Pancakes are the new black or Partying with pancakes.

Last night was pancake party night — and what that means is pancakes, good friends, good wine (well, okay, the wine might not have been good in the eyes of a connoisseur). But like my 89 year old mom-mom says, “I’ll drink [to] that, but heck I’ll drink [to] anything.”

We made whole wheat pancakes and yes, we went for it, and added chocolate chips. We also made a berry compote and some homemade whipped cream. The four of us took turns whipping the cream and it was pretty awesome when it all came together, knowing that we all had something to do with the creation.

Needless to say, it was a delicious dinner and we ate everything up in record speed. Well, I did at least. One of my dearest friends,  we will call her Webblet, commented, saying something like “I love it when you eat everything up in one second.” She knows what this means for me and what it means is that the food, truly and honestly, hit the spot.

After finishing the pancakes (2 seconds later), Mfoe (my other dear and very funny friend), and Webblet, insisted that we check out a blog, called Jim’s pancakes.  This is part of what pancake party night is all about.  Jim makes pancakes for his daughter Allie every morning. But these are not normal pancakes. These pancakes are creations of art and they are fun. Through the site he explores making colored pancakes in all different shapes and sizes. For example: dinosaur pancakes, sushi pancakes, and even, cereal pancakes. He also takes pancakes to the next level by creating 3-d sculptures using syrup as glue. It’s. just. genius. We oohhhed and we ahhhhed and we looked at every post. We also watched all the videos and enjoyed Allie’s adorable comments. She likes to say Daddy. A lot.

It’s exciting to create something with friends, and then expand upon that knowledge by learning from someone else (ie: Jim), who can bring a different perspective to the table.

Today, after sharing this experience with my wonderful friend, Ebox, she told me that her twin makes pancakes with poppy seeds and ginger. Upon description, my mouth dropped open, as it usually does, when she describes the food her sister creates. These sound delicious. So so delicious. I like the idea that there is an endlessness in what can be done with just a simple thing– like a pancake.

I also like the fact that a simple experience (like party pancake night) can be transformed into learning something new, into opening the mind to new ideas, and into allowing us to connect with the world around us and the people in it. Suddenly, a pancake, or a night of pancakes with some pals, can shift and expand our world. Suddenly, there are Jim’s pancakes, there are poppy seed pancakes, there are conversations about pancakes, and there are endless ideas about pancakes. When we allow an experience into our lives and  we allow ourselves to open up to that experience, suddenly the world opens up to us (and shares with us its secrets, its power, and its endless perfection). (If we let it!). It is up to us, after all.

With love, lots of respect, and a lil’ extra love (just in case you missed it the first time),

AshCee

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