Ponopoly and Pancake

Grandma Kc wrote this on May 21st, 2014 16 Replies

Now that Amara is 10, I think we look forward to her visits even more than before. Last weekend was certainly no exception. It was just your typical sleepover full of lots of fun.

Amara is lucky to have so many grandparents that love her and that live so close by. I am the luckiest of those grandparents because I get to see Amara the most. I don’t work and I often go with Mommy to take her to school or to pick her up. Jenna and I recently joined the gym and our goal is to go 3 days a week — the 3 days that Amara goes to school early for band and computer club. Plus, I often volunteer at Amara’s school, all of which means I get to see her the most! I am the luckiest!

In addition, Amara often spends the night with us. Since we see her so often our visits can’t all be trips to Disneyland. It does mean I keep my eyes out for fun things that we can do together that won’t break the bank! I love that cooking together is now our go to activity! I keep my eyes out for recipes we can make together and breakfast has certainly become one of our favorite meals! We have experimented with many monkey breads and colored pancakes are a regular in our repertoire. We’ve made all shapes and colors and used every imaginable sprinkle. She has become very “flip confident”! She told her Mom the other day, “I could make pancakes for you and Daddy sometime.” Does a Grandma proud.

A collage of Amara and many of her pancake creations.

I had gotten some fresh blueberries in our CSA box last week and had begged Sandy for the Blueberry Muffin recipe. I was thinking Amara and I could make them together Saturday night but instead she arrived with her brand new Ponopoly game so we changed plans. It was actually her new My Little Pony version of Monopoly but she thinks it should be called Ponopoly and so it is! We had a blast playing until dinner was ready.

A collage of pictures of Amara, Grampy and Monkey Breads

We went through our usual bedtime rituals after our movie and dinner. Jenna says our bedtime rituals need to stop as they are rather long and involved but we don’t do it every night, only on those special occasions when Amara sleeps over! Anyway, Grampy had been in, kissed her good night, and turned off the light for us so that I could sing her one last lullaby — keep in mind I am laying on the bed with her. Grampy went back to the front room to watch TV and wait for me, or so we thought! He had “low crawled” back into her room next to the bed and while I am singing he just pops up and says “So, how’s it going in here?” Amara and I both jumped and she tried for a few futile moments to act scared and upset but she was laughing so hard she just couldn’t! Grampy already regrets having done this as Amara has now made it her mission to “pop into the office” and scare Grampy every chance she gets — and she’s succeeding!

Sunday morning we planned to get up and try a new recipe that I had found and saved for her. It was for an Apple Pancake that Maggie at This and That had posted. She is from Canada and this is a copycat recipe for a breakfast dish that is served at the Canadian Pancake House. You can find Maggie’s recipe here. I had never heard of the dish before but it looked easy and yummy and I thought Amara could do most of the work, which she did! I had planned to peel the apples for her, do the slicing on the mandolin and let her do the rest. I did peel the apples but after having done the first half of an apple on the slicer, she wanted to try it. She was extremely careful and had a great time doing it. You will notice I said apples and the recipe only calls for one apple. Grandmas know stuff and I knew that a lot of pieces of apples were going to be nibbled on while we worked and that at least a few would be delivered to Grampy at his desk. I was right!

A collage of Amara making her first Apple Pancake

We had fun peeking in the oven as the apple pancake puffed up out of the pan! Amara had done most of the baking but I did the flipping as it was very hot. It was wonderful and not too sweet. There was even one piece left over. Later when Mommy called to tell us they were on their way to pick her up because they were starving — Amara cut the piece in half and warmed it up for them to tide them over until lunch!

I am loving Amara being ten!

16 thoughts on “Ponopoly and Pancake

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Before we know it time will have flown by and she will be cooking dinner for us! Between her Mom and me you can be sure she won’t be one of those kids who moves out and has no clue how to survive!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Grampy really is an instigator but I love how much he enjoys being her Grampy! If you try the pancake you have to let me know if you like it.

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  1. imaddy

    All that food is making me hungry. Love the colored pancakes. My kids would like that, now we’re going to have to try them. Thank you.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You really should try coloring the pancakes – they will love it! Let them each pick a color! I learned early on that I have to limit Amara to 2 or 3 colors or she would use them all! Same with the sprinkles which oddly are very good in the pancakes – they give them a bit of a crunch!

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  2. Sandy Siegel

    I am so happy that you & Rich have all these wonderful times with Amara! You really do put a lot of thought and effort into Amara’s ‘ordinary’ visits! I don’t think any of them are really ordinary at all. Each one is special with it’s own sweet memories! None of you will forget Grampy crawling into Amara’s room to scare you and Amara!! He’s like that pesky little brother at your slumber party!! LOL So much fun!!!

    I’m going to have to try that pancake!! I’ll let you know how it turns out!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara is printing this recipe and adding it to her recipe book you made her! Then she can make it for Mom and Dad! I think you will really love it since it isn’t overly sweet!

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  3. Launna

    Kc I love reading these sweet stories about you and Amara…;-) I think you should keep the bedtime ritual as long as you can… children remember things like that…

    I’m so glad I’m getting to know you through the blog world ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You are right, children do remember. I’ve been thinking about my own Grandma a lot lately and I remember! I’m glad were getting to one another, too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Maggie

    Sleepovers are the best! I remember sleeping over at my grandparents’ home when I was little and we had our very first sleepover visit with our granddaughter a couple of weeks ago. I’m glad you enjoyed trying the apple pancake. : )

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Sleepovers are a regular thing around here and we love them! I don’t ever remember spending the night with any of my grandparents so maybe I am making up for what I missed out on! Thanks for helping to make the last one extra special. The pancake was yummy and Amara plans to make it for her parents, too!

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  5. debra@ HOMESPUN

    GREAT. I read this at the wrong time. Breakfast time. Now I am absolutely starving

    Used to LOVE playing Monopoly as a kid with my cousins, and then when my boys were little.

    Monopoly plus My Little Ponies? That sounds fun! :)

    Amara has so much fun cooking and baking with you / you have a treasure trove of memories built up with her already. She can sell little ‘Cooking with Grandma’ booklets at her restaurant someday! :)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have to say they did a really good job with this Monopoly game! It is just enough like the original with jail and free parking but everything else is a bit different and fun! Very pony! Even the game pieces are nice sized little ponies! She forgot to bring it back this weekend but I am sure she will the next time.

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  6. Joyce

    Oh that Grampy! What a fun character he is!
    The apple pancakes sound great and the best part is Amara perfectly competent at making – and serving – them herself!
    Bree is into My Little Ponies now – too young to play the game, but I’ll keep it in mind for when she’s older!
    What wonderful weekends you share! Always something fun, even if it’s not Disney Land every time!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      He really is a character and she is his favorite audience! He tried it again last week but she caught him at it. I don’t think that will stop him. Children and Grandpas – they things are funny no matter how many times you repeat them!

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