Waffles and Woo-Woo Fun

JJ made us waffles this morning, and they were so good I thought I'd share her recipe. Plus, it is crazy around here. My daughter Sarah and her husband Brian are in Juneau waiting for the baby. They took the ferry down yesterday. (There's no hospital in Haines.) Brian says if she's born on Christmas Day her middle name will be Holiday. I think he's joking. (He also says if she's born on New Year's it will be Champagne.) Her due date is January 5. My son woke us all up playing the guitar again. (Except for my husband, who was up at about 4:30 Nordic Trak-ing in the now clean basement and watching a DVD of  24 Hours, or whatever you call that TV show with K. Sutherland. It is his stress reliever.)
 
As I was saying,  my son left  just as it was getting light, to snowboard in the pass-- with Sean and Quinn and their tiny black poodle in Sean's unheated old Suburban. They were up there yesterday too, and say the snow is great. We girls are recovering from Solstice Nia & Yoga. About twenty women danced around and stretched in the dark last night in the Chilkat Center, letting our inner light shine and welcoming back the sun (or as much if it as we get) It was, as one friend said, looking at our family shake and wave, not your mother's "Mommy and Me" dance class. It was also great fun to be moving and grooving and wishing everyone joy and peace. I'm still glowing from so much feminine woo-woo goodwill and passion. This is one difference between men and women. My husband prefers to re-charge in the quiet basement, and I prefer the laughter filled lobby of the Chilkat Center. There is still much to do; pies to bake, a turkey to thaw, gifts to wrap, but In the meantime, we are all keeping our strength up as best as we are able (and our inner lights lit)  thanks to JJ's waffles: 
 
Combine 1 3/4 cup of milk, 2 egg yolks & 1/4 cup canola oil in a large mixing bowl.In a smaller bowl, sift together 1 3/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder & a teaspoon of sugar. Add the dry to the wet and mix by hand whisk until combined. In a small bowl, beat two egg whites until stiff and fold them into everything else but barely stir them in. Whites should be floating around on the top. Drop the batter onto a hot Belgian waffle iron and cook until the light goes light. Warm up some syrup, and if you have any berries in the freezer heat them too, and some vanilla yogurt is nice, or if it's a birthday, or maybe you are just feeling festive (and will be out in the cold snowshoeing, snowboarding, -or skiing, the track has been set at 26 Mile- or inside playing basketball, the girls alumni game is tomorrow night at 7:00-- or doing yoga, there is a class tonight at 5:15 at the Chilkat Center--)-- whipped cream. 

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