Hurry Up and Eat – Piggy (Puppy?) Pancakes!

I have to tell you guys – the recipes around here this week are on the wimpy side of wimpy!  One of our family traditions is that each of our kiddos get to decide what they want for dinner one night during the first week of school, so you get to share their favorites too!  (I’m telling you what, they do not pick well!)  They do however pick pretty frugally, so please bear with me this week! 

My daughter Caroline chose first, and of course picked breakfast for dinner!  Not only breakfast, but cute piggy pancake breakfast (you should have seen my kids putting these together – Jackson used his bacon as a “cane” for his “Old Man Pancake” – then he wanted to take a picture to send Grandpa!  Apparently they’re watching me photograph food way too often – Jackson and Caroline had to photograph their own!) 

Reagan's Puppy Pancake

Caroline's Puppy Pancake (or is it a bunny rabbit maybe?)

Jackson’s Slightly Scary Old Man Pancake (with a bacon cane) – you would have figured that one out without my help, right?


I did find a great recipe for buttermilk pancakes over at All Recipes, and I found the “Piggy” idea over HERE.  The best part is that pancakes are just plain ole’ cheap, so serve them up with a little bacon or sausage, and you’ve got a bargain meal in no time!  Here’s what you’ll need . . . 

Buttermilk Pancakes  

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar Use $0.50/1 Heinz Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar, $1/2 Heinz Vinegar 32 oz or smaller 6/27/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010),
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar $0.30/1 Domino Sugar Product, 2 lb +
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder $0.30/1 Argo Product 12 oz+ 10/4/2009 SS Insert (exp 12/27/2010)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda $0.50/2 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda or Fridge Fresh Refrigerator Air Filter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted $0.50/1 Land O Lakes Light Butter
  • cooking spray
  • raisins, grapes, marshmallows, or berries to “decorate”
  • Mix vinegar and milk together in small bowl.  Set aside for five minutes (will bubble) to “sour” the milk. Meanwhile, spray griddle with cooking sray and heat for pancakes. 

    Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.  Whisk egg and melted butter into milk mixture.  Add flour mixture to milk mixture and stir.  Pour large and small circles onto griddle (will need one large pancake and two smaller pancakes per pig, puppy, bunny, whatever!)  Assemble into animal face (to see more on this, check out a complete video over HERE). 

    Serve with . . . 

    Oscar Mayer Bacon (On Sale $3.99, be sure to check price on Publix brand also!) 

    Fresh Canteloupe (On Sale $2) 

    *** If you really want to make this easy, you could also pick up two boxes of frozen Aunt Jemima Pancakes (BOGO $2.69, use $1.50/2 Aunt Jemima Pancakes or French Toast).  Buy one regular sized box pancakes and one of the mini-sized pancakes, heat according to directions on package, assemble and enjoy! 

    Pancake recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Check out  I Heart Publix and Two Thrifty Sisters for the coupon matchups, and be sure to visit $5 Dinner Mom for even more great bargain meal deals! 

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    1. This just puts a smile on my face! Loved Jackson’s old man pancake! ha! ha!

    2. Thanks Alice – my kids are crazy! I have no idea what made Jackson think of an old man – he’s a nut!

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