Nephew Nate

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Our 12-year-old nephew, Nate, was here to stay for a few days this past week.  He had a busy summer playing club baseball, so we feel pretty lucky that we finally got to kidnap him to the VX for a little quality aunt-and-uncle time before his school starts next week.

A few of the things I love about Nate:

  1. He does boy stuff with Asher.  They wrestle on the floor.  They ride bareback.  They rope the bum calves… and they ride the bum calves too!  (Sorry, Nate, I told you I’d put the movie of you riding the calf on my blog… but turns out I can’t put movies on here unless I upgrade my “plan,” and that costs money, and I’m not going to do that today, so for anyone else who might be reading, I promise that Nate made a dazzlingly quality wild ride on one of our bum calves!  I predict he will do well at the World Bum Calf Riding Finals!)

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2.  Nate is happy to do kid stuff with his little cousins.  He doesn’t try to astound them with seventh-grade revelations.  He doesn’t pretend he’s too cool to play hide-and-seek with Emi.  He shows interest in the things my five-year-old still thinks are cool…

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… like hay-bale races!  (Asher always insists he needs a four-bale head-start.)

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3.  And third on the list of reasons I love Nate:  he loves my pancakes right back.  I can totally melt his heart with a batch of pancakes.  Nate is definitely a pancake connoisseur.  When he goes out to eat, he always orders pancakes or French toast or waffles or a big ol’ cinnamon roll.  And if he gets to pick the restaurant when his family is dining in Billings, he always picks IHOP.  So you can bet I felt I’d earned my feathers this week when he told me, and I quote:  “Your pancakes are the best I’ve ever had.  I’m not even joking.  I’ve never had anything like them.  They’re way better than IHOP’s.”

ATTENTION, NEPHEWS EVERYWHERE!  If you are seeking to win your aunt’s heart for all eternity, just say something like what Nate said to me.

Love you forever, Nate!  Good luck in SEVENTH grade!  And in honor of you, I’m spreading the pancake love with my imaginary readers everywhere:

Aunt Tam’s Pancakes

Measure a scant 2 c. milk and add 1 T. vinegar to the milk.  Let sit.  Melt 6 T. butter; let cool.  Whisk together 1-1/2 c. flour, 1 t. salt, and 2 t. soda in a large bowl.  Whisk 2 eggs into the milk and add to flour mixture.  Drizzle the melted butter into the flour mixture and combine all.  Cook pancakes on a hot griddle.  Serve them to your nephew with softened butter and syrup; sit back and bask in the warmth of his compliments.

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© Tami Blake

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