Aaaaah: 2015 is really upon us! I appreciate that I’ve joined the new years train a little late buuuuut…isn’t it better to be late than never? Here’s to an amazing year, stacked with good fortune and drizzled in maple syrup.
How are we all doing on new years resolutions? I’ve already kind of disappointed myself by already breaking half of the resolutions I set this year. But whatever. That yucky assignment which felt like an oversized splinter in the head (srsly) during this entire holiday period has finally been submitted, and the remaining essay feels like a piece of cake in comparison. RELIEF.
And HEY. While we’re nearly-but-not-really on the topic of cake…
I knew you would.
And while I do still have a stack of brunch-themed reviews and photographs to post for all of you hungry Londoners, I figured that these pancakes were godly enough to queue jump…
What d’ya say?
These light and fluffy pancakies were whipped up with little more than a dollop or two of natural yogurt, and infused with blueberries and pear. I kind of shocked myself with my ‘adventurousness’ here. Normally I like my pancakes pretty dense and plain (with bananas at the very most), and basically just piled sky-high under curtains of drizzly golden maple syrup, and maybe some vanilla cream for the naughtiest days…But yesterday brunch-time was different and 100% worth the upgrade.
But you know what I love about *healthy pancakes*? It’s that you genuinely feel good after eating them – inside and out. They don’t weigh you down, taste strange, or induce a premature sugar coma; they actually make you feel more energized afterwards than they do sluggish. Maybe it’s the protein? The bonus of no added sugar (yes really!), or substituting yogurt for cream? Whatever – these pancakes contain the feel good factor and, dannnnng are they good for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plus, you can basically eat a full stack and not feel guilty because 6 pancakes is their legitimate serving size. Srsly.
Pancakes will never not be exciting, and a brand new bottle of maple syrup will never cease to be liberating. #LifesLittlestPleasures.
So, although I’m not the greatest setter of resolutions, there does happen to be one motto that I’m bringing into 2015 with me…
According to my new years ‘mission statement’ (which has become official ever since I inked it down in swirly black italics on the first page the new thick-ass journal I treated myself to…), anything can happen, at any time. That’s why this year, and every other year after this one, is going to be magical. After all, isn’t making this wish come true is only a matter of accepting the possibility of it into our own worlds? 2015 is merely where this adventure starts.
And sure, while I might reach the end of this year having procrastinated through the best part of summer planning, missing every opportunity that came my way, having made the wrong choice of birthday cake, and just feeling pretty ripped off by all of the excitement that bubbled away so early on in 2k15… its all just a matter of shifting priorities, right? Everyone in the world has something to look forward to this year. We’ve just got to remember that the desires we have in our heads for things to ‘be a certain way’ are not the realities we actually have to go out and live with. Still, if you take a closer look, happy things really are scattered all over the place and a little mindfulness goes a long way in filling the breaks between the extremes. The sooner we suss this out, then the longer we have left to be happy.
There is no right/wrong way for things to turn out. Ultimately, life will unfold whether you think you’re ready or not, and you can make the most out of it simply by being awake and following your thoughts, or just by being aware that the best moment of your life could happen at any given moment, simply because: why not?
As for now though, I’m off to boil the kettle for what must be by 5th mug of Roobios tea today and continue weeping at the spot where the Christmas tree once stood. Time is flyinggggggggg!
Happy New Year to you all! Please do let me in on your resolutions and I hope you enjoy a well deserved and relaxed weekend! X
Ingredients (Serves 1-2):
1/2 C white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 medium pear, cooked and mashed.
1 x handful of blueberries
1 tbsp apple sauce (in place of oil/butter)
1/4 C natural yogurt (any kind)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (lightweights), or 1 tbsp (hardcores).
Oil/butter for frying
Jugs of maple syrup.
Heat your greased pan/skillet on high|Combine the dry ingredients together|Add the cooked/mashed pear + blueberries + yogurt & apple sauce <For chunky pancakes, keep the batter thick + spoonable>|Add the egg + beat well|Fry until bubbles appear on one side|Flip|Serve with extra yogurt and fruit and of course; a large mug of milky, milky breakfast tea.
& If it can’t be Christmas every day, then…
“Everyone runs around trying to find a place where they still serve breakfast because eating breakfast – even if it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon, is a sign that the day has just begun and good things can still happen. Having lunch is like throwing in the towel.”– Jonathan Goldstein