When I transferred the pancake mix into an airtight container last month, I forgot to cut out the directions from the side of the box before I threw out the box. Oops!
This morning I made pancakes for the first time since I threw out the directions. I started thinking ‘one cup of mix + one cup of milk + one cup of water = delicious whole wheat pancakes.’ Well, once I got everything into the mixing bowl, I quickly realized that was not the recipe. Therefore, I started throwing in handfuls of mix to thicken up the batter. Then I put in the chocolate chips in hopes that would thicken it up (it didn’t). Finally, I cracked and egg and added a splash of canola oil, which made the batter thicker.
I began placing scoops of batter on the griddle. The first four chocolate chip pancakes looked lovely. Maybe it had worked!
I asked Marc, “How do they taste?”
“I’m still chewing,” he replied. (Oh, that can’t be good!)
I waited patiently and asked, “Do they taste okay?”
“Yes, they’re delicious!” he said.
Whew! My little bit of this and little bit of that idea had worked.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.