This week’s column is dedicated to Larry and Mary Davies of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Don and I recently spent two weeks with them and had an adventure beyond my wildest dream, but more about that in a future column.

I am not much of a pancake eater at home, but in Arizona I ate pancakes of all kinds; buckwheat, pecan filled and strawberry topped, and they were all delicious. Since there is a two-hour time difference between here and there, I suppose you could say I was eating them for lunch but they were very satisfying regardless of the time of day.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 large eggs

1 3/4 cups milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

melted butter or oil for griddle

blueberries, strawberries or banana slices (optional)

maple syrup, for serving

Whisk dry ingredients together in medium bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs well, then add the milk and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry just until combined. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Brush lightly with butter or oil. Pour on batter by 1/4 cupfuls. Drop in berries or banana slices, as you like. When the batter bubbles on the surface and the underside is golden brown, flip over to finish. Serve with maple syrup.

Magnolia Cafe Gingerbread Pancakes

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon ginger

1 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 large eggs

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled

2 ounces (4 tablespoons; 1/2 stick) butter, melted

Sift flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl.

Beat the eggs with the brown sugar in another bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk, water and coffee. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry just until combined. Stir in the four tablespoons melted butter.

Heat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium-high heat and butter lightly. Pour on the batter by 2-ounce ladlefuls. Cook until little bubbles appear around the edges of the pancakes and then flip. Cook on the second side until golden brown and cooked through the middle.

Our thought for the week: Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.