Do you have traditions at your home? I’m sure everyone does. Kids especially love routines and the traditions that they can be involved in make them feel so unique and special. The great thing about traditions is -You can make them up! You can decide to make any activity or food or dress part of a ritual event. That’s what makes it so fun and special to your family.
One tradition at our house is Saturday morning pancakes. Whenever a grandchild stays overnight on the weekend, we ALWAYS have pancakes on Saturday morning. The kids measure, stir, crack eggs, flip, set the table, pour the syrup into individual pitchers, etc. (As one GS always says “I’ll be in the kitchen with Gramps if you need me.”) The kids even have their own aprons to keep the mess off their clothes (because it is certainly going to be on the floor and counters!)
Me? I do nothing but wait to be called to the table. Then we all enjoy big platefuls of Gramps Famous Applesauce Pancakes with syrup. We talk, laugh and admire everyone’s handiwork. This has become so-o-o-o popular, that now double batches are made so we can eat reheated pancakes all weekend. I’m getting stuffed just talking about it!
Creating a ritual with grandchildren gives them something to look forward to, to plan on and to share with you. It becomes part of your family heritage. You are creating memories and that is no small thing for a child.
GRAMPS FAMOUS APPLESAUCE PANCAKES
2 cups Bisquick 2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs 4 Tbsp applesauce
1 cup milk 1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together. Ladle 1/4 cup at a time on hot griddle. Cook on one side until edges begin to dry. Turn and cook on other side until done. Enjoy!