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Grandma’s Romance Waffles

Thank you, all of you, who reached out after reading my last post about my headaches.
You have no idea how much it meant to me to read your comments.
I have to admit, I sometimes like to go back and read my posts after I write them but this is the first time in five years that I have not been able to do so.
I can’t go back and read it because it literally brings the pain back and I don’t really want to go there right now.
But it was really good to write it and to get the feelings out and thank you for letting me.
I love all of you so much for letting me get out my ickies on this forum here and there every once in a while on the blog over the years.
I am on the road to feeling better, the doctor has prescribed me a daily preventative that is starting to work and I will be seeing a neurologist in a month as well.
I appreciate all of your advice, notes, and texts of love and emails to just check up on me.
I know the good vibes are keeping me better, I believe it with all my heart.
Thank you with every piece of my being.

When I was growing up, almost everything that we ate was homemade.
Oh sure, we would occasionally go out to lunch after church or to dinner when my brother or I won an award at school and McDonald’s was a fun treat here and there.
But everything we ate in our home was lovingly prepared by either my mom or my grandmother, who I was lucky enough to have lived with us my entire childhood.
Everything from cookies to main dishes, even bread, was homemade.
Of course, we didn’t appreciate it while we had it.
I can’t speak for my brother back then but I am pretty sure he too took for granted, as I did, that we had amazing meals each night, handmade with love.

I have yet to eat somewhere that can make me smile like the food that came out of that little Ohio kitchen.
Other than the kitchen in Tennessee where my mom now lives, but I just don’t get to taste that food often enough.
Since I have been a mom/wife/ full-fledged adult,  I have been trying to replicate the food that was made while I was growing into a mom/wife/full-fledged adult.
There are many reasons I wanted to recreate it: it’s damn good, it is comforting, and quite honestly,  I am hoping the taste takes me back to a simpler time.
I want to yell at the top of a mountain to all of the teenagers out there who can’t wait to get the heck out of their parents’ homes.
Enjoy it, it goes fast, it will never be the same and you will spend most of your adult life trying to get it back.

Lately, I have been on this stupid headache diet because I had a month long headache and needed to make a change in my life.
I call it “stupid” because it sucks, plain and simple.
I basically can’t eat anything because I need to “eliminate my triggers”.
“Triggers” are such things as chocolate, cheese, soy, caffeine, citrus, onions, wine, anything processed.
So basically FOOD.
I have renamed it the “a$#hole diet” because that is what you are while on it.
A raging a$#hole.
Because every food you love is robbed from you like a thief in the night.
Stupid “a$%hole diet”.

So in realizing that to keep my pain away I needed to change what I was feeding my body, I realized that I need to get away from processed food and get back to homemade.
Like how I grew up.
Sounds easy enough but it wasn’t so easy at first.
Homemade everything takes time, effort and planning, things I am good at normally but not in January.
Especially when you are recovering from a four-week headache.

But I was dedicated to making changes to see if I am indeed suffering because of the crap I am putting in my mouth.
It was on a dreary chocolate free Sunday morning when I was terribly homesick for my mom in Tennessee that I texted her and asked for the recipe for the only thing that I felt could heal me.
Grandma’s homemade waffles and syrup.
Actually, the idea for homemade waffles started while I was at the grocery store looking for frozen waffles a week prior.
I decided to look at the ingredient list and this is what I saw on every single box in the joint:

Do you see all of the ingredients in frozen store waffles??

I think and I could be wrong, but isn’t the above a recipe for how to make a bomb?
Because I no thinky I want to put that in my tummy or my kids’ tummies.
I literally threw the box back on the shelf and said out loud “DAMMIT I NEED WAFFLES THAT DON’T HAVE ACID IN THEM”.
Look closely, it says “acid”.
I know……

My mom emailed me the recipe within hours of the text I sent her and it said this:


Romance Waffles recipe

My mom uses the word “cheesy” like it’s a bad thing.
It’s not just so we are clear.
And the title isn’t cheesy.
I had no idea what she was talking about because I am sure she told me the story many years ago but I had forgotten.
So I emailed back and told her that I couldn’t wait to hear the story.

