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Home is where the boxes are… (with bonus pancakes)

Twin window with shutters in mahogany bay
Not my house. Photo by Robert Neff.

We moved! Finally.

We’ve been in the new house a week now, and had pancakes for breakfast for the first time here today, which means it’s officially home. And now I’ve unpacked the books, and made a path through the boxes to my desk in the study, it’s all starting to feel nice and cozy.

Of course, we’re going away for the week on Monday, but hey, at least we’ll be coming back to the new house, not the old one, which was by no means a sure thing even a month ago!

The move was about as stressful as these things always are. The daughter, thankfully, fell in love with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland a week before the big day, so was reasonably easily entertained for the duration! She loves her new room, and has already dropped a paintbrush on the lounge carpet, so it really is just like the old house.

She’s also made lots of new friends at nursery school, although the husband was a little alarmed to hear about the two little boys vying for her affections.

“They both kept trying to hug me and hold my hands, Daddy,” she said. “But I just wanted to go running.”

“You just keep running, sweetheart,” the husband replied.

The writing schedule got a little hectic right around move time too, which has me tied to my keyboard at the moment, feeling guilty even about pausing to write a blog post – which is another reason I’ve been so scarce around here. And with being on holiday next week, there might be a little wait for updates again.

So, in the meantime, here’s my breakfast pancakes recipe. I’m not sure I can legitimately call it a bake, but I’m running out of year, so I’m counting this as number 37.

Bake 37: Breakfast Pancakes


  • 135g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • Maple syrup to serve


  1. Sift dry ingredients together, and mix wet ingredients in a separate jug
  2. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients to make a smooth batter, and let stand for a couple of minutes
  3. Melt a knob of butter in a non stick pan and add a ladle of batter
  4. Flip when the top of the pancake starts ti bubble, and cook until both sides are golden brown
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

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