Today got off to a shaky start. I hadn't slept well or enough, and I felt unprepared to tackle the day ahead. My girls woke tired and fussy, which turned into fussing at each other more often than usual and rousing Mama into deeper grumpiness. While my girl was at school, my wee one continued fussing and fidgeting (way out of character). It was definitely an "up is down, black is white, in is out" kind of day. The only break in the battle was a short nap. After school, I thought we'd take advantage of an exceptionally beautiful afternoon and go to the river. My girl wailed that she wanted the playground (she is a monkey bars fiend!), so I caved against my better judgment. I should have listened to my better judgment. Within minutes, she was crying because some girl had hit her and then two boys blocked her every move on the playground equipment (I watched the little devils execute with such devious cunning that it would have been impressive if the object hadn't been so mean). We came home.
Vowing not to be defeated (I'm the mom! I'm supposed to be able to fix these kinds of days!), I made pancakes for (very) early dinner. SHAPED pancakes. Pancakes saved the day! Before long, My Girl had donned her apron and was helping me measure and stir the batter. Wee One donned her apron too and clambered up my leg to watch.
They stuffed themselves silly, one animal-shaped pancake at a time, until by what was normally our dinnertime became playtime. They requested songs and danced and played and laughed until it was time to brush teeth and go to bed. It's amazing what some pancakes can do!
In case you could use a similar boost, I thought I'd share the recipe I use. My recipe has evolved over time and is now a post-it on the fridge. Tonight, it was this:
- 2 cups wholewheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp raw caster sugar
- 1 Tbsp MEMoC seeds from Feeding Fussy Kids (LSA powder will do well or just omit)
- 1 cup natural plain yogurt and 1 cup milk* (often I use 1.5-2 cups buttermilk here, but I was out)
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp melted (and cooled) butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Stir dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Mix the wet ingredients separately. Add wet to dry and stir to combine thoroughly. Pour onto hot griddle or pan and away you go! If you want shaped pancakes (and today that really made all the difference in the world!), call Grandmary. She hooked us up (thank you, Grandmary!). Shaped pancakes take quite a bit longer to make, but the girls certainly think it's worth the wait!
*Note: I like my pancakes thick and fluffy, which would call for less milk than I added today. Runny batter is required to fill the animal shapes, you see. This would also be true if you poured the batter into an empty squeeze bottle and used it to make pancake letters or shapes of your own, a fun and quick alternative to the metal molds.