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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Recipes

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Calling all breakfast culinary purveyors! Join us for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Get Together

Let’s have a parish gathering of families of all ages and all stages of life. Join us on February 16, 2021, on a 6:00 pm Zoom call. Use one or all of the recipes below (or use your own)! Make your pancake dinner (and be prepared to show it off!) Join in for the Zoom call for grace together and short show-off time. For extra fun, dress up in your Mardi Gras best.

Call in at 6:00 PM (should be done in 15-20 minutes).
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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Recipes


Fluffy Pecan Pancakes

Fluffy pecan pancakes are made light and airy with the addition of beaten egg whites. Drizzle the pancakes with your favorite syrup and garnish with sugared pecan halves.


2 cups flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (toasted if desired)

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup milk

2 large eggs (separated)

1/4 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Optional: 1/2 cup pecan halves (or fruit for garnish)

Steps to Make It

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, soda, and chopped pecans.

In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and milk, egg yolks, and melted butter. Blend into the dry ingredients just until all ingredients are moistened.

Beat egg whites in another bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into the batter until well incorporated.

Heat a small amount of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot enough for a drop of water to sizzle, scoop pancake batter onto the skillet in about 1/4-cup portions, spreading slightly. When edges are rather dry and bubbles are popping and bottoms are nicely browned, about 2 to 3 minutes, turn over and cook the other side until browned, about 2 minutes longer.

Serve hot with butter and syrup and garnish with pecan halves or fruit, if desired.​

The Yummiest Banana Pancakes


MILK – whole milk, 2% or any of the nut milk varieties work well in this!

BUTTER – I use salted butter, that I melt and let cool a little right before mixing

EGG – large eggs

VANILLA EXTRACT – almond extract is also yummy in this!

FLOUR – regular all-purpose flour

BROWN SUGAR – you can sub white sugar if that’s what you have. The brown sugar pairs well with the bananas, though – so use it if you have it!


SALT – kosher salt

BANANAS – I use 2 small bananas – about 1 cup mashed.

OPTIONAL – 1/2 tsp cinnamon added with the dry ingredients, extra sliced bananas and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for sprinkling.

Mix the wet ingredients (egg, milk, melted butter, vanilla) in a small bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) in another bowl.

Mash the bananas until broken up (but still chunky ish – we’re not looking for pureed bananas).

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Add the mashed banana mixture to the other ingredients.

Fold together until just combined.


Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt a little butter (you don’t have to, but I like the crispy edges).

Add the batter in 1/2 cup portions to the skillet.

Cook until bubbles appear on the pancakes and pop (the surface will look less “wet”).

Flip and cook on the other for a minute or two longer until golden brown.


  • Add a little cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to the dry mixture for some warm, yummy flavors.
  • Switch out half of the flour for whole wheat flour, your pancakes will be a little denser, but a little healthier!
  • What milk to use? You can use any kind of milk we’re just looking for moisture, so you get to pick what you add!
  • As weird as it sounds to me peanut butter spread over these pancakes is a little piece of heaven!
  • Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes


Super thick and fluffy blueberry pancakes! Melt in your mouth, golden brown, and bursting with blueberries.



  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1+ cup fresh blueberries
  • more butter for the pan



  1. Mix the milk and vinegar and let it sit for a minute or two (you’re making “buttermilk” here).
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Whisk the egg, milk, and melted butter into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Melt a little smear of butter in the pan (essential for giving a yummy golden brown crust).
  4. Pour about 1/3 cup of batter into the hot skillet and spread it flat-like (it will be pretty thick). Arrange a few blueberries on top. Cook until you see little bubbles on top and the edges starting to firm up. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancakes are sky-high fluffy and cooked through.
  5. Serve with butter and maple syrup. But honestly, sometimes I just like to eat these plain. YUM, YUM, YUM.


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Texture: For thick pancakes, use 3/4 cup milk as directed. For lighter, slightly less fluffy pancakes, use 1 cup milk.

Dairy Free: Use almond milk or another non-dairy milk, and melted coconut oil in place of the butter.

Fluffy Original Pancake


  • 2 cups all purpose | plain flour, (290 g | 10 oz)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or sweetener, (60g | 2 oz)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk, (440ml)
  • 1/4 cup butter, (60g | 2 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Combine together the flour, sugar (or sweetener), baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large-sized bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the milk, slightly cooled melted butter, vanilla and egg.
  2. Use a wire whisk to whisk the wet ingredients together first before slowly folding them into the dry ingredients. Mix together until smooth (there may be a couple of lumps but that’s okay).

(The batter will be thick and creamy in consistency. If you find the batter too thick — doesn’t pour off the ladle or out of the measuring cup smoothly — fold a couple tablespoons of extra milk into the batter at a time until reaching desired consistency).

  1. Set the batter aside and allow to rest while heating up your pan or griddle.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over low-medium heat and wipe over with a little butter to lightly grease pan. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan and spread out gently into a round shape with the back of your ladle or measuring cup.
  3. When the underside is golden and bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip with a spatula and cook until golden. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Serve with honey, maple syrup, fruit, ice cream or frozen yoghurt, or enjoy plain!

Apple Pie Pancake Topping


4-5 apples, peeled and sliced

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp pure cane sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp powdered sugar


  1. Warm a pan over medium low heat.
  2. Add in the butter, apples, cinnamon and cane sugar.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes until the apples are just slightly softened.
  4. While the apples are cooking you can make the whipped cream. Add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Using a hand mixer go ahead and mix until it forms soft peaks.
  5. Top it all onto your pancakes!

