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Our family has always had a crazy schedule and it used to bother me that we didn’t get to enjoy family meals very often. However, after awhile I started looking at it a little differently. Because we don’t have the family time that many do, we really make the most of the time that we do spend together. Even my girls get excited when we all sit down for a meal together!
Now that I’m going back to work full time for a few months, life is about to get more hectic than ever. I wanted to do something special before we’re stuck with cold cereal every morning so I decided to put together a fun family brunch! I didn’t have to put any thought about what was going on the menu because pancakes are always the #1 requested food in my house. My girls could eat them every morning for the next year and still beg for more (because if you’re a mom, you know that on day 366 I’d hear “you NEVER make us pancakes”)! Since Aunt Jemima is celebrating #12DaysOfPancakes, I made a quick run to Walmart to pick up some pancake mix and syrup.
Even though my family already loves pancakes, I decided to bump up the fun a notch and create colorful rainbow pancakes. Of course, my two little helpers couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and cook with mommy! That’s why I love using Aunt Jemima pancake mix…it’s so easy that even my three year old can help! I do the measuring and the girls pour everything into the bowl so that they feel like they’re doing all the work. They whisk until their little arms get tired, all of about 10 seconds each (these kids seriously need to work on their stamina), and mommy finishes up. It also buys daddy a little time with his tea and newspaper before the girls start begging for their daily tickle-monster attack!
How To Make Rainbow Pancakes
Not only are rainbow pancakes fun to eat but they really are easy to make. It’s completely up to you how fancy you want to get. You can choose to mix a variety of colors and make every shade of the rainbow or you can do what I do and make the four main colors. Once you grab your Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, you’re ready to get started!
My favorite recipes are ones that only have a few ingredients and all you need for this is the mix, eggs, milk and vegetable oil. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Mix your ingredients in a large bowl.
Next, divide into four smaller bowls, add food coloring and stir.
I had actually planned on serving fresh fruit and when I saw that these whole pineapples were on sale, the proverbial light bulb popped up over my head. Why not make a pineapple serving dish filled with a rainbow assortment of fruit?!
Ashling was in awe when she saw this and said “Mommy, this looks like REAL tropical fruit!!!”. I love that kids are so easy to impress! We finally sat down to enjoy our leisurely brunch.
We also enjoyed our typical family chat:
Q: “Ashling, what did you do at school this week?”
Q: “Keira, what are you going to tell Santa you want for Christmas?”
A: “Everything in all the commercials”
Kids! Anyway, the pancakes were a big hit and maybe next time I’ll even make some of the fancier colors of the rainbow (is Indigo on the food color chart?)!
Printable Rainbow Pancakes Recipe
- 2 cups Aunt Jemima pancake mix
- 1½ cups milk
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 2 eggs
- food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green)
- Heat skillet over medium-low heat (if using electric griddle, heat to 375)
- Combine all ingredients except food coloring and stir until lumps disappear
- Divide into four bowls (more if using additional colors)
- Add a generous amount of food coloring to each bowl and stir
- Pour slightly less than ¼ cup of batter per pancake and turn when pancakes start to bubble
Be sure to head over to Aunt Jemima #12DaysOfPancakes page for more delicious recipes! I’d love to hear your favorite!
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