Once Emeline started getting older, Declan would make her the occasional Minnie Mouse pancake. You know, the easy circle, with two circle ears, add some chocolate for eyes, maybe a whipped cream smile, and ta-da! Happy camper.
Then he branched out, and made--wait for it, a pig. Honestly, I showed him the idea from something her preschool teachers had done for Farm Week, and it went from there. One of our friends commented on his instagram picture that morning and said, "make a pancake frog and I'll really be impressed!"
It sort of became a hilarious challenge for us to make random animal pancakes for Em. Pancake+animal=Panimals. (Patent that language, we came up with it, yo.)
We started combining our efforts, and now our fun little pancake creations are definitely a team thing from my husband and I. I usually do the free-drawing part (former art teacher), he does the creative research (ha! We like to sound technical), and also he usually pieces the pancake together & all that jazz.
I know, it sound so silly. IT'S A PANCAKE. That is going to be EATEN. But it seriously takes us very little time and the joy we see on her face when we bust out a Hello Kitty pancake is way worth the few minutes of prep that goes into it.
We started hashtagging them as #panimalsforEm on instagram and have come up with quite the collection of pancakes so far. People have even left their suggestions for us for the next creations, and we've tackled some of them!
It took me a few weeks (months) to start breaking out my real camera (duh) for pictures. But here are a few of our latest creations:
|we decided (ahem, my husband decided) we were allowed to branch off from animals for 'holidays. hence, the lep.|
And sometime, I will figure out how to do a legit tutorial to show you all how to do it too if you haven't figured it out. Maybe I'll put together a video.We use squeeze bottles for the more detailed portions, sometimes we add fruit for details, and we always manage to sneak in chocolate somehow for our chocolate-lovin'-gal.
Yes, we're nerds. Yes, we think pancake creating is fun. No, we don't have a lot of time on our hands, in fact, we're very busy people---but sometimes, sometimes, you just gotta have fun. And I think Emeline will have memories of the crazy pancakes her folks made her for years to come.
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