I shared the following story on Instagram this weekend and was asked about the recipe…below is both.

Last week my 8 yr old challenged me to a pancake eating contest. There was a bit of smack talking all week between the two of us. I’ve spent my life downing pancakes (my Great Grandma’s buttermilk pancake recipe). I didn’t train this week. Didn’t prepare. I was a shoe in for the victory. 

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPride comes before the fall my friends. HE WON by 3 pancakes. The contest was just for quantity, but he was going for speed and quantity. He would take 2 pancakes, put a slice of butter in the middle, fold them together and stuff them in. Moms – let my defeat serve as a warning. If you continue flipping those pancakes and letting your kids eat them first, only leaving you a couple – you will one day know the bitter taste of defeat too. Save some batter for yourselves, keep those eating competition muscles strong.

If you need a delicious pancake recipe – I highly recommend my Great Grandma’s. It is a simple traditional buttermilk recipe and is my very favorite. I like my pancakes thin but you can easily make these thicker if you like them that way. We pour the batter into a Wilton cake decorating bottle and create various designs on the griddle.
buttermilkpancakes-03As a little girl my dad taught me the value of stacking round pancakes and cutting out the center to fill with syrup. It is still my favorite way to eat them.


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  • Steffany - Question. Do you like your griddle? When my husband and I got married we received an amazing griddle as a gift. When it wore out, we bought a new one, thinking they were all equally as good. So. Not. True. Ours burns the 1st batch of pancakes and then takes forever after that. It doesn’t heat evenly. Just isn’t a good griddle. Do you love this one? It’s a good price…seems easy to clean…so I’m curious. And we cannot wait to try your recipe. We are a chocolate chip pancake family, usually Saturday mornings 🙂 And yes, mom is always left to eat the burnt, odd-shaped, too weird pancakes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • AshleyAnn - Steffany – I’ll be honest, I didn’t have super high expectations for this one because it was so cheap. So far, I’ve been really pleased. I had to learn what temperature to use so things didn’t overcook or undercook. I don’t have to use any oil on it…nothing I have cooked so far sticks and it is really easy to clean. We’ve only had it a month. I feel like we break griddles all the time, so I went cheap and this has been my favorite one so far.

  • AshleyAnn - I should also say I’ve never had a super nice griddle, so I don’t have that to compare to. BUT the ones I’ve had (more expensive than this one) I didn’t like as much.

  • Debbie C - Cut out a hole for the syrup! Your dad is brilliant!

  • Byron - So why not just make your pancakes with a hole in the middle on the griddle? The joy of food surgery, perhaps? 🙂

    I would definitely try this if I had a griddle. And ANY of the ingredients you listed in my kitchen (I may have milk…)! I may have to try them anyway!

  • Stephanie - My kids requested pancakes today so we are going to give these a try!! My mom’s pancake recipe is similar and it’s what she has made for 35 years:

    1 cup self rising flour
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 egg
    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    give it a try and let me know what you think! I have a feeling after we try the “hole for the syrup” my kids will never have them any other way. Brilliant.

  • Pancakes for one – JoyJohanna - […] single-pancake-breakfast with blueberries and maple syrup can do to you. The recipe, by the way, is this one from ashleyannphotography, try it […]

I’ve been transferring pictures from my phone and camera to my computer and came across a couple I knew I wanted to have here too. While we were out of town for Christmas, we stayed with Chris’ family at a location with a pool. My youngest has so much hair. The only way she can swim without getting wrapped up in it is if I give her braids on both sides. One day we let her wet braids dry to she could have big, wavy hair a day.

I don’t ask my kids to pose for me very often. I’d say about 5% of the pictures I take of them are ones I ask them to pose, which directly increases their willingness to pose when I do ask (at least that is the case for the boys). My daughters both are always up for smiling for my camera.

My youngest was bouncing around with her big, wavy hair and I asked her if I could snap a picture or two of her. It was so cold outside, but I knew the light would be so much better than the low indoor light. We quickly stepped outside and took about 60 seconds to snap a couple pictures.

The first two are completely her poses. It cracked me up – she has obviously been watching her sister!

1-17-031-17-01I asked her if she had any other poses she wanted to do before we ran back inside to get warm. The first two are such beautiful photos of her and she looks far too old in them to me. Her final pose was much more reflective of her personality!1-17-02Happy Monday friends!

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  • Beth Dutton - I agree, Ashley! When I first saw this picture (on Instagram?) I thought, “Is she that old already?” SO beautiful, though.

  • Kathie M. - She is way too cute!! I used to have hair just like that and miss those days!! Gorgeous <3

  • Maureen - Oh my, she is sooo beautiful. Oh, my heart!

