Another season has come and gone. And, spring started with a flurry of snowflakes that gifted me a snow day from work. It was an opportunity to get ahead of work deadlines. Instead, I slept in late, made a late breakfast and an early dinner was served. Against a bright snowy day, during an early evening hour, I sat down to work pass sunset. The snow continued to fall as if winter decided to catch up from the lack of snow days in New York City this year. The second day of spring was a warm winter-type of day, in which purple crocuses bravely grew in patches of snow as fresh grass with daffodil and tulips leaves continue to grow from bulbs planted two seasons ago.
Spring is here and gardens are being planned for the next season. My intuition is saying to me: change is in the air; it’s time to start planning to prepare for what the unknown is about to bring to life. I’ve never liked change. A friend once advised me to prepare for upcoming changes, so the outcome is more controlled. It’s common sense advice, but how many of us follow it?
These Seeded Waffles are from a basic buttermilk waffle recipe, except this version incorporates wheat flour, ground flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and hemp seeds. There’s a bit of cocoa nibs for a hint of a chocolate bite. The waffles can be made throughout the year and topped with seasonal fruit. At this time of year, citrus season is wrapping up, and thinly sliced blood oranges compliment the Seeded Waffles’ nutty taste. Creamy Coconut Sugar Yogurt provide a bit of protein to complete this healthy breakfast dish. Despite the different types of syrups available today, I still prefer a light drizzle of pure dark maple syrup.
“Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spring is here with a frigid start. But, don’t let it discourage you. Winter is an underrated season (maybe, in another story, I can elaborate more about the seductiveness of winter). Instead, pause to refresh. Start to dream big. And, plant seeds of hope.