Around two years ago I was obsessed with learning how to make the perfect pancake. Mainly because my kids were driving me crazy and, I know this sounds unrelated but, making really fluffy pancakes from scratch made me feel in control each morning. My dirty laundry was slowing infiltrating my clean laundry pile in the living room, I hadn't brushed my hair for a week, and my brain was being fried by constant tantrums, but. BUT if I started my day with perfect pancakes: My kids thought I was fabulous, I thought I was fabulous, and everyone I bragged about my new skill to told me I was fabulous. Somehow I would weave my pancake skillz into any conversation. I'm that person.
And who do I have to thank for teaching me everything I know about pancakes? None other than Deb from Smitten Kitchen of course. In her Pancakes 101 post, she explains exactly how much to stir the batter, how to prep the pan, and a secret with the eggs that I think is brilliant. You have got to read it and implement her tips! You'll feel so empowered and you too will feel the need to bring up pancakes in any discussion. Go ahead. You can be that person too.
In case you were wondering, Deb is as wonderful in person as she seems on her blog. Her posts are smart, interesting, funny and down to earth. And that's exactly the person I met last week. I can't wait for her book to come out 2012. I hope nothing but the best for Deb. She's fantastic! I would copy everything that she does, even her blog layout. Oh wait, I already did.
So now you know: Pancakes are my secret weapon for taking control when my life feels crazy. What do you do to feel a sense of control when your life feels crazy? There must be a better way than PANCAKES!! ha.