I am not currently a pancake enthusiast, but I love the flavor of maple syrup. When I was a child, my father often made pancakes on Sunday mornings. I remember eating Log Cabin syrup saturated pancakes until my stomach couldn’t hold another. Sticky, sweet sugar syrup with maple flavoring was what I knew as maple syrup.
When I was 12, we were living in Europe where, at the time, American style maple pancake syrup wasn’t available. Our Sunday morning pancakes came to a temporary halt when my siblings and I refused to eat pancakes with jam. I suspect we dramatically complained. I have no idea where they eventually found it, but my parents came home one day with a can of pure maple syrup. Without a cookbook or internet for guidance, my father bubbled and boiled a sugar syrup that, combined with the can of maple syrup, turned into the pancake topping we were missing.
When you grow up with holiday traditions, you tend not to question the history or significance of the traditions. Those traditions are simply a part of that holiday. You have no reason to wonder why the traditions exist. I grew up receiving Chanukah gelt; foil wrapped chocolate coins in yellow mesh bags. My children grew up receiving Chanukah gelt; foil wrapped chocolate coins in yellow mesh bags. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post explaining Chanukah gelt to those who don’t celebrate Chanukah, that I realized I had no idea why those foil wrapped chocolate coins are a part of Chanukah tradition.
I was in South Carolina this past week visiting my mother and celebrating her 80th birthday. I love spending time with my mom, and I hate that we live so far apart. So, off to the South I go, whenever circumstances allow. Really, not nearly often enough. Now I am home playing catch up. It takes me awhile. Whole forests of trees go into the junk mail that accumulates while I am gone.
I am trying to catch up on The Monday Box as well. I had hoped to have this post ready and waiting to be magically published while I was away. It obviously didn’t work out that way. Instead, I will post twice this week! Today, I’ll share easy no-bake directions for Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers, a tasty and impressive care package or in-person gift.