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Saturday, February 24, 2007

~Pancake Night~


Who says, you can't have pancakes for dinner? Wanna be a cool Mom? Every now and again, change up and give the kids what they want. The secret is...it's easier on you.
I was a single Mom with three kids. I had to work and although I had a live-in babysitter, she did not cook much. There's a lot of guilt associated with a Mom who has to work and trying to balance fixing meals, doing the laundry, keeping up the house and so on. So, if you're smart you do what I do and look for ways to, "Work smart, not hard."

Whenever you have time to cook, cook extra and freeze it. The Zip-Lock freezer bags are great for this. If you know you've got a full day, you pull out an entree, make a quick salad and you've got a nice meal for you and the kids. Making pancakes, ahead of time, can help with breakfast in a hurry too. Sure you can buy them in the freezer section of your grocery but they are expensive when you weight the cost of a box of all in one Pancake Mix. If you're smart, every now and then, you have "Pancake Night," like I did. I let them pick the ingredients for their favorite "Personal" pancake. One might want Banana (adding walnuts is a nice touch) , Cranberry, Coconut, Blueberry, Applesauce, Chocolate Chip (just a little is giving in) and even Raisin Bran cereal.
See, here's the trick; You are killing two birds with one stone. You have made one of their favorite's for dinner, not just for breakfast. By making the pancakes ahead of time, you allow some of them to cool and freeze them. Then, you don't feel guilty because they eat cereal every morning. The other benefit, is that you've made a special pancake on a special night, just for them. Putting their name on the Zip-Lock is that final caring touch.

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