  • Debi - love the hair, she looks so grown up. she’s such a pretty girl.

  • Debbie C - I love these pictures of her! She is getting so big, becoming a little lady! Beautiful!

  • Byron Henderson - Crazy cute! (And crazy). 😉

  • Tammy - My stars, she could be a model! She is stunning.

  • Dena - Beautiful girl

  • ellen patton - She’s spunky!!

I was sitting in my living room with a friend recently and she commented that there were plants everywhere. I think I might have replaced all the pictures with plants! Though I’ve liked the empty wall space, I think I’m ready to add a few pictures back up.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPlants in my house last far longer than plants outside my house. I think it is the whole out of sight, out of mind thing. I’ve been asked how I keep plants alive in my house. Most of my plants are in small pots without holes (so water doesn’t get everywhere). My large plants are in pots with holes and drainage containers.

I thought I would share how I pot my smaller plants and succulents.

I use 3 things:

  • clay pellets
  • the pot/planter
  • the plant

plantlady-01Those little pellets have been the life saver for my indoor plants. I place them in the bottom of the pot and then put the plant on top. If I need to add a little extra dirt, I do. The pellets allow for drainage in the pot. I just have to be careful not to over water too much.plantlady-02My sister got me this little planter for my birthday. Turns out it is actually a pencil holder, but I’m going with planter. It was fun trying to decide what kind of plant to put in it. So many options – tall plant for tall hair, bushy plant for big hair, etc. I went with String of Pearls, so she will have long, funky hair one day. She sits right by the kitchen sink and keeps me company when I’m washing dishes. It is hard not to smile when I look over, so it makes being at the sink a little more enjoyable!


I’m often asked how I keep indoor plants alive. I am not an expert. I’m sure I do a lot of things wrong, but here are my tried and true tips:

My indoor plant tips:

  • Pay attention to if the plant needs light, if so place it near a window
  • Don’t water too often. I water every 7-10 days…and just a tiny bit
  • Use plant food. I found tropical plant food on Amazon.
  • Sing to them everyday. My plants prefer Brad Paisley and some Taylor Swift mixed in. Find what your plants like and belt it out.
  • Just kidding on that last tip – really, I just stick them somewhere and water (with plant food) every week or so.

My sources:


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  • Mary Lynn - Thank you! I love plants, but havn’t attempted them much in my years of toddlers, also our house doesn’t have a lot of great light & the spots by the windows are most accessible to little people. But our youngest is 3 now, I got my first indoor plant (in a long time) at IKEA… and it’s still alive! So I am anxious to get more now! You’ve inspired me! Maybe I just need to look for plants that don’t need much light? They really exist? So you leave them right where they are & water with what, a little watering can? And you said you give them plant food with every watering? Sorry so many questions. I’m excited! So glad to know about the clay pellets!

  • Tiffany - Did not know about the pellets, I usually steal rocks from the lawn. The string of pearls is a really pretty plant, btw.

  • Katie Thomassen - I was just “gifted” a sink exactly like yours and I LOVE IT!!! Marks, scuffs and all. It was definitely a booger to get into place though, talk about heavy!!! We had it placed as well as we could and it was still hung up on one corner so my husband went out to the shop to get a tool to jimmy it in and as he was walking by the kitchen window it suddenly fell into place with a HUGE crash. He was a little miffed that I hadn’t waited for him but I hadn’t touched it, it was just ready to be home!! I was just glad my fingers and toes were all out of the way!
    The only thing that makes me sad is the thought of leaving it behind one day when we eventually downsize 🙁

  • Amy - I love having plants inside! Unfortunately my palm tree isn’t liking this Minnesota winter, even tho its indoors. It’s turning white lol! I love my desert plants tho so I may have to stick with just cacti…. Any tips for that palm?

  • AshleyAnn - Honestly, I just water it once a week. I mix a little liquid tropical plant food in the water, but that is it!

  • Kimberlee Jost - You crack me up. I know you’re not actually kidding about Brad Paisley.

  • Diana - I need this help/encouragement/advice! My house plants don’t look super promising…

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberlee – you are, of course, correct about that!

  • Mary Lynn - Can you tell me what brand of plant food you like? I haven’t had success with your Amazon link : ( Do you just use the tropical for all plants?

  • AshleyAnn - Mary Lynn – I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/Dyna-Gro-DYFOL008-Foliage-Pro-11/dp/B003SUT6VS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487196356&sr=8-2&keywords=tropical+plant+food

    I use about 1 teaspoon per galloon water. I use it on all my plants.