Amara and I really enjoy making breakfast together. She told me the other day that she was glad that she had one Grandma that liked to cook with her and one Grandma that liked to sew with her. I am so glad her other Grandma is doing the sewing thing. I used to love to sew but for the last couple of years I just cannot get in the mood! But I can always get in the mood to cook or bake, especially with Amara!
Pancakes have become our new favorite breakfast food to do together. It all started with the Rainbow Pancakes we made. We’ve made them often and with lots of variations. Now that Amara is older and has become more “flip confident” I can let her work on the pancakes while I make eggs and sometimes bacon, too!
Amara’s cousin and pen pal also likes pancakes and her Dad is famous for making them in the shape each person would like. He got me to thinking and Amara and I got a squirt bottle, filled it with colored pancake batter, wrote our names, and made fun shapes!
This method worked great the first time we tried it but we had nothing but troubles the next time, gave up, and just made round ones. I don’t know why the second time the batter just wasn’t the right consistency to flow.
Amara has also had fun making swirly pancakes when she gets to the end of the batter. I call these the Hippy Pancakes.
I saw this recipe for Birthday Pancakes with sprinkles in the batter and showed it to Amara. We decided we needed to make them. Well we didn’t have everything we needed so we just opted for neon colored pancakes with sprinkles and colored sugars! They were awesome! Amara had so much fun picking out the three colors of food coloring and the three perfect cake decorations to use that would compliment her batter colors.They were very yummy! The sugars add just a bit of crunch and they looked wonderful.
Now what? So I got to thinking about making pancake shapes and I thought about all the bags of cookie cutters that I have and I wondered if we could use them as pancake molds? It was worth a try. She picked out the three colors and the cake decorations as she still wanted to add those and she decided on just the perfect cookie cutters.
Amara and I always use the Bisquick pancake shake bottles. They are a little more expensive but she has so much fun shaking them and doing the shaking dance all over the kitchen! When they go on sale, I stock up! Well, those silly bottles have a security collar that is always a struggle to get off. Amara couldn’t get it and asked me to do it. I finally got it off and went to hand her the container when the lid went flying and so did pancake mix! All over Amara! We didn’t care! She ran into the office trying to toss it onto Grampy!
We got the floor swept and Amara got the batters ready. Things were going along great until it was time to flip them. They flipped OK but they wouldn’t come out. I never thought to spray the cookie cutters with Pam. My mistake! Grampy came to the rescue and helped to trim them out of the cutters while I worked to finish cooking the bacon. He did great and it was so much fun having him in the kitchen helping us. Amara made round pancakes with the rest of the batter. We will definitely make these again! Next time I will spray the cookie cutters and Amara will pour them a little thinner so that they will cook easier. We both learned something and we had fun doing it.
The best part of breakfast was when Amara took the one heart pancake and cut it in half. She put half on her plate and half on Grampy’s plate. It was a wonderful morning!