Banana Phone

DSC07699It’s 2 am and our alarm clock goes off. It’s like having a baby, but not really. It’s time to wake up to watch Stian play soccer. The game is being streamed live from Brown Field in Indiana. The season is half over and we have just figured out how to view the games through Apple TV. With an ocean apart I really love the power of technology! I can’t seem to keep my eyes open through the first half though. I feel like a cartoon character where I want to use toothpicks to hold my eyelids open. The game is a bit disappointing anyway. His team is down 2 – 0.

Somehow, I wake up for the second half to watch the amazing outcome unfold. His team manages to score 5 goals in the second half and Stian scores the last 2 goals, 34 seconds apart in the last two minutes of the game. So very exciting!! We text him our congratulations. It’s almost 4:30 am by the time we start drifting off to sleep. Lo and behold, we get a few texts back from him to tell us how much it means to him that we were able to watch the game. He continues to express how incredible and unreal the excitement feels. He may have forgotten we have a 7 hour time difference, but we don’t care; we are overjoyed to hear from him and feel a sense of his joy.

It’s raining. I wake up around 9 am and can’t get back to sleep. I’m missing Stian so I decide to make banana pancakes because I know he likes them. I know he’s not in our kitchen to enjoy them, but Karina is happy to wake up to pancakes. A little taste of home.

It’s the perfect rainy day to think of Jack Johnson strumming his ukulele to Banana Pancakes – “Can’t you see that it’s just raining? Ain’t no need to go outside…” But for some strange reason, I begin thinking of Raffi. Ring a bell? Before Barney came along, I used to play Raffi tunes for the boys when they were toddlers.

“I’ve got this feeling, so appealing…for us to get together and sing, sing…ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, banana phone…it grows in bunches, I’ve got my hunches. It’s the best! Beats the rest! Cellular, modular, interactivodular!…boop-boo-ba-doo-ba-doop!…It’s no baloney, it ain’t a phony My cellular bananular phone!…lalala…”

Oh how I wish the kids could be toddlers again. Sigh…where does the time go?

DSC07722 (1)Banana-Berry Pancakes

Makes 6 pancakes

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 – 2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 banana, sliced
handful of raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, washed and dried

DSC07683In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center. Add egg, milk, yogurt and melted butter in the center. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until just combined. Do not over mix. It may look “clumpy”. Allow to sit for 5 -10 minutes.

DSC07714In a skillet, over medium heat, add a little butter/oil. Using a ladle or an ice cream scoop, drop batter in warm pan. Spread slightly and add bananas and berries of your choice. When bubbles form around edges, flip and cook for another 2 minutes, or until cooked through.

DSC07688The bananas caramelize and add a beautiful sweetness to the pancakes. The berries are pretty to look at and are high in antioxidants. What’s not to love!?!

DSC07725Serve with fresh berries, butter, maple syrup…and a little Raffi on the side.

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