After reading about my crummy Monday, you can imagine it was kind of a "Monday-ish" week for me.  As much as I am an optimist, I also am pretty sensitive.  Also, something about writing/publishing/internalizing the words on James' Mother's Day card, along with the appointments, has all equaled a little funk for me that I can't seem to shake.

Needless to say, I'm pumped for the upcoming, long weekend.  I plan to eat a lot of yummy things, including James Wolf pancakes!  Since James is 4 1/2 now, we've been trying to teach him how to do more "big boy" things, like helping prepare food and cleaning. up after himself.  In regards to food, let's just say, his palate is very limited, but we figure if he's involved in making it, he might be more interested in eating it.  And surprise, surprise, he has decided pancakes are the best food in the world to make.  I can't imagine that has anything to do with getting to eat the sugary treat later.

So, in honor of Hope Heal's "Foodie Friday" tradition, I bring you....

The James Wolf "Homemade" Pancakes

with Vanilla Whipped Cream and Raspberries

 RECIPE:

James in underwear with boots and a belt

Trader Joe's Baking Mix

 Two Eggs

One Cup Milk

2 Tablespoons Oil

Topping:

Whipping Cream, Vanilla Extract, A Little Sugar

& Fresh Raspberries on top!

Especially this past year, we have been making a concerted effort to create more traditions for a our little family of three.  Since food and hospitality are a particular love of his parents, we're trying to create small traditions with James involving those things.  We'll save table etiquette and manners for another day (note the cutting with fork and spoon, above, and swiping raspberries off Daddy's plate, below).

It's always so striking how preparing and enjoying a simple breakfast together as a family can mean so much to each of us.  It truly is the smallest pleasures in life that are the sweetest.