Thursday, July 7, 2011


People who need people are the luckiest people.

I'm realizing more and more that people are the most important part of life. But like Fanny Brice, in this song (I've never seen the whole movie), I am just too busy. Busy is good. Developing your talents is good. Learning is good. But what good is it without other people to share it with?

Luckily I'm not a hermit and do have friends, but I think I can do a lot better. I will treasure friendships much longer and better than any piece of clothing I make or painting I do. People are the essence of life. They must be my top priority. I let my shyness get in the way sometimes, but that is just selfish. I must not think of myself, but of others.

I must put aside my sewing, drawing, cleaning and reading and go play and make more friends! There are people to meet, friendships to strengthen and memories to make.

On a lighter note, here's a recipe for delicious carrot cake pancakes I made this morning:

Carrot Cake Pancakes

• 5 3/5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
• Dash of ground cloves
• Dash of ground ginger
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 cups finely grated carrot (about 1 pound)
• Cooking spray
• 3 tablespoons butter, softened
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and next 4 ingredients (through eggs); add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in 2 cups carrot.
• 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Spoon 4 (1/4 cup) batter mounds onto pan, spreading with a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 1 minute or until bottoms are lightly browned. Repeat procedure twice with remaining batter. Combine butter and honey in a small bowl; serve with pancakes.

They're healthy and delicious! My favorite.

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