How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Love it? Hate it? Totally indifferent?
Honestly, I’m pretty indifferent. But since we are being honest, that’s how I am about most holidays. Don’t hate me!
It’s not that I don’t love life and the excuse to hang out with the people you love and celebrate – because I absolutely do. I just find holidays a little… overhyped. There’s always a big build-up that lasts longer than the actual holiday. I mean, as soon as we celebrate one holiday, it’s practically the next – or that’s what you’d think if you walk into any store. When the holiday comes, it is often nothing short of lovely, but it flies by because it has the same 24 hours as any other day. Then, the succeeding normal days feel lackluster because the big event is over. And because we treat holidays as such a big deal, there’s this pressure associated with them that makes them a touch overwhelming and sometimes less enjoyable.
Oh, wow. I really sound like no fun. Let me fix this. I do still get in the holiday spirit. I buy valentines for my friends, bake all the cookies for
Christmas every occasion, make birthday cakes and help arrange birthday surprises, and listen to Christmas music.
But I also dance around the kitchen while I’m making dinner on Mondays and bake donuts for people just because I can. I try to be as excited about every day as I am about holidays. Corny? Sure. Easier said than done? Absolutely. It’s so, so worth it, though. I don’t put as much pressure on holidays now, because I fully recognize that every day can be special in its own right.
And you know what makes a day special? Pancakes.
Lame segue. My apologies.
What’s your weekday breakfast?
I ask for three reasons:
- I care about you!
- I’m looking for more ideas!
- I bet it’s not pancakes – but it can be!
Before this week, I thought that light and fluffy carbs couldn’t possibly sustain me until lunch. Wrong! These Perfect Cinnamon Pancakes are sweet and fluffy, thanks to cinnamon and a touch of pure maple syrup, but they’re also packed with some whole grains and extra protein from eggs and Greek yogurt.
For some reason, I also thought pancakes took too long to make to be a reasonable weekday breakfast. They seemed like the kind of special thing you make on a lazy Saturday, not a busy Thursday. Well, I was wrong again. These pancakes take less than a half an hour (and one bowl!) to toss together. If you don’t have a half an hour on a weekday morning, you can whip these up any time you do have a half an hour and store them in the fridge or freezer to heat up throughout the week. Meal prep that makes an average day a little more special sounds perfect to me.
So my “standard” weekday breakfast is a combination of Greek yogurt, cereal, and fruit because it’s quick, it’s satisfying, and it tastes good. But sometimes a girl wants a change of pace. I think Perfect Cinnamon Pancakes are an excellent change of pace.