Here is the story told best by mom:

Some history behind the "romance" waffles


North Baltimore is a tiny town in Ohio NOT in Maryland, to be clear.
When I read it, I had tears in my eyes because it was like I had unearthed this gem of knowledge that I had no, well, knowledge of before!
I had no idea how my grandparents met!
I mean, I know so many great stories of the grandfather I never got to meet and I got to spend 37 years getting to know my grandmother and loved listening to her stories.
But somewhere along the line, this story got lost either in my head or in the telling but it WAS magical.
They lived hours apart in Ohio and would never have met if not for Millie and Marty.

Because of my stupid “a$#hole diet” and my stupid headaches, I got a little sliver of Heaven.
I felt like my grandparents were looking down on me that day.
The cheesy doesn’t drip far from the cheesy tree.
All because I didn’t want chemical waffles, I got a glimmer of the past.
It made me very verklempt, I am not gonna lie.

I didn’t even have a waffle maker, so on a cold January day, I ran with the girls to Target to get a waffle iron.
There was one left and it was on sale.
I felt like everyone from Millie and Marty to my Grandma Ella and Grandpa Albert all wanted me to have my Romance Waffles.
I made the batter, doubled it so there would be enough and made the homemade syrup when we got home so we could have waffles for supper.
The smells in my kitchen that night, I don’t even know if I can put into words.
Or at least words you would expect from me but it was amazing and quite an emotional night.
HERE COMES MORE CHEESY, I honestly felt my grandma in the kitchen with me that night.

Here is the recipe for Grandma and Grandpa’s Romance Waffles (even though Grandpa never made a waffle in his life. He was busy farming. But I know he loved these as much as he loved his wife and daughter. THEY ARE THAT DAMN GOOD).


You will want to double this recipe. Trust me.

1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder (NOT soda)
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks (save the whites and beat them until peaks form)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup melted butter (not margarine because of CHEMICALS)

Mix all of the above together except the egg whites.
When smooth, fold in the egg whites.
Cook in your favorite waffle iron.

You will never go back to store bought chemical syrup again, I swear to you.
This was the syrup that we grew up with and you can use it for pancakes as well.
So good.
Double this as well as this recipe as is only makes 3/4 cup and we all know that isn’t enough.

1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Karo syrup

Bring to a boil while stirring. Once it comes to a boil, cook for 7-10 minutes. Serve warm on waffles.

It makes me so happy to share this recipe from my childhood and keep my grandmother’s spirit alive.
Go make these waffles for supper tonight, for breakfast on a lazy Saturday morning or after church on Sunday and think of her, grandpa, Marty, and Millie.
Chemical free cooking before chemical-free cooking was even a thing.
Homemade before it was trendy, right up my alley.



Grandma’s Romance Waffles

You will want to double this recipe. Trust me.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (NOT soda)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 egg yolks (save the whites and beat them until peaks form)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (not margarine because CHEMICALS)
  1. Mix all of the above together except the egg whites.
  2. When smooth, fold in the egg whites.
  3. Cook in your favorite waffle iron.
  4. You will never go back to store bought chemical syrup again, I swear to you.
  5. This was the syrup that we grew up with and you can use it for pancakes as well.
  6. So good.
  7. Double this as well as this recipe as is only makes 3/4 cup and we all know that isn’t enough.


27 thoughts on “Grandma’s Romance Waffles”

  1. I love your timing of this. With my new journey, I have got to get away from processed foods and all the bad chemicals…what a great recipe to start with!!! Their love story is beautiful ❤


