Giving Thanks for Friends, Family and Face Pancakes



It is always appropriate to give thanks when we want to show appreciation to someone for what they’ve said or done. Thanks are in order for all my friends who continue to encourage me on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Most of all I should be giving thanks to God daily for the blessings but also for who he is. Without Him I would not be able to accomplish many things.  Thanks is the word prompt for #5MFW #write31days.


Give Thanks


If I seem to fall short in my goals, there is always someone to cheer and tell me I can do it. Friends are praying for me and I give thanks for each one. I thank God for the community I have found with many like minded bloggers.

Today I hope you will soon be giving thanks for the delicious recipe I share with you. It is one our family enjoys very much. Last week I said I might share the pizza recipe, but that will have to wait until next week. I wanted to be sure to include pictures when I share it.

Instead, I’m going to share what we often use for birthday breakfasts. Nowadays we use it for any special occasion, and I consider it special when grandchildren come to visit. They love face pancakes! 




Tonight we will have them for supper as I am visiting some of my grandchildren. That way I can take pictures and tempt you with their individual creations. There are variations, but this is the recipe we all love the most.



4 cups flour (half whole wheat, half unbleached all purpose)
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Salt
¼ cup flaxseed meal (optional)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 or 3 eggs
3 cups buttermilk
approx. 1 cup water

Mix dry ingredients together. Add olive oil, eggs and the buttermilk. Stir until mixed. Then add water gradually and stir until you have a pourable consistency. It may take more or less water depending on how thick you want the batter.

Heat griddle or frying pan on medium low until hot. (I use iron skillets already seasoned. If you use different pans or unseasoned ones you may need to grease them with butter or coconut oil before cooking pancakes.)

Pour batter onto prepared pans.(For large pancakes I use a ½ cup measuring cup to pour the batter. For smaller ones use 1/3 cup or ¼ cup measure.) Cook until it looks done around the edges, then flip and brown on other side. Transfer to plate and decorate.


chocolate chips
whipped cream

Basically, you use chocolate chips for eyes and mouth with a cherry for the nose. Surround with whipped cream or use it for hair or mustache or beard… There’s no limit to the kind of faces you can make if you use your imagination. Try it yourself and enjoy!


If you would prefer using whole milk rather than buttermilk, increase baking powder to 4 tsp. and omit baking soda. When I am out of buttermilk I sometimes use equal amounts of plain yogurt and cold water as a substitute.


Lacey and her pancake
Simon and his pancake
Jonah and his pancake

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12 thoughts on “Giving Thanks for Friends, Family and Face Pancakes

  1. Oh those are so cute! What fun and special treats to share with the little ones! I am so thankful for all of the encouragement we receive on this journey also! –Blessings to You!

  2. Oh how sweet in every sense! These adorable photos made me smile. No wonder they look happy with their unique, soon-to-be-consumed personalised pancakes! They look yummy to me, too. Thanks for sharing, Gayl. xo

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