You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself. – Anonymous
We had a new puppy we were trying to house-train, I had just started a new job, and our two boys were in school and also playing sports. To say I was regularly fatigued would have been an understatement. Try comatose on 2 legs. But I still committed myself to being the Mom who did it all and did it fabulously. Mixing up pancakes one school morning, I clearly remember stirring in the sugar, flour, and baking powder.
The youngest arrived at the table with his crazy bed-head hair, plopped into his seat and liberally poured syrup over a serving of hot, fresh pancakes.
Smiling, he took a big ‘ole bite and immediately spat them out.
“These don’t taste right Mom,” he said.
“What? They’re fine .. eat up. You’re gonna miss your bus!”
“No … you don’t understand … there’s something wrong with these. Here – you taste them!”
And so I did.
And I immediately spit them out, too.
I clearly remembered stirring in the sugar .. except I hadn’t. In retracing my steps, I had clearly stirred in … salt. UGH!
The two of us locked eyes and I started giggling. And as soon as he saw me do that, he knew it was safe for him to join in …. and we both enjoyed a twenty minute belly laugh about salt pancakes. Dad and older brother showed up, wondering what all the commotion was about, and why we were eating Eggos.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone trips & falls.
Some get up. Some keep going.
And some look back and laugh.
And we still laugh about the day we nearly had Salt Pancakes for breakfast.
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Here’s my go-to recipe for Super Fluffy Pancakes:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, egg and oil. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix lightly until all dry ingredients are mixed in with the wet; let sit for 5 minutes; the pancakes will rise and become fluffy (once they are fluffy, do not stir again). Pour into greased skillet and turn pancakes when bubbles appear. Only turn once. Makes 8 – 10 small pancakes. This recipe is easily doubled and extra pancakes can be frozen in zip-lock bags for later use.