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The first kiss. So much anticipation, so many possibilities…

Sweet. Romantic. Fun. Flirty.

Awkward. Toothy. Slobbery. Waxy.


wax lips

 Pucker up.

Yes, waxy. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of my first kiss. Not all first kisses are good. In fact, mine was not good it was GOO. As in, Hello, Madame Tussauds.

But on the plus side, that bad kiss was the easiest sign ever that he was not the one for me (good thing, because as Taylor Swift might say, he was trouble when he walked in.)

Anyway, I consider my first kiss like a first pancake.  Sometimes that first pancake doesn’t look like the rest of the batch. For whatever reason, it doesn’t turn out golden.


first pancake

 Not all pancakes turn out the way you want them too.


Luckily, there’s always room for a do-over. Same goes for kissing.

But is it possible to prevent a bad kiss in the first place?

Well, I found LOTS of advice on Ye Old Internet on how to avoid a bad kiss the first pancake syndrome.


Awesome + Awesome = More Awesome

You need great ingredients. Once you have them, mix them with care. The key to combining ingredients is tenderness over toughness.



Make sure you have the proper amount of heat.  According to The Pancake Handbook, “If they dance in a sprightly way for a few seconds, you’re good to go.”

Other experts say the heat level should be so hot that it almost smokes.


Beware of the drool

Moisture level is crucial. It can make or break your pancake. Moisten but then wipe away the excess before your first pancake. You’re aiming for a golden, “greaseless experience.”


Don’t Rush It

Once you’ve got your pancake going, keep the following in mind:

Peek at your own risk.

Resist the impulse to press and flatten.

Moving too much may cause it all to fall apart.



Don’t stress over your first attempt. You get better with practice.

And keep in mind, there are many kinds of pancakes. Lots to choose from. For instance, the French have their own version.

But let’s leave crepes for another day.


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Happy Valentine’s Day! 


What are your thoughts on first kisses? How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite pancake?

For more posts about kissing, be sure to check out the INDIE-KISSING BLOGFEST over at the INDELIBLES!

Coleen Patrick



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83 thoughts on “How to Have a Golden First Kiss (or Pancake)

  1. Leigh T. Moore

    LOL! This is AWESOME!!! 😀 Who knew making pancakes and kissing were so similar? I especially liked press, but don’t flatten… 😀

    Sorry about your waxy kiss. 😛 These are great tips, and that pancake is PERFECT~ <3

  2. Laura Pauling

    Ha ha! Hilarious. You’re right first grilled cheese sandwiches, first pancakes are never the best. Maybe b/c the griddle hasn’t heated up enough. Who knows? And first kisses are truly usually the worst. But maybe the most exciting.

  3. Name

    OMG! SO funny! Who would have ever thought of first kisses and pancakes as having anything in common and yet clearly, you have just proven beyond all doubt, that they do! In fact, they are practically the same thing! My first kiss was a complete surprise. Never saw it coming! So where’s the pancake in that?

  4. marrymeknot

    My mom used to tell me, boyfriends are like pancakes, you always end up throwing the first few out. She was right too–on both fronts. Swinging by from Susie’s.

  5. Tameri Etherton

    So funny! This had me laughing all the way through. Those wax lips… ah, I loved them.

    My favorite first kiss was with my husband. A trolley came by right at the moment he decided to kiss me. I literally heard bells and felt the earth move. We’ve laughed about it ever since! And… he still makes my heart swoon, bells ring, and the earth move.

    My favorite pancake is my husband’s chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream. Yeah, he’s a keeper.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. Colin Falconer

    I guess I got lucky. My first kiss was great. But I was 12 so I guess I wouldn’t have known any better! I met her again when she was 17 and she was drop dead gorgeous – and I think we’d both improved on the kissing thing by then! (I think it’s the eyes that tell you what the pancake’s going to be like, don’t you?)

