Sure…it’s groundhog day, and we all know what that means. It’s the one magical day each year that we all collectively lose our minds and look to a fortune telling rodent for answers.
We can chalk this up to the fact that being cooped up indoors may have started to adversely effect our mental capacity, but instead of seeking help for our addiction to psychic rodent prognostication we can just embrace the insanity and celebrate it for all of its goofy silliness!
What better way to start your Groundhog Day with with a nice hearty breakfast in the shape of today’s meteorologist of honor, the groundhog himself. It literally only takes minutes!
Here’s what you’ll need;
A heart shaped cookie cutter
Pancake mix or the frozen pre-made pancakes (we used Aldi’s Gluten Free, because we believe that the Glutens should run wild and free, and prance through meadows – and stay the heck away from our intestines)
Press the cookie cutter into the pancake, and use the spare parts to make little half circle ears, and some paws if you’d like.
Add the chocolate chips for eyes and cut a marshmallow in the shape of teeth, and you are done!
A fun and festive breakfast to start your day in groundhog jubilee! For extra fun, pour your syrup off to the side in the shape of a shadow, and/or sprinkle powdered sugar as snow.
Happy Groundhog Day!
P.S. Punxsutawney Phil and Holsville Hal both predict an early Spring! Yippee!!
However, no prediction has been made by this actress.
If I shocked you when I said that I had never tasted classic Halloween cereals like Boo Berries, Frankenberries and Count Chocula, then you’d better sit down. This year is also the first time I have ever tasted Lucky Charms. My only explanation for this lack of holiday themed cereal in my childhood would be that I was a Cookie Crisp girl, and my love of cookies surpassed even my love of holidays! *gasp* For anyone with an acute fear of leprechauns, marshmallows, or all things magically delicious, look away now. My inner child and I finally tried Lucky Charms this year and of course I took some pictures — because that’s how I roll these days. It may seem odd, but sometimes looking at life through the camera lens forces me to see things from a fresh perspective. I am forcing myself to focus — quite literally with the camera and my mind on the beauty, and appreciate it. The fact that I can never go back and take the exact same photo is a reminder to live in the moment and appreciate it, because I’ll never get THAT moment back again to do over. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I’ll leave you with these pictures of Lucky Charms cereal. I never knew I could find such joy and peace from something as simple as a photograph of cereal.
What better way to start your Valentine’s Day than with some pink chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream on top and fresh strawberry hearts on the side? We actually made these Valentine’s Day Pancakes – ON Valentines Day! Trust me, this is a small miracle, as we tend to PLAN a lot of things that never really make it into reality, or make it on their own unique time table, usually after the holiday, but this time – voila! Pink Pancakes! I’d be lying if I said that this blog and the need for content and quality pictures wasn’t a HUGE motivator for getting these plans into action. But when you think about it, the whole point of this blog is to celebrate and appreciate more. I actually AM doing that. I’ve always said that having little ones in your life makes you appreciate and celebrate more. Even if you don’t really feel like coloring eggs or putting up the tree or all the other traditional holiday activities, you will do it for them – to create those lifetime memories and traditions. But what about when there are no little ones in your life? Do you stop celebrating and appreciating? When a family is at that awkward in-between stage where there are no little ones, sometimes it feels like all holidays are on hold – which to me feels like all of life is on hold. For now, this blog is my baby, and I am devoting myself to giving it everything I can – creating beautiful and memorable holidays and a home full of love. So, kids or no kids we are going to celebrate like we’re in kindergarten! Starting with PINK PANCAKES! We bought this festive Valentines pancake mix at Aldi. It’s pink and has chocolate chips – what more could I possibly ask for?
We tried, oh how we tried, oh so hard to make these pancakes heart shaped. We used our little silicone heart shape specially designed for this, but it was bent out of shape from being in storage, so the batter was leaking out the edges.
So we ended up making traditional round pancakes instead – well, sort of round…..round-ish.
In the end we had a lovely holiday pancake breakfast and a sense of accomplishment that we went that extra mile to celebrate not for any actual children, but for the sake of each of our own inner children. You could almost hear the magical giggles as we served these.
Valentine’s Day breakfast checked off the to-do list!
Before today I had never tasted Franken Berry or Boo Berry cereals! It’s crazy, right?
Well, in the midst of my quest to appreciate all the tiny everyday miracles in life, and celebrate everything, a Halloween breakfast party was born.
When we saw Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals there amongst all the Halloween goodies at Aldi at a frightfully low price, the little kid in me reached out and grabbed them and slipped them into the cart when the adult me was not looking.
I am so glad my inner child was a little miss grabby hands this time. Even the boxes make me smile. They are so Boo-tiful.
This is one very easy way to make a new family tradition and give little ones great Halloween memories just by making a VERY easy breakfast party any time in October. As for me, I am still learning how to use my camera, so I took pictures of all of the spooky breakfast treats in their natural habitat (our kitchen table).