Frogs are a fun, playful creature and they happen to be just perfect for celebrating Leap Day, springtime, or simply anytime when someone you know loves frogs. As you may know, my little girl loves pancakes and we try to make our meals fun when we have time, so today we decided to make Leap Frog Pancakes in honor of Leap Day, today, February 29. Here’s how we did it!
Pancakes, one of America’s favorite breakfast foods—and most definitely a favorite food for most toddlers—are truly versatile meal options. From their shape and size to the fillings and the toppings, you can get especially creative in the kitchen when you’re making pancakes. Most times pancakes are quick and easy to make, whether you whip them up from scratch or grab your nearest box of pancake mix. In honor of National Pancake Day, which is fast-approaching, taking place on Tuesday, March 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., ToddlerMealTips.com has teamed up with IHOP (International House of Pancakes) to bring you a fun and exciting giveaway.
In 2015, IHOP gave away 6 Million pancakes! This year, March 8 is IHOP’s 11th Annual National Pancake Day and the goal is to raise $3.5 Million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local charities. The hope is that guests ordering their one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes will offer a voluntary donation for these special charities. For more information about National Pancake Day, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
We are inviting all of our readers and friends to participate for a chance to win a $20 gift card to IHOP. Here’s the scoop:
It’s no secret that my three-year-old and I are complete suckers for chocolate chip pancakes. In fact, my daughter likes pancakes so much that I think she could live entirely off of pancakes, fruit, milk, and water, if I would let her. Her love of pancakes has inspired me to get a little more creative in the kitchen, so now whenever I have time, I make my own pancakes from scratch rather than turning to Bisquick or Mrs. Butterworth’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with either of them, mind you—I will still use them both in a pinch and they are delicious. I’m mostly just experimenting with flavors when making homemade chocolate chip pancakes.) Recently I stumbled across a new pancake of my own creation—Toasted Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Before giving you the recipe, I should disclose that these could even pass for more of a dessert pancake rather than breakfast pancakes, but in our house, pancakes are pancakes, so have at it!
My three-year-old loves pancakes. She would probably eat them every day, for every meal, if I let her. I’ve contemplated trying to make up other kinds of pancakes for lunch and dinner but I just haven’t gotten that far yet. We usually cycle through the same few kinds of pancakes until some kind of inspiration strikes me and we come up with something brand new. Here are a few of my favorite kinds of pancakes to make, along with pancakes from other toddler food bloggers that I can’t wait to try!
Pancakes are one of my toddler daughter’s favorite foods, so here’s another one for the books. You’ll see on our site that we have dog pancakes, raspberry chocolate chip pancakes, and bunny rabbit pancakes. Now I’ve decided to take it a step further with three-dimensional animal pancakes. Just before the weekend we found ourselves with some extra time so we decided to make 3-D pancakes. In this post, I will show you how to make 3-D piggy pancakes, 3-D puppy dog pancakes, and 3-D bunny rabbit pancakes.
With Easter coming up, I decided to have a little fun with a new pancake shape on our frying pan this weekend. Puppy dog pancakes were such a hit with my daughter that I decided to try bunny rabbit pancakes. The bunny pancakes turned out pretty cute and would be a fun addition to your weekend breakfast routine with your kids every once in a while. (If you are new to making shaped pancakes, I caution you to practice making my puppy dog pancakes first.)
If my daughter gets in one good meal per day, it’s usually breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s the variety or just the types of food customarily served at breakfast, but she tends to do well eating at breakfast time. I find that toddler breakfast ideas come fairly naturally to me, so I decided to write a post specifically about making a creative breakfast for toddler aged children. From eggs and pancakes to fruit or cereal, hopefully you can find something here in this list of toddler breakfast ideas to entice your kiddos to enjoy the most important meal of the day!
Having a toddler is a lot of fun! You basically get to be a kid all over again, doing fun things and playing with the stuff you loved as a kid and buying the toys for your own kid that you never got as a child. One of the fun summer activities I decided to try with my daughter held a close plate to my tummy, or place in my heart, something like that. We picked black raspberries on a sweltering hot day in July this summer and came home with an entire bucket for eating, baking, and freezing. Black raspberry chocolate chip pancakes became the highlight of our recent cooking endeavors! Continue reading
Shaped pancakes are a huge hit in our house. As you may have read, we make the extra effort to make our own homemade dog-shaped pancakes for our toddler. She loves them so much that we will try to vary the shapes a little bit, making our family pet as well as Natalie’s two favorite stuffed dogs, Lucky and Pumpkin. Sometimes we also make a bone or a ball pancake and plenty of other shapes. Finding a pancake restaurant that makes creative shaped pancakes in our area or places when we travel is an especially helpful. It’s also a fun way to make sure our daughter gets enough food in her belly. Continue reading
Cooking for kids can be a lot of fun, especially when you have cool kitchen gadgets to make the process a little more creative. I have found that my daughter really enjoys eggs—fried, scrambled, hardboiled, on sandwiches, just on her plate, in a cup—she’s a big fan. I’ve tried to keep mealtimes interesting and exciting for her so that she is more inclined to eat appropriate amounts of food. (She’s only in the fifth percentile for her age, so the pediatrician wants us to keep getting her to eat more and higher fatty content foods.)
I’ve found some fun kitchen gadgets to make my life a bit easier when it comes to cooking for my toddler. I really enjoy using the pancake and egg molds as well as cookie cutters to keep the process and the meals fun and exciting. Continue reading