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Don’t wait another minute! Everyone needs to know how to make pancakes from scratch. It’s one of those basic, breakfast recipes you’ve just got to teach the kids early. Here’s a yummy pancake recipe that starts with a basic, whole-wheat pancake recipe, then adds pumpkin and spices to make pumpkin pancakes. It’ll remind you of a fresh pumpkin pie. It’s all in the flip of the wrist, so get busy flipping these pumpkin pancakes and then top them off with apple butter, and serve with a frosty glass of low-fat milk.


And to get even more creative, how about making 3-D pancakes for breakfast with the kids? The kids won’t even have to wear funny looking glasses. Aebleskivers, are originally from Denmark, and are also known as ebelskivers. They are round (about the size of a golf ball) and are cooked in a funny-looking pan. These tasty little snacks have a very similar batter as pancakes and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even as an appetizer. You can stuff aebleskivers with a wide variety of sweet and savory fillings like; fresh fruit, jams, chocolate, caramel, cheese, veggies, or meat. You just won’t know which aebleskiver is your favorite until you and the kids try making them for yourselves!

Aebleskivers Recipe

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup low-fat milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons canola oil
½ teaspoon salt

1. In a medium size mixing bowl measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a small mixing bowl measure the milk, vanilla, oil, and add the egg.
3. Give a couple of quick stirs with a whisk to break the egg yolk and everything is mixed well together.
4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients.
5. Use the whisk and mix just a few seconds, until all the ingredients are moistened. The batter will be lumpy.
6. The Aebleskiver pan should be lightly greased and hot, then fill each opening ½ full with batter.
7. Cook about 1 minute until lightly browned and turn with a bamboo skewer or toothpick. Cook 1 minute on the other side.
8. Serve with homemade strawberry syrup and fresh fruit. Yum!

* For a special treat add a small piece of cheese and ham before turning
over the Aebleskiver.

Want more cooking inspiration? Check out the Hey Kids Let’s Cook Facebook Page.

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Pumpkin Pancakes


This recipe makes 9 pancakes!

½ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup low-fat milk
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
½ cup canned pumpkin


1. Measure the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl: whole-wheat flour, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
2. Add the egg, milk, canola oil into a small mixing bowl.
3. Whisk the ingredients together until blended and add it to the dry ingredients.
4. Add the pumpkin and stir.
5. Lightly grease a large frying pan with canola oil and heat to medium high.
6. Drop in ¼ cup of batter for each pancake.
7. Flip each pancake when you see bubbles rising to the top.
8. Top with apple butter or maple syrup.


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Get Creative with Crepes!

With the kids on summer break and extra time in the morning, get them in the
kitchen working and having fun right alongside you. It’s the perfect time to spend
mornings in the kitchen learning new recipes like crepes. Crepes are very thin
pancakes rolled up and stuffed with fresh fruit fillings. Kids will like the sound of
that when you tell them they are making a new version of their favorite pancake
recipe. Crepes originated in France and are most often served for breakfast, and
they are so versatile because they can also be served as hors d’oeuvres filled with
cheese, for dinner overflowing with chicken, vegetables, or seafood or even as a
fancy desert spread with flavored butter cream and a drizzle of sweet syrup.

You and the kids will love this recipe for crepes because they are so fun and easy
to make, and when the crepes are rolled and served, they’ll look like you’ve spent
hours preparing them. You just simply measure all the ingredients into a mixing
bowl, whisk together, and then cook. All that’s needed in the cooking process is
good hand-eye coordination, because you’ll be twirling the frying pan and
pouring in the crepe batter at the same time. And no need to run out and buy a
special crepe pan to make crepes, a medium sized frying pan works great.

Don’t be surprised when you’re first learning to make crepes if your kids say,
“mine isn’t a circle shape mommy” or “mine has a tear.” Crepes do cook quickly
in the pan, so the shapes can vary at first, and they are very tender and can tear
easily while learning to remove them from the pan. Share with the kids that there
are no mistakes in this recipe. Simply roll them up and no one will ever know the

And when the crepes are golden brown it’s time for the fun part, to roll-up with a
tasty filling. The creative and colorful part of this recipe is all the possibilities of
delicious, fresh fruit that kids will find irresistible. Prepare all the fruit first and
have it washed, sliced, and ready to go. Try fresh blueberries, raspberries,
strawberries, blackberries, bananas, peaches, or any combination your kids love.
This is even the perfect opportunity to introduce a new fruit to kids, and ensure
they are getting those necessary fruit servings into their daily diet. And if your
family is in a hurry to eat, you can even stack the crepes with fillings in between
each one and cut it like a pie.

Get creative with the family and have fun making French crepes just like a chef in
a fancy restaurant. We can’t wait to hear what your favorite crepe combination

Looking for a place to start? Try out the recipe below:

1 ½ cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat milk
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Optional: low-fat ricotta cheese

For a savory filling try: scrambled eggs and ham, or blanched broccoli and grated

For those irresistible fresh fruit fillings you love try: fresh peaches, raspberries,
strawberries or blueberries.

1. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla into a large mixing
2. Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and give them a quick stir, just
breaking up the yolks.
3. Pour into the large bowl with the rest of the ingredients and using a whisk,
whip the batter until smooth.
4. Heat a medium size frying pan, add 1 teaspoon of margarine and heat
until bubbly.
5. Add about 1/3 cup crepe batter, and turn the pan so the batter covers
the entire bottom of the pan.
6. Cook 30 seconds until lightly browned and using a spatula flip to cook
the other side.
7. You can roll, stack, or fold the crepes with fresh fruit. Yum!


Learn about more great crepe fillings on the Hey Kids Let’s Cook Facebook Page.

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The big feast day is tomorrow and the details are just too many to list.

One thing for sure it’s a wonderful day to get the kids in the kitchen and learn family traditions and recipes.  I always make the apple pie recipe that my grandmother made for me when I was growing up.  It is easy to make (really), and irresistible.

This is just one of hundreds or recipes that I was taught from special family members, and I am handing there down to my three daughters and future cooks in our family.  When I see  my daughter Maggie making the crust, and Brigid peeling the apples, and I visualize myself as a twelve year old helping my Nan in the kitchen and that is what I am so thankful for.  Yes, with extra little ones in the kitchen it can be a bit chaotic, (i.e.,  the counter gets messy, and peelings and kitchen tools drop on the floor), but it is well worth the lesson taught, the time spent together, and the reward of empowering kids to be an essential part of preparing the feast.  So much to be thankful for!  What recipe will you make side-by-side with your children today?


Thanksgiving Apple Pie

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The recipe for the best crust ever, and easy to roll out: 2 cups flour 2 tsp. salt, 2/3 cup + ¼ cup Crisco. Cut these ingredients together with a pastry cutter. Add 1/3 cup ice cold water or enough to combine the dough.
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Roll out one of the pieces of dough and lay over the pie pan.
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Start with Gravenstein apples whenever you can. They have the most amazing flavor for pies. They have a short season so I use Golden Delicious apples too! Yum
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Peel and slice about 6 cups of apples, depending on the size of your pie pan.
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Mix the apples with 1 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. My Nan taught me how to measure a teaspoon of cinnamon, in the palm of my hand. So old school, but special!
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Pile the apples and filling ingredients high in the pan, then top with 1 Tablespoon of real butter.
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Roll out the top half of the dough, fold into quarters, then use a paring knife to make slits.
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Lay the dough on top of the apples.
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Roll the excess dough so it lays on top of the pie pan edges, then pinch together at even intervals.
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The trick is in the baking. Bake for 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees. Yum!


Happy Thanksgiving!

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