Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Fresh Memories

Showing versus Telling Wins Again

One of the most beautiful things about having a little person in your life is the fact that EVERYTHING is new to them. Late Sunday afternoon, my preschooler noticed a spatula that I’d placed on the counter after pulling it from the dishwasher and asked, “What’s that for?”

Nevermind the fact that he’s seen it before, or even plays with one of his own in his kid’s kitchen. His natural curiosity and desire for an explaination warmed my “tell me about everything under the sun” heart. I took the time to lean down, give him a hug (becuase how could I resist?), and explained what the instrument is typically used for. He listened to me politely when I explained, but honestly, what’s the fun in that? It dawned on me that this moment could be so much more.

The Best Pancakes EVER

So, I pulled out the gridle – my old-fashined one that your grandma probably has – gathered a few ingredients, and whipped out a couple of mixing bowls. In just a few minutes, he and I were contentedly making 100% whole-wheat buttermilk chocolate chip pancakes!

The entire experience was precious, and we had so much fun. The end result was actually INCREDIBLY delicious, and I promise you, even the most skeptical person would enjoy the taste of these whole-wheat pancakes. Let me know if you’d like the recipie. I’m posting a picture here – and although it’s far from fancy food-blog-worthy, it’s a photo capturing a moment in time where my only child and I made a beutiful memory.

No wonder the pancakes tasted so good.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Eggplant, the Talentless Diva of Vegetables 

So, I'm watching one of my favorite mellow cooking shows, which is America's Test Kitchen. It's perfect to watch with my hubby while our little one takes a nap. While we're watching, the hosts whip out a 1.5 pound eggplant and talk about what to do to make eggplant actually useful in a dish. Because I love to cook, I started thinking about how many dishes that incorporate eggplant, and how every single one of them is insanely time-intensive. 

Every. Single. One. 

(For whatever reason, the eggplant is on my list today, so just bear with me as I get my rant about this out of my system.) Eggplant is nothing without the aid of delicious condiments. You don't just add a "dash" of something – you need a whole army of things to sacrifice everything to bring flavor to this greedy, spongy vegetable. It just takes and takes. 

To make matters worse, it has to be be pampered and maintained. Don't let it bruise… the skin might be too tough for the dish, so you may have to peel it… make sure to salt slices to draw water from them… be careful not to let it oxidize… Don't do this, or it won't do that… wow. 

At the end of it all, thanks to patience, luck, tears, and small miracles, you usually end up with a dish where the talentless Diva is polished and perfect… and becomes the star of the meal. Go figure. 😏