Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. -Dr. Seuss
photo cred: free peopleMemory is a blessing, sometimes a very painful one. Just as 2014 closed and I thought of all that had transpired during the year, I received the dreadful news that a childhood friend, one who played in my house every week when we were girls, was gone. Her life- over too soon. I was devastated. We are young. We're just beginning. There's so much life left to live. All this raced through my head as I grappled with the terrible reality.
Throughout the next week, I was overwhelmed with recollections of the past. I grappled with a constant torrent of emotions as I remembered our childhood-- the days my mother let us pose for photos in her wedding gown, slow bike rides around the lake by her house, entertaining ourselves with silly giggles and gossip about boys. Things long forgotten were suddenly fresh and played over in my head like a film.
On Sunday morning, I wanted little more than the relief of sleep, but my five-year-old, oblivious to all that was on my mind, was persistent. Mommy, make pancakes with me! I envisioned the mess that would follow: bits of eggshell to retrieve from the bowl, dribbles of milk and drips of batter on the counters, and lips sticky with maple syrup planting kisses on my cheek. Memories, I thought. Make the memories.
These are the pancakes we made, from chef Jamie Oliver's super-easy two cup recipe. This is the recipe I use every time my daughter wants to make pancakes because its speed and ease are geared to her attention span. It's so easy, I hate to even call it a recipe.
photo credit; JamieOliver.com
Fluffy American-Style Pancakes
- Fill a coffee mug with self-rising flour, level the top, and pour into your mixing bowl.
- Fill the same mug to the top with milk. Add to the bowl.
- Add a pinch of salt, 1 egg, and whisk all ingredients together. Add 1 pear, grated, to the bowl, and stir.
- Heat a dollop of butter in a pan. When the butter is melted, add the batter a spoonful at a time. Turn when the bottom of the pancake is golden and cook for a few minutes on the other side.
- Serve right away with a dollop of full-fat plain yogurt and honey, maple syrup, or creme fraiche. (Creme fraiche, by the way, makes everything amazing.)
Here's a cute video of Jamie with two of his own little girls, making pancakes with this recipe.
This year, hug those you love often, and take the time to make memories of the happy, sticky, heart-warming kind.
Wishing you all the very best memory-making in 2015,