I know some people think it’s a crime to eat breakfast for dinner, but not in our house! Especially when you have a somewhat picky 3 year old that would eat pancakes for every meal if we let him. Some days I just don’t plan ahead what we are going to have for dinner (OK, a lot of days) and so I get off work and pick up the phone to call my husband and ask the sometimes dreaded question: “So, what should we have for dinner?”, to which I usually get, “I don’t care, whatever you want”. Luckily, today I actually didn’t have to make an executive decision! It was like music to my ears when I heard, “Avery wants to make pancakes”. Oh goody gumdrops…something EASY! Because let’s face it, it’s Monday, my sweatpants are calling my name and I kind of feel like this:
I decided that pumpkin pancakes were happening. My shopping basket consisted of a can of pumpkin, fresh fruit & some fresh sausage links. BAM!
My dream of not cooking today didn’t 100% come true, but Avery insisted on helping make the batter, and the hubby was the pancake flipper.
Easy Pumpkin Pancakes:
2 cups dry boxed pancake mix
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
powdered sugar for dusting on top (optional)
1. Preheat griddle to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Blend dry pancake mix and water in a large bowl.
3. Add pumpkin and spices, mixing until thoroughly blended.
4. Pour onto griddle to desired size. When the mix begins to bubble on top, you will know it’s time to flip and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.
On Tuesdays I usually make Avery pancakes before bringing him to daycare at 10. If he’s lucky, I sometimes add chocolate chips to them. (His FAVORITE) It’s my late day at work so it’s nice to spend the morning together before heading out since we won’t see each other for very long after work and before bedtime. Often times, its’ the 3 of us on Tuesday morning but today it was just Avery & I.
I already knew I was going to make him chocolate chips pancakes so I started pulling ingredients out and seeing what I had for fruit to go along with the pancakes. Then, this happened…
banana, strawberries and the beloved chocolate chips
Avery was upstairs finishing a cartoon so he was unaware what I was up to.
I have seen a similar pancake face using blueberries instead of chocolate chips. Avery would say that’s pancake blasphemy.
I can already tell that when Avery starts going to school, I’m going to be the crazy Mom who makes things out of his lunch sometimes. I can see it now. He sits down with his friends, opens his lunch box in anticipation to see what’s in it and it’s like the world freezes and you can hear crickets. “What!? My sandwich looks like an owl!”