My Favorite Things

Today I regained my Pancake Mojo.

Sound of Music 2

I am pretty sure my ability to flip pancakes was the reason my husband married me.  That and my smoothies.

Somewhere along the way I lost it.  The first time it happened I was angry.  My pancakes were inedible discs of blackness .  Hungry children + frantic mom is not a good combination!

The second time it happened I couldn’t even flip them.  My efforts resulted in scrambled pancakes.  I tried to fix it.  My husband did the right thing and tried to eat it.  “A” for effort but when he had trouble swallowing the concoction… I cried.  We ended up going out for breakfast.

After the 5th attempt the reality of losing my mojo was sinking in.  I decided it was a waste of resources.  I blamed the skillet.  I vowed never to make pancakes again. If there must be pancakes, my husband took over.  Otherwise the frozen pre-made kind suited me just fine.

“Mom I’m hungry.”

“Look you want pancakes?  Here is a bowl of oatmeal.”  Problem solved.

A couple of weeks ago I grabbed a box of pumpkin spice bread mix.  I don’t know why I did that.  I don’t even own a bread pan.  Oh look, I can make muffins with it.  Sweet.

Lil Man grabs me by the hand this morning and leads me to the kitchen.  Together we rummaged through our choices when he grabs this forgotten box.

“Pancakes!”

Ok this kid can not read.  How does he know this mix can end up as pancakes?  The main picture is a pumpkin spice loaf.  In the background, in the corner, is a small plate of pancakes. 

*Sigh*

The moment had come to prove myself.  I had to make the effort.  The scowl on his face when I flashed the oatmeal lets me know nothing less will do.

Surprisingly it all works out.  30 pancakes later and every one of them came out perfect.  As if to give me an extra compliment the kids ate them without butter or syrup.  They vanished before my eyes.  The last two pancakes were mine and I had to fight them for it.

Pumpkin Spice Pancake

The world is right again.  My pancake making skills are back and I am the queen of this skillet!

With certain powers restored I feel that it is time to share some of my favorite things of 2013:

  1. The smell of fall.  The changing color of leaves.  Watching the seasons change…
  2. Fuzzy socks.
  3. Finding a way to make my bath tub a deep water soaker with this plug.
  4. Dr Who key chain and cookie jar.  It was a rough year.  Touching the Tardis and making it light up made everyone happy here.
  5. In May – June my health turned for the worst.  I could not bring myself to eat.  Meat grossed me out.  My juicer became my best friend.  Now that my health is better I am looking to try more of these recipes in the near future.
  6. Rootbeer with a slice of lemon.
  7. Getting a return on my Kiva loan.  It’s not much but it feels good to help someone else out.  I am planning to use my returns to fund Kiva Zip projects in the US.
  8. Random uplifting comments from friends.
  9. Pandora Radio.  In particular the Liquid Mind Radio & Classical Radio.  For some reason I focus better on any given task when this type of music is playing in the background.  Try it.
  10. I am not able to travel the world right now so I visit this page several times a week.  I have been stalking all of my friends & associates who have been traveling to wonderful places this year.  It makes me happy to see the world through your eyes.  I am sorry if this creeps you out.  On that note I think this is a great crowd funding business/ gift idea: MyTab
  11. “Mom I Love you” notes/ drawings from my kids.  I am home all day with them and they still love me.  I hope they still feel that way when they are all teenagers.
  12. My husband’s blanket.  We solved the issue of stealing covers by having our own blankets.  I like his better.  Some people stay together for the kids… we are in this for the blankets.  A blanket torn in half serves no one!
  13. Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks, Sea Salt Caramels, and Fudge.  A chocolatier recently moved in down the street from me.  I don’t know if this is the universe’s way of punishing me or rewarding me.  I love her sweets more than Nutella.  Want to see what I am talking about? Drool over this.
  14. Watching the sun come up.  I am not much of a morning person, so it came as a pleasant surprise for me.  It was like finding that perfect natural moment… that perfect quiet… and embracing it.
  15. Walking up to the register and finding out I had enough reward points to pay for a 1/2 of my purchase.
  16. Office supplies.  This year it was colored ink pens and bright post-it notes.  Somehow it energized me to do the work.
  17. Double-stick tape.  Countless art work and displays was made possible by double-stick tape.  Worth every penny.
  18. A soft towel fresh out of the dryer.  I started using fabric softener when I accidentally ordered it.  Turns out that amazing softness is pretty addicting.  Plus I find stains are less of a hassle.  I have no idea what people did before the invention of fabric softener…
  19. My favorite guilty pleasure this year was the Triple Stuffed Oreo.  Perfect cookie to dunk in a cold glass of milk.  I would have loved to have been a product tester for that one. 😀
  20. Spending time with friends.  Friends who pop over for a visit.  Friends who share their triumphs and their talents with me.  Friends who are not afraid to be their authentic selves in my company.  If time is money then those moments are priceless.

Those are a few of my favorite things this year… What are yours?

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