Last night as I was making hot raspberry jam, I picked up my cell phone and called a lady whose name was very familiar to me during my childhood. As a little girl, this lady was one of my mother’s best friends. She moved away when I was 10, so it has been years since I have talked to her.
As I was stirring this big pot of jam, I called Pat. I also was thinking how “raspberry jam” seems to be my family’s favorite. In fact, we treat this particular kind of jam like “gold.” It melts in your mouth, it’s perfect for peanut butter and jellies (a lot of P&J’s are consumed in my household!), but what was really jogging my memory was how we like to eat it on Pat’s French Toast.
I grew up with Pat’s French Toast, which originated from my mom’s friend, Pat! When my kids have friends over for the night, they beg me to make this for breakfast. And what is even tastier is when it’s served with homemade raspberry or strawberry jam!
As I chatted with Pat, not only was it fantastic catching up with her, but she asked me all about my family. Then we talked about her friendship with my mom when they were young girls. It made me stop and think about my girlfriends, and made me wonder if someday when I am gone, will my children carry with them the memories of my relationships with these women in my life? Will my friends be influential to them? Or, taking it a step further, what will my friend’s kids think of me?
These were very exciting thoughts that I was having. Because I know that my close friends really do love my children. It is so special that we all have the chance and ability to make an impact on someone else’s life.
As a child, I always remember Pat having a smile on her face. She was joyful, even when illnesses struck her. She was a lot like my mom – she loved to cook, can, and she loved her family and God. Even last night, that is how Pat and I ended our conversation together – talking about God.
So here’s Pat’s French Toast. It’s for a special breakfast, or when you’re feeding a slew of kids, like I usually do around here!
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup milk
(optional vanilla & cinnamon)
Make batter. Get grill hot and oil (or spray). Dip bread into batter and cook on both sides until light brown. Serve with amazing homemade jam or natural 100% maple syrup. YUM! Thank you, Pat H!
(Thank you also to Shannon (Rocks in my Dryer), for highlighting my blog on BlogHer! Read her article, Entertaining Easily, here. Above photos: 4 flats of raspberries from White's Country Farm, turned into yummy pints of raspberry jam, best served on Pat's French Toast.)