  2. Hi Kari, I'm glad you're feeling better. You said "I basically can't eat anything because I need to "eliminate my triggers"."Triggers" are such things as chocolate, cheese, soy, caffeine, citrus, onions, wine, anything processed." — Well, I don't get headaches, but I really can't eat any of those foods either b/c my body doesn't process them correctly. What's challenging to me right now is that I live with my mother & stepfather who regularly have chocolate, coffee, onions, oranges, and basically anything processed and flaunt it…ugh. And do you notice that almost all prepared food contains SOY OIL? So, I cook from scratch, too — and right now I can't eat eggs, but thanks so much for the syrup recipe for when I make eggless waffles next time. I really try not to let this food issue consume my life but sometimes it's really frustrating having to limit oneself to only those things you know what won't hurt your body. I have a recipe as a sub for chocolate, which uses carob, coconut oil, and sweetener of choice. To make it, I melt 3 tbl T of coconut oil in the microwave, mix in 3 tbl of carob, and add sweetener of choice to taste (could use your syrup for that). Then spoon mixture onto waxed paper by tablespoon and allow to set up. I haven't tried this recipe in a while but thought it might be good for Valentine's Day, so Happy Valentine's Day to you and thanks for sharing your story and your recipes, and I hope you continue to be well and best wishes with your healthy eating. 🙂


  3. I forgot to mention that I can eat a little (about 1-2 teaspoons) of goat cheese, which I use to make a small pizza. I never eat "cow" cheese b/c it doesn't agree with me either. The brand of goat cheese is "La Bonne Vie."


  4. The doctor who created the diet also said carob is a trigger which infuriates me because there isn't an alternative.He does say white chocolate but if you look at pure white chocolate, there is cocoa in it which is what you need to avoid.Since being on the daily preventative, I wont have to avoid the triggers as much but I will need to stay away from them during times of stress, my period or when I don't get enough sleep etc. Thank you so much for these tips though because I will use them if chocolate seems to be too much for me to handle, Soybean oil he did say was ok, just soy was a problem which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and I have come to realize that soy is in EVERYTHING.Another realization- I can eat traditional Chinese food NOT fast food Chinese food. Our local place I believe does NOT use MSG, another trigger but apparently I am not affected by the soy sauce they use but if I so much as walk into a Panda Express, I get a migraine.


  5. I think you would be okay with it. It is soft, like cream cheese, and not aged because it doesn't have a rind. This is what I read on Wikipedia – "Goat milk is often consumed by young children, the elderly, those who are ill, or have a low tolerance to cow's milk. Goat milk is more similar to human milk than that of the cow…although the West has popularized the cow, goat milk and goat cheese are preferred dairy products in much of the rest of the world." It does have a strong flavor, but b/c of that you can use much less of it. 🙂


  6. Don't feel bad – I don't know if I can eat carob either as I haven't tried it in a while. Every now and then I break down and eat chocolate, and chocolate chip cookies seem to be the easiest for me to tolerate (Original Chips Ahoy). But if I eat a Hershey's bar, I'll pay for it the next day. Can you eat rice and tapioca? You might can sub tapioca for the carob if you're up to experimenting with it. I'm going to try taro, which is a root vegetable and you can get it in the powered form (there is a tea, called Bubble Tea that uses it). Yes, I can't use MSG either. I did find a product called "Coconut Aminos" by Coconut Secret, which tastes just like soy sauce. I think finding substitutions for things you like is half the battle of food sensitivities. I also google restaurants before going to find out which foods don't contain soy or soy oil and only eat out once in a while (they all have allergy information on their web sites). Also, there is "coconut vinegar" if you can't have regular apple cider vinegar, too. That is what I'm using nowadays. I've had food sensitivities for a while now, so my family is used to me eating different things. ~ I know eating isn't everything, but sometimes it feels like it is. On and off I've had different sensitivities to things. Wheat used to be bad for me but now I'm using "Middle East" pita bread and "Bob's Red Barn" Organic White Wheat flour to cook with. Good luck to you! 🙂


  7. Every time I have eaten rice or tapioca I have gotten a headache after.I do have to say that since being on the preventative, the headaches are going away slowly and I am able to slowly incorporate things back in.But I am still scared.I think for me the triggers are like the edge of a mountain.If I eat chocolate and I am close to my period, didn't get enough sleep etc, then I will get one.Does that make sense?It all has to add up.But I need to keep my balance and these tips help me to not go over board and watch myself.


  8. Yes, I can't eat those either and tapioca is in a lot of candy, too. Last night I had a yin for cinnamon, which I don't do well with, but I ordered "red hots" from Amazon and also imitation cinnamon extract to use in my baked apple dumplings and sugar cookies. I use imitation vanilla extract also in my sugar cookies and baked apples. 🙂


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