The thing about life
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You never know when you're about to witness something extraordinary
A morning like any other, the puppies and I made our way around town checking off my list of errands, listening to music, barking at shifty looking people. Around noon-time, we made our way to The Ames Pet Resort for their afternoon playdate
As we approached, I couldn't miss the commotion. People I'd never met and nearly every staff member were outside with a leash and a dog (or 2) in tow! Those not peeing on the flowers or grabbing a drink of water were in one of the octagon play-pins that filled the yard or waiting patiently in the HUGE airily trailer that was filled with kennels.
“What? What is happening? Is it a carnival? A party? Did I miss the memo?”
“Holy Smokes .. how many dogs ARE there?”
The organization is called Tracy's Dogs. Every dog enjoying the summer sunshine today was at one time, on death row. Their website says it better than I ever could
“The focus of our program is the National Rescue and Transport Initiative. In 2013, we saved 623 dogs with pending euthanasia dates into our program, providing veterinarian care, socialization, quarantine, nutrition, love, and attention before placing our dogs into loving, forever homes. This mission is made possible in great measure through kind and generous donors. Please consider making a gift to TracysDogs today. For more information about donations to TracysDogs, please visit our Private Gift Giving page.”
All of them were on their way to Eagan, Minnesota for an adoption event tomorrow, with over 40 having already spoken for before they even arrived. The Pet Resort had the privilege of hosting them as they took a break from their travels.
I looked around; there were dogs of all shapes and sizes. Tails wagging, young and old, two puff-ball puppies rolled around playfully in the grass
As I handed him Wally and Z & bid them my good-byes, I lingered just a bit longer. My gut told me this was a moment to savor. The owner of The Resort smiled, “What a wonderful organization.”
Indeed, my friend, a wonderful organization indeed
This morning a new pancake graced our kitchen. It had been a while, and I'm really glad it did.
They're a delicious and healthy alternative, made with an egg, egg white, fruit, and splash of honey. Light, eggy, and sweet. A cross between a pancake and a dutch baby. The whipped egg white is folded in for a bit of extra fluff.
Here, a 6″ cast iron skillet worked beautifully for one. Although if you'd like to share with your sweetie, I'm sure the recipe could easily be doubled to accommodate a bigger size.
To make a gluten-free version, simply swap the plain flour for gluten-free, and soufflé away!
ps: When coating the pan the pancake will be baked in if you have clarified butter or coconut oil they'll work the best because they have higher smoke points than regular butter. It'll spare you a pancake with a blackened bottom.
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~ Adapted from The Things We Make
Honey Cloud Pancakes
- 1 egg (large or XL)
- 1 egg white (large or XL)
- ¼ cup milk, slightly warmed (nut milk will work too)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- pinch salt
- 2 tsp honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ Tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
- ½ cup fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches)
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup fruit
- dusting powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 400° F
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until soft peaks form (or use a stand mixer)
- In a medium bowl, add the whole egg and sweet rice flour. Whisk until combined.
- Add salt, honey, and vanilla. Whisk again to combine
- Add the warm milk. Whisk one last time to combine
- Gently fold in the eggs whites with a spatula or wooden spoon
- Over a low temp on the stovetop, heat a 6" ovenproof skillet for a minute or two. Add the coconut oil and spread it around the pan as it melts, making sure the inside is thoroughly coated
- Pour the batter in.
- Turn the heat to medium-low and cook the pancake on the stovetop for 2 or 3 minutes, or until the pancake is beginning to set at the edges
- Sprinkle some fruit on top
- Transfer the pan from the stovetop to the oven and bake for 7-8 minutes. You'll want it to be poofed and golden, with the middle set.
- Take it out of the oven, drizzle with maple syrup (or honey). Top with extra fruit, sprinkle with powdered sugar