummy food to eat, thanks to my kitchen-savvy momma.  My recipe today is another nod to my culinary inheritance from her, as I share one of her best country breakfasts, Crispy Buttermilk Waffles with Fried Apples and Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup.

Crispy buttermilk waffles
There is nothing quite like a scratch-made buttermilk waffle, hot and crispy from the iron!

 

Crispy Buttermilk Waffles

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBS vanilla

 

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Add butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla to dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.

Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and heat according to manufacturer’s directions.  If you need a new waffle iron, I LOVE my KRUPS Belgian Waffle Maker available on Amazon!  When waffle iron is hot, add a quarter cup of batter to each waffle opening.  Close lid and cook, according to waffle maker directions.  When waffles are cooked, remove them to a cooling rack.  Do not stack them, as they will become soggy from the steam they release.  Enjoy with fried apples and syrup, if desired.

 

My KRUPS Belgian Waffle maker makes four thick and crispy waffles at a time.  My recipe yields ten waffles with this maker.  The number of waffles will vary according to different waffle maker sizes and styles.

 

Fried Apples

  • 2 large tart apples (peeled or unpeeled, it’s a matter of preference)
  • 3 strips bacon (more, if you want to serve some on the side with your waffles!)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

 

Fry bacon in skillet and remove to paper towels to drain.  Leave a couple tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the skillet.  Slice the apples thin (I leave the peel on my apples) and add to the hot bacon drippings.  Cook the apples over medium heat for a few minutes.  Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts, if using, stirring to coat the apple slices.  Simmer the apples over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 more minutes until apples are soft and juicy, stirring occasionally.  Crumble the bacon strips into the apples and stir.  Apples can be served on the side or as a sweet and fruity topping for the waffles.

 

Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup for Waffles and Pancakes

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS cinnamon
  • 2 TBS vanilla

Melt butter in small saucepan.  Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla, whisking to combine.  Remove from heat.  Stir well before serving with crispy waffles.  Save leftover syrup in lidded container in refrigerator.  Reheat thoroughly when serving again.

Today’s Scripture  Let’s get real now.  It doesn’t matter what décor I have all over my house, what trends I choose to follow or not follow, or even what dishes I’m preparing for my family’s meals.  What matters is the foundation on which this home is built on, and no I’m not talking about concrete either.  You know what I’m saying, as for me and my family?

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