50 comments

  1. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I hear you about grabbing the opportunity to appreciate the person who brings your happy back on Val Day. My guy certainly does that and I’m glad to read yours does that too :)
    I love these little pancakes, I’ve never heard of them before. They look cute all cut out into hearts.
    Have a great Valentine’s day Cynthia!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Aw I love hearing that! Yep, it’s a hard job being my cheerer-upper sometimes but he bears the burden manfully ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much, Magda — I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day too! :)

  2. themoonblushbaker says:

    February 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Cynthia, your Contribution to Valentine’s day is my kind of eating. While I normally am a sucker chocolate, I can not do it for 3 meals of the day. No kidding, best use of a cookie cutter I have seen in a long time.

    I hope you two have a lovely Saturday! Take some time to plan your special day and enjoy each others company :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Aw, thank you soso much, Belinda!! I know, I’m a sucker for chocolate too, but it’s nice to switch it up sometimes! (Only sometimes!) I hope you have a lovely Saturday too!!

  3. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 10:50 am

    These are too cute Cynthia – dorayaki brings me back to my childhood and watching doraemon!! Ahh the memories! I love the heart shapes too – perfect for Valentines day! Although I don’t have a valentine, these would be perfect to make for loved ones like my mum!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 10, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Aw Doraemon!! I love it!! And I LOVE that you’d make pancakes for your mom! That makes me wish I was still home so I could do the same for mine. Thanks so much for the super sweet comment, Millie!

  4. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Ah Cynthia I am in love with this post!! Red bean is seriously the flavor of my childhood and perfect for valentines day. I myself just made red bean stuffed heart hand pies!! It’s a filling that seriously works with anything. I love love love dorayaki – it reminds me of when I was in Japan, and literally everything was light, fluffy, and super cute. Kawaii, right? :)

    ps. gloomy gus. I love it. I’ve always used negative nancy but that’s such a mouthful!

  5. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    These look so good! Nothing makes a pancake better than red bean paste. I’ve been on a Korean kick lately, but I’ve been obsessing about your moon cakes too. Work has been hectic here too and it does help to take the time to appreciate the person who is there for you, even when you get sick of him too! (the winter blues are indiscriminate). Once that first day of sunshine hits, all will be well with the world! :) Great post. Beautiful recipe and pics.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so so much, Amanda!!! That first day of sunshine will be a goood good day for sure :) Hope work slows down for you soon!

  6. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 11:57 am

    this time of year is so tough, the SAD element is totally legit and i find myself popping vitamin D like crazy (seriously helps!), and plopping my face into the sunshine to get as much light as i can. the down and out feeling can be such a bummer, but they’re also times where i feel like my body is trying to tell me something – take it slow, or just take a minute to assess it all. i wish i could pop through this screen and give you a big old hug! love these heart-shaped beauties, girl! and can’t wait for more festive things to come! hugs + sunshine, miss cynthia! xoxo

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Lindsey, your comments always make me smile!! Thank you for these words <3 I love that idea that moments like those are times to slow down and take a minute to reflect. So true. And oh my gosh, I am so taking a leaf out of your book re: that vitamin D!! So smart! Oodles of hugs right back at you, dear friend!! xoxoxo!

  7. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Girl I love these!! Heart shaped pancake sandwiches sound like a great way to get over the SADs :).. it’s great to have that someone to bring you back to happy. Although after 13 years my husband would probably tell you that he brings me back from “crazy” Ha!

  8. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I love that I’m always encountering new food stuffs on your site! I’m sure I pronounce Everything wrong in my head, but it’s still a tasty lesson! Your dorayaki are adorbs (and this is coming from one who is usually anti-Valentines Day + all things adorbs). This time of year turns me into a solitary, anxiety-ridden, sour puss; mayhaps I need to absorb life’s tiny pleasures, too. :)

  9. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    i’m glad lindsey mentioned the vitamin D thing. i’ve noticed good things from using it, too.

    i feel you on this winter thing and wanted to offer my two cents. don’t put pressure on yourself to feel anything but what you’re feeling. it sucks feeling down, even beyond the downness itself, because i think a lot of us tend to tell ourselves “we have no reason to be feeling this way”, so the down state becomes not okay, and there isn’t much space to be and breathe with all that pressure. i love your intent to appreciate. that seems like a pretty damn wonderful way to face the world and i think we could all use a little more of that. <3

  10. says:

    February 10, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Oh, the SAD thing is definitely for real and rough, especially when it seems like winter is never going to end. I am loving these little heart pancakes – they are so, so cute and cheery!! Made me smile. :) Enjoy your long weekend, Cynthia!

