The Other Side of the Story

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Breakfast and Brunch | 2 comments

Isabella was waiting her turn to be in the story.  As a matter of fact, she wanted to spin the tale herself.  All week long we waited.  She wiggled and wiggled and waited.

 She went on a squashy food plan.

Diced strawberries, fresh blueberries and vanilla yogurt sustained her.

Thank goodness for applesauce and sandwiches cut into tiny soft squares.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes rescued Sunday Breakfast

MP and Maddy were  on the road by then.

Izzy remarked that I had forgotten to take a picture of her pancakes about the same time Jules asked me what year my father was born.

I looked down at the lemon dotted pillowy pancakes with pockets of ricotta and

a drizzle of maple syrup.

My father loved pancakes but preferred them to be the size of a silver dollar.

My father would have loved, loved, and loved these girls.

In a steady manner we spoke about my father, death and the journey of  love after someone dies.

We talked about  sadness, heartache, moving on, living and trusting God.

There were other grief  journeys.  As I wiggled and wiggled away from my tears,

Izzy quietly said,

"coco, it says in the Bible not to focus on what God does but on who He is."

Jules asked, "Where does it say that?"

Izzy gazed sideways before saying, "I am not sure.  Maybe in the Psalms".

The hole in my heart has a God sized plug holding it together.

This morning Izzy has a new space in her smile.

In time it will be filled too.

She was waiting for her Father.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will transport you too!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes


  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup ricotta
  • 2/3 cup 2 % Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 extra large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Assorted berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In another bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, yogurt, sugar, egg yolks, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and zest. Stir in flour until just combined. Fold in the egg whites.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle over medium low heat. Brush the pan with butter and spoon about a quarter of a cup of batter per pancake onto it. Cook until bubbles begin to appear and burst on top of pancake. Turn and brown. Remove to a platter to keep warm. Serve with syrup and berries.
  3. Makes about 12
  4. © Copyright 2012 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  5. All Rights Reserved


  1. 4-30-2012

    This sweet story just made my day! Thanks for sharing. I miss my Daddy alot, also. . . and my grandkids are the most precious gifts ever. . . 6 times over!!! Barry & I are truly blessed.

  2. 4-30-2012

    Peggy – today’s post touched my heart. What a blessing those girls are!

    By the way, for some reason I am still not getting my e-mail notice of additions to the blog. I miss it!
    Have a blessed day.


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