I must admit, Tuesdays are not my favorite thing.
It’s the day of the week when the Lawn People come to tend to my apartment complex’s green stuff.
They descend upon it like a swarm of weed-whacking locusts and hang out from 8:00am – 3:00pm to drive me nuts, and make me want to go jiu jitsu on the next nearest living thing.
They add to the already omnipresent noise of yowling little toddler residents, and the frenzied “Go potty, come on, go potty, go potty…don’t eat that!” of dog-crazy people waiting for their dogs to poop just below my kitchen window.
I know that the Lawn People are here to at least make things pretty for me, but it all just makes me want to go ballistic.
So, inevitably, their presence makes me do one of two things:
1. Hightail it to the haven of the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse — lugging all my writer’s gear with me like a pack mule — to do the rest of my work there,
or, when I can’t,
2. Shove nuclear orange-colored earplugs in my ears and go to my Happy Place — a beautiful little land in my head filled with nothing but loveliness and leaping lambs; where all things green and unruly are silently and magically trimmed by butterflies.
Hey, you may poo poo, but in my Happy Place…it happens.
What else resides in my Happy Place? Things I really love, like:
My husband, Christopher. Okay, I know he lives in my actual world too, but he’s kind of a big deal. He’s also my best friend, the handsomest, and who wouldn’t want one’s bestie with them in their Happy Place? I rest my case.
All of my nearest and dearest friends and family. ‘Cause they make my world an infinitely more wonderful place, because they are. Quiet doggies and kitties would be there too.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom — Marcel Proust
My brother, Niko, for sure. Because he’s awesome, we’re the only twins on the planet born 14 months apart, and who else would I bump the volleyball with?
A beautiful, tropical beach with me sunbathing on it, looking toned and feeling gorgeous. ‘Cause it’s my Happy Place and I can have whatever I want.
These. ‘Cause they are the best, and I don’t use that word lightly. And I made them just for you.
Best-Ever Pecan Waffles with Bacon
Inspired from recipe by Aretha Frankensteins
Makes 4 large round waffles or 2 — 2 waffle servings
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 slightly rounded teaspoon baking powder
1/4 slightly rounded teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup organic raw pecans, roughly chopped
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 slices nitrate-free bacon (3 slices per serving)
Butter, warmed, organic maple syrup, and sea salt for serving
In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pecans. Mix well.
In a small, separate bowl, combine buttermilk, olive oil, egg, turbinado sugar, and vanilla together and mix well.
Pour mixed, wet ingredients into dry mixed ingredients and using a fork, fold mixture gently until just combined — being careful to not overmix, which will make the waffles tough and rubbery. You should be able to still see lumps.
Allow batter to sit for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat your waffle iron (I highly recommend the Chef’s Choice 830B WafflePro Classic — best waffle maker, ever). No need to grease it; the oil in the batter will allow waffles to release without a hitch.
Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles, using ladle to pour batter into center of waffle maker for each waffle, being careful not to overfill. Place cooked waffles on wire rack and tent loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm while you cook the rest.
15 minutes before serving, put bacon slices in the oven to cook (see Best-Ever Way to Make Bacon).
When waffles and bacon are done, divide waffles between two plates, place three slices of cooked bacon on top of each, and serve immediately with butter, warm syrup, and a sprinkle of sea salt.
What’s in your Happy Place? Let’s share and discuss!
- Cheddar cornmeal waffle BLTAs (snixykitchen.wordpress.com)