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Filling Up My Cup and Chocolate Pancakes

August 12, 2011

One day, when I was my philosophical eleven year old self, I asked my best friend if she saw the glass half empty or half full. Of course I failed to mention this was a figurative saying, not to be taken literally. She pondered and answered that if it were orange juice she would like it half full. But water; half empty. Of course we got a great chuckle out of this as I tried to describe to her what I really meant by the question… although her answer was pretty spot on for an average eleven year old. 


My answer these days is usually half full…

Within minutes of waking up, you can find my head deep in the fridge rummaging for my mason jar of iced coffee and cream. Always cream. I fill up my mug to the brim, and re-fill when it gets dangerously close to half empty.

A few hours of work and whatnot later, it’s time to fill up on something solid. Insert eggs most mornings.

But yesterday was different. Yesterday I filled up on these incredible chocolate pancakes. The wonderful Alex did it again with another genius recipe! Literally seconds after she posted her bitter chocolate waffles yesterday, I ran to my kitchen and made a batch myself.

I made a couple of changes:

             I added a dash of vanilla extract.

                               I used melted butter for the fat.

                                            I added a handful of dried cranberries (highly recommended).

                                                                         Oh and I made pancakes instead of waffles but thats trivial.

And for a topping I blended a bunch of frozen strawberries until smooth and microwaved them to make a deliciously sweet strawberry syrup. Plus more chocolate obviously!

Make these, you won’t be disappointed. Unless you eat more than half the batch and wind up with a massive stomach ache and glued to the couch for the rest of the morning. Oops. Talk about filling up.

Once I felt better I biked down to the lake for a swim. A decathlon if you will. I was in a strange homesick mood and my glass felt more on the empty side. Diving into a chilly lake seemed like the only thing that would calm me. And it did.

You’d think starting my day off with a heaping pile of chocolate would have been enough, but sometimes a little touch of nature, the cold sensation of water, and a phone call to home… those are what it really takes to fill me.

And later that night after a shift of waitressing, and attempting to fill up my bank account, my friends and I went out for some drinks. Chipotle infused tequila, pear juice, and cilantro. It wasn’t orange juice, but my glass what definetely looking half full.


How do you cure a glass half empty kind of day? For me, it took a mound of chocolate, a soothing swim, a mall trip with my roommate, having a good shift at work, and a couple of drinks with friends. The glass is now back to overflowing.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2011 9:40 am

    Haha that’s cute what your friend said about the orange juice! My response as an 11-year-old would’ve probably been similar, except with Sunkist and water (Oh how the times have changed me!)

    I cure a glass-half-empty kind of day by relaxing and slowing down my pace. Usually when I’m unhappy, it’s because I’m rushing to get too many things done too fast. I need a slow-paced kind of day to really enjoy it 🙂

  2. August 12, 2011 11:48 am

    those pancakes look amazin!

  3. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    August 12, 2011 1:52 pm

    YAY!!! They look so good 😀 I was wondering what that red stuff was-strawberries, duh! And I love the addition of cranberries…I’ve never liked cranberries before, but for some reason I started LOVing them just a couple days ago-putting them in my water. ill have to try baking with them next!

    • Katie permalink*
      August 12, 2011 8:51 pm

      Like whole cranberries in your water? Or dried cranberries? That’s really interesting, never would have thought to do that. Does it give a nice subtle sweetness to it?

  4. August 12, 2011 8:26 pm

    Running and spending time writing and reflecting always helps to cure my half-empty days. When I write, I can take a step back and really put things into perspective. Usually the glass fills write back up 🙂 And if not, well nothing an 8 mile run can’t cure!

  5. August 13, 2011 12:29 am

    You are so creative in the kitchen. What a great idea for strawberry syrup. I am definitely a half-full kinda girl. In fact, I feel compelled to put a positive spin on ANYTHING that goes wrong in my life. Otherwise, I seriously can’t cope. So, I always look on the bright side…partly just to be positive, partly out of necessity.

    • Katie permalink*
      August 13, 2011 9:36 am

      Nothing wrong with persistent optimism!!

  6. August 13, 2011 1:49 am

    wow what a great day! LOVE your positive heart there girl 🙂 when im having a half empty day, i just pray for God to fill me up and refresh my spirit! YUM those pancakes look awesome!!

    • Katie permalink*
      August 13, 2011 9:38 am

      Thank you thank you! And that meal I mentioned that was so YOU… bacon, chicken, kale, and onions stir fried with a laughing cow mixed in, all on top spinach. If only I had doused it in mustard!

  7. August 13, 2011 1:08 pm

    Those pancakes look incredible!

    My go-to remedy for half-empty days is a good run, getting lost in a cookbook, and baking something delicious!

  8. August 13, 2011 3:27 pm

    Haha! I love your friends response! So stinking cute! My cure for a glass half-empty day is watching horrible reality television–aka Real Housewives of ANY city/county. It always makes me feel like my life is actually pretty darn great!

    • Katie permalink*
      August 13, 2011 8:39 pm

      hahah I’m SO with you on that, real housewives= huge guilty self confidence boost!!!

  9. August 14, 2011 9:03 pm

    Your pancakes look amazing as do the fries in the last post.

    a mound of chocolate, a run + yoga, a mall trip, time with my hubs/daughter…that’s what re-centers me

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