In today’s world of hustle and bustle, slowing down seems impossible. Add children into the mix and life can feel like someone turned the blender on without putting the cover on. Slowing down to breathe is essential to reducing stress and feeling happier.
I understand the busy lifestyle and know how easy it is to put family life on hold to finish just one more item on that to-do list. I admit that there are times when I put work or chores ahead of spending time with my daughters.
To make sure I slow down and hit pause, I designate every Sunday to disconnect from electronics and focus on family time. I go back to the memories of my grandma making a big breakfast for everyone. I remember the warmth of her kitchen and secretly hoping she wouldn’t put any bananas in the pancake batter (but pretending to like them if she did). There was the sound of sausage frying and everyone talking to each other.
These are the moments I cherish most, before every person seemed to be plugged into their digital lives and work demands. When I think about Sunday morning breakfasts at Grandma’s house, I feel uplifted, relaxed and like everything will be alright.
Now, every Sunday, I turn the radio on and have my oldest daughter help make pancakes. It is messy and my patience gets tested, but I am sure she gets impatient just as much with me during the week.
I encourage you to take one day to ‘unplug’, make a mess in the kitchen, and relax. Take this delicious pancake recipe from Chef John as a start and make a mess in the kitchen.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 ¼ cup milk
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Whisk in melted butter, egg and milk until combined.
- Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour batter into the hot skillet, about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on the sides and center of each pancake. Flip and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.
More insight and suggestions about slowing down can be found in Carl Honore’s TED talk.