Eric and I went to see a guest pianist at BYU last weekend. We got there a couple minutes late, so we had to wait outside the entrance until we heard applause, so as to not interrupt. There were a few other people waiting with us, including a couple on what must have been a first date. This is how I could tell:

Girl: I like the Renaissance.
Boy: Oh yeah? What do you like about it? The art?
Girl: No, mostly, like, the chivalry . . . and the style.
Boy: So should I call you m’lady for the rest of the night?
Girl: No.

Yikes. I hope he doesn’t ask her out again. It’s so fun to eavesdrop on other couples’ awkward date conversations. Makes me glad I am happily married, so instead of lame discussions about, like, Renaissance chivalry, we can talk about the consistency of Charlotte’s diaper content that day, and come to a conclusion about whether or not she has diarrhea.

This is another fabulous recipe from Eric’s mom, dictated to him years ago over the phone. They are the best waffles I have ever tasted. The first time we made it together was when we had just started dating, and we accidentally left out a full cup of milk. Definitely don’t do that.

Waffles are always appropriate, day or night, rain or shine. To quote from Parks and Recreation:

Leslie (eating a waffle piled with whipped cream up to her chin): Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?
Ron (eating an entire plate of bacon): People are idiots, Leslie.

Hear, hear.


Source: my mother-in-law Kris

1 3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, separated
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil or melted shortening (don’t use butter)

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, and oil. Add the dry ingredients to the milk mixture. (Then wipe out the first bowl and put it back in your cupboard.) Mix the wet and dry ingredients until they are just barely blended, with some lumps.

In another bowl, use a mixer to beat the eggs whites until they are stiff.

Carefully fold in the egg whites. Do not over mix! Pour batter into a greased waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions.





  1. Laura says

    Two points which make this post amazing/true to life:
    1. That being happily married (with kids) allows you to ditch dumb conversation for exciting things like poo, snot, etc.
    2. Breakfast can be eaten at any time of day, but is especially tasty for dinner. This one actually counts for like 2 or maybe 5 points. Or more. Your extra points come here from the amazing use of a Parks & Rec line that I love. Ron Swanson is perhaps one of the best characters ever created for a TV sitcom. EVER.

  2. Kalle says

    Do you think i could sub coconut oil for the vegetable oil? we don’t use vegetable oils (except olive, which would not be good!), and i see you specifically noted not to use butter.


    • says

      Hey Kalle! Great question. I’ve never tried it so I honestly wouldn’t know, and I don’t even have much experience with coconut oil to boot. I’m guessing it would work just fine. I would try getting the oil to a liquid state before adding it. Also try googling coconut oil waffles and see what you find. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!


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