Adorable bear! I saw something like this on Facebook, and liked it so much I took a screenshot (the poor woman’s Pinterest? For when she’s not on Pinterest at the moment?). It’s just a couple of banana slices and chocolate chips, but MAN, IS IT CUTE!
|Put your batter in a ketchup bottle!
I read on Pinterest that you can wash out an old ketchup bottle and use it for pancake batter, and it worked perfectly. I made a Barbie for C, and a horse for D. See that curled tail? KILLS ME. LOVE IT.
|(Uh, always, always use the ketchup bottle to make shapes)
I made this “kitty” and this “horsie” without using the ketchup bottle, and you can see that the results, uh, are clearly not as nice. I tried to salvage the lumpy shapes with mini-M&Ms and chocolate chips for eyes — and some syrup whiskers! — but they still looked pretty crappy.
|Use cookie cutters!
I used heart-shaped cookie cutters on our pancakes for Valentine’s Day this year. I also poured yogurt into heart-shaped silicone molds and stuck them in the freezer to make heart-shaped yogurt pop things. Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!
|Write their name!
I used the ketchup bottle again this time, to spell out part of D’s name. Don’t mind that he’d already eaten part of the “X” when this photo was taken.
I got bored of making pancake horses the other day, so I felt a bit daring and decided to make spirals — mostly because I wanted to see how they looked against the black griddle (the answer: amazing). They were a bit tricky to flip, but well worth it. D was fascinated by them.
Trust me, making “crafty” pancakes makes the chore of churning out thousands of them MUCH more fun. Now when I do plain old circles, I’m like *yawn, really?*