You’re going to have to trust me on this. Go get some flour, some oil, eggs and sugar.

Got it? Okay, now this is going to be way easier than you ever thought. Want to make┬ásomeone really happy? Follow these instructions. Want your kids to think you’re the greatest – just do as I say.

Guys – this is for you too! Want to make that girl you have your eye on sit up and take notice – its easy!

But really, I’m serious! Mix them up like this

2 cups flour

2 cups water

4 tsp baking powder,

1/2 c sugar

2 1/2 TBS oil and

2 eggs

Ta Da! Pancakes!

You may think I’m joking or over exaggerating┬á– and I’m not even going to extol the virtues of pancakes except to say this.

Wouldn’t you feel great if someone cooked a┬áwarm meal┬á just for you?

Random acts of kindness are cool – but deliberate acts of kindness are even better. Just imagine the look on your friend’s face when you show up at her door with a stack of hot pancakes.

Or how about your pickiest kid – who argues with you over every bite of chicken. “Sweetie – tonight its pancakes, just for you!”

In a time when we seek to add to our acts of loving-kindness, giving this little gift to a loved one (or even better – to┬ásomeone you can’t stand┬á– how’s that for making shalom!) is so simple but trust me – its magic!

So today, on the 8th day of Elul, it’s all about action. Make pancakes! Really. Really make pancakes! Feed someone! Show your love.

I did!

[Instructions –┬áFry┬ápancakes on a medium flame and flip when you see lots of air bubbles. you can make these with milk or soy milk. I know its not much by way of nutrition but I use water because then they’re lighter]