Parties to Pancakes

by tinareale on December 5, 2011

Morning, friends! I hope you all had lovely weekends. If you’re interested in playing a bit of catch-up:

I can hardly believe Monday has already come around again. This time of year goes at lightning speed. it makes sense, considering the many activities that fill the holiday season.

We had our first holiday party this weekend, in fact. A mother-daughter ornament exchange that my friend hosted for all the girls.


The party had so many cute and creative touches. Like crafting a penguin magnet and decorating cookies.


I seriously wish I had an eye for arts and crafts things. The extent of my “crafty mommy” abilities goes to pulling out the coloring book. At least Makenzie gets her fix at friends’ houses.

While I get my fix of girl time…and my friend Angie’s party food.


She is without a doubt the “hostess with the mostest”. Does anyone else use that saying? Or is it just from my mom? Oh, well.

My good friend Angie always delivers with delicious things to nibble on no matter the celebration. This particular event featured a delicious white bean dip with crackers, a salty Chex mix, two little mushroom puff things (technical term), a mini apple pie (oh good!), and a mini mint brownie. Plus quite a few more of the pretzel kisses. Those things are so addicting! It was all a great time. Smile


That picture only reminds me that we have yet to put up our own tree. The cute owl ornament Makenzie received at the exchange has yet to find a nesting spot in our house. Must. Decorate. SOON!

I also must watch Elf soon. It saddens me that I have yet to experience it this holiday season.


That scene never gets old. Anyone else with me?

Besides holiday parties (and watching my Dawgs eat LSU’s dust in the 2nd half of the SEC Championship game), we had some other special moments. Sunday morning we actually woke up early enough to not rush around getting ready for church. That meant only one thing – Sunday morning pancakes!


Peter whipped up our tried and true recipe for pancakes. The are a little denser than standard varieties, but I actually prefer them that way. They don’t leave me wanting to gnaw my arm halfway through church service.

Whole Wheat Pancakes


  • 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1.25 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (or oil or applesauce)
  • 1 egg
  • any additional add-ins

Add the flour through salt to a large mixing bowl and stir together. Whisk the wet ingredients – milk, butter, and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until evenly combined. Fold in any mix-ins. Pour batter onto a griddle into evenly sized pancakes. Cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.


I had mine topped with pumpkin sweetened with a touch of vanilla stevia drops and some melted White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. Delish!

And it’s only better when enjoyed together for a chill family morning.


Don’t you just love Braedon’s “FEED ME!!!!!” face? Cute to look at, but not too cute to listen to as he grunts and screams his way through the preparation of breakfast every morning. He brings a new level of meaning to “hangry”. Kid loves to eat. He even claps every time I mention food.

So, there was my weekend. Let’s get cracking on another week. Make it a good one. Smile

Have you been doing lots of holiday activities? Dense or airy pancakes?


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 5, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’m all about the dense pancakes too! John likes them light and airy, but I seriously want to eat something an hour after I eat light and airy pancakes!!

And that is such a cute idea for a holiday party – I love it!

2 tinareale December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I foresee dense pancakes in a dining future together. :)

3 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign December 5, 2011 at 7:27 am

Cute! I love the idea of a holiday ornament exchange party! How fun!

I prefer airy pancakes–so you can pile them higher and enjoy more!

4 Heather December 5, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a cute idea for a party!
We put up our tree this weekend – and wreaths on the windows. The house looks so festive now!
I like both kinds of pancakes. I just love pancakes period. :)

5 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 5, 2011 at 7:33 am

braedon’s face is priceless! and i like a good mix with my pancakes…they need to be dense but a little airy otherwise the syrup makes the texture weird :)

6 Sue @ Sue In Training December 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

I love my pancakes flat and thin, more like French crepes. But no matter what, they never fill me up for more than two hours, so I rarely have them.
Yesterday I made my first batch of Christmas cookies of the season, and a loaf of fruit bread. Oh, and we also went to our village’s Christmas market to have some mulled wine.
I love this season! ;)

7 tinareale December 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

You are full on holiday fun! I’m ready to bake Christmas cookies. :)

8 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

What a fun looking party and I love that picture of Braedon!

