Motherhood, Recipes

Pancake Picasso

This morning started out pretty drab.  It was a grey outside, and we were slow-moving inside.  So, of course, it’s a great pancake day!  Pancakes are a great pick-me-up for my family.  We often turn on a little Jack Johnson’s Banana Pancakes, dance around the kitchen, and really do pretend like it’s the weekend.

The weekend had been heavy on the discipline and light on fun between me and my daughter.  Thus, when she asked to help make the pancakes, there was an inner cringe but an outward “OF COURSE!”  Pancakes were meant to be the pick-me-up after all.

I had made the entire batter, leaving only the final step for Leli: pouring the batter.  I often use a measuring cup for scooping (muffins, cupcakes, etc) and grabbed a 1/2 cup as she dragged the dining room chair up to the kitchen counter to “help” me.  I muted every alarm that told me having a three year old near the stove, a hot pan, and raw egg batter was a terrible idea and charged ahead (Side note: As I mentioned in the About Us section of this blog, I am a bit neurotic- not the germophobe-type but the over-active-imagination-type.  I have to stifle those thoughts sometimes if I want to make any memories with my kids).

Here is the visual of my Sous Chef:

In case you have been bracing yourself for horror, a kitchen disaster story, or some deep revelation, you can relax.  We had a blast!  I decided after the first Minnie Mouse pancake that we could make pancake art a fun activity.  I let her pour the batter the best she could in whatever way she wanted.  This led to a minor amount dripping down my cupboards, but the fun was worth it.  Check out these beauties:

“Minnie Mouse”

“The Stingray”  or Queen Amidala

“Truly Abstract”

Today, we let a mundane activity (making breakfast annoys non-morning people) become fun and give us joy.

Feel free to do the same 😉

Simplest Pancake Recipe a la Beracah

(This is adapted from one online- it fed my husband, Leli, and I perfectly (about 7 medium pancakes).

1 1/2 c. flour

3 tbsp. sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 c. milk

1 egg

a splash of vanilla

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

butter for the pan (could have used coconut oil, but I ran out)

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