Simple Saturday

I don’t work 9-5. I work all kinds of different hours, every week is different. Some days I need to be up at 6am, someday’s I work until 4am. It all depends on what I’m doing. So when I get a Saturday off I treasure it. The Boyfriend works a more traditional schedule which means that it is very rare for the two of us to have time off together. One of the many reasons Roatan was so wonderful. But sometimes we get a Saturday off together. And so today I am all about the joys of a simple Saturday. Of wearing sweat pants for the majority of the day. Of lighting your favourite candles and reading a book, of cuddling on the couch with a cup of tea and the dog snoring in your lap. And also, pancakes. Because nothing says Saturday to me like pancakes. Blueberry pancakes in the summer, chocolate chip in the winter.
 A nice stack of chocolate chip pancakes with some warm maple syrup is the best way to welcome a drizzly January morning. Pancakes take no time at all to whip together, they are fluffy discs of pure delight. Although mine are more blob shaped. Still, the whole house smells good and they just go perfect with a pot of tea.
I would have to say that pure, warm Canadian maple syrup is a must to truly enjoy pancakes. That fake syrup has no place in my kitchen. If I’m going to enjoy something that is almost 100%sugar it’s going to be natural sugars!
A nice cold glass of orange juice and you have the perfect breakfast. What are your Saturday morning traditions? What makes you able to mellow out and truly enjoy the day?
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 tbl baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup water
3tbl pure maple syrup
3/4 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
In a measuring cup combine the water and maple syrup
Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients
Mix until just combined
Fold in chocolate chips
Heat 1 tbl vegetable oil in a frying pan
scoop approx. 1/4 cup of batter at a time into pan
Flip pancakes once bubbles start to form
Serve with maple syrup

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