This morning, my youngest (5) and I were talking about how awesome it is that the United States of America passed a law that states if two people are in love and they want to spend the rest of their lives together then they can now get married — no matter which state they live in and no matter if that couple is gay or straight.
And then my daughter launched into this teary-eyed story about being in the playground the other day and she told her friend that if two girls love each they can get married and her friend said, “her mom says that isn’t right” and then called my daughter “stupid” for saying it. *Sigh*
Personally, I couldn’t imagine teaching my children anything other than unconditional love but I get it, I have close friends of all shapes, sizes and sexuality and I grew up in a household of Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Melissa Etheridge fans, I never learned the stigmas attached to “gay people” so I never cared. I understand that not everyone has had this luxury BUT the time has come to choose which side of history we want ourselves and our children on. This pope doesn’t hate gay people, the U.S. Senate no longer hates gay people so why would you?
Unfortunately I’m not allowed to stomp onto the school’s playground to correct any child that says two girls getting married “isn’t right” (because it is right — legally, morally, ethically — if they so choose). And as much as I may want to, especially when that kid has the audacity to call my brilliant little love bug “stupid”, it would be pointless, she’s simply repeating what she learns at home. Let’s face it, the root of love and hate starts at home. Those simple conversations at the breakfast table can run deep for year and year.
Anyhow, congratulations on the progress made towards a more loving, respectful, equal landscape, America! We made you some (colourful and metaphor rich) pancakes to celebrate with.
Notice the plug at the end for future cooking videos? The kid is a natural.
For weeks now, my daughters have been begging me to make a YouTube channel <– this is raising children in 2015 and, yes, it is terrifying. So, with much consideration on whether or not posting our super eager children who really want to be on YouTube is appropriate to post on YouTube, we have come up with some minisode ideas and have officially created a Hot Pink Apron YouTube channel. Feel free to subscribe and stay tuned — it’s about to get adorably delicious around here!
In the meantime, here’s our recipe for quick and reliable pancakes.. ‘er.. Pride Cakes:
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 4 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 egg
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (can be substituted with butter)
- coconut oil or butter to coat the pan
- Measure out your milk in a large measuring cup, add vinegar to "sour" and set aside for 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the egg and melted coconut oil into the "soured" milk.
- Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk only until lumps are gone. The less you work the batter the fluffier your cakes will be.
- If making colourful cakes, divide the batter into 6 bowls and mix in a very small amount of concentrated food colouring into each.
- Let batter sit for 10 minutes before frying -- make yourself a latte, talk to your kids, discover what other kind of whack nonsense kids are saying in the playground.
- Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat, and coat with oil or butter. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface, about a minute later. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
- Stack 'em, serve 'em, love them and your peers.
- Although tasty, colouring each layer with berries didn't work for us. Fresh blueberries (purple), strawberries (red) and mangoes (orange) proved too juicy to create fluffy pancakes, plus we hadn't pureed them enough to create the ideal pancake texture. The best (most colourful) pride effect comes from a small amount of concentrated food colouring.