Papa, the Pancake Artist

Welcome to the November Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids in the Kitchen
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how kids get involved in cooking and feeding. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


We have a fabulous weekend tradition at our house.  Every weekend, I sleep in.  Ok, not quite the 10:00 rolling out after a lovely uninterrupted stretch of having a bed all to myself that I used to relish, but when the Bean is up by 7, the Bug by 7:15 and Squeaker by 7:30, Papa entertains them downstairs while I snooze.  But that’s not the best part.  Ok, I know it sounds like the best part, but it really isn’t.

Next is pancakes and waffles!  Mmmm!  Every weekend, Papa makes a triple batch of allergen friendly waffles and pancakes.  We all eat as much as we want for breakfast the first day, and freeze the rest for breakfasts throughout the week.  On days when Papa is feeling especially wonderful, he sprinkles chocolate chips on my waffles.  And on the most wonderful days, he serves said chocolate chip waffles in bed!  But, that’s not the best part.

The best part is when Papa takes custom orders for pancakes from the Bean and the Bug.  The Littles climb into the red kitchen chair, and think up whatever shape sounds like fun – and Papa draws it in pancake batter, making anything requested.  See, for example, this pancake horse.

We’ve had hearts, squares, blobs, tractors, houses, horses, pumpkins, and even the occasional circle!  And THAT is the best part of weekend mornings.

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9 thoughts on “Papa, the Pancake Artist

  1. WHat fun for the kids! I’d have loved having shaped pancakes for breakfast when I was a kid. I’m going to have to start doing this for my kids.And what a husband! My husband cooked one meal – ever. It was the day we brought our little one home from the hospital. I think that he was hungry and desperate for food! LOL

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  2. This post totally made me smile. 🙂 My dad was the pancake maker in our family too…and those weekend mornings that he made them were always something special! He didn’t do shapes, but he always sang a certain song that I knew of for years as ‘the pancake song’. It wasn’t until I was well into my 20’s that I realized he was singing ‘Folsom Prison’ by Johnny Cash lol (I think he made up his own words to the tune). I’m sure your kids will always remember the shapes papa made for them in their pancakes!

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  3. What a creative and fun-loving papa your kids have! Occasionally, my husband also makes pancakes on weekends. I also take advantage of a few extra minutes of sleep while he’s cooking breakfast. I have to admit I like the sleep better! Maybe if I suggest some funny shapes next time…

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