National Pancake Day!

February 5th was National Pancake Day! Did you know? If not, mark your calendar for next year. What a fun day to celebrate. If you live near a national pancake restaurant, you can even go there on National Pancake Day for free pancakes. We aren’t exactly close to one so we celebrated at home. Kind of…..

National Pancake Day

In a perfect, homeschooling mom world, I would have written a unit study on pancakes. My children would have studied the history of pancakes, read several books about pancakes and completed a 3-D model of a stack of pancakes. Perhaps we would have experimented with different recipes or toppings. We could have even invited friends and family over for a presentation on why you should eat yummy pancakes.

Quick meal

Sadly, I am not the perfect, homeschooling mom. And I must confess that we didn’t celebrate National Pancake Day. We really celebrated “Mom Forgot to Start Dinner Before She Ran Errands” Day.  It is a holiday that falls more than once in a year. You know, right?

Chocolate chip pancakes

After arriving home from a long day of errands, I saw the roast that was suppose to be cooking.  What does a mom of 8 hungry kiddos do? Thankfully she remembers it is National Pancake Day and we must celebrate. I grab our favorite chocolate chip pancake recipe, whip up a double batch and grab a few topping options. Maple syrup, cinnamon sugar or powder sugar….toppings reserved for special occasions.

Kid Friendly Meal

Perhaps it wasn’t the in-depth unit study that could have been, but it sure made for a delicious way to celebrate a fun holiday! And feed the masses.

Pancakes!

Did you celebrate National Pancake Day? What other fun holidays do you celebrate? If you want to add in a fun celebration and learning opportunity in your homeschool, here are some upcoming fun holidays:

Feb. 11 – Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. (If you have preschoolers, It Looked Like Spilt Milk would be a fun read.)

Feb 15 – National Gumdrop Day

Feb 19 – National Mint Chocolate Day

Feb 27 – Polar Bear Day

 

Simply from Scratch

A common joke around our dinner table is that we really need to start growing “scratch” since it is in all our food. Pancakes are made from scratch, the biscuits, the pizza sauce, the sloppy joe mix, on and on and on. While it does provided a bit of smiling and laughing at the table, we do love cooking from scratch instead of buying ready made.

The main reasons that this works so well for us is savings at the grocery store and knowing exactly what we are eating. If I can’t pronounce it or if my seven year old can’t read it, do we really need to eat it? Hmmm, maybe not. And healthier? I’m sure that it is. Do we really want to eat all those preservatives and additives that give it flavor and shelf life? Not buying everything pre-made is generally cheaper; getting more for you money.

Pretzels

Occasionally we go to Sam’s to pick up some essentials like yeast and 72oz bags of chocolate chips. Yum! If we have time, we treat the children to the pretzels sold at the concession area.  A nice, chewy, soft pretzel, warm from the oven and covered in butter and cinnamon and sugar.

Yesterday, one of my children was talking about how they would love to have a pretzel. A trip to Sam’s is not in our future and of course, why not just make it myself? I took a quick trip over to Pinterest and spotted a pretzel recipe that was ready to eat in 30 min requiring only 5 ingredients. Thanks, Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Cooking at home

While the children were doing some cleaning up in prep for dinner, I gathered the ingredients and whipped up a quick batch of pretzels and fruit smoothies. It didn’t take long for the yummy smells and sounds to draw everyone to the kitchen.

Yummy pretzels

What did everyone think? Two thumbs up! The pretzels were perfect.  Chewy on the outside and soft and warm on the insides. Everyone could chose their toppings and enjoy a yummy treat. Only 5 ingredients and so simple to whip up!

Next time I will have to double (or triple) the batch as I had to make small pretzels to have enough for everyone!

What is your favorite food item that you make from scratch?