To My Neighbor Mrs. Kravitz:*
I’m so sorry I picked your children up late for school today. But you see, I had a very good reason. I mean, other than my usual “running late” excuse.
It all started when I decided to make pancakes for breakfast. Because, you know, of all the free time we usually have on school mornings. But I didn’t want to make just any pancakes. No sir. They had to be pumpkin pancakes. I used this recipe.
After I ladled out the first batch onto the griddle, I had the brilliant idea of making faces on the pancakes by pressing chocolate chips onto the top of each pancake while the underside was cooking. Then I flipped each pancake and realized I should have made stems.
So I took a small, 1/2 cup portion of remaining pancake batter and put it in a small bowl and added a few drops of green food coloring.
Okay, so now the first batch was no longer any good. I
threw it to the dogs gave it to the kids to munch on while they eagerly awaited the second, more impressive batch.
Second batch: I ladled out four circles onto the griddle. Then I spooned a little bit of green batter at the top of each circle, making sure the green bit touched the big orange circle. I signed homework, packed lunches, and unloaded the dishwasher with one hand while I pressed chocolate chip faces into the pumpkins with the other. All the while yelling things like, “Go get dressed! Find your shoes! Brush your hair!”
I flipped the pancakes, finished cooking them. Oh, they looked so cute. ‘Maybe I should put this on my blog,’ I thought, as I ran to get my camera, find the best light, take some pictures, realize I don’t like the plate, find a different plate, take some more pictures, yell some more at the kids, then finally feed them.
Oh, it’s time to go? “HURRRRRRY UUUUUP!!!! WE’RE GOING TO BE LATE!!!!”
And then we came to your house. And we didn’t miss the bus. And that’s good. And I learned a very important lesson.
Never make pumpkin pancakes without stems. I mean, really.
Your Most Awesomest Neighbor*
*Not our real names
Ewww, get out of here, scary black Halloween cat.