No sappy Mother’s Day posts here, people. Perhaps silly. I might give that a whirl. But not sappy. Not sappy because my mom is far too loving, beyond supportive, and way too sacrificial for me to sit 1,135 miles away and think about how wonderful she is and feel the extent to which I miss her. Because, friends, that leads to tears. And frankly, I don’t feel like crying right now. (Fun fact: it’s too late. But we’re powering through.)
Operation Think Happy Thoughts: Random List About My Mom
- She is a pretty bad cook.
- One time she hid an easter egg in a lamp that someone (me?) turned on and then the egg exploded all over the wall while we were egg-hunting. She laughed when it happened and I felt sad and guilty for the rest of the day.
- She is an impressive ping-pong player.
- She made us learn the lyrics to “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” at one point in time so that we could all sing in the car together.
- She puts her Christmas decorations out with the sole reason being that I like them.
- She used to call Saturday cleaning “House Beautification,” which I affectionately renamed “House Crapification.”
- She came to Austin nearly a week before my wedding and stayed after I left for my honeymoon (requiring that she change her flight) so that she could help move us in, unpack boxes, and clean our house.
- Pretty sure the only thing she can draw is Mighty Mouse. She drew it for me a lot when I was a kid. And I had no idea who Mighty Mouse was. Still not really sure.
- During childhood she told me I couldn’t come downstairs once I had gone to bed unless I was bleeding. While jumping on my bed one night, I fell and sliced my toe on my bedrail. I was thrilled, smiling ear to ear, as I went downstairs and told my mom I was bleeding. All she did was laugh and give me a look saying, “Yes. Well done, daughter. You’ve made yourself bleed.” I still think she was impressed.
- She made each of us a chore list* (typed up in Excel and printed out) every day of the summer.
*I blame her for my dependency on lists and need for list-making. Please note, you just read a list.
My mom rocks and I’m so glad to get another opportunity to celebrate her. Since I’m not a mom yet, my number one focus for Mother’s Day is “Oh crap, what should we get Mom?” This year I’m hoping my brothers show up big time. See, I’m fairly certain that my sister and I came up with a plan. (I think.) But we both live in different states than my mom, making said plan impossible to execute. But I do know that if I were back in Chicago this coming weekend, brunch would be a given and I’d likely make these almond and yogurt waffles for her.
I began making these waffles about five years ago. I ran across them on Roost Blog way back when but was sad when I recently learned that Roost Blog is no longer an active website. This recipe is too good to no longer exist, so I decided that I must share it with you.
Substituting flour has always made me skeptical. But I must say, these waffles have made me a believer. Sans gluten can really, truly work. So for all you gluten-free mommas, these are for you! And really, for you gluten-full mommas, too! They’re destined for breakfast in bed. These waffles are rich and fluffy while bright and refreshing. I think orange honey syrup is one of the best inventions ever.
These guys come together in a snap. So, go ahead and just slip the recipe on the counter–passive-aggressive hinting–and let your family shower you with waffles. They can do it. They’re that easy. And that good. They’re Mother’s Day worthy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you incredible moms out there. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, my mother-in-law, my stepmom, my grandmothers, my sisters, my extended family and to my fierce mom-friends. Love and admire you all deeply. Celebrate well!
Gluten-free Almond Yogurt Waffles
Yield: 6 – 8 waffles
Heat waffle iron. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Create a well in the center and set aside. Whisk eggs, banana, yogurt, and honey in a medium sized bowl until combined. Add wet ingredients into well in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Using a 1/3 cup measure, scoop waffle batter onto preheated waffle iron and allow to cook for two minutes (may vary depending on waffle iron). Serve immediately with orange honey syrup drizzled on top.
Orange Honey Syrup
Whisk ingredients together until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add a small squeeze more of juice if needed.
Recipes adapted from Roost Blog.