There are so many wonderful perfect pairings in life, but maple syrup and pancakes are definitely in my top ten. In our house, you’ll find this delectable treat showing up each weekend for breakfast. It’s a little gift of decadence as a reward for surviving yet another work week. There’s just no way to eat pancakes without thinking back to being a kid again. So we go the extra mile and make certain that cartoons are also playing in the background. The only thing notably adult about our weekend breakfasts is the French press full of coffee that sits between us. Beyond that, it’s just a full return to childhood and one of my favorite little rituals of the weekend. I tend to enjoy pancakes rather plain like this, though will add on blueberries before the last one is completely devoured. Also, we don’t stack them quite this high, as heart attacks are not a fun childhood memory, but it just makes for a better illustration.
When I was a kid, the syrup was rarely pure maple syrup. It was just a bit too costly so the fake syrups were usually used instead. I didn’t mind them as a kid, anything with sugar was fine, but I won’t settle for anything less than 100% maple as an adult. It’s just so delicious! And yeah, butter is pretty much a requirement as well. Philippe insisted we buy a special butter scraper to ensure we’re not getting too much. I’ve no idea if it actually works though. It makes a thinner layer of butter, but there’s no other safety features present. No little shock of electricity if you keep going back in for more. So, I’m rather sure I’m happily over my limit each time. But it’s only on the weekends, so that in itself is a built-in moderation. And, in our home, you’ll find the traditional version of pancakes as well as a dairy-free one made with almond milk. Both very different and equally yummy.
I’m running incredibly late this evening, as I had to dash off this doodlewash just after dinner tonight. So, I need to be extra quick and return to my wine shortly. Yeah, the evenings, turn surprisingly adult. I hope that each of you are enjoying a fantastic weekend doing something that makes you smile as well. Many of you know from reading my posts that I’m rather amused and delighted by the simplest things in life. It doesn’t take much to inspire me and make me giddy. There are so many little moments like that each and every day. The kind that you might miss if you’re waiting for something better to come along. Sometimes, there’s really nothing more amazing than the simplest idea you can imagine. Perhaps that’s why many of my watercolor illustrations are so ridiculously plain. Just a bit of a memory that doesn’t try to be anything more than that. A little taste of something that I hope will bring a smile, like maple syrup and pancakes.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Gold and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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