Making Breakfast Fun

I remember when I was a child sitting at the dinner table and looking at a “mouse” on my plate. It was made up of a pear half with edible ears and eyes on it (I can’t remember now what they were made of). What I remember about that was how much fun it was to see the creations my Mom made for us to eat. And how even a simple meal can become a fond memory.

My kids LOVE pancakes! I make huge batches of them on the weekends and freeze them so they can have pancakes even on school days. They freeze great. I lay them on a cookie sheet in a single layer and put them in the freezer for about 3 hours. This prevents them from sticking to each other and becoming one giant pancake mess. Then I put them in a zip lock bag and put them back into the freezer. During the week when my kids want pancakes I just take out a couple, place them on a plate and microwave them for about 45 seconds.

So far it’s not sounding like anything special is it? The key… don’t just make pancakes… make PANCAKES! My daughter like small pancakes. So she gets pancakes about the size of a quarter. They take awhile to make but they save time later. I don’t have to cut them up for her when they are on her plate. They are tiny, bite sized pancakes.

Both my kids love it when I make faces or designs with the batter. This is easy and fun to do. First make the eyes and mouth (or any other design.) Be sure not to drip batter around it or if you do, just push it aside with your spatula.

Wait a little while until they are bubbly and then pour batter over the entire design. Your kids will love the result when you flip your pancake over and there’s a face!

You can also do initials, hearts, etc. Another idea… after pouring the batter over the face, add two smaller pancakes for ears and you have Mickey Mouse!


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  1. Oh, I love this post, Erin. It makes me happy that you remember your little pear salad. The eyes were raisins but I can’t remember what I used for ears. It will come to me.

    Little things when we are children can become the best memories when we’re grown up.

  2. My husband is really great at making fun pancakes like this. These are really cute! Thanks for the how-to!