Feb 18 2014

A Fluffy Flavorful Pancake Tale

A Fluffy Flavorful Pancake Tale-

Suzannes What a fun title for a blog post , right? “A Tale of Fluffy and Flavorful Pancakes and a Tovolo.”Is the whole post title.  We can thank my sweet bloggy friend Suzanne from Simply Suzannes for the title and the post today. Have you been to Suzanne’s blog? She shares her favorite recipes, lovely photographs and entertaining adventures all while being a wife and a mommy of four children. I am happy to say she is a regular at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop too and she is my very special guest today ♥






I’m thrilled that Katherine asked me to be a guest on her beautiful blog. I love the warm and supportive blogging community I’ve come to know, and Katherine is one of those special Ladies.


pink rosesIf you’ve visited my blog, then you know that I love celebrating family through traditions and simple and delicious food.

February is a fun-filled month in our home. 

We celebrate 3 of our 4 children’s birthdays in February. It’s a month of celebrations and time-honored traditions.

chocolate cupcake birthday napkin


One of our traditions is celebrating our special day with pancakes. Not just any ol’ pancakes though. These are made from scratch . . . are fluffy and buttery . . . and, oh so good!



I make pancakes every Sunday, and for ease, I use our favorite pancake mix; BUT on special occasions, like birthdays, I make them from SCRATCH  . . . and this is my go to recipe every time.  It yields light and fluffy and buttery pancakes . . . YUM!

pancakes  on cake plate

There are a few things that make them special.

To start, I add cinnamon and vanilla to the batter for extra flavor. Melted butter is also added, which gives them their savory buttery goodness. And finally, I use my Tovolo to make these delicious pancakes extraordinary. I’ll tell you more about it later!



pancake recipe

back to the pancakes . . .

The texture of pancakes is just as important as their flavor, so I take my time when preparing this batter. I learned that the longer I let the milk and vinegar mixture sit  . . .  and the longer I let the final pancake batter mixture sit . . . the lighter and fluffier the pancakes. I actually prefer to let both mixtures sit for at least 15 to 20, separately.

I know, it might seem like a lot of time, but while the milk and vinegar mixture is maturing . . . I prep the dry mixture . . . and before you know it, the batter is done.

And while the pancake batter sits and matures, I set the table, warm the maple syrup, cut berries, and pour the juice . . . that way, all the ‘behind the scenes’ work is done and we can sit down and enjoy fresh, HOT pancakes. They taste best that way, don’t you agree!?

 strawberrieswhipped cream and berries


and what is a Tovolo, you ask?

Well, on special occasions, like Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, and – of course – birthdays I use one. It’s a pancake pen! Have you heard of it?

It’s a unique squeeze bottle that makes it easy to draw letters, numbers, and simple pictures . . . and turns an every day pancake breakfast into a special occasion. I saw it on America’s Test Kitchen a few years ago, and had to buy one. So happy that I did! I used it to make a number 6 (and polka dots and hearts) for our oldest daughter’s birthday last week . . . and big hearts for Valentine’s Day.

 tovolo  heart pancakes

   Along with delicious and pretty pancakes made from scratch, I always keep colorful paper straws, pretty napkins, and an assortment of sprinkles on hand. They’re little additions that can make a humble treat (like pancakes) feel extra special, especially when we’re celebrating a birthday.

birthday collage

Thank you, Katherine and friends of Katherine’s Corner, for inviting me over. I enjoyed this opportunity to share one of my favorite recipes and a few simple ideas that can make an ordinary pancake breakfast . . . extraordinary. Have a great week!

I hope you come by and visit. You’re always welcome! Suzanne

Oh my goodness Suzanne, you took pancakes and made them extra special. Thank you for sharing with us today. :-)

Do you have a Tovolo?  Doesn’t this post make you hungry for pancakes?

