Mini Funnel Cakes & Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Right now, I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I’m reading it in anticipation of the movie that’s coming out with Julia Roberts.

The book is basically about one woman’s hiliarious, self depricating, spiritual journey to find herself as she travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia.  She was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, which is all the encouragement I need to read the book.  Sorry Oprah haters.

So far, I’m up to Chapter 67. She’s still in India, and her soul has just merged with the infinite. I know, it sounds crazy.  But actually, when you read it, your like “Oh yeah! Of course. My soul is soooooo getting ready to merge with the infinite”, and then your kids run in the room, and you think hmmmm. Maybe tomorrow. 

There are a lot of really great quotes in her book.  My latest, favorite quote is at the end of Chappie 67 (chappie for short cause they really aren’t chapters – just 3-4 page short readings) and it’s after she has “fallen” (figuratively) back to the world we live in with egos and illusions that seperate us from “truth”.  Am I sounding crazy yet? Anyway. . . . . . .So now she’s back, in our realm of knowing, and she’s so bummed out that she is no longer in the infinite. She keeps thinking, ‘I wanna go back.  I want to stay THERE forever!’ And this sudden realization hits her. She says, God let her go and she slipped through his fingers back to this place we call earth. But not before leaving her with one last compassionate message: “You may return here once you have fully come to understand that you are always here.”

WOW!!!! Do you know what that means?  I’ll tell you what that means.  If she’s already there, then so are we. Hot DAMN!!!  Where do we get the funnel cakes?

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Okay, so sue me.  Today, I served this to my kids for breakfast.

I got this great idea while I was planning my trip to the infinite. I thought, there are probably funnel cakes, snow cones, roasted corn on the cob, and giant turkey legs ‘there’. I really don’t think one can have eternal peace without a little carnival food.  Plus, well, it is the last day of school,  summer is here, and we only live once.

Ingredients:

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1.) In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot.
2.) While the oil is getting hot, begin making batter. In a medium bowl, beat egg and milk.  Add salt, baking powder, and sugar and mix until combine. Finally, add flour and beat until smooth.
*Note: Before adding the batter to the oil, test to make sure the oil is ready.  You can do this by dropping a pinch of flour into the skillet.  If the oil sizzles without smoking, then it’s the perfect temperature.
3.) Using a funnel or large ziploc bag with one of the corners snipped off, pipe the batter into the hot oil in a circular, web-like pattern. Start with the center of the web, and work you way out to the outer edges.
4.) Cook the cakes for approximately 1 minute or until golden brown, flip and cook for about 30 seconds longer.
5.) Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar.

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