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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


The other day (probably my bum day) I was flipping channels and landed on the Rachel Ray show. They were doing a segment on this guy who is an artist and does these amazing pancake creations for his little girl. I was hooked. The dude (whose name is Jim, by the way) was crazy good, and it actually looked like something I could do here with my girls.

And well... you know I had to try.

I went out and bought the condiment bottles he used ($1.50 at Wal-Mart), my favorite pancake mix, some food coloring, and I was good to go. (By the way, Jim uses more natural elements to color his batter, such as cocoa powder, jams, and berries. But #1) My crew wouldn't touch a pancake if it was flavored, and #2) the food coloring is so much more vibrant.) You just need to make sure the batter isn't lumpy or too thick to come out of the little nozzles.

Belle and I decided to do Halloween pancakes and began with a pumpkin. We did the pumpkin outline, including the stem, first, and then we came back inside and did the face. Once the face set up a little, we filled in our pumpkin with more orange. (By the way, you can sign up for Jim's newsletter to get much better tips than I can give. Sign up and check out his blog here.)

Once we flipped this little guy, this is what we got. Belle actually gasped out loud when she saw it. I thought for our first attempt ever, he turned out pretty cute.

Estella Dru decided she wanted a black cat--I did the same thing with that one. I drew the outline, including the ears, first. Then I added the face, and once that set up, I filled in the back (you can go over the top of everything) with more black to fill in our black cat. I decided to make separate whiskers so E Dru could add them herself.

And Jeb chose the ghost! I made letters that spelled "Boo" to go along with it. Remember, if you do letters, make them backward because you'll be flipping them.

They added a little syrup and chowed down. The kids thought it was so neat and are already brainstorming about what we can do next. I have a feeling we'll be making lots and lots of pancakes in the very near future. Thanks, Jim the Pancake Man. We had a great time. There's nothing better.


Kelsey said...

Those are WAY cool!! I have a confession to make about those pretty little brown UGGs...I sent them back to Zappos because I didnt feel like they were made as well as my previous pair! I was disappointed in the material inside, it wasnt as soft as I remembered it being (BOO!). For $140 I want my boots to be PERFECT! Haha.

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

what an awesome project! i have a waffle iron so i usually stick with waffles, but these are just too cute not to try.

i have a moon-pie project coming up later this week that your kiddos might enjoy! xoxo

sara @ it's good to be queen said...

oh my word, love this idea!! how fun would candy canes & christmas trees be at christmas?!

Tyla said...

Cute. Cute. Cute. I'm gonna have to try this with John-Heath. By the way, I have forwarded you an award. I think that Kate may have given you the same, but hey, you can never have too many. :>)

Boni said...

Ahh! I can't wait to try this! The girls and I make Travis breakfast in bed for his birthday (or the weekend before) and I can just picture taking him some cute little present boxes as pancakes! FUN FUN FUN!

Jessica said...

Oh I will be trying this!!! However, mine will have to be, football, baseball...LOL

What an excellent idea!! I always love your blog!! I'm working on a family blog. It's so hard to get started though!

Lana said...

I jumped over here from Kate's blog at her mention of your pancakes. My girls, almost 6 & 8, will LOVE these! How cute! I'm a new follower!

Stop by the farm for a visit sometime!

Farmchick said...

These are awesome and I really don't think I have seen this before. Cool!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

You are AWESOME. I'm linking up to some of your fabulous ideas!

Leanne said...

So neat!! I'm sure glad my girls are too young to read your blog & see all the cool things you do & make! Haha! I have a feeling if I tried those it would be a disaster, lol!

The Frat Pack + Me said...

these are adorable!