Rest in Pancakes.

I spent half the day on Sunday mourning Paul Walker’s death.

Yes. He is a celebrity.

But he is also a human being.

Celebrity or not.

I have been watching Paul Walker movies since jr. high school.

I’m pretty sure he was my first crush, even when he played the “bro-like, obnoxious character” alongside Freddie P. Jr. in “She’s All That.”

But he was more than just an actor.

Paul was the founder of Reach Out Worldwide, a charity dedicated to helping those who have been affected by natural disasters.

As someone who is pursuing a second degree in the healthcare field, I find it absolutely heroic that any ordinary person would give their time as a first responder.

Not only was he selfless, Paul lived life to the fullest.

As much as I want to live life to the fullest, I find it an every day struggle.

I don’t necessarily make up excuses, it’s more of a “afraid to follow my true dreams” thing.

I’m sick of worrying about what other people will think.

I yearn to be care free like Paul and so many others, care free to actually draw outside the lines and be myself.

On Monday night, I watched a video of Paul’s father who spoke through tears about how brave and generous of a person his son was.

The thing that touched me most was that Paul’s father spoke about his last conversation with Paul, which didn’t focus on the film industry, but what Paul had planned for his future, his dreams, goals, and spending more time with his daughter.

In tears, I tried to understand how a person with a heart of gold could be taken from earth so soon.

I started brainstorming for ideas on what I could do to step outside of my box, to pursue my dreams.

No more worrying. Full speed ahead.

My heart is with Paul Walker, Roger Rodas, and their families in this time of grief.

Not to mention, on Monday night I also found out that my second cousin passed away from liver cancer.

It’s been a rough start to my week.

Let’s eat some feel good food.

Pancakes always make me feel better.

They are true Americana.


These are the simplest pancakes you can make.


Oh, and they are made just for one.


These are the kind of pancakes that keep you company during a “lazy, cozy, stay in your pajamas all day Sunday” spent watching a Fast and Furious marathon.


These are also the kind of pancakes that will heal an aching heart.



These pancakes are a simple delight.


Heavy amounts of butter and maple syrup are encouraged. 🙂


Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes w/ Cacao Nibs
Recipe type: Breakfast, Pancakes
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1
Light, fluffy, pumpkin pancakes made rustic w/ the use of buckwheat flour. Sweetened w/ a touch of maple syrup and dotted w/ cacao nibs.
  • ½ c. canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 t. pure maple syrup, plus more for topping
  • 2 T. buckwheat flour
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅛th t. baking soda
  • 1 T. cacao nibs, plus more for sprinkling
  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium low heat. Grease w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together.
  3. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons onto the skillet.
  5. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the underside of the pancake is lightly golden, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  6. Plate and serve topped w/ extra cacao nibs and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 161.7 Fat: .3g Carbohydrates: 20.9g Sugar: 5.2g Fiber: 4.3g Protein: 12.9g



  1. I was so so so sad about Paul Walker too, love.

    I love buckwheat pancakes and I love the sound of this combo!!

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