This past week my husband’s family was visiting from Connecticut and California, and at breakfast it turned out that we had no bread for toast. Cassie, our granddaughter, offered to make pancakes.
Luckily, I happened to have a box of Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Old Fashioned Pancake Mix in the pantry. (You just add water.) Since Cassie thought it would be fun to make the pancakes in different shapes, I got out the cookie cutters we use at Christmas for sugar cookies.
In honor of Little Bear Ranch—the name’s a joke name because the bear in our kitchen wasn’t so little and it’s not a ranch--Cassie wanted to start with a bear. She placed the bear cookie cutter in the center of the sizzling hot frying pan and ladled the pancake mix directly into the cookie cutter. Viola! It worked. At Little Bear Ranch we had little bear pancakes.
And moose pancakes. And star pancakes.
It made for a fun, memorable breakfast. And, as our daughter-in-law, Emily said, “All because we didn’t have toast."