Monday, September 24, 2012

National Pancake Day

In honor of National Pancake Day this coming Wednesday (September 26), we decided to make pancakes this weekend!  Making pancakes on Wednesday is not realistic for us because I have to work all day, but Sunday, now that's the PERFECT pancake day.

Zayit slept in until 6:30, ah... it's a good day.  We headed downstairs and gathered our ingredients together and started cooking.  Well, sort of.  It seems that Mommi hard boiled all the eggs the day before!  Ugh.  Zayit and Mommi convinced the most amazing Daddy that it would be a great idea to run to the local convenience store and grab some eggs.  What a good guy he is!  While Daddy was off getting eggs, Zayit and I started measuring.  I've found that when working with a toddler, it's best to do the measuring into separate containers and let him pour into the main bowl.  We used a very traditional, non-healthy recipe, but it makes the BEST pancakes!  (and even though it isn't the best, it is HFCS free)

2 cups Bisquick
1 1/3 cups milk
1 egg (thanks to Daddy!)
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla (I use pure vanilla bean paste - much better without the alcohol)

Up into his Learning Tower he climbed and immediately started examining his ingredients...

After digging his fingers in the Bisquick, he poured in the sugar and the milk...

...and he had a lot of fun cracking the egg!  (I had him crack it into an empty bowl so we could fish out the egg shell that went in, then he poured the egg into the big bowl... worked perfectly)

The empty egg carton was put to good use with color/size sorting of pom-poms while I cooked on the hot stove.  Zayit isn't quite ready to be near the stove.  He was completely satisfied sorting.

Zayit reminded me that we couldn't forget the pancake molds.  Today was Cookie Monster day.

Everyone enjoyed!  Even Ziva, who is now loving her finger foods!

 Don't be afraid to cook with your Littles!  Involving them in daily chores and activities is very helpful for their development.  I find that Zayit is much more willing to try things if he has participated in making them.

Happy National Pancake Day!

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