Things had been somewhat gloomy for a couple of weeks. From me losing my baby and having to go through surgery, to the kids getting sick one after the other, to Jason being swamped at work and school, I just thought I needed to do something to cheer these people up. Why do I always turn to food? Can I say because I was raised that way? 🙂
I decided to have a happy face pancake supper. Let me tell you, it was a huge hit and very simple to do. I made bacon, scrambled eggs and pancakes. I got out a table cloth and some nice dishes. That’s all it took for the kids to start getting excited. For the faces I bought: a can of whipping cream (The kids kept calling it shaving cream-he he.), chocolate chips, sliced strawberries, chocolate syrup and maple syrup. (I got marshmallows too but forgot to put them out.) I put it all on the table and said there were three rules they had to obey for this supper. #1. They had to have fun. #2. They had to turn their pancakes into happy faces and #3 They had to let me take a picture before digging in! Here is the result:
This post is linked to Moms the Word and Tasty Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.
Lalas Pequenos says
Pancakes for dinner is a super hit at my casa as well! But you’ve taken it over the moon with the faces! The last one looks like a little piggy 🙂
I LOVE this idea! I am going to have to try it at our house. I love that you got pics of all their creations as well! Our kids also really like backwards dinner, we start with dessert and work backwards. We do it VERY rarely though 🙂
Love the piggy face one!!! My daughter loves little piggies so that would make her gigggle:)
You learned this at home? I guess you are right. I’m talking about food for comfort. Anything creative like happy faces was up to you and your siblings. Maybe you grew up more creative since your mother wasn’t and you had to do the fancy things yourselves.
Jersey Diva Mom says
Breakfast for dinner is total comfort food for me. Not sure why. This is a fun idea though- Your kids will prob remember that for longer than you’d think too.
The Frugal Free Gal says
Very cute idea. I love breakfast for dinner. In fact we have waffle nights, toast nights, pancake nights…I actually don’t like to eat heavy meals so breakfast for dinner is awesome. Plus, I crave milk in the evenings and all of these are great with milk!
Renee Ann says
Great idea! I’m going to try this with my nieces and nephews next time I host a “dinner party” for them.
What a fun idea! I love all the pictures and the piggy face is too cute, lol!
I am sorry for the loss of your precious baby. I read your related posts and I, too, remember having to eat for morning sickness even though the baby was no longer alive.
We lost our little one in my fourth month. We had tried five years to get pregnant and I was devastated, but, of course, I would have been devastated even if we’d tried five minutes. But while I was on the bathroom floor sobbing on my knees, I prayed that I would not be bitter, and God was faithful. In the spring we planted a rose in memory of the baby (each person in our family has a rose planted in our garden that he/she selected).
Years later we also tried to adopt a precious little two year old foster child that we had and loved, and he was already calling us mom and dad, but the adoption fell through and he was given back to the previous family.
That one was hard too and I grieved for months. As you said, it’s especially hard when you are teaching little children. I remember I felt like I wanted to not teach our children’s class that Sunday, but sometimes, as Christians, we tend to want to pull back from ministry when things get difficult. Sometimes it’s because we feel like a hypocrite (“I can’t teach about God’s grace because I’m hurting inside”) and sometimes it’s just because we can’t imagine pushing through the pain to do it.
But, I think, it’s during those times that we are offering the sacrifice of praise, by living our lives and trusting Him to do best, even when it hurts, and thanking Him in faith. It’s also the time where we are giving the chance to live what we believe, we are putting feet to our faith.
The week after my father went Home to be with Jesus, my hubby and I went back to church. My hubby is a pastor and the Lord totally gave him strength to get through his message, although he said it was hard. I felt like you did, and was totally glad that most people knew because that way I didn’t have to tell anybody. But we got through it with humor too. It’s just easier to laugh sometimes.
Sorry for writing a book and hijacking your blog comments, lol! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday.
Wow anytime is the right time for Breakfast !
That pig is awesome! Hope it is a pig.