Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Detergent Pancakes

Two days ago I had to pick up my daughterabout 60 miles away. She had been spending the night at my mom's house for some "grandparent mentoring." By the time I got back it was 5:15 PM, so past time to fix dinner. I decided pancakes would work for a quicker meal than what I had orginally planned. (We rarely do fast food, both for health and economic reasons.) My two preschoolers, ages 3 and 4, were out of sorts for having to leave the world of cousins for what seemed to them at the time the boring world of home. They were whiny and clingy and hungry. I managed to tend to them (get them food) and get the pancakes done.

So when we were all eating, my husband said, "These pancakes taste funny. Did you do anything different?"

I thought for a moment. "Um, yeah, well, maybe I used baking soda instead of baking powder. Would that make a difference?"

"Uh, YEAH! No wonder they taste like detergent! That would do it! Why did you do that?"

"It's called having two little people distract me so that I get interrupted. Oh, well," I shrugged. "They are still safe to eat." I mean, "baking" in baking soda does mean that it is for food.

When you have kids, especially six kids, especially kids that you are homeschooling, AND especially kids who are under five, AND especially two kids under five close in age (18 months) you really learn to be flexible. You could call me Plasticwoman, I am so flexible. I have learned to tolerate things I never thought I would in my before-kids-life (I won't go into details) and to survive on little sleep, little food (because I get interrupted while eating) and not an abundance of money at times. I am sure any mom can relate to this.

If you want to make Detergent Pancakes too then just get a copy of La Leche League's Whole Foods for the Whole Family Cookbook. Use baking soda instead of baking powder in the recipe for Whole Grain Pancakes. Not bad. I've had worse food. (The real recipe is fabulous. It makes the best pancakes ever.) Not all my dinners are winners as far as the food goes, but I still believe in the value of home cooked food and eating dinner together. It's what nourishes my soul so I can keep on being Plasticwoman.

1 comment:

  1. LOL great post! I only have 2 (I wish I had 5...or more) and it gets crazy around here...I can't imagine...:)