Snowman Pancakes

Smiling snowman pancakes chase away the cold and bring a smile to your day.
 The morning is especially cold and bitter today.  Everyone has gone outside to do their chores with gloved hands and scarf wrapped neck.  Their breath comes out in steamy puffs and they go about their work.  Inside the cottage is warm.  There is a fire in the fireplace that is making smoke rise and curl above the cottage giving the workers the hope that once their work is done, there is a warm spot by the fire just for them.  They smell the rich smoky odor and turn toward the house, they smile at that curling smoke and work at their chores just a little faster knowing soon they will be sitting by that glowing fire.  
A pretty casserole dish holds the Chai Tea in the teapot and pretty tulip mugs.
When they open the door the smell of breakfast meets their noses as they breathe in the warm air filled with the spicy smell of tea keeping warm on the stove and the doughy smell of pancakes and the smell of sweet maple syrup.  I hear a flurry of chatter, happy laughter and voices as boots are removed and set aside and the noise of feet approaching.  The chill has inspired me a little and out from my warm oven comes a platter of big snowmen with sweet raisin eyes staring back at them.  They laugh and awww as they help themselves to the merry men.  Sweet prayers are raised to heaven, hearty thanks are given for all we are blessed with and then butter is spread, syrup is poured and laughter and happy talk continues.  The spicy tea warms those cold bodies down to their toes and rosy cheeks begin to thaw.  Ahhh breakfast at the cottage, it is a beautiful part of being home.


2/12 cups organic unbleached flour
1/4 cup organic raw sugar
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 pastured eggs
2 cups organic fresh milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon grade b maple syrup
1/4 cup of walnuts diced well
A shake of cinnamon and pumpkin spice (optional)
organic butter for pan and for the top of the pancakes


Put flour, sugar and baking soda in a large mixing bowl and stir together. Then add eggs, milk,  vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Mix well.   Slice apple into thin triangle pieces and set aside. Melt butter in your skillet on the stove, when melted add a scoop of pancake mix to your pan in a circle.  Place raisins for eyes and mouth and apple triangle for nose.  Let cook until you see bubbles appear in pancake.  When you see the bubbling take a spatula and flip pancake to next side and cook until golden.  Keep on a platter in a warm oven until all pancakes are finished.


Feeds a family of 6

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