Breakfast With Santa and Buttermilk Pancakes

BUttermilk PancakesWhen 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.


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But ours come with Cinnamon Syrup

Little sausages…

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and hot chocolate with lots of whip cream!

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 The kids all have a great time decorating gingerbread houses together.

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We use the  kits they sell at Costco!

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And then there is that special visitor…..

Breakfast with Santa

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!


Breakfast With Santa and 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
  1. Combine liquid ingredients and dry ingredients separately.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Cook on a preheated, lightly greased griddle for 1 minute.
  5. Turn pancakes and finish cooking.
  6. Makes about 10 pancakes.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    We were a Krusteaz household until I swtiched to whole wheat flour and the Krusteaz got too expensive… Now I make my own pancake mix in bulk and keep in the pantry… Once it is made Mike and the boys can handle making their pancakes…. The breakfast with Santa looks fun!

  2. says

    Every time I read posts like this it makes me want to pick up and move back to Oregon so I can live on your street, lol. You sound like the coolest chick on the block. How fun that you do things like this! I love this tradition.

  3. says

    Bisquick? Holy cow!! I’m still recovering from your confession here in Atlanta…but glad to know that you have seen the pancake light. 😉

    And in a pinch, we love the Krusteaz mix too.

  4. Tamara says

    I’ve printed off the recipe to use with my grandchildren this weekend. Thanks for sharing all these fun traditions. . . . . .Hope you unthaw someday soon! We actually got down into the 50’s here in Arizona and you should have heard the people complain.


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