Black Cherry Swedish Pancakes and My Not-So-Dream Job

by Eden on August 1, 2011

When I was a little girl (I’m still little, but when I was little-er), I wanted to be about 100 different things when I grew up.

I thought I’d share those things with you and why they are a horrible fit for me now that I’m older and slightly wiser:

Flight Attendant:

Why I wanted it: Traveling around the world for free? Sign me up! It’s like being on vacation all year round and getting paid for it! I’d get to look pretty on a plane (which is impossible if you’re a passenger) and meet all kinds of exotic people.  Plus, I’d get to cut through customs and get on the plane before all the other crying babies and stuck up first class assholes.

Although I dont think I'm a fan of "Mile High Club"

Why I don’t want it anymore:

As a flight attendant, I’d have to smile. A lot. I don’t like smiling when I don’t mean it. I’d have to put up with all sorts of assholes and little obnoxious kids. Plus, I’d never stay put so it would be hard to keep friendships and social outings. Never mind the fact that having a boyfriend would be impossible (oh, wait, it already is now). 



Why I wanted it: I had a dumb reason for wanting to be a doctor. Bascially, when I was seven, the TV show, ER, was very popular. I wanted to be cool like the people on that show. I wanted George Clooney to be my co-worker. I wanted him to sweep me off my scrubs and get hot and heavy in the MRI room, or wherever medical professionals get kink. Oh yes, and who can forget about the $$$$

Ok, I guess I just want to pretend I'm a doctor

Why I don’t want it anymore: The truth is, becoming a doctor involves school. A lot of school. You also have to be smart to pass all those classes in school…and as you can see by my poor spelling and grahmmer skillz, I’m no Einstein. Plus, most doctors I meet look nothing like Mr. Clooney and as I’ve said before, its weird they know more about my labia than I do.


Food/Movie/TV Critic

Why I wanted it: Watch movies/TV all day before they’re released to the public? Eat in fancy restaurants without having my wallet raped? Sounds like a dream! Plus, everyone will take me seriously and say,

 ”Well….Eden said ‘Gigli ‘ was excellent so I’m DYING to see it!”.

Why I don’t want it anymore: All critics need to churn out bad reviews. And bad review means backlash. Directors, chefs, actors, and everyday civilians will blacklist me if I give a bad review. I guess I secretly want to be a blog critic but that will cast out my blog into oblivion.

Or I’ll be pelted with uncooked oatmeal.


Ice Cream Taster

Why I wanted it: this needs no explanation

Why I don’t want it anymore: I still totally want this job! But call me shallow, but I just don’t want to morph into a hippo. I’m not blessed with a super fast metabolism, and if I were, I’d totally be doing this job yesterday

So what did you dream of doing but lost the lust for it as you got older?

And ……I actually have a recipe today!

I know, tell all the popular blogs! I’m back to being cool again!

These a swedish pancakes. Inspired by my love of pancakes and Deb.

(Serves 1 Eden, which is about 4 medium pancakes)

  • 1 egg plus 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour or coconut flour (I used a mixture of both)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbs cherry jam (any flavor jam you like will do)
  • Extra jam for toppingBlend all ingredients together with a blender or with a whisk. I like to mix the ingredients in a large measuring cup for easier pouring. Heat a nonstick skillet until hot. Grease the pan wit butter or spray and immediately pour a thin even layer of batter to coat the bottom of the pan. When bubbles start to appear and edges lift easily, flip the pancake with a spatula and cook until brown. Fold pancake into fourths and repeat with remaining batter. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and your favorite jam or preserves.


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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky @ The Bex Factor August 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

Flight Attendant actually still is one of my dream jobs. There is one specific airline I have been trying to get on with for awhile now. Still waiting…..


Eden August 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

I’m waiting for Pan Am…too bad they went belly up 20 years ago….


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts August 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

This is a completely random comment, but the consistency of your posting perfectly matches the consistency of my mid afternoon, I-want-a-distraction-from-work moments. I’m not sure what time it is for you (night?), but you’re a great cure for 3.30pm in Australia!

My career aspirations weren’t too wacky growing up (teacher, doctor…) but I did want 6 children, which of course is wacky enough. I dropped that dream when I got old enough to understand childbirth. And child raising.


Eden August 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I never wanted kids as a kid. I was annoyed enough with myself that I counldnt bare the thought of having a replica of me to take care of. Creepy….


Rachel August 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

For the longest time (and thanks to growing up with Indiana Jones), I wanted to be an archaeologist…One of my mom’s friend’s mom is one, but she does it more as a hobby, because unless you are Indiana Jones, you’re not going to make a living from it. I also wanted to be a criminal profiler–In fact, my college degree is in criminology. That died when I found out that I’d have to work my way up to getting at least a masters & possibly a PhD, otherwise I could maybe get a job as a prison guard or (like a friend of mine did) parole/probation officer. Plus, I would’ve had to carry a gun, and firearms scare the shit out of me.


Eden August 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I never wanted to be an archaelogist. I don’t do well with dirt.


Bee @ Bitchy Bee August 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

I wanted to be a vet soooo badly growing up. I was obsessed with it. I used to read books on dogs/cats/horses/whatever. Then one day I realized that vets help reptiles too, aka SNAKES, and I was immediately turned off. Snakes are gross.

Now my dream job is being a Bikram Yoga studio owner/teacher, but uh until I meet my sugar daddy, that dream is on the back burner. Toss any rich rejects you don’t want from OK Cupid my way, alright?


Eden August 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

The OK cupid rejects arent wealthy. They wouldn’t need OK cupid if they were ;)


Susan August 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

There was a time when I wanted to be an artist. Then I got real with myself and decided that not having a steady cash flow is not my cup of tea. Now art is a hobby. Kinda like ice cream tasting for you!


