Breakfast fit for an Olympian – Olympic Ring Pancakes

Part of the fun, when it comes to the Olympics, is learning the facts through food!  When my littlest guy walked into the kitchen and saw the pancakes he got really excited and started calling everyone else in. I think the excitement comes when they experience something that is unexpected that is created for them. Does it have to be with Olympic Ring Pancakes?  No.  Excitement can come by any way that you know how to show love to your child. Sometimes, I have to step out of my comfort zone and learn something new because I know my kids will love it. It is crazy how fast time goes and I want my kids to know they are loved. I want them to be inspired by creativity in all aspects of life and then to learn things that in turn they can inspire others with. So this Saturday morning began with pancakes and a few facts about Olympic Rings.

Did you know….
1. The rings were designed by a frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin, in 1913.
2. The 5 rings represent the inhabited parts of the world: Africa, (North and South) America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
3. The interlocking of the rings represent the coming together of athletes from the 5 continents.
4. The Olympic rings are made of five colors: Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, and Green with the added addition of the White background. These 6 colors are found on the flags of each Olympic participating nation.

OLYMPIC RING PANCAKES

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Flour
3 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
1/4 cups Milk (If your batter is too thin, add a small amount more and repeat until it will squeeze through your bottle.)
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons melted Butter
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
Extra Butter to grease the skillet

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients well. You do not want to have any lumps.
2. Pour your mix into a squeeze bottle.  We use a plastic squeeze bottle that you can find at a craft store, in the chocolate melting section. Any squeeze bottle with a small opening should work. ***If you do not have a squeeze bottle, see below!
3. Preheat your skillet to medium high. Butter your skillet.
4. Squeeze your ring design onto the skillet.  Cook until the edges are firm and there appears to be little bubbles. Flip each one over and continue to cook until the other side is golden.
5. Place your Olympic Rings on a plate and top with maple syrup.
6. Enjoy!

***For ease on a busy morning, You may use a “Just add water” Pancake mix from the store.  Follow directions on the package.
***If you do not have a squeeze bottle, make round pancakes and use a circle cookie cutter, mouth of a cup, or a biscuit cutter to make a small circular cutout in the center! And as a bonus, the small circular cut outs will be a big hit as mini pancakes or “gold medals”!

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