Maple Syrup & Pancakes

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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36 Comments
  1. Nikki 2 weeks ago

    yum!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    I truly enjoy reading your commentary – it always reminds to take stock of how I’m reacting to things and remember not to sweat the small stuff. I also enjoy things like checking to see what colors you used and being surprised at how much you’ve done with so few colors!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yes… the small stuff in the end is really just that. And yeah, I often use very limited palette. I love mixing colors!! It’s so fun!

  3. Cathy Inzer 2 weeks ago

    Yes, I also love the simple things in life! (and I too, check out what colors you use!)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Cathy!! 😃💕 Yay to the simple things! And if the colors ever look crazy off…let me know… in rare instances I’m moving so fast I forget to change them. hehe

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 weeks ago

    I don’t know, Charlie, I seem to think you have a lot of top ten food favorites. Maybe Mid-Westerners just count a bit differently. Of course, you have the French influence. Pancakes were always on our Saturday morning menu when our sons were little, always with genuine maple syrup. Unless it was French toast or waffles or omelettes. This Doodlewash brings back those wonderful memories.

    So, as you’re implementing all the new features over here, when are we gonna get scratch and sniff?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      haha! Scratch and sniff would be awesome!! I must add that to my list of features. Most of them seem impossible to me as I have no idea what I’m doing, so why not?! 😃💕 And yeah… when it comes to food… I lose all ability to count properly! 😊

  5. Lisa 2 weeks ago

    My dear friend and neighbor has been tapping my maple trees these past few years and I always get a jar of homemade/home made syrup for my indulgences! I can totally relate to your post today!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Wow!! That’s awesome, Lisa!! 😃💕 I’m so jealous!! I bet it’s amazing! Yum!!

  6. smzang 2 weeks ago

    I could eat pancakes anytime night or day. These look so scrumptious I just want to dig in.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, pancakes are so amazing. Granted… by themselves they’re nothing much, but with a bit of butter and syrup, amazing things happen!

  7. Teri C 2 weeks ago

    That looks so yummy……tomorrow is breakfast out…..hmmm, wonder what I’ll have……😂😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Hehe!! Bloody Mary? Wait… no… pancakes!!! LOL 😃💕 YUM!!

      • Teri C 2 weeks ago

        Darn good idea! Now I see it. 😂😂😄

  8. Sharon Nolfi 2 weeks ago

    Wonderful post! I feel the same about simple things and pancakes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 Simple things and pancakes are the best things in life!

  9. Carol Hartmann 2 weeks ago

    There is no substitute for the real thing – maple syrup – and your painting looks good enough to eat! Yes, may we all count our blessings in such simple pleasures in life!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Yes to that, Carol!! 😃💕 Maple syrup is really amazing… I’m lucky Philippe restricts it to weekends or I’d be out of control! LOL

  10. karen colson 2 weeks ago

    now i am drooling like my golden retriever! yum!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      LOL… awesome!! Mission accomplished then. Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕

  11. Kaye Boggs 2 weeks ago

    yum yum – these pancakes look good enough to eat!! And I haven’t had a glazed donut in years (because you can’t have just one!) So funny that you watch cartoons while eating this in memory of your childhood.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Kaye!! 😃💕 Yeah… glazed donuts are like potato chips!! LOL

  12. SnehLata Maheshwari 2 weeks ago

    Yummy the poring of syrup n colour of it spelndid lie. I was also very found of this . Way of making can be different but ma made this for us.u always realized old memories i know how much pain is there to missed near n dear . Thanks Charlie .

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this one!

  13. Phil Cooper 2 weeks ago

    mouthwatering painting Charlie, lovely stuff. Your post is great reminder of how such simple things can be such a pleasure!

  14. Elizabeth Metz 2 weeks ago

    There is absolutely nothing about your illustrations that is “plain”, m’dear. Not a thing.

    Also, I just informed J I’m making pancakes.

    My expanding waistline thanks you, sarcastically. 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Aww thanks so much, Elizabeth! 😃💕 Yeah, my waistline and I aren’t on speaking terms anymore.

  15. Yvonne Reeder 2 weeks ago

    I’m playing catchup on the blogs (as usual lately! lol) and just got my tummy rumbling for pancakes! When I was little, it was a contest to see which of us could eat more of mama’s plate sized pancakes — Daddy or me! A cherished memory was the special smile and wink he gave me when he always won. <3

    P.S. Tell Philippe that that butter slicer would never survive around me — I love butter. 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Von!! 😃💕hehe… yeah, the butter scraper really failed to achieve its primary purpose with me as well! 😊

  16. Sandra Gilbert 2 weeks ago

    Your pancakes made me smile. My mom used to make pancakes for dinner, which was the best end to a busy day and made us all smile.

  17. Jennifer McLean 4 days ago

    I must admit, I prefer waffles, I love how those holes collect the butter and syrup. Here in Canada maple is king but I do find it so sweet, thank GOD butter is back on the menu as margarine with it’s lesser ingredients is not. Now that cholesterol isn’t something you eat and get sick, it depends on your own body, butter is back baby!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Butter is back!! YAY!! I agree… margarine is not acceptable. And we love waffles as well… gotta adore those butter catchers!! LOL 😃💕

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