The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Do you guys remember this guy?  I gave him a little update as a recent contribution for Check out the lovely new Rudolph right here!


Pumpkin/Buttermilk pancake, whipped cream, blackberries, cashews, craisins, green grapes

There are so many things for our family to be thankful for this holiday season. I don’t even know where to begin, but a new house and a baby on the way are both very exciting to say the least.

So in honor of the approaching holiday, which seems to be overshadowed by Christmas, I created this cornucopia pancake for my hungry boys. It’s super easy to make and you can substitute the fruits shown with whatever you have on hand. I chose these items in particular for their harvest color and rich combination of flavors.

Oh, and did I mention it’s half pumpkin pancake mix and traditional buttermilk? Steps are shown below, but just make two batches of batter and pour them into separate squeeze bottles. Draw with the buttermilk mix first and quickly fill in the gaps with the pumpkin mix. Add whipped cream or yogurt, top with fruit and you’re ready to serve. Easy peasy.

Along came a spider

Chocolate hazelnut spread & marshmallows

Thank goodness we don’t suffer from arachnophobia because our new house is infested with little brown spiders. We’ve been meaning to do something about the problem but since the weather has been getting colder, they have noticeably retreated. Well, at least I hope they have.

Harmless or not, it’s no fun to wake up in the middle of the night and feel a faint tickle on your chest, only to slap the area and find the remnants of your night visitor rolling down your night shirt.

But at least it’s not a water bug. I find them way more horrifying than our temporary arachnid roommates. Don’t you?


pumpkin pancake, red delicious apple

This is more of a goofy, comical devil – one that I feel comfortable giving my four year-old who is even scared of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Tips: Tear pieces of pancake to add texture, like the eyebrows above.

vampire bat

Apple teeth, raisin eyes and nose, cheddar cheese ears

There will be spooky pancakes for the entire month of October, but let’s not forget the witch and vampire from last year.

magically delicious pot of gold

Nutella, vanilla-orange flavored greek yogurt, Lucky Charms marshmallows

St. Patrick’s Day is know for its debauchery and overindulgence. So for kids, what do you do to satisfy this craving to behave badly?

Sprinkle a handful of the forbidden fruit on their pancake. Dyed fructose gelatin nuggets of joy…it can’t hurt them for just one day.

Well, what do you do with the rest of the box? This mom may have eaten a few bowls over the past few days. Shhhhh.

And here’s a little themed breakfast for those who don’t like to indulge.

be my valentine

powdered sugar

What says love better than giving some sugar to your sugar booger?

Tips: Make a stencil by cutting heart shapes out of card stock. After you have completed your heart shaped pancake, move it to a cutting board or other surface. Sift powdered sugar over the entire pancake, peel off your stencil, and gently move to the plate with a pancake spatula. I stress “gently” because any slight movement will move or smear the powdered sugar.

Looking for a healthier option? Check out last year’s Valentine pancake.