One night we had nothing for dinner, so the three year old and I headed down to Hannafords to pay the electric bill at Western Union and while there I decided to let him ride in the car type cart so that we could pick up school snacks and something for dinner. Having a car type cart made the trip so much more bearable with a three year old who often is found getting bored in grocery stores.
As we went down aisle after aisle, trying to determine what it was I wanted to purchase to make for dinner, we happened upon the breakfast aisle. I saw the word pancakes under the aisle recap that you find above any aisle in a grocery store and I knew that was the perfect dinner idea for us. I picked up a box of pancake mix that only requires water and thought maybe I would do waffles instead of pancakes, man I miss eating waffles, they are yummier to me than a pancake.
Once home, snack and play time came and went, it was nearing 5:00pm, which meant dinner time. I started to make the pancake batter with the three year old happily mixing the ingredients of pancake mix with water together. I let the three year old measure the water, I taught him where the 1 1/2 cups line was on the measuring cup and he happily let the faucet water go into the measuring cup and quickly poured the water into the mixing bowl container with a splash. Pancake mix ended up all over the dirty dishes in the sink beside the counter area we used to mix the pancake better.
We had mix all over our shirts, the counter, the sink and more. It was a fun experience but then I decided to pour pancake mix into the waffle iron and well, having never used a waffle iron before, I think I messed it up. That totally sucked, I had batter all over the iron, and it just hardened before my eyes. This was a total mom fail, no waffles, but I knew just how to make this situation get better ….. pan sized pancakes!
Oh yes indeed, making regular sized pancakes for four of us seemed like it would take forever, so I decided to make 10″ skillet sized pancakes for each child. The three year old had a 4-5 sized pancake, I had a huge 10″ pancake, the five and nine year old had a size between 5″ and 10″ for their pancake. NO one ate that full pancake but they were so insanely happy about these huge pancakes that I knew I made a wonderful dinner idea.
I think that I will make more big pancakes in the future, but this time maybe I will get all three kids to assist in making them rather than just the youngest kid. Batter everywhere made for great memories and the faces on my kids when they saw the huge pancakes made me realize I had made the best decision ever to short cut cooking time of pancakes for four by making one big pancake for each of us.