Hmm…I baked lots of cookies (which were a total bust!!) and some biscotti (which, luckily came out great) yesterday and listened to my Christmas pandora station for quite a while!
And I’m all about the dense pancakes!

9 Katie @ Raisins&Apples December 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

I don’t think I’ve had pancakes since the summer! Maybe I should fix that this week :)

10 tinareale December 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

It’s a law to not go more than 2 months without pancakes. Because I said so. < – Can you tell I’m a mom? ;)

11 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

We JUST put up our tree yesterday! I’m usually so on top of it, but life just got in the way this year. It smells SO good right now! And there are pine needles everywhere. Trade-off.

12 Lindsay @ biking before bed December 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

I love dense pancakes. Your look so tasty. I went to San Antonio over the weekend to see all of the lights. It was a great way to spend the first weekend of December. I love all of the party crafts… makes me want to do some holiday crafts myself.

13 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

Dense pancakes, all the way. Dense, thick, puffy…there’s just no other way! My brother likes very thin pancakes, which is so strange to me–if I eat them with him, I always have to roll my pancake up to make it seem thicker!

14 Tess @ Cross Country Cajun December 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

I love ELf – the Keep Calm and Santa picture is too funny.

I love the idea of a mother – daughter ornament exchange – what a neat tradition to start.

Glad you had a good weekend! Love the new website/blog format.

15 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health December 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

Dense pancakes for sure! Those sound and look delicious! I thought about making pancakes yesterday morning but then I didn’t want to wait for them…stupid choice haha. And that picture from Elf made me laugh :D …I love that movie and still crack up every time I see it!

16 tinareale December 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I crack up EVERY time too. :)

17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

Dense pancakes all the way! Those look perfect :) I’m in love with that tree too. I love tall skinny trees. We really need to get our act together when we get home from Florida and get our Christmas stuff up! Have a good week!

18 Mac December 5, 2011 at 8:56 am

I agree! I like my pancakes thick and dense….mmmm!

19 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love that scene from elf – I imagine that was a fun movie to make. :) It was on TBS (or something) last week and I did see some of it, but I need to watch the whole thing soon!

20 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

Dense for sure! Hahaha i still need to watch Elf… :)

21 Amanda @FancyOatmeal December 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

What a great idea for a mother-daughter event! Adorable!!

22 Marcia December 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love pancakes…… dense usually, but I don’t discriminate :-)

23 khushboo December 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

If you like dense pancakes, try using oats/oat bran in the batter…you won’t look back! :)

24 tinareale December 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I’ve done oat bran and love it…oats I’m not as huge for unless I do oat flour. I’m weird. I know.

25 jobo December 5, 2011 at 9:31 am

Sounds like a fabulous weekend! those pancakes look delish, too. I loved seeing how many people put up their trees this weekend. We did too, it was awesome, and really makes me even more excited for the holidays!

26 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength December 5, 2011 at 9:36 am

Looks like a great party! What a good idea…I think I missed the crafty mom gene too, but I’m hoping someday it appears? :)

27 Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection December 5, 2011 at 10:20 am

That party idea is the cutest!!
Black Friday shopping was the only remotely “festive” thing I’ve gotten to do yet this holiday season, but once this week is done (finals week-bleh) I’m going on a vacation to kickstart Christmas break–then the festivities will start : )

28 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food December 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

I can’t be trusted around those little pretzel kisses!

29 STUFT Mama December 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

Mmm.. loving dense pancakes and just reading melted white chocolate peanut butter is making me drool. I better go get some breakfast. :)
Looks like it was such a fun party! I can’t wait to go to someting like that with the boys. :)
Loving your new site/blog Tina! :) WIsh we could have a holiday glass of wine together. he he! (While watching Elf of course).

30 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oh gosh, I don’t think I’d be a crafty mom either!! And I can’t wait to watch Elf, it’s a necessity for every holiday season

31 Erica December 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I totally hear you! This weekend FLEW by! What a party :) . Love those little pretzel chocolate things- they’re addictive! I am doing a cookie exchange this weekend and just bought stuff for the kiddos to decorate sugar cookies with. I hope that keeps them busy! I bought a white paper tablecloth for them to decorate too. The pancakes look just perfect- nice and fluffy- my fav!

32 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m not crafty in the least – missed that gene from my mother!

