fruit leather, green food coloring, marshmallows, dried cranberries



sifted powdered sugar

Last week we experienced a debilitating amount of snowfall on the Virginia coast. Two days later, the temperature rose to 60 degrees and the snowman my husband and son crafted in the back yard was nothing more than a puddle.

This pancake could have been great, but alas, I am out of practice with cutting out paper snowflakes.

Tips: Make a stencil out of paper and place on your pancake. Sift a thin layer of powdered sugar on top and remove the stencil. Voila!


Raisin buttons, Nutella hat, mini chocolate chip eyes and mouth, cheese stick nose, turkey sausage arms and whip cream snow

With the unseasonably warm weather recently, this may be the only snowman we get to make. Have a merry Christmas!

Tips: When you’re done with the chocolate chips, put them back in the cupboard immediately. I made the mistake of leaving the room while Avery ate his pancake and heard the unmistakable crackling sound of the chocolate chip bag being opened. When I returned to the kitchen, I found a child with hands full and a gooey chocolate covered grin. The rest of the sugar fueled morning has been interesting…to say the least.


Turkey sausage patties (2), Braeburn apple, mini chocolate chips

My son is performing in his first Christmas pageant tonight, so for the past couple weeks we’ve been rehearsing carols nonstop and Rudolph has become a favorite. Obviously. What child doesn’t enjoy singing Rudolph?

Avery and I have also hammered out a mean duet of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I put on my best throaty Zooey voice and we complete each other’s lines. Sigh – it’s really quite charming, I must admit. But he refuses to perform it in front of anyone, so you’ll just have to take my word on it.

I may have to resort to hidden cameras.

Tips: Use one sausage patty for each antler and cut out the negative areas. Hmm…is this really a tip? I think you guys can figure it out on your own.

santa baby

Apple & raisins

Take off the hat and you have a pancake bearing an uncanny resemblance to Jerry Garcia.

christmas tree

Apple star, yogurt garland, blueberry and mini M&M ornaments and nutella trunk. Presents were decorated with nutella, yogurt and bits of crunchy pancake crumbs.

Original request was “wrapping paper,” but that was a tad complicated to say the least. Lots and lots of presents to go under a tree was the second request. This is the year we ruined our son.

Tips: A sprinkling of miniature M&M’s is a great way to add a touch of color on special occasions.