Navigating life in a new city is hard work.
You get lost driving to the post office. You have to sample every frozen yogurt flavor at every frozen yogurt shop. Okay…maybe that one’s a small luxury. You get majorly caught in the mess of church shopping.
When I say you…I obviously mean me. You’re smart enough to look up directions/wait for the GPS maps to load before you commit to driving.
Can we real talk this church business? Or is the internet like public school and one of those awkward places to say you believe in Jesus, but wish He’d throw a really, really good church on your Sunday morning radar?
PS: Friends in Phoenix…this is exactly the place you should be.
PPS: Friends in Cleveland/Akron…what large(ish), contemporary, Bible based churches do you love? I need recommendations/help, and I’m basically at the point where I’m willing to drive far distances for a place to challenge me.
For Lent this year, rather than give something up, I made the decision to attend church every Sunday. This used to be a no bigs feat…it was my favorite part of the week. But now, I keep showing up in churches…and I awkwardly just don’t like how they do church. I know I’m not supposed to judge…but it’s just not working for me.
(I might overuse … in uncomfortable situations.)
I’m ashamed to admit that meh church experiences burn me the heck out. I felt like a needed/deserved a rebound week or two to just drink coffee and read the Bible at my kitchen table. It’s just the (ugly) truth.
I’m totally giving up these rebound weeks. It’s why there’s pancakes involved.
I’m praying that I find a church home before Easter…or at least before the Costco jar of maple syrup runs out.
Also…I put two smashed avocados and a lot of dark chocolate chips in my pancakes this morning. Honestly, sometimes I eat pancakes and I’m hungry again an hour later. Avocados totally fixed this dilemma. A little extra good fat goes a long way.
These pancakes are thick, but also soft and creamy. (Thanks avocados.) They have little flecks of green, and melty chocolate all over the place.
Seriously…sometimes I can’t decide if I like avocados more with lime or chocolate. What I mean is…these pancakes are major. And, I really want to invite you to my house for pancakes and coffee and then visit your church. Are we that good of friends yet?
Avocado and Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 medium avocados, mashed (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk and canola oil. Set aside as well. In a third bowl, smash avocado. Add liquid ingredients to dry, stirring just to combine. Fold in avocado and dark chocolate chips. Spoon batter onto a greased griddle (or into a greased skillet). Flip when the edges begin to dry, cooking evenly on both sides. Serve warm, with butter and maple syrup.
Yield: about 12 (generous sized) pancakes