Blueberry & Raspberry Topping


1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup water


Combine the raspberries, blueberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and cook at a boil for 5 minutes, scraping the bottom as needed to keep from burning. Reduce heat to low; simmer the mixture until thick, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

December Vestry Meeting Highlights

Minutes of St. Paul’s Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2023


Monthly pledges were down for the month but still remain ahead for the year. Non pledge income is down $33k to date. Core expenses are $80k under budget, and the preschool loss is $165k. Some losses will be buffered by the PPP money received earlier in the year. 

With the retirement of staff members, the church is exercising caution before rehiring for those positions immediately. Currently, focus is on getting in next year’s pledges, so next year’s budget can be set. 


After December closes, the Vestry will be reviewing final bills to date versus dollars received to date. 


Pledges to date are $1961,718.30 from 452 pledging families. The goal for this year’s campaign is $2.25 million from 600 families. 

2021 BUDGET 

2021 budgeting is underway, but final numbers are incomplete, pending completion of this year’s stewardship campaign. Currently, the church has reached 87% of its goal for next year. 


Dixon announced the Christmas service plans. Advent Lessons and Carols will broadcast on Sunday night, December 20 at 7pm. In-person events planned on December 24 are: Stations of the Nativity at 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. At 5:00, a full service will be broadcast at 5:00 from the Nave. Christmas Day there will be Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. and a Noon day Prayer and Hymn Sing via Zoom at 12:00 noon. ‘Celebrating Winter’ Recording will be broadcast 5:00 p.m. by NC Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players 

St. Paul’s has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places with an individual designation.

Preliminary discussions regarding repair and restoration of the plaster and stone damaged by water during the renovation of the 1928 building are underway. 


Clergy is busy planning and executing Christmas plans and offerings, as well as working with the Diocese Commission on Ministry. Men’s ministry is meeting via zoom every other week. Plans are underway for a youth trip in 2022. 


The Dalton Garden project is still in the bidding stage. All bills for the 1928 building less a few small charges have been received and paid. 


The Vestry Nominating Committee has been meeting and the slate will be finished and announced in early January.

You can view other Vestry Meeting Summaries here >>

Outreach in Advent: Collaboration and Community

This Advent, St. Paul’s is collaborating with community partners to respond to the needs of our neighbors. I pray that these opportunities will remind us all of the hope that is interwoven in the Advent season. If we ever needed the hopeful anticipation of Advent, this is the year! Thank you all for your support, and please contact me if you have any questions at

  1. Angel Tree for the Center of Hope: This year, St. Paul’s is sponsoring the Christmas Eve dinner at the Center of Hope, as well as gifts for children and families at the shelter. If you would like to provide gifts for a child at the shelter, simply sign up, and you will then be provided with the child’s name and gift details.Sign Up Here:
  2. Diaper Drive for Christ’s Beloved Community Pantry: Diapers can be a difficult expense for families struggling with economic hardship. We will again partner with Christ’s Beloved Community’s food pantry and deliver and distribute diapers to families on 12/17. Please click the link for the amazon wish list. Diapers will be delivered directly to St. Paul’s, and we will store them and deliver them to CBC on Thursday, December 17th.

    Purchase Diapers and Wipes Here:

Vestry Nominating Update

Vestry Nominating Committee Formed

Your vestry is pleased to announce that parishioners Steve Ashworth, Ted Goins, and Donna Hennessey have been elected by the Vestry to join outgoing Vestry members Henri Brown, Bill Orr, Richard Rogers, and Christine Storch to form this year’s Vestry Nominating Committee.

According to our new selection process, these parishioners were nominated by members of the parish and elected by those vestry members who do not serve on this year’s nominating committee.

The Vestry Nominating Committee is charged with selecting and recommending a slate of four candidates to serve on Vestry beginning in 2021. This year’s Vestry election will be held at the annual meeting, currently scheduled for February 2021.

Upcoming Needs of the Committee

The Vestry Nominating Committee requests that parishioners suggest names for Vestry service as soon as possible.

To submit a name electronically please visit:

If you prefer to send your suggestion by paper form:

1) Mail your form to Henri Brown, Senior Warden-St Paul’s, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, or

2) Put your Vestry Suggestion Form in the Wardens’ mailbox (located next to the second level reception desk), or

3) Scan the form and email it to Henri Brown, Senior Warden,

Halloween 2020 at St. Paul’s

Join us on October 31 for a range of activities.

Activities for Children

Join us for a Saint Scavenger Hunt at the Church finishing with a party bag of candy! Come in costume!  The Scavenger Hunt will be set up outside on October 31 from 3:00-5:30 pm, so you can come any time during that time. Then walk through the Daring Disciples “Haunted Playground” for families. At the Scavenger Hunt, families will have an opportunity to learn about some saints and “find’ them in the field by the playground.  All who find the saints, receive a bag of candy.  The Haunted Playground will be family friendly (and not too scary).

Youth-Led Activities

On Saturday, Oct 31 from 7 - 8:30 pm, the St. Paul’s EYC leaders will be sponsoring a drive-through experience inspired by one of the greatest movies of all time - Ghostbusters!  Families are invited to drive through the portico any time from 7 - 8:30 pm to see some of the most famous scenes from this cinematic masterpiece.  At the end, and youth or children in cars, will receive a goody bag.  For many who are not planning on participating in a traditional trick-or-treat, this is a great way to celebrate!

If you have any questions, please email Deacon Lauren at