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12.28.2016

Recipe: Grab-and-Go Breakfast Pancake Sandwich - Perfect for Busy Holiday Weekend Mornings!

 
For the past several months I have been experimenting with this easy, McGriddle-inspired breakfast.  It started out on Easter morning at my sister's house.  We had a busy holiday planned with lots of friends and family over, and needed to prepare a hearty, but bulk breakfast that the houseguests could eat easily as we made the other holiday preparations.  My sister made them as a kind of all-in-one breakfast pancake, but it took a few more tries to figure out how to seal it all together and maintain the best ratio of ingredients.  We have figured it out, and today I am sharing it with you!
 
The recipe and instructions for these sandwiches are below.  To us, they remind of us McDonald's McGriddles since they are made with pancakes as the sandwich "bread," and have a light syrup flavor.  These would be great for your next busy weekend, especially a holiday day (ahem, New Years) when you don't want to dirty a lot of dishes, need people to be able to eat quickly and easily, and/or are hosting a lot of houseguests.  They are easy to pick up and eat, and don't necessarily require a plate (hence the "grab-and-go" factor). 
 
 
Grab-and-Go Breakfast Pancake Sandwich
 
Ingredients: 
  • Pancake or baking mix
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon or sausage (cooked and crumbled)
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar or cheddar/jack blend work well)
  • Sugar-free maple flavor syrup
 


Instructions:
  • Pre-heat a griddle or large non-stick skillet, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Prepare the pancake or baking mix according to package directions, then pour an even number of medium-sized pancakes (approx. 5" diameter) out onto the griddle.  Try and keep the pairs of pancakes in approximately the same size.



  • Once the edges of the pancakes become dryer, sprinkle the top of one of the pancakes in each pair with scrambled eggs, the crumbled bacon or sausage, and cheese.



  • Drizzle the sugar-free syrup on top of the pancake with the toppings (to taste).  If you do a fair amount, this is what gives the sandwich the lightly-syruped McGriddle flavor.


Now to create the sandwich!
  • Take the un-topped pancakes, and flip them each on top of one of the pancakes with the toppings.  The plain pancake should still be a little moist in the center.



  • Press the top pancake down firmly so that the sandwich seals together (this is what seals the sandwich together and makes them so easy to grab-and-go).


  • Continue cooking the sandwiches on the griddle until the pancakes are cooked through, flipping once so that both sides brown evenly.  By this point, the cheese will have become nice and melty, also helping seal the sandwich together.



Voila!  The sandwiches are done.  Stack them on a plate, and let the family know to come grab their breakfast!
 
Pin this one for later, and comment below to let me know your favorite hearty breakfast to make on a busy weekend morning!


12.23.2016

Pokemon-Themed 7th Birthday Party


If you've been following the blog over the last few months, then I'm sure you noticed that the boys (and admittedly, me as well) have become quite the fans of Pokémon.  So much so that G made a late decision to change his birthday party theme from Minecraft to Pokémon!  I didn't mind either way, honestly, as both themes would be fun to work with. 

I recently shared details on the DIY paper plate Poke Ball craft the kids did at the party.  Today, I am sharing the rest of the details from the Pokémon-themed birthday party.  Click here to view my Pokémon party planning inspiration board on Pinterest, and click here to follow @fabeverydayblog on Pinterest for ongoing party and DIY inspiration.

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Pokémon Birthday Party Food and Drink

Poke Ball pizza!  You can either order or make a pizza that's half cheese, half pepperoni, then add a stripe of sliced black olives yourself.  Sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese in the center for a circle.
 
Black serving trays filled with red and white food also makes a great Poke Ball-themed party snack.  I did strawberries, bananas, and yogurt for one, and red bell pepper, cauliflower, and ranch dip for the other. 
 
 
 
G requested Poke Ball sugar cookies, so I used my go-to classic sugar cookies recipe from Betty Crocker, and frosted the round cookies with cake decorating icing to make them into Poke Balls.
 
I used my Cricut a lot for this party.  Using the Cricut to cut the Poke Ball pieces, I used my usual DIY cupcake topper method to make Poke Ball cupcake toppers to top the red and white cupcakes.  I used red foil cupcake cups to coordinate with the rest of the décor.

