Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thankful for You: Breakfast

Last year I started a new Thanksgiving tradition. It is intented to be a practical way of showing thanks to someone who has been a blessing to our family over the past year. I prepare an extra batch of our Thanksgiving breakfast and pack it up festively to deliver to the recipient. I like the expression of doing something visible to say "thank you" to one of the many people who encourage us throughout the year.

I make little tags for each item naming what it is and if there are any specific heating instructions. Then you can package pancakes and sausage wrapped in waxed paper and tied with twine. Canning jars make great containers for syrup and nuts. Put them all in a pretty gift bag and deliver!

Our traditional Thanksgiving breakfast is:

Pumpkin Pancakes (cooked in a maple leaf shaped pancake mold)
Brown & Serve Sausage
Homemade Maple Syrup & Chopped nuts to top pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe from Martha Stewart Living)
Whisk 1 1/4 c. flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves. (I use pumpkin pie spice) Mix 1 egg, 6 Tbsp. pumpkin puree, 2 Tbsp. melted butter, and 1 c. milk; fold into dry ingredients. Heat a buttered skillet over medium heat; pour in 1/4 c. batter for each panckae. Cook about three minutes per side; serve with butter and syrup. Makes about 10 leaf shaped pancakes.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tradition and your recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas with the rest of us, too.

Anonymous said...

Dear Monica -- these are very tasty! I'm glad there were some left for me to enjoy. :)

Love, Mom

Jeremiah and Stephenie said...

I really enjoy your blog, Monica. You are so inspirational. I would really like to carry out this idea this year but I have a few questions as to the "logistics" involved. For instance, when on Thanksgiving morning do you deliver this? In my mind, your Thanksgiving Day sounds full to overflowing and add 3 littles to the mix and I guess I'm just thinking of my own day and wondering how I would carry it out so that the person I'm taking it to gets it in time for their breakfast. Thanks for your time.