Advent Week 1: Host a Pancake Breakfast with Friends

In case you missed the intro yesterday, this week is all about Advent! Joni from Lay Baby Lay and I will be sharing fun ideas + inspiration for you and your family. For the first sunday of advent (December 1) why not host a pancake breakfast with friends? Attire: pajamas optional! The girls loved showing off their Christmas pjs. Here's an idea for the menu...

Our family loves pancakes, but we thought we'd make them extra fancy to celebrate the coming of Christmas. For years now we've been using Pamela's Baking Mix. It's gluten-free, light and crispy, and has this really lovely nutty taste. I should be their spokesperson because I love the whole line!

Menu for a Pancake Breakfast with Friends
Polka Dot Pancakes
Maple Smoked Bacon
Hot cocoa

Polka Dot Pancakes

You will need:

2 cups Pamela's Baking Mix (or your favorite pancake recipe)
2 eggs
2 T Butter or ghee for cooking
1 cup Dried fruit (we used cranberries since they're so festive this time of year)
1/2 cup White chocolate chips (you could also use dark chocolate)

Mix all ingredients well. I like using a 1/4 cup measuring cup for the pancakes. They end up being the perfect size. Kids will love helping add the extras, like the chocolate chips and fruit. The idea is that the red and white look really Christmasy and as they melt, they look like polka dots but are sophisticated enough to serve to your friends. Win. Make sure you start cooking the pancakes before guests arrive since they do take some time to flip, etc.

Another great time saver is to bake the bacon on 350 until crisp. It's our new favorite and much less messy.
We listened to the following records which really set the mood (along with a noble fir and cedar candle!). Do you have any Christmas favorites?

Today is Phoebe's birthday so don't mind me sniffling at home in a corner. Can't believe she's one. Birthdays are always so bittersweet. Love that baby girl.

Make sure you hop on over to Lay Baby Lay to see the Wonderful Counselor paper telephone craft. Adorable.

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  1. A breakfast with friends is such a great idea. And happy Birthday to Phoebe. I'm sure as a mama that really changes perspectives on birthdays... especially first birthdays. Hugs!

  2. what a nice idea! those pj's are the cutest

  3. Oh I love white chocolate + cranberries!


    (how are you doing with the first birthday, mama?!? hugs. seriously, sending them.)

    1. thanks, brig! the days leading up to her birthday were a lil emotional but now i feel good about this giant milestone. it's always so hard and awesome watching them grow up. <3

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