We have an intense kitchen helper.
She loves pancakes…making and eating them.
Together we follow a recipe from this standard, classic cook book. It gives simple, easy recipes and has taught me to cook through my twenties…and into my thirties. Page 88, pancakes. I have modified the recipe many times. But the listed buttermilk recipe is wonderful by itself.
We usually substitute about a third of the flour with whole wheat flour, use egg whites instead of whole eggs, cut the oil by a third and add a dash of cinnamon and vanilla.
This week we added two bananas and we always double or triple the recipe. The leftover pancakes go in the fridge for a hot breakfast for the remainder of the week and into the freezer for a quick after church brunch item.
Daddy likes chocolate chips on his pancakes and E knows that so she makes a few special pancakes for Daddy.
Plus chocolate chips are fun to snitch.
A little chocolate also stops a two year temper tantrum very quickly.
We make bunny and duck pancakes too. Cousins Logan and Wyatt gave us these cut outs that they used for pancakes when they were little. E loves them.
Top them off with some pure maple syrup or fresh fruit and you cannot go wrong.
Pancakes create easy, affordable fun in the kitchen with Miss E.
The best part is my little helper is all smiles.
Elizabeth is quite a chatty gal and has strong ideas of her own whether we are making pancakes, asking her to go to the bathroom, pick up her toys or get ready for bed.
Here are a few of her classic lines recently:
To me when I told her to go potty…
“Mommy, if you say that one more time, I will take you to Nana’s.”
When she has created a disaster, been rough with her sister or not listened…
“Mommy, are you happy with me?
When Daddy, Hunter or me asks Elizabeth to do something she is not thrilled with…
“I will. Be patient.” or “Daddy, I am going potty. Be patient.”
When Hunter, her brother ten years older than her, is not listening or responding fast enough to her demands…
“Now Hunter. Listen to me. Now.”
When she is hanging from the monkey bars at the park…
“I am growing up. I am big!”
When Grandpa Eldon asks Elizabeth to wait while he is taking care of Anika…
“I don’t like to wait.”
There is no doubt, we have our work cut out for us with Miss E. But her zest and spirit bring smiles to our faces and her one liners bring chuckles under our breath as we try to keep a straight face!