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February 15, 2013 - Jen Zbozny
I like the idea of fewer plastic bags in my world, so I tend to save and reuse them. I like the idea of saving money and knowing the ingredients, so I make waffles regularly, and freeze them. This morning I went to store my waffles in a resealable plastic bag. With glitter in it. Not. On. Purpose.
That made me think about how much Eve would love glittery waffles. Sparkly breakfast food? Come on! I decided to err on the side of food safety and get a new bag, but that glitter got me thinking.
Somehow, having a little baby who left teething biscuit bits everywhere has turned into always having the sparkliest trash, and laundry, and kitchen floor. It's almost as if that glitter is the sparkly trail of dust left by the fairy who waved her wand and transformed our teensy gurgling bundle into a glorious, curious, independent, little person full of her own ability to transform.
Like glitter, I think little pieces of who our children are stick to us tenaciously. We notice it because of how they shine and cause a reflection.
Just as they use glitter and glue to transform paper into magic, our children transform us in miraculous ways.
Because of waffles, I may never be able to look at glitter the same way again. I guess thats true of Eve too. What about you, what's sticking to you today?
P.S. Thanks to the genius of someone I adore, I highly recommend the use of rainbow sprinkles instead of glitter for your pancakes or waffles next time. Your kids will love it and sprinkles are easier to sweep off your kitchen floor too.
Here's my waffle recipe (makes 8 waffles)
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
Combine flour, eggs, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs slightly then beat in the milk and oil. Add this mixture to the flour mixture all at once. Add sprinkles to your taste. Beat until just combined but still slightly lumpy. Pour about 1 cup each into your waffle grids and cook. Remember to freeze any extra. (not in a bag of glitter). You can quickly pop them into the toaster for a delicious, easy, homemade breakfast anytime.
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