Tuesday, 14 February 2017

juliette's husbands + pink pancakes

02 / 14 / 17

Happy Valentine's Day! My valentine is still away working up North so Juliette, Louise and I celebrated this special day together. We made pink, heart-shaped pancakes with strawberries this morning for breakfast, dressed passionately in red, and went to the zoo for some animal attraction. Later children from our neighbourhood very sweetly dropped by with valentines for the girls (let this be a reminder for us to reciprocate next year!)

Juliette, our three year old, recently started exploring ideas of relationships, and in particular marriage... She asked me quizzically one day in the car "where is my husband?" Thrown off by the sudden entrance of marriage into the realm of thoughts by my small child, who sat gazing out the window, I explained she would have to wait until she was an adult and then she could find a husband. She stopped me there insisting "Daddy is my husband!"

Since then, whenever we are on a drive she talks about husbands. I've explained that Daddy is my husband, that we got married at our Big Party last summer, and that Daddy can only be my husband. We talked about how some people find a husband, and some people find a wife, and when she is very, very old, she can find whoever she wants for herself.

Satisfied, or at least willing to relinquish Patt to my grips, she has decided Aunty Sarah is now her husband.

Pink Pancakes, for Valentine's Day 


2 tbsp white vinegar
3/4 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp white sugar
1 organic, free-range egg
2 tbsp melted butter
red food colouring

additional fruit
maple syrup


Mix vinegar and milk in a small bowl and let set for 5 minutes. In a medium sized bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Stir egg, then the melted butter, in with milk-vinegar mixture. Combine wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and add a few drops of food colouring- mix until smooth. Add in slices of fruit (we enjoy bananas, blueberries and strawberries) to the pancake batter if you wish.

Over medium heat, add a tsp or so of butter to a non-stick pan and let melt. Ladle pancake batter by the spoonful into the pan and cook until slightly bubbling, then flip over. Cook until lightly browned. Enjoy with maple syrup.

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