A very smart friend once told me that happiness is simply a mathematical ratio of reality-over-expectations. The less realistic your expectations, the less chance you’ll have of being satisfied with the end product. I think this is a valuable formula to keep in mind when we’re cooking. If we aim for absolute perfection when we cook, it’s less likely that we’ll be able to overlook the little flaws and enjoy the goodness in our homemade dishes. If the pancakes aren’t completely round, they can still taste delicious! More importantly, they’re made with love and sometimes the real goodness is on the inside!