It’s time again for another issue of the Collectively Creative series: the Lucky Edition. Many thanks to Kelly at Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons for organizing the series and serving up the inspiration each time. Be sure to check out the other bloggers’ “lucky” posts (links below).
When I was a kid, finding a penny on the sidewalk was lucky. Realizing that your parents hadn’t noticed that it was already past your bedtime was a bonus, and reaching into the cookie jar and pulling out two cookies stuck together? Totally lucky!
When I was older and in school, lucky meant no pimples on picture day and no tests because of a snow day. And with each passing year — from middle school to high school and through college — I met some amazing people whom I was lucky enough to call my friends.
When I married my husband, I thought I was the luckiest gal on earth. (And between you and me — I still feel that way.)
When I became a new mom of my first-born, I felt lucky if I could get a shower each day, if the baby slept on schedule, and if I could fit back into regular-sized clothing (not the clothes I wore before the baby, you understand — but just regular-sized clothes). Oh, and the moment he slept through the night? Miraculous. I knew I was lucky to be his mom.
When I then became the mom of twins, I felt lucky if I could get a shower every third day or so, if I could harness one baby into a highchair before I completely lost track of which way the other one had crawled off, and if I didn’t have to run to the store with all the kids in tow. And I couldn’t believe my luck at having a front row seat to watch these three little lives unfold.
Fast forward yet again.
Now I feel lucky if the stomach flu affects only one of the five of us, when I somehow warp space and time to beat an impossible schedule of events, appointments and errands, and when I miraculously have on hand all the ingredients to make a meal. And I’m not even going to mention how lucky I am to have a husband who enjoys cooking up big breakfasts on the weekend — sometimes with whimsical ebelskivers.*
And these days I feel especially lucky when my kids burst through the door after school, when we all watch movies together, when my daughter and I knit together, and most of all when they hug me.
So very lucky indeed.
*This recipe for ebelskivers defines luck in our house. They are similar to donut holes — but with filling. They only use a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, and they have that elusive element of luck to it — around here, you never know what kind of filling you might get.
Ebelskivers Recipe (may be halved, but you might not want to!)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbl sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups milk
- 4 Tbl cooking oil
- 1 Tbl vanilla
- strawberry jam, lemon curd, Nutella or other fillings of your choice
- powdered sugar
You’ll also need a special ebelskivers pan (shown below) and 2 chopsticks or forks. The pan can be found in specialty stores or online for anywhere from $9 to $30.
1. Mix dry ingredients (flour through salt above) together thoroughly in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (eggs through vanilla above).
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones all at once. Mix — but be careful not to overdo. Some small lumps are okay.
4. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Grease the cups of the ebelskivers pan with butter.
5. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the cups of the pan.
6. Add about a tablespoon of the filling of your choice.
7. Using a spoon, fold batter over filling until just covered.
8. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Then, using chopsticks or two forks, carefully flip each ebelskiver over. Cook for 1-2 minutes more.
9. Slide all ebelskivers out of the pan.
10. Since we make so many of them, we put each batch onto a plate in the warming drawer of our oven.
Snag a few of them before the rest of your family eats them all!
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers’ posts in this “Lucky” edition! There’s something for everyone — see?