Everyone has his or her own way of doing things in life. Some take the easy way out, others live their lives by Pinterest boards, and some, like me, find themselves comfortably navigating through life somewhere in the middle. I have vivid memories from my childhood of many things, but the younger I was at the time, the less I remember now. Still, I feel like the fondest and most poignant memories are often the ones I try to recreate with my daughter. It’s a special bond we can share that ties back to my own childhood and my family when I was a little girl.
Sometimes it’s about food, sometimes it’s about a place I liked to visit or a toy I hoped against hope that I would receive. (My husband still teases me about the red and yellow Cozy Coupe we bought for Natalie for her 1st birthday, all because I always longed for one to ride in the lush green grass, and most likely never told my parents it was something I wanted.) The point is, I truly believe those special memories—and the emotions attached to them—contribute to shaping us into the people we are today.
How creative we are, how nurturing we are—I believe these things can be amplified by our early experiences in life, at least to a certain point.
I remember my parents making us Mickey Mouse pancakes and Winnie the Pooh pancakes with raisins for the eyes, noses, and mouths. It’s a fun, wonderful, special memory that I have, and one that I know my parents remember fondly as well. For all of these special reasons, emotions, and the feeling that it will somehow, in some small way, positively impact my daughter and who she becomes as an adult, I am very happy adding ears, and sometimes tongues, to the pancakes we make in our kitchen.
How to Make Dog and Puppy Pancakes for Your Kids
For anyone wishing to try this at home, you can simply whip up your favorite pancake recipe and prepare your pan or griddle as usual. Pour a normal (or slightly smaller) pancake into the pan and just add two floppy ears to create an adorable puppy pancake your toddler (and probably your whole family) will enjoy. Before the pancake needs to flip, quickly add two raisins (or chocolate chips) for the eyes, one for the nose, and if you like, you can add a few more for a smile. Sometimes I just leave the mouth as an imaginary mouth or other times I’ll add a bit more pancake batter for the tongue.
If you decide to do this for your own family, please feel free to send us a picture and we’ll gladly post it as inspiration for other readers who might want to try this fun and creative toddler meal idea as well. (If you want to try it but don’t quite trust yourself to make the shapes, start with something easy like Disney’s Mickey Mouse Egg Ring.)
Do you have any favorite shapes to make when making pancakes for your family?