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Life Journal: A Pancake Lunch


Making mealtimes a beautiful time of conversation and laughter

while savoring tasty food  is one of my dreams as a mom.

Many days, though, mealtimes are a quick scramble and instead of plating everything

to look it’s best, I’m focusing on using the fewest possible dishes.

Now and then I love fixing a really special meal for my family.

Children are so easy to please; simple touches will make them feel

as though they are dining like kings.

One day I made pancakes and eggs for lunch.

(My secret tip: homemade pancakes are an easy meal when you  are out of nearly everything.)

To make it a little more special I cooked the pancakes

in various sizes, to be stacked into pancake towers.

That led to the idea of adding a skewer of blueberries on the top.

Since the food was beginning to look fancy I brought out a table cloth.

A table cloth called for adding a candle.

With a table cloth and candlelit table, why not pour the syrup into a pitcher, too?



Most days one or three boys are right at my side while I’m cooking, but this day

I wanted to build anticipation and asked them to stay out of the kitchen while I cooked.

Their joy was absolutely worth the extra effort it took to make the meal a little extra special.


PINIMAGEThe room getting really quiet for a few minutes, was a sure sign the boys were loving their food.

It’s so funny how serious they got about forking those pancakes into their mouths.

They were full of praise, too. Every time they love a meal they always say,

“T H A N K  Y O U, Mom!  This was the B E S T meal you ever made.”

Dairy Free Pancakes


2 c. whole wheat or white flour

2 eggs

2 cups almond milk

2 T. vegetable oil

1/2 c. sugar

2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt



  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.

  2. Add eggs, oil, and milk to dry ingredients and whisk until batter is smooth.

  3. Heat skillet over medium heat.  Melt a bit of coconut oil on the pan.

  4. Cook pancakes until bubbles form. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown.


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Slowly the pancakes stacks disappeared and the syrup dripped from the pitcher to the table.

The forks and faces were sticky . The breathing was deep.

Their satisfaction was only rivaled by my own.

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  • Shannon - Beautiful photos and such cool little men! Now I’m hungry for pancakes. :)ReplyCancel

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