Today is a big day. Big. Huge, in fact.
Today, our children get their very own ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ cards. Yessirree, today is the day. The day. You know the one: The Very Last Day of School.
It is a day worth celebrating, we believe, for it marks the end of a year’s worth of studies. A year’s worth of papers and worksheets and quizzes. A year’s worth of projects and posters and plasticine dioramas. A year’s worth of homework and book reports and spelling words. In short, it marks the end of another busy year at school.
So we celebrated with breakfast.
“Pancakes, please!” was the request of the day, and so I mixed up some batter with the leftover buttermilk from our butter-making adventure and fired up my trusty old cast-iron skillet.
From upstairs, where children were busy primping and preening for the last school day of the year (well, okay, B was primping, K was yawning while brushing his teeth), there came a very strange question:
“Are you making Mickey Mouse pancakes?”
Hmm. I hadn’t thought about making Mickey Mouse pancakes. In fact, I can’t say that I have ever made Mickey Mouse pancakes. I’ve made hearts and happy faces and even a tank, but I have never made Mickey Mouse pancakes.
They were delicious. And giggle-worthy. I made hearts, too, and happy faces, and I even made K another tank because every growing boy needs to get his daily dose of iron, after all.
They giggled at that, too.
Since we’ve started The Silliness Project and have started going out of our way to inject a little more joy in our lives on a regular basis, we sure have been having fun.
A Recipe for Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Start by making butter by hand so that you have about a cup of buttermilk on hand.
Mix together 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 egg, 1 pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon and sea salt. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and 2 Tbsp melted butter. Add a little more buttermilk if the batter is too thick.
Let the batter sit for a few minutes while your cast iron skillet heats up. Brush the skillet with a dash of oil. When a drop of water jumps and sizzles, turn the skillet down slightly and drop two small spoonfuls of batter for the ears, then a larger spoonful of batter for the head. When the batter shows bubbles on the top, flip the pancakes and cook them until the bottom is golden.
Serve with homemade butter, maple syrup from the local sugar bush, and a generous helping of laughter and love.