March Madness Basketball Pancakes {plus} a sweet story

Hello friends!  I am going to change it up a bit from my normal posts.  Why change what is working so well you may wonder?  Or maybe you are thinking that you don’t like change.  I am here to tell you that change is inevitable.  As they say: the only constant is change.  Today’s change in format includes a sweet little story, so I hope you enjoy!!

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Are you a basketball fan?  I like sports – to a certain degree.  If the sport involves one of my children – then I am the biggest fan on the face of the earth, of that sport, at that moment.  I was recently the fan of one incredible 12 year old basketball player!  This particular 12 year old that had fractured her femur while skiing on January 2nd of this year.  One incredible 12 year old who followed Dr’s orders – almost to a “T” and was able to come back in the middle of February and finish out her basketball season. This 12 year old is the one that I affectionately refer to as Kid 2 here on the blog. I was in awe and a Nervous Nelly when she was released early, as I fully anticipated her to be out for this entire season.

Our elementary school’s 7th grade basketball team is strong and tough and mighty.  They have been since they started playing in 5th grade.  After-all, we are the Wildcats and that is a big mascot shoe to fill.  This team went undefeated in both of their 5th & 6th grade seasons only to lose the championship in the finals both years.

This year was going to be different.

I knew it.

I felt it in my heart!

For they had lost several games during the regular season and I was not all that confident that they would make it to the semi-final weekend.  Sorry, although I am a fan, I am also a realist.  So, this year, I decided that I needed to create a nice memory and add some fun before the first game of our March Madness and end of season tournament bracket started.

The first morning of the play-off games, I woke up early to make a special surprise for my special little athlete.

I made my pancake mix according to the directions on the box.  I then added orange food coloring until it resembled more orange then peach.  I didn’t want the color to be too intense because sometimes it can make the food less appealing, so I toned down the pumpkin orange.

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I normally add in chocolate chips for the girlies in their pancakes but I didn’t want spotted basketballs and I omitted this step.

Instead, I melted chocolate bricks in the microwave (much like you would melt the Wilton Candy Melts) in 30 second bursts, stirring in between so that I wouldn’t burn the chocolate.

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I put the melted chocolate into a dispenser and then piped on chocolate to resemble the seems of a basketball.  Kid 2 came down before I plated them and actually pointed out my imperfections and decorated a few herself.

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Although she was not that impressed with the basketball pancakes, (at least not like how I envisioned she would be,) I was certainly impressed with not only her, but the entire team – especially at the end of our season.  The whole team had improved – immensely and really had come together as a team.

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We won the semi-final game in the last 9.1 seconds after 2 missed free throw attempts and a rebound to win by 1 point!  One point!  Life was great.  My photography – not so much!!

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Finally, the championship game.  The game that we have been waiting for.  The game that we prepared for.  Before the start of the game, we came together and we prayed. We collectively prayed for a fun, fair game and of course for the safety of all the players.  {I secretly added a prayer for a victory.  I won’t even lie.}

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Then the game began. Oh what an exciting game it was.  Despite only have 6 minute quarters and a 10 minute half time – this game lasted for 2 hours.  2 hours in a very hot, crowded gym.  A gym where our mighty, Wildcat girls played their hearts out.

Both teams having only 7 players each fought long and fought hard.  My daughter fouled out toward the end of the 4th quarter.  I am pretty sure I was a bit of a crazy mom in the stands at this point.  I don’t necessarily like her fouling – but 2 of them were a bit ‘eh calls, so, what is a Mother to do?  She is to take really awful pictures with her cell phone while jumping up and down and cheering.  We came up from behind, again and we were ahead.  Ultimately, the opposition, also playing their little 7th grade hearts out ended up tying the game.  So, here we go. OVERTIME!

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More girls on both teams began fouling more as the game was becoming more intense.  We also saw a rise in jump balls as each team continuously fought for the ball.  The three longest minutes in my history of being a huge basketball fan 😉 resulted in a DOUBLE OVERTIME!!

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Second overtime came & went.  This was now the longest 3 minutes of my history of ever. Then, we were in triple overtime.  We were fatigued.  They were exhausted.  The other team ultimately fouled out 5 of their 7 girls and our team WON!  It I was nothing short than amazing!

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The final score was 35-27.  Due to the fact that I was really nuts & was jumping up and down and screaming, I didn’t capture a picture of the final scoreboard.

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I attribute our championship victory solely on the March Madness Pancakes I made for Kid 2 at the start of the tournament!!

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Kidding, of course.  It was hard work, dedication, determination and teamwork that led to their victory!  The extra little prayer probably didn’t hurt either!!

The end.

(P.S. Kid 2 is number 5 & I altered the remainder of the team in the photos.  It is not for a lack of love for them, but I didn’t ask permission to post anybody else.)

Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,

Jenny

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