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Reindeer Pancakes Are Easy to Make with the Kids

By dadsplay at November 27, 2010 | 3:51 pm | 0 Comment

Reindeer Pancakes Are Easy to Make with the Kids

Make breakfast into a fun activity over the Holidays. Dads, here is a fun food that you can serve to your kids during the Christmas break .  Make some colored pancake mix and let the kids have fun making and eating their creations.  We made these cute Reindeer pancakes, but you can also try some colorful ornaments and snowmen. It’s super easy using plastic squeeze bottles.  Find them in a kitchen department of most stores.  You can find the clear kind or ones designed for use with ketchup or mustard.  Be sure to get one one for plain cake batter besides the colored batter you will make.

Let the kids help make their own pancakes with parental supervision.  Our kids enjoyed making their own creations and so will yours.

What you need:

Pancake mix

Eggs

Vegetable oil

Milk

Red food coloring

Green food coloring

Plastic squeeze bottles
Make pancake mix according to directions on package.  Prepare batter using directions for 2 cups pancake mix.  Divide batter into containers.  For reindeer, mix ½ cup batter and 5 drops red food coloring.  For green batter, use ½ cup mix and 4 drops green food coloring.  Leave remaining batter as is.

Pour each color batter into a squeeze bottle.  Heat griddle to medium heat.  For reindeer, make a dot for eye, then add plain batter on top of eye to form a 2 inch circle.  Add a red nose and a red collar.  To form antlers, make a thin line touching head and then make a small branch coming from first part of antler.  Antlers will spread, so only make a fairly thin antler.

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Easy Healthy Ideas for Dinner any Dad can put Together

By dadsplay at October 27, 2010 | 12:35 am | 0 Comment

Easy Healthy Ideas for Dinner any Dad can put Together

The right tool for the right job is what they always say, and they’re right!  Have you ever tried to complete a job around the house without the right tool?  For instance hammering a nail into the wall, for hanging a picture frame, with something besides a hammer….it probably got the job done, but wasn’t nearly as easy as using a hammer.  I recently learned (I’m a slow learner) that this same rule applies in the kitchen, as well, after purchasing a steamer from Walmart (it’s a pot with holes that sits on top of another pot.)

One of the easiest meals I’ve ever made was salmon, rice and broccoli, which is also one of the healthiest I’ve ever made.  If you can turn on your oven and boil water, then you can make this meal.  Using frozen salmon fillets, with prepackaged sauce already applied to the frozen fillet, I place the oven on bake to the appropriate temperature, place the frozen salmon on a baking tray (removed from their packaging) and place in the oven for the amount of time directed (usually 20-25 minutes).  Rice simply requires that you boil water, then add the rice, lower the temperature to simmer (the lowest setting) and wait for the appropriate time.  Using the steamer is just as simple.  Boil water in the primary pot, once boiling place the steaming pot (the one with the holes) and the broccoli on top of the boiling pot, with the lid on, and wait 6 minutes.  Remove the broccoli and add some butter and salt.

My girls love this meal and it’s a truly simple meal to put together, because almost all of it is letting the oven and the boiling water do the cooking.  They love Jasmine brand white rice with a dash of soy sauce once served.  I can’t stress enough the importance of having the right tools to make the job really easy.

By R.S. Pierce

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