May 28, 2010

Pancake Recipe For Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a special day, and because of its uniqueness and importance, I am shifting gears with this post. While I normally blog about fun and artistic things such as painting or pie-making, today I'm writing with a more thoughtful nature. At the end, I promise to give you my Memorial Day pancake recipe, and as ridiculous as it might seem at first glance, there is a reason these pancakes are important to me on this special weekend. 

I read a book recently that changed me. I hate to sound dramatic, but this book gave me great insight into the life of someone who served this country during wartime. This new understanding fueled in me an even greater appreciation for the men and women who serve in our military. 

Written by the late Eugene Sledge, "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" is a honest look into the life of an infantryman on the front lines during war. Sledge's memoir is so well regarded that it is, in large part, the basis of the new HBO series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, The Pacific, about the World War II battles in the Pacific theater. While I won't provide you with a full-fledged book review, let me just say that if you ever have a chance to read any war memoir, this would be a great place to start. Sledge writes of his accounts with zero bravado and a sincerity to convey just the facts of what he remembers (he secretly kept notes hidden in his Bible during the battles). 
While Eugene Sledge survived the two brutal campaigns in which he fought, he saw far too many comrades die. His book gives incredible, heart wrenching accounts of these experiences and what it was like to endure the stress, fear, fatigue, horror and filth of war. 

So on Memorial Day we honor the men and women who died while serving this country. 
It's a day to appreciate what they have done for us as we go about our civilian lives at work or home, enjoying the basic securities of our lives.

I think about it like this:
I get up in the morning and make pancakes for my daughters and we eat those pancakes in the comfort of our own home. I don't need permission to go to the store and buy the ingredients. I can make them as often as I like, we drizzle as much syrup on top of them as we want and eat them until our bellies are full and satisfied. 
This is a simple pleasure that I take for granted sometimes, but it is this very kind of liberty that I am privileged to enjoy, and to blog about, because of the those who serve, and give their lives for this country.

I owe these men and women a debt of gratitude. 

So on Memorial Day I have an especially great appreciation even for the simplest things like eating pancakes with my family. 

Memorial Day Pancake Recipe:
(An easy way to make Instant Pancake Mix)

The Mix:
Mix these ingredients together and store in a jar.
4 cups all-purpose flour (I have used unbleached all-purposed and you can also use whole wheat)
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
For the Batter:
1 egg
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup flaxseed (Optional. I love to add flax.)

Heat a flat griddle or pan over medium-high heat.
For each 1 cup pancake mix, add 1 egg, 1 cup milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Do not over mix.Spoon drops of  of batter onto the hot griddle and when bubbles appear on the surface of the little pancakes, flip them over to make them golden brown on both sides.

And have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

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Holyoke Home said...

How right you are.

Don't forget the bacon.

Lilacandgrey said...

mmm these look yummy! happy memorial day weekend ;)

Diana Mieczan said...

Best plan ever!!! I love pancakes....Kisses and enjoy your weekend:)

Caroline said...

@ Holyhoke--I am totally down for bacon anytime!
Cara, have a great weekend too! The cake on your blog today looks super awesome, I will check it out soon.
Diana. you have a lovely weekend as well, it's a much needed vacation for us! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great post. I am looking forward to checking out the book and the pancake recipe.
Being up in Canada I can say that the debt paid by the American soldiers is something that is revered here and other areas of the world. We too are incredibly grateful.
Oh and never apologize for saying you've been changed by a book - it happens to me all the time. That's what awesome literature is for, isn't it?

Susan Anderson said...

You're right. We are truly fortunate. And we owe these great soldiers a debt of gratitude.

They would like that you are making your kids those pancakes.


citymouse said...

I really liked this post. I have a soon-to-be 20 year old son who is in the US Army and will be deploying to Iraq in a few weeks. It always makes my heart swell when I read or hear people say things in support of our troops, past or present. Our country isn't perfect, but I have no doubt that it is still the greatest nation. I think too many people forget about the sacrifices that have been made that enable us to enjoy so many blessings. Thanks for writing this.

Caroline said...

Kimberly--Wow. Thank you for those words. We are not a perfect country, but I truly believe (politics aside) that we have to be grateful to the men and women in our armed forces for their willingness to serve. While this memoir was written about a battle in WWII, reviews from modern soldiers say that their experience in battle echos this one. It was uncomfortable to read at times (because it was painful for the author to write) but it was eye-opening.
Sue--I think they would like it too! :)
Citymouse--I agree with everything you said. I am grateful for your son's service. You must be proud and worried for him. It has been on my heart to write this post and have been thinking about what I was going to say and how I would say it for quite some time. Thank you for your words...

hobovogue . said...

looks delicious. more delicious because of the meaning you have put behind these.... very insightful. love your blog, will follow now ... :)