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National Pancake Day #sol16

II’ve noticed a proliferation in the number of phony holidays over the past few years. Every day is another national day of something. It’s ridiculous!

However, when National Pancake Day showed up on my iPhone calendar, I was giddy with delight. You see, pancakes are one of Isabelle’s favorite foods. Plus, I have a good gluten-free pancake mix that isn’t just edible; it actually tastes good!

On a typical weekday morning, Isabelle receives two choices for breakfast: English muffin or oatmeal. Therefore, she was excited about “Pancake Day” since it’s rare that I make pancakes on a weekday. However, she was more interested in playing with her stuffed animals, rather than helping, until she heard the sound of the mixer combining the dry and wet ingredients.

“Mommy, can I help you?” she called from her play room.

“Sure! Bring your helper tower in!”

Within two minutes, Isabelle appeared with her doll, Little Isabelle, in-hand. “What can we do?” she asked.

“You can help me drop chocolate chips onto the pancakes so long as you can be careful. Do not touch the griddle. It is VERY hot.”

“Okay, Mommy. We’ll be careful.”

Isabelle and Little Isabelle climbed onto the helper tower. Then, Isabelle asked, “Can I wear an apron too?”

“Yes you can,” I said as I shifted to my left to grab her apron out of the drawer.

“Do you have an apron for Little Isabelle?” she asked.

“No, honey, I don’t. Just for you.”

“That’s okay. I have one for her,” she said, pretending to put an apron on her doll as I tied hers onto her.

Just as I was about to pour the batter onto the griddle, Isabelle asked, “Can I eat some chocolate chippies?”

“After,” I said. “You need to drop the chocolate chips onto the pancakes first. Then, I’ll give you a bowl so you can eat some while the pancakes cook.”

Isabelle's first foray into chocolate chip distribution. (Created with WalaxyPic.)
Isabelle’s first foray into chocolate chip distribution.
(Created with WalaxyPic.)

Since I’m the kind of person who is good to their word, I poured a small bowl of chocolate chips for Isabelle who, in turn, shared them with Little Isabelle.

Isabelle fed Little Isabelle while the pancakes cooked on the griddle.
Isabelle fed Little Isabelle while the pancakes cooked on the griddle. (Created with WalaxyPic.)

In the end, we enjoyed our pancakes with what might have been too much whipped cream. But that’s okay. It’s National Pancake Day. Not a bad way to start a Tuesday!

Isabelle's Short Stack (She convinced me to add more whipped cream several times during breakfast.)
Isabelle’s Short Stack
(She convinced me to add more whipped cream several times during breakfast.)
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19 thoughts on “National Pancake Day #sol16

    1. Stacey, your pancakes look delicious and I love your photo gallery with a new app that I would like to examine. Isabelle seemed to be such a great assistant today and was well-rewarded.

  1. You can never have too much whipped cream! I love making breakfast with my kids – some of my favorite memories from childhood. They still come home from school now at 14 and 16 and say… “Let’s make breakfast for a snack today.” I drop whatever I am doing to take advantage of those special moments now. It is when we talk, laugh and plan.

  2. I use the Red Mill too, very good! But I love this especially, Stacey: ““What can we do?” So funny that Little Isabelle came along for this pancake celebration. Also love that last picture-yum!

  3. Dangit! I missed that day!! My daughter loves to make scratch pancakes and myself, scratch waffles! Either way, it’s something we like to share together. Plus, I love pancakes! 🙂

  4. How did I NOT know it was National Pancake Day (?) – now that is a day to celebrate. I love your account of this special, not so ordinary, ordinary morning…those make the best memories.

  5. I must get that app for my phone, so I don’t miss National Pancake Day again! What a nice morning for you and Isabelle and Little Isabelle. Pancakes looked delicious.

  6. I am very sad I missed this holiday! Loved reading the story though and man, I wish I had one of those chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream. 🙂

  7. We have a tower too, and I love it! It was probably the most used piece of furniture in our house for a while, besides the beds. We still use it, but both of my kids are getting too big to fit on it at the same time.

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