  7. Emily

    That was awesome! What a great analogy, Col. Also: Two things that came to mind with the pictures: #1 Where the heck did you find wax lips? What a blast from the past! And #2 Those pancakes look amaze-balls. YUM! 😉

  8. Patricia

    My first kiss was awful, but let’s not talk about that. Everything was wrong.

    I love the pancake analogy! The only thing I’d add is that if you don’t cook long enough you’ll have raw goo in the middle, so patience is a virtue with regard to length of cook time.

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  9. Noeleen

    This is so funny! Those lips at the beginning, I have no idea where you got that picture but they surely are not real lips??

    Hilarious bits in this – a great VD post :)

  10. Beth K. Vogt

    My first kiss was an embarrassing disaster. (No details.)
    But my first kiss with my now-husband?
    I remember it to this day …
    I remember thinking, “I could kiss this guy for the rest of my life.”
    And I am.
    Very happily so.

  11. Julie Catherine

    LOL, omg, I chuckled all the way through this – and laughed out loud when I got to the French k— crepes! Hahaha! Such a great pairing, kisses and pancakes! Love this post, Coleen, and it’s so great to meet you, thanks to Susie! :)

  12. tomwisk

    First kiss from Gramma of course. The first non-family looking for something more Marcia Kelly, cautious slipping into frequent, flavorful, passion inspiring and bittersweet. Pancakes: Hungry Jack Buttermilk with Jimmy Dean sausage links. Spent too much time trying to impress women, bosses at work starting from scratch.

  13. Sharon Gerlach

    “Beware of the drool” … perfect! My first kiss was slobbery and unpleasant and I thought he was trying to swallow my face. Blech. I’ll be looking or the crepes post… 😉

  14. Chris Edgar

    My sense is that the “best approach,” to the extent one exists, is, as you say, not to make a huge deal out of it, and fret over whether we’re using the “top 100 turn-on tips” listed in Cosmo or something like that. Ideally, in my experience, kissing will be just one way of expressing how we feel about each other rather than a technique for moving the relationship forward or a hurdle to be overcome or something like that.

  15. Adriana (@BooksOnHerMind)

    This was hilarious and just wonderful You are awesome 😀
    I haven’t had my first kiss or even a first date so this was very informative (;
    I can’t really say what type of pancake I like best because I’ve only had the “regular” kind without the addition of fruits or anything like that. It must be dripping in syrup but I will make sure it’s not drooling!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I’m glad you liked it Adriana! :) Happy to inform, even when it’s all in good fun. And no need to rush things. My mom used to like to say, good things come to those who wait!! 😉

  16. Leigh Covington

    You always come up with the best posts! I love them! My first kiss was super dry. We were so little it was the whole wipe-any-bit-of-moisture-from-your-lips kind of kiss and get it over with. hehehe. Good memories though :)

  17. Patricia Tilton

    Meant to check this out a few days ago. When I read the title, I thought “another generation.” But, you really turned this one into something else. Very humorous. I’m still laughing at the sugestive language! You’re good!

  18. Kourtney

    LOL. I love the comparison of a first kiss and a first pancake. It’s so true and made me giggle. Great little puns throughout. I about fell out of my chair when it got to the part about too much moisture. Those are the worst kisses, er pancakes. 😉

  19. Debra Kristi

    This post is AWESOME! I especially love the advice on pressure and moisture. I’ve had my fair share of too-wet kisses and they’re the worst. No thank you. You had me chuckling the whole way through. Never would I have thought to compare a kiss to a pancake. Too funny. You are extremely creative.

  20. Name

    This was such a fun post, Coleen. I love the comparison, and I never realized before how similar the two are. Should be an interesting experience the next time I make pancakes!

  21. clay

    at the movies – watching “All the President’s Men” – such a romance flick! 8th grade at the town hangout on Friday night. Took all my nerve, wich I could have a take back, though.. but I remember it like it was the other day. As for V-day – flowers and a card and greeting when I come home.. with the kid’s schedules and activities V-day is for the kids. thanks for the chuckle and trip down memory lane!

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