Thinking “in the larger scheme of things” can make me feel small and insignificant. I am smaller than a dustbunny of a dustbunny of a dustbunny in our solar system, which is one of many in the Milky Way Galaxy, which is one of billions of billions of galaxies in a universe that is constantly expanding. We are living on the periphery of a very average galaxy, orbiting a very average star… puts my seething rage toward the dude who took my java chip frappuccino at Starbucks yesterday into perspective.
That’s the thing…if I’m so incredibly small, do things really matter?
The universe isn’t going to care if I smiled at you on the Metro. Space aliens will never find out if I replaced the toilet paper roll. Mars wouldn’t know if I wrote you a handwritten letter or a sloppy Facebook message. The black hole at the center of our galaxy definitely doesn’t give a damn whether I washed my hair this morning (thank god).
Think about flipping pancakes. The trick to making good pancakes is to wait until you see little bubbles form around the edges of the pancake. These super tiny bubbles signify that the pancake is “flippable.”
Banana Oatmeal Nutella Pancakes
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 banana mashed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Nutella
Stir together all of the ingredients except for the Nutella in a large bowl until well combined. Gently swirl in the Nutella.
Spoon the batter into a hot skillet over medium heat. Cook each pancake until the batter starts to bubble at the edges, flip and cook until golden brown. Continue cooking remaining pancakes.
Enjoy with butter and maple syrup! (and perhaps some more Nutella!)
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