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You roll from the bed in the morning feeling as if you hadn’t slept at all. In fact, you hadn’t. Instead, you tossed and rolled, all in your little corner of the bed. Why? You had a fight with your honey. A pretty big one. You were unreasonable, and hysterical. You screamed, threw things around, and accused him of not loving you anyway. He gritted his teeth, asked you to calm down, and then left the room. He’d stubbornly refused to go down on this issue, and you didn’t know how to react. You even rebelled against the sagest advice your mother handed down to you from her mother—you went to bed miles beyond angry. Seething.

Sad Eyes

The bright light of sunrise has shed light on the altercation, and you realize you were wrong. Dead and flat wrong. And you feel chilled from your night alone on your side of the bed. You look over to his side, where he seems deep in slumber, and you sigh. You love that man. And you need to let him know you’ve seen the error of your ways. What better way to apologize than with breakfast in bed? Honey will appreciate the effort you take, and accept the white flag given with these fluffy lemon strawberry pancakes:

1 egg

3 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ cup strawberries (diced and well drained)

2 sprigs of parsley for garnish

Beat egg by hand until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients (except strawberries) just until smooth. Stir in strawberries. Grease heated griddle, and heat until drops of water placed on the surface bounce around. For each pancake, pour 3 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook pancakes until puffed around the edges. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown. The time it takes to brown the other side is plenty for you to retrieve the lace nightie you’d taken off after only having worn it for ten minutes before the fight broke out and put it back on in place of the too large pajamas you’d replaced it with last night.

Add parsley sprigs to side of plate on a breakfast tray, along with a glass of an orange pineapple blended juice and Honey’s favorite flavor syrup. Use a few drops of the syrup as a sweet, ultra shiny lip-gloss. Present the delectable pancakes with a folded white truce napkin.

Honey won’t be able to resist. Chances are, he spent the whole night without any sleep just as you did, and his own tossing and turning worked up his appetite. The enticing smell of the cooking pancakes probably made his stomach growl even louder, but he didn’t know what else to expect from you. He might think that if you’re fixing breakfast after a big blowout like the one last night, you must be making it for yourself. Surprise Honey by offering an apology and a sticky sweet kiss with breakfast, and you are well on your way to a sensuous make out—er, make up session.

Photo credit: Sad Eyes, Alyssa L. Miller, https://flic.kr/p/6uwD2M


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