  11. says:

    February 11, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I just had to find out more after seeing them on IG! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know what you mean about moods, the grey weather and forgetting all the small things we can be grateful for. Happens to me on a regular basis – maybe not surprising considering that London isn’t exactly known for its glorious sunshine. I do treasure the small moments of “wow, I’m so happy right now” more though when things have been a bit rough. Hope that makes sense xo

  12. says:

    February 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Pancake sandwiches?? Say no more! This is such a beautiful, delicious, and sweet post, Cynthia. If you need a cure for your SAD, come stay with me in San Francisco. :)

  13. says:

    February 12, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Cynthia, I loved this post! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for all the big little things. I’m gonna try to remember that the next time I’m a negative Nancy.

    Regarding these mini heart dorayaki, โ™กโ™กโ™ก.

  14. says:

    February 12, 2015 at 4:56 am

    This is exactly why I just want to stay and home with my husband and appreciate each other over a relaxing meal without all the fuss. I lovvvve doayaki – especially these red bean-filled heart ones! I hope your weekend is able to get you out of the gloom!

  15. says:

    February 12, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Ha, my boyfriend calls me a grumbleweed when I’m one of those moods. Like B2, he sometimes has to coax me out of those moods and the fact that he can + does makes me <3 him all the more. Happy valentines to you guys! These are so freakin' cute.

  16. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says:

    February 12, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Oh pancake sandwiches sound like the best thing ever. Beautiful photos. And what a beautifully written post as well. I’m feeling the SAD lately too. I was basically stuck in the house for 5 days with the latest round of massive storms and was starting to get a look crazy! I’m hoping a change is in the air!

  17. says:

    February 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    SAD is so real! It hit me hard when we first moved to Seattle. I am glad that you have your sweet man to help coax you out of it. These pancake are too cute, I absolutely love them! Xo

  18. says:

    February 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I so can relate to how you were feeling, both in having what I call the “birthday blues” (post-holidays, post-birthday) and in feeling guilty for having those feelings at all when there’s so much to be appreciative of. We’re on the same wavelength, lady!

    Thank goodness for loving partners, long weekends, and cute little tasty treats. Happy (almost) weekend!

  19. says:

    February 13, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Winter blues I feel you. However, we had a couple of ridiculously sunny days this week and it felt out-of-this-world amazing. Suddenly my mind was hopeful and bright again. So cheers to more sun, more laughter, long weekends, love & friendship, and heart-shaped doayakis! xx

  20. says:

    February 13, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    You adorable folks! Did you guys eat all these up and plan to make more for tomorrow? That’s one thing I love so much about what we do–we make stuff say, a week ahead of the holiday–and then we get to make it again for the actual occasion :) win-win. They’re so mini and cute! Wishing you guys a happy Vday and unwinding sesh!

  21. says:

    February 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Cynthia, I can absolutely attest to having some blues over here, too. This time of year is always hard with the weather, not to mention crummy life stuff. You’re right about the little big stuff, though. I went to the library in my new hood a few days ago and discovered a great new section, I made pancakes for breakfast on a weekday, and I’m meeting my sister for a beer tonight (right down the street because we now live in the same neighbourhood!). Little big things. Right now it’s ok that I’m still surrounded by moving boxes, I can’t find my running shoes, and there is no where to put my collection of about 50 herbs and spices. I hope that the big big things turn a little brighter soon. :)

  22. whiskandshout says:

    February 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Girl, SAD is soooo real. I’m obsessed with this post and I’m heading over to go check out the recipe now! As always, lovely photos.

  23. says:

    February 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I so look forward to checking in and seeing that you’ve published a new post! Hopefully all these lovely comments praising your wonderful blog can be one more think to add to the things you’re grateful for. At least once a week (usually more!) I say out loud all the things that I’m thankful for. The awesome thing? Once I get started, it always amazes me just how long the list of things I’m thankful for is and it helps to make me feel so much better! Hope you’re feeling much better!

  24. says:

    March 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    These are so cute! I used to eat dorayaki if my grandma brought them from Japan. But I’ve never thought about making them, such a great idea.

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