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August 20, 2008

When it comes to breakfast, although my family eats it, it's usually something quick as everyone is jetting off to school, work or a list of weekend errands. This past Sunday though, we happened to get one of those lazy ones where we were all home and the day was unplanned and ours. A perfect morning for pancakes.

When it comes to pancakes, our six-year-old, Nicholas, is quite the traditionalist. He either likes the Banana Pancakes I make, or the ones from McDonalds. Period. There’s no experimenting past that. With no pancake-ripe bananas in the house and no plan to go to the Golden Arches, I set about to expand his pancake boundaries a bit. A quick search on MyRecipes, and I had a few to choose from, though nothing too crazy, as I was looking for something close to a traditional pancake so he’d dig in.

Buttermilk Honey Pancakes it was; it met all the criteria, and even better, I had buttermilk in the back of the fridge, just waiting for a recipe. The trouble with buttermilk? Usually I buy it for a specific recipe that calls for a scant amount, and then I'm left with half a carton and no inspiration. It gets pushed back farther and farther into the fridge, and by the time I've found it, it's long past expired. This time, it was different (although now two recipes in, I still have a bit left to use up, so do share your favorite buttermilk recipe with me!).

Nicholas wandered into the kitchen to inspect what the pancakes looked like. "I hope I like them," he warned me. "Me too!"

As I was glancing at the recipe, I happened to notice that it said it made 13 pancakes. I looked back at the bowl with the batter. No way. I never measure pancake batter out when pouring pancakes, but just to test the 13-pancake-yield, this time I did, using the 1/4 measuring cup recommended. I ended up with 9 pancakes, so you may want to adjust accordingly.

I put a little bit of butter and syrup on Nicholas' stack and held my breath as he took the first bite. And then the second. And the third. The kid barely came up for air, and when he did, it was to ask for more. Houston, we have a winner.

Fifteen minutes in the kitchen, and a fresh stack of Buttermilk Honey Pancakes and a lazy morning can be yours. Take that, McDonalds!

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