For a subtle detail, I arranged the cupcakes like a Poke Ball as well (red frosted cupcakes on top, white frosted cupcakes on bottom).


I made water bottle labels with faces of a few popular Pokémon (Charmander, Jigglypuff, Squirtle, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur).  You can find a link to the free printable at the bottom of this post. 

 
I was inspired by this Pokémon snack bar on Sharing Party Ideas, and decided to use the idea for G's party as well.  You can buy the printable Pokémon Party Food Cards here.  The kids loved eating the "Squirtle Squares," "Charmander Cheetos," etc.  The "Diglett Worms" didn't stand a chance!
 
I used clear plastic and red containers from Dollar Tree to hold everything.  I found this great Pikachu bank on Amazon that made the perfect centerpiece for the snack bar!

 


 



Pokémon Birthday Party Décor

This "Welcome Pokémon Trainers" sign welcomed our party guests at the front door.
 
I used my Cricut to make this Happy Birthday banner.  The Cricut is amazing... not only was I able to print the Poke Balls, but I was also able to print the lettering using Pokémon font!
 
I got a pack of Pokémon balloons from Amazon (no DIY needed for these, though I did see some cute DIY versions on Pinterest if you are willing to take the time). 
 
I made these "Keep Calm and Catch 'Em All" signs to print for additional party décor.  You can find links to the free printable at the bottom of this post. 
 
Red dessert plates and beverage napkins to match the décor. 
 
I purchased a few sets of hanging Poke Ball decorations from Amazon.  There are also some DIYs available to create a similar effect, but since these were cost-effective, I decided to purchase them instead of DIYing.


Another Cricut project that turned out to be such a cute detail!  I used the Cricut to cut out little Poke Balls that I used on the cutlery rolls.  I used red dinner napkins and black plastic cutlery for these. 

Pokémon Birthday Party Activities

A super fun and cute party activity were Pokémon coloring pages (printed from Google Images search of Pokémon coloring pages), and a paper plate Poke Ball craft.  You can see details and instructions for the DIY paper plate Poke Ball craft in this blog post here.

 


 
G with his favorite Pokémon: Magnemite!
 
This Pin the Poke Ball on the Pokémon game was a big hit!  Every kid played it at least once.  You can find a link for the free printable at the end of this post.
 
In addition to the printable for the sign and the balls, all you need is a blindfold, some double-sided tape, and some prizes.  For prizes I used mini plastic Pokémon figurines that I found in packs of 24 on Amazon.

 

Pokémon Birthday Party Favors

You are probably noticing a pretty prominent theme of red and white Poke Balls in the party décor.  I bought these red gift bags from Amazon and made them into "Poke Balls" by adding some white paper to the bottom half, then a strip of black paper, and black and white circles (made with a circle punch). 

For the sign holders, I spray painted the top half of white IKEA Tolsby frames red.  I love the Tolsby frames - they are only 99 cents!


 

Inside the favor bags were plastic Poke Balls (I got this pack of assorted Poke Balls from Amazon - cheap, but the kids loved 'em), Pokémon silicon bracelets, Pokémon temporary tattoos, Pokémon cards (I got this huge bulk assortment from Amazon), and Pokémon character wrapped mini chocolate bars (you can get the link to the free candy wrapper printable at the end of this post).

 

Since Pokémon Go is what got our family into this whole craze in the first place, we wanted to do something to rep our Pokémon Go team (Team Mystic rules!).  We were planning to just make Team Mystic shirts for our family to wear at the party, but thanks to a great holiday sale on t-shirts at Jo-Ann ($2 each!), we decided that this would be a fun favor for all the kids!  We used the t-shirts from Jo-Ann, fabric spray paint in blue, yellow, and red, and stencils from Etsy seller DetroitStencils (Team Mystic, Team Instinct, and Team Valor) to create shirts for each kid in their Pokémon Go team.  


I can't believe my first-born is seven!  I wonder how much longer he is going to want his mommy doing parties for him? 

All printables for the party are available in this post here.  These printables are free, but I would appreciate a follow for @fabeverydayblog on social media (you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat with that username) in return.  If you post pictures of your parties, tag @fabeverydayblog in them so we can see what you do!  Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to www.fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to pin and share if you are inspired!