Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air and breakfast is in the bed. I wanted to do something special for Amanda, and since we’re already doing all of these dates, taking her out somewhere didn’t seem that special this year. Amanda loves pancakes and scrambled eggs, so I thought I’d start her day off with her favorite breakfast foods.
I started with dairy free pancakes using Silk Almond Milk. But since it’s Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t make just any pancakes. They had to be heart shaped. For love. We have a bunch of metal cookie cutters that Amanda has collected over the years, so I thought I’d be clever and use the cookie cutter as a mold. I am not nearly as clever as I thought I was. The batter stuck to the edges of the mold and just made a mess. As it cooked, the batter rose up, burning the bottom and then spilling over the top of the mold. Thinking that I must have just used too much batter, I cleaned off my mess and tried again, using a little bit of oil on the inside of the cookie cutter. Guess who still wasn’t as clever as he thought he was. This time actually created a happy accident though. I used about half as much batter this time, and the mold did slide off, but when I tried to remove it, all of the liquid batter just ran into the pan instead of holding its shape. I let the batter cook for a few seconds to firm up, then flipped it over, where I discovered a darker heart cooked onto the pancake. It wasn’t burned, just darker.
After that, I gave up on using it as a mold and just made some tiny pancakes that I could then cut the heart shapes out of. A couple years ago, Amanda was making pancakes pretty frequently when we were on a big breakfast kick, but we’d always get batter everywhere as we tried to pour the batter into the pan. She looked around online and found one of our favorite kitchen gadgets: a pancake batter dispenser. You pour the batter into the dispenser, then squeeze a handle and a small area opens on the bottom to let the pancake batter out. It lets you easily pour just enough batter into the pan without spilling batter everywhere. After making about 10 tiny pancakes, I was out of batter. I cut out the heart shapes and moved on to the rest of breakfast, which was way less eventful.
I quickly whipped up some scrambled eggs with fresh spinach, and sliced an apple. Once everything was cooked and ready, I placed a rose (which I stole out of the dozen I bought her. Shhh.) on a serving tray and brought it in to Amanda. She woke up to the delicious smell of breakfast and was extremely happy.
We spent the rest of the day together, hanging out, watching season 1 of Better Call Saul, and playing Hyrule Warriors. It was a great way to spend Valentine’s Day together.