Birthday Cake Pancakes

Birthday Pancakes

If you have been following me on my website and/or my facebook page you all know I love to be creative with pancakes (I use the ones right out of the freezer as they are the only ones my kiddos will eat)…picky I know!  You can blame their mama (Short order cook)! 🙁

This morning is my daughters 5th birthday so I decided instead of the typical stack of pancakes with syrup ~ I would make them into a birthday cake!  4 pancakes stacked with pink frosting and sprinkles on top…oh, and 5 candles of course!!!  I made the frosting with powdered sugar, milk & red food coloring (just a little to make it pink)!  She loved it and so did the daycare kiddos! 🙂

Avery Birthday Collage- 2013

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Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce (Slow Cooker)

Cinnamon Apple Sauce

My son loves applesauce and takes a little container of it to school in his lunch everyday!! When he was in kindergarten they made homemade applesauce as a class in a slow cooker!  He loved it so much the teacher gave him the recipe…however, over the years I misplaced it but found tons of versions on the web.  He loves cinnamon in his so I adapted a recipe that I found (which called for pumpkin pie spice) and swapped it out for cinnamon.  It was super yummy! He preferred to eat it warm but it is super yummy right out of the fridge as well.  Boy, does it make the house smell wonderful cooking all day!  Perfect for a chilly fall day.

The recipe is super easy…just peel & slice apples, mix all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low until tender!  I used a hand masher to mash the apples all up into a sauce when they were done.  I did leave a few small chucks in mine as my son likes it a little chunky!



Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

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  • 8 apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Combine the apples and water in a slow cooker; cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours. Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon; continue cooking another 30 minutes. Mash apples into a sauce.


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