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  1. Janine Huldie

    Totally pinned, because I am always looking for a great pancake recipe to try. Thanks for sharing today!! :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      I love how fluffy they are! Hugs

  2. Missy

    This sounds delicious and i bet you could use an old ketchup bottle for the same idea as a tovolo!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh my goodness MIssy I do! I hadn’t heard of a tovolo. giggle. Great minds my friend,xo

  3. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

    Oofles, these look amazing! My little man’s birthday is coming up maybe we’ll be starting a new tradition! I like that you gave the lowdown on what you do while the batter is working; I often find myself continuing to cook while everyone else is eating and it’s so frustrating, I will remember this! Thanks!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I think this is a terrific new tradition to start, perfect for your little one. Hugs!

  4. Shady Del Knight

    Hi, Katie! I have a weakness for fluffy round pancakes and the stack pictured here makes my mouth water. When I was a boy, Sunday was pancake day. My mother took the day off and my dad did the cooking. Like the best short order cook at a diner, Dad stood over his griddle producing pancakes, sausages and scrambled eggs faster than we could eat them. Thanks for stirring fond memories, dear friend!

    1. Katherines Corner

      This is the perfect way to start my day. Learning that a happy memory was sparked makes me smile my friend. I can picture your Sunday morning and it sounds wonderful. xo

  5. Maria Norcia Santillanes

    Fabulous fluffiness! I’ll give this a try for sure. Now off to check out your blog. ~M

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello Maria, I know, I love how fluffy her pancakes are. Hugs

  6. Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Hi Kathrine (one of my very favorite names), I’m Yvonne @ StoneGable.. You have a glorious blog. I’ve been lost in it for quite awhile now! What beautiful pictures you take! I’m so happy you featured Suzanne and her tower of wonderful pancakes! Suzanne, like you, has a blog I love to visit! Now I’m very hungry for pancakes… and need to get a tovolo. How fun! Thanks for sharing your inspiration today!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello Yvonne, I am a long time reader of your sweet blog. Thank you for your lovely compliment.I am happy to have Suzanne as my guest today. She has a wonderful way of sharing, Big Hugs

  7. Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House

    Love pancakes since a child, lots of syrup and butter :)) My husband makes amazing pancakes :))) Thank you very much for letting me put my giveaway on your page for them, so very kind of you!! I hope you are having a great week so far :)) xox

    1. Katherines Corner

      I am the pancake chef in our home but my husband makes wonderful breakfasts too. He usually cooks breakfast on Sunday. Smooches!!

  8. Melissa

    I love pancakes! Your photos look wonderful!

    1. Katherines Corner

      me too. She did share some lovely photos with this sweet post. She has skills. Hugs

  9. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hello sweet Katherine!
    Just popping over to say hi!
    Thanks again for having me,

    1. Katherines Corner

      Suzanne the pleasure was mine. Thank you for sharing your tradition and such a lovely post. Big hugs!

  10. GurvyGreen

    YUM! So my kids and I were talking about how pancakes are so yummy but get stuck in your throat as you eat ten. I’m hoping the trick with allowing the mixture sit as well as this recipe will make a huge difference, can’t wait to try. Pinned!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I think these pancakes will be a big hit! :-)

  11. Sue Williams

    I love that you make “shapes” pancakes! My daughter, now in her 30’s, has the most wonderful memories of her grandpa (my dad, who passed away at the age of 66) making pancakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse. Sometimes the simplest things make for incredible memories.

    1. Katherines Corner

      I make Mickey Mouse pancakes for our grandchildren. So happy this post sparked a positive memory Hugs

  12. Seana Turner

    Yes, this post is definitely making me hungry for pancakes. They look amazing! Great tips on letting the batter rest awhile… what a lucky family you have:)

    1. Katherines Corner

      That was a new trick for me too. Hugs

  13. Rosey

    I’ve never made pancakes with vinegar, and I certainly didn’t know to let the batter rest. I would love to give these a try!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I know me either i am trying this too. Hugs

  14. heidi

    Can I come to your house for my birthday? Those pancakes look so tasty!

    1. Katherines Corner

      its a great tradition isn’t it. :-)

  15. consuelohoneyandfigs

    These pancakes look gorgeous! Oh, how perfect they’d be for breakfast tomorrow.
    Have a nice day! x

    1. Katherines Corner

      I hope you had a chance to make yourself some pancakes. Wishing you a great week ahead. xo

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