Sometimes I've found that the simplest little things help families come together to create the most meaningful traditions and memories. A few years ago, my cousin told me how she makes special birthday pancakes shaped like the number of the age her children were turning. (Thanks, Tiffany!) I started the same tradition at our house and my kids look forward to their special breakfast every year. I especially like doing it because we often have to schedule their parties a few days before or after their birthday, so these pancakes are a great way to make their actual birthday morning special!
Use the pancake batter to form a number. It will spread out quite a bit as it cooks but my children never seem to mind that the finished pancake is somewhat deformed. Squirt a few dollops of whipped cream onto the pancake (I try to do the same number as their age) then shake some sprinkles over the top. While certainly not the healthiest breakfast, it's definitely a memorable one and makes a great start to their special day.
|One happy Birthday Boy!|