33 Kelly December 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Makenzie’s hair is getting so long!! Love those curls!

34 Kara December 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

We haven’t done any holiday activities yet. I am doing a Jingle Bell 5K on Saturday…that counts, right?

35 tinareale December 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Hopefully it goes better than the Hot Chocolate one so it can feel festive. ;)

36 Paige December 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I definitely do not have that crafty gene either. I swear, people who are crafty are always 110% crafty…so they take it all up. It seems like you’re either a “crafty” person or a “not-at-all crafty” person, know what I mean? :)

37 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Looks like such a fun time! That tree is soo huge. I cannot wait to decorate! :D

38 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I LOVE that Buddy the Elf poster!!! That is my new favorite Christmas movie – I have to watch it every year.

39 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

How fun! I love Christmas parties and all of the delicious goodies that go with them (of course!). Those pretzel kisses sound SO GOOD. I’m always a sucker for sweet ‘n salty treats!

I’m glad you were able to enjoy a nice little Sunday breakfast with the family! Your pancakes look delicious. I’m a huge fan of more dense pancakes as well. Anything that is “bready” is better dense in my opinion!

40 Rebecca December 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Mmmmmm, pancakes… I’ve been wanting to make pancakes again for a while, but haven’t taken the time too yet. Maybe Wednesday.

Elf is so ridiculous. :) Our youth group a couple of years ago did a “test” at our Christmas party on Elf. That was kind of fun. Some of my friends from church love it. But I honestly get so sick of seeing the commercials and the marathon on TV. =\

41 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) December 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I must watch ELF soon, too! That and Love Actually make me feel all Christmas-y inside :)

Oh, and poor pups in the second half! But the first half was fun!

42 Kiah December 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I love the idea of a mother-daughter gift exchange. The more traditions the better! I was just telling a friend about my Christmas tradition w/ my mom, where she would take me shopping for a holiday dress every year…and how I’m going to keep up the tradition even though I’m an adult now…and perhaps giving myself an excuse to go shopping :-) Nonetheless, traditions are one of the best parts of holidays!

43 Alexa @ Simple Eats December 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Ah those pictures are ADORABLE. What little cuties! I’m more of a dense pancake girl…if they’re too airy and not covered in peanut butter, they barely fill me up!

44 Hannah (running in freedom) December 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Thats so sweet, I used to go to these with my mom when I was little! I loved them so much and some of my favorite ornaments are from them. Probably because of the memories that come with it :)

45 Anna Marie December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Dense pancakes! Oh and all my Christmas festivities start this week in high gear! Tis the season to be busy!

46 [email protected] December 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Awww, I miss Hangry Pants Heather. :) Your pancakes look freakin’ delicious. We got our tree this weekend… it’s a tiny thing and I’m madly in love with it!! :)

47 peacebeme December 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Glad you encouraged me to stick around, really still enjoy the blog part of your site! That is definitely a gorgeous Christmas tree. I am usually not really into the holidays, but this year I am because I live away from my family (they are all in Colorado and I am in California) so I feel nostalgic and can’t wait to go visit them for Christmas!

48 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

“pumpkin sweetened with a touch of vanilla stevia drops and some melted White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter.” Um??? Heaven!

49 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I LOVE dense pancakes. Fudgier the better, in ANY sense. Slash your kiddos are so stinkin cute. I want to babysit.

50 Jen December 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

Love Elf and the saying “hostess with the mostess!” I ALMOST used that one myself recently! :) As far as pancakes, the ones that I remember from home were on the thinner side (although, not too thin), but HUGE in circumference! :) BTW, yours look delicious…I think I could adapt!

51 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 6, 2011 at 6:52 am

What a cute idea for a party – looks like you guys had a great time! I love Christmas activities! We cut down our Christmas tree every year with my family. And we’ve made lots of Christmas cookies so far!

52 Rosa - Fitness Food Fulfilled December 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

This year we don’t have a ton of activities, but it’s good because we are selling our house right now and closing on the 28th, so we have a lot of packing to do and trying to find some place to live until we can find a house to move into. Such a mad scramble.

And I love dense pancakes! They’re the best!

53 Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle December 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I haven’t had pancakes in a while. But I can’t find a good mix that is healthy and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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