Yesterday was entirely spent indoors.  Except for my husband who shoveled the driveway and sidewalks every two hours or so.

I thought about taking Calvin outdoors to play, but we got sidetracked building dinosaurs out of Duplo¬Æ blocks, mixing pancake batter, playing “hiding” and other fun games.After I created a “Mickey Mouse” from buckwheat pancakes and frozen blueberries, Calvin asked about Doofy and Donald Duck…naturally.¬† He did have fun eating the eyes, nose, and ears, and announcing every part that he devoured like a dinosaur.¬† I’ll admit, the pancake mouse looks an awful lot like his breakfast bear.¬† Oh, and he refers to pancakes as birthday cake since his first taste was on his 2nd birthday…so sweet!

Meanwhile…

Calvin snuggled under a quilt on the living room floor with his Daddy.¬† While staring up at the ceiling, he pretended to star gaze….pointing at imaginary constellations.¬† I think he misses going camping.

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My stir-crazy son is sick and tired of being stuck inside.  All he wants to do is play outside with a soccer ball, build a snow boy, play with kids at the playground, and run around with his head thrown back while the beautiful ringing of giggles escapes from his mouth into the crisp air.

I can’t help him with everything on his wish list, except for the snow boy…and only then if the snow conditions are just right.

Today, while dusting off several inches of snow on my vehicle, Calvin “helped” his Daddy shovel snow off the driveway.¬† He tromped around the drive and the yard until his cheeks were rosy pink.¬† I don’t know if he’s gotten all of his pent-up two-year-old energy out of his system, but at least for the first round of the day, it was a great joy for him.

To warm up after getting wet and cold from the snow, we enjoyed  a fabulous tea party complete with blueberry lemon tea and raisins.  Joining us was Mr. Bear.

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If you’d love some great snowy day craft ideas for Valentine’s Day, check out these great ideas from SuzySaid. We’re going to make the conversation heart wreath.

YOUR TURN:  Are you experiencing some winter weather?  What are you doing on your snow day?

Stay warm,

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For Calvin’s special day, I made a slight variation of my standard pancake recipe.¬† In fact I love this recipe because I can make all sorts of pancakes: banana pancakes, pumpkin pancakes, berry pancakes, oh the list goes on…A Bear for Breakfast

I tweaked the basic banana pancake recipe by substituting buckwheat flour for the spelt/brown rice flour.  Instead of milk, I used plain whole milk yogurt.  Instead of a banana, I used half of a baked acorn squash.

The great thing about these pancakes is that they’re gluten-free–perfect for anyone with grain allergies, crohn’s disease, celiac disease, or diabetes.¬† For more information on how gluten (found in many grains) is linked to inflammation and many health disorders, check out the Succulent Sanctuary and Deflame.com’s free pdf download of Deflaming Guidelines.

BUCKWHEAT ACORN SQUASH (or PUMPKIN)  PANCAKES

(Note: Makes about 6 servings of  6 inch-diameter pancakes.  I usually double the recipe and store the extra pancakes to reheat the next day.)

  • 1 c. buckwheat flour
  • 1 T. sucanat (you can substitute with turbinado sugar, molassas, or honey)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (I use aluminum-free)
  • 1 egg (from a free-range chicken)
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. whole milk yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 T olive oil or coconut oil (it tastes BEST with coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cooked acorn squash or 1/4 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. butter

Mix dry ingredients.  Create a divot/hole in the dry ingredients and pour in milk, yogurt, squash/pumpkin and liquefied coconut oil (must be above 76 degrees F).  Separately, beat egg, then pour in.  Mix ingredients until well blended (2-3 minutes on medium speed).

(Note: This batter is pretty thick with buckwheat–depending on your altitude and humidity.¬† You can thin it down with more milk, or from the start, you can use half buckwheat and half brown rice flour for thinner and lighter pancakes).

In a cast iron skillet (or griddle iron), turn to medium-low heat.  Add butter and coat pan surface.  Once warm, pour in pancake batter until the cake is 6″ diameter.  Once it bubbles and sets on top, and edges are a golden brown, flip and cook other side for only 1/4 of the time compared to the other side.

I love to serve these with butter.  If you want a little extra sweet, heat up a small bowl of pure maple syrup and add a dash of cinnamon.  You will never eat plain maple syrup again, for the rest of your life because this is so incredible!  Serve maple syrup over chopped pecans for some extra crunch and sweet, nutty flavor.

Serve and devour, immediately.  Bon appétit!

Note: for fun pancake shapes, I recommend using a plastic squeeze bottle.¬† I used something like this…

ketchupThe squeeze bottle gives you control over batter flow and amount, but you’ll want to make certain the tip is wide enough for thick batter.

To¬† make the fun bear face in the top photo, I squeezed out a large pancakes, and smaller ones that were closer to 3 inch diameter.¬† I also made a small one for the bear’s nose.

The squeeze bottle is great for making letters, numbers, or more creative shapes, with the aid of a cookie cutter.

So, be creative and enjoy.

Don’t be surprised if you get a reaction like this:

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