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Squash {Lovers} Pancakes

Saying “I Love You” can be as simple as making breakfast.

And if you’re making breakfast, you mine as well make these scrumptious Squash Pancakes in the form of a heart or an absolutely adorable squirrel. Isn’t he the cutest?

 All you need to do is cook up these here pancakes, pick out a cookie cutter to size, and then just press the cookie cutter down firmly over the pancake, and Voila! Instant love.

   

If only love really was that easy and instant. Throwing in a few sprinkles couldn’t hurt either…for the pancakes that is, well I guess Love could use some too. Go ahead, throw some at your loved ones and see what happens. I bet surprise, laughter, sweeping, and memories might all be wrapped up in the experience, but by all means, please let me know how it goes.

Enough about sprinkles, these pancakes are a treat. Not like a decadent increase-your-pant-size kinda treat (like these), but a nice light, just-sweet-enough for breakfast treat, with hints of cinnamon and cloves. Perfect for a lazy Saturday morning while sipping on hot chocolate and watching the soft snowflakes fall (not in Utah though, apparently the snow has moved to Washington this winter! What’s that all about?). Needless to say, seconds and thirds were requested by all three of my children, and the love my life enjoyed them as well.


Squash {Lovers} Pancakes

*makes about 20 small pancakes

Ingredients
 2 cups dry pancake mix (like Bisquick)
1 1/2 cups water or milk
1/2 cup pureed squash (click here for how to make this)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice (or 1/8 tsp. cloves & 1/8 tsp. ginger)
3 Tbsp brown sugar

Directions
This is the easiest part, put all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together. Heat and grease a skillet on medium heat. Ladle out batter onto skillet, and cook till bubbles form, then flip pancakes over and cook another 30 seconds or so. See? Easy.

Serve with warm maple syrup and sprinkles (if you want).

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