rain cloud

Tiny drop of gel food coloring in the pancake mix, blueberries

I came to a realization the other day that I really miss the music of the early 2000’s. Was it really better or did it mean so much more to a girl in her early 20’s navigating the world solo for the first time? This pancake in particular brings to mind a song from one of those bands I adored: Travis.

Sunny days
Where have you gone?
I get the strangest feeling you belong
Why does it always rain on me?
Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?
Why does it always rain on me?
Even when the sun is shining
I can’t avoid the lightning

Anyhow, we had one torrential downpour last weekend, coupled with a tornado warning, and the next day was warm and sunny. Seasons in Virginia are completely unpredictable.

happy new year!

Here is to a prosperous and delicious new year!

jolly old st. nicholas

I’ve updated my Santa pancake for Bisquick. He no longer resembles Jerry Garcia! Check it out here.

M-I-C-K-E-Y

Chocolate hazelnut spread, apple, raisin

We’re going to be seeing this guy next week, so what better way to prepare for a day full of packing and errands?

And no, we have never been as a family. I haven’t been since I was 12, so I imagine the park has changed quite a bit. We’re excited, though being almost 7 months pregnant is going to make for a tiring day on my feet.

The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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

Cornucopia

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.



taj mahal

Chocolate hazelnut spread and multigrain breakfast cereal

We’ve been touring the world from the comfort of our own bed lately. Several books, including the one below, have taken us on international journeys and Avery has become quite adept at identifying major world landmarks and defining architectural characteristics.

So, it seemed like the opportune moment to bring a little India to the breakfast table.

I highly recommend this book. Not only are the illustrations gorgeous, but each spread contains numerous hidden flaps allowing glimpses into the buildings and surroundings. It’s great fun.

Tips: Use different kinds of cereal to add details and ornamentation to your pancake.