Missy August 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I used to want to be a journalist
Then I studied journalism in college. Rules for writing? What?
I used to want to do promotions in the music industry.
Then I did for a while and the music industry hacks made me want to vomit.
I wanted to work in advertising *see music industry experience.
I used to want to be a teacher so I tried subbing for a bit and realize kids don’t listen to me – I am too friendly.

Basically, everytime I think I want a certain job – reality hits every time.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Yum- thanks for the recipe- it looks just like the real deal that my mom used to make for us <3.

I wanted to be a journalist, then a dentist. I went on to become a dentist and that wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. I'd go back to hygiene if I needed to do so b/c the money is good, but I can't say that I love it.

I can't think of a dream job I'd want now, and I have thought about going back to school for something, but nothing appeals enough: registered dietician, personal trainer, etc. Too many negatives with each.

Flight attendant would be the WORST! You have to kiss ass and you get basal cell carcinomas = no thanks.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

PS. I still haven’t seen Gigli- my life won’t be complete until I do.


Eden August 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

To be honest, I’ve never seen it but I have to now that I won’t shut up about it and it being the worst movie of all time!


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

it IS as bad as they say! Almost as bad as Waterworld (which I honestly liked the CONCEPT of)..the execution, not so much.


Taryn @TheFitFlosser August 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

@Deb: I know what you mean regarding hygiene. It’s not a glamorous job, but the money is a bonus. Maybe I should re-educate and become a lion tamer instead.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I agree- I always thought that for the difficulty level (not very, but a couple of years of school) it is ridiculously well-paying! I made more as a hygienist than I did as a dentist (I never owned my own practice, nor did I want to- I was never a ‘gunner’ that churned out a ton of ‘work’)…hygiene is a sweet deal for someone with two years to put into school. My fave part: The interaction/socializing with the patients. :-)


Rachael August 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I wanted to be a vet until I found out you don’t just play with animals. Then I wanted to work at a shelter, but that’s working for free, rewarding until your house gets repossessed. So now I just have cats and dogs.

Pancakes look amazing!


Jennie (the gf-gf) August 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

When I was little, I wanted to be a ballerina, but then I learned that I’m not coordinated.
And now I want pancakes.


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I kinda always wanted to be a mommy. Which is what I’m doing now. Win-win. Travis wanted to be a garbage man from years 6-10 of his childhood. I also remember being interviewed in kindergarten about what we wanted to be. One girl said, “an elephant”. Even at that young age, I knew we couldn’t be friends.


Taryn @TheFitFlosser August 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

You were cool before swedish pancakes, Eden.
PS. You would make an excellent ice-cream taster and I would totally trust your professional ice-cream opinion.


Charlotte Rose August 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I wanted to be a ballerina when I was younger, and even when I was in college for a short while when I took a ballet class. But I definitely have no sense of rhythm, something that is kind-of important when dancing.
I also wanted to be a lawyer until I shadowed one and found out how messed up the judicial system is.


natalie (the sweets life) August 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

you should totally start an “anonymous” blog critic site!! :)


Eden August 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I totally would if no one would know it was me. And with my reputation, I’d be the first suspect.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Haha we TOTALLY talked about that,remember?- but yes, everyone would know it’s you!!


janetha @ meals & moves August 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Sign me up for the ice cream gig!


Missy August 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm

My sister is a flight attendant and loves it – not for me as I am claustrophobic and flying freaks me when I think about being “trapped”.
I wanted to be a vet until I found out that you didn’t always fix them and I can’t deal with a dying pet or putting one down.
Long before CSI, “Quincy” had ne wanting to be a forensic pathologist. I did end up in pathology but not as that!
Of course as a 16 year old I wanted to be a nutritionist. Me and every other ED person!


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Swedish pancakes are my most favorite pancakes ever. My grandpa who was from Sweden used to make the very best ones.


Eleah August 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Hey- you don’t have to be good at spelling or grammar to be a doctor. (See, I’m a pre-med and I just had to look up how to spell “grammar” because I thought it had an e in it) you just have to like science!


julie August 2, 2011 at 12:26 am

yo yo yo i wanted to be a cashier for the longest time because i had that swanky supermarket bleeper toy, and then i worked for my dad as his shoestore cashier and i realized that it was the worst dream job in the world
and then i wanted to be a teacher and realized that summers off would be awesome but talking to shit hole bastard kids for 7 hours 10 months of the year would not hahahaha so much for dreams


lynn @ the actor's diet August 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

love jam on my pancakes. LOVE!


Katie August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I was going to teach (this was after I ditched the clown and dolphin trainer ideas). I started college with a teaching major. I decided against it when I realized a) how young I looked, b) how bratty other people’s kids can be, and c) how ridiculous our education system often is in the US. Oh, and that whole crappy pay, no job thing.


Susan August 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Dude, I almost WAS a flight attendant! I applied to take Travel & Tourism at a community college the same time I applied to university for fun. In the end, I decided against the flight attendant thing because I wasn’t fluent enough in French (like you need to be in Canada). So there dashed my dreams of flings in exotic locales with pilots…


Eden August 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

aw man! you would be such a cool flight attendant! I bet you’d hand out waffles!


Pure2raw twins August 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

haha too funny, I wanted to be a flight attendant (actually I just wanted to drive the plane around on the jet way) and movie critic too. I will admit I am probably the worse person to watch a movie with, I am always trying to figure out the movie from the start



Jolene ( August 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Everything I dreamed of doing I am either doing, or on my way to doing … weird hey! I knew when I was 4 years old that I was going to be a teacher.


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