When my children were younger one of our favorite holiday traditions was to have Breakfast with Santa downtown at Meier & Frank each year. We probably did it for 10 years or so. It was fun to get dressed, eat breakfast in the beautiful Georgian Room, enjoy the entertainment and of course see Santa.
Sadly, my children have all outgrown the experience and the Georgian Room is gone but we decided our neighbor children hadn’t outgrown it so we started our own Breakfast with Santa at our house. For the last three years we have invited the three “cul de sac” families to join us for breakfast one Saturday morning before Christmas. But instead of getting dressed up, everyone comes in their pajamas!
We serve the same menu they served in the Georgian Room.
But ours come with Cinnamon Syrup
and hot chocolate with lots of whip cream!
The kids all have a great time decorating gingerbread houses together.
We use the kits they sell at Costco!
And then there is that special visitor…..
This year, because of the weather, Santa arrived via special delivery (Thanks Dave!!)
After visiting with each of the children and finding out what they want for Christmas Santa heads out…. until next year Santa!!
Now the confession…
I use Bisquick to make pancakes! I know, that may be hard for some of you to believe but I do – or at least I did, until this year.
Several months ago my friend Sherra had a Pancake Throwdown on her blog and shared a recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes. Well, of course, I had to try them! Since that day I have never used Bisquick to make pancakes again!
They are yummy! If you don’t happen to have buttermilk on hand you can make your own by putting 1 Tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar in a liquid measuring cup and then add milk to the 1 cup line. Let sit for 5 minutes and you have a decent buttermilk substitution.
Give them a try and you may never use Bisquick again either!
59 Diner Buttermilk Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 2 C buttermilk
- 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1-3/4 C flour
- 2-1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
Combine liquid ingredients and dry ingredients separately. Mix until smooth. Let batter rest for 10 minutes. Cook on a preheated, lightly greased griddle for 1 minute. Turn pancakes and finish cooking. Makes about 10 pancakes.