Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes

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Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

One of my favorite childhood memories involves weekend mornings, when I’d get up early with my dad to make Mickey Mouse pancakes together. They weren’t Pinterest-worthy by any means, but I loved everything about them, from the mixing of the batter to “designing” them to the way they tasted. After I became a mom to Essley a few years ago, I couldn’t wait to repeat this tradition with her. And when she turned a year old, we started making our own Mickey Mouse pancakes together. They quickly became her favorite breakfast, and now they’re Emmett’s favorite as well. I’m a very visual person, and I’ll admit that a lot of times when I’m preparing food, the way the finish product looks is even more important to me than how it tastes. With our family Mickey Mouse pancakes, this is not the case. They are rarely symmetrical and their decor is far from fancy. For this meal it’s all about the process and spending time together as a family to create a breakfast that is fun, inspired by a character we love, and perfectly imperfect (just like our family; awwww). Today I’m teaming up with our friends at Disney Junior to share a glimpse into our special Mickey Mouse pancake making tradition (including how to make your own), inspired by one of our favorite shows, Mickey & The Roadster Racers.

Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes

INGREDIENTS:

Pancake or Baking Mix (feel free to make from scratch if you’re feeling motivated!)
Eggs (our mix requires this)
Milk (our mix requires this)
Coconut oil or butter
Bananas
Blueberries
Pure maple syrup

Follow your pancake mix to combine necessary ingredients (in our mix, that’s the powder, eggs, and milk). Heat a griddle or large pan to medium heat and melt enough coconut oil (this is what we use) or butter to adequately cover the surface in order to prevent sticking. For each pancake, use either a mixing bowl with a spout, a pitcher, or a ladle to pour batter, first to create the face, then to create two ears that will be attached to the face (at 10 and 2, if you’re looking at the face like a clock). Make sure when you pour the ears that they just barely touch at the edges between the ears and the face to allow room for the pancake to expand. Flip once the underside is golden brown. Repeat with as many pancakes as you’d like, and remove from griddle or pan when each cake is golden on both sides. Then comes the fun part – decorating. We use blueberries for the eyes and sliced bananas for the nose. Sometimes we make larger versions where we add blueberry mouths as well. Really, you can use whatever you have on hand – fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. The whole point is to have fun and get creative with your little ones, and to work together as a family. On Essley’s and ours, we drizzle with maple syrup. Emmett likes his with just fruit.

Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes

Essley decided that we should have a Mickey Mouse pancake making party the morning of July 28th for the premiere of the new episode of Mickey & The Roadster Racers on the Disney Channel, which I thought was a perfect idea. We love all of Disney Junior‘s summertime FRiYAY morning shows (favorites include Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, Lion Guard, and Elena of Avalor), but both kids are really into Mickey & The Roadster Racers right now. They love the fun theme song and Essley is all about the race cars. Robbie and I are fans of the show too, because we love the positive messages and lessons it teaches about friendship and community. And just like the process of creating our special pancakes together as family, the show emphasizes the importance of working together to accomplish things. We’re really looking forward to making our perfectly imperfect Mickey Mouse pancakes and then enjoying them while we watch together (8:30 AM on the 28th, on the Disney Channel).

You can find Disney Junior shows on two different television channels: Disney Junior (a dedicated channel that runs Disney Junior shows all day long), and Disney Channel (which airs Disney Junior shows during the morning block, and usually air new episodes first). You can also find Disney Junior goodness on their Facebook page and on their YouTube. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes
Our Perfectly Imperfect Mickey Mouse Pancakes

Who else makes Mickey Mouse pancakes with your little ones? What is your favorite Disney Junior show?

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Does Your Dog Need a Gluten-Free Diet? (Do You?)

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Issues with human nutrition and digestion are not parallel to the dog’s digestive system or immune system, yet people seem to want to apply beliefs or facts about human diet trends (which are often fads!) to their pets.  For example, the current attention being given to a “gluten free diet,” which is actually as irrelevant to most people as it certainly is to dogs. I happen to have Celiac disease myself, which is an intolerance to the gluten found in most grains that can lead to serious health consequences if you don’t rigidly avoid gluten in any form. It’s an extremely strict diet and not one most people would willingly want to adhere to unless their life depended upon it! So why would people embrace this as a fad diet, and think that “gluten free” is something to impose on their dogs. Pet owners also refer to a “grain free diet,” when honestly they don’t exactly know what they mean by “grains,” since I find people often confused and amazed that I can eat rice, corn, quinoa and other “grain shaped” food items that actually contain no gluten.

Since I am hyper-aware of what constitutes a grain (because I have to avoid most of them, especially wheat, rye, barley) I don’t know quite what to make of this general embrace of gluten-free products by people who do not actually have the disease.  Pet food trends seem to follow human food preoccupations, so that “grain free” becomes a desirable marketing catch-phrase. In reaction, pet food manufacturers are finding it useful to view “grain free” and “gluten free” as important in their products because they perceive it is a trendy thing that dog owners want. But dogs don’t have celiac disease (and relatively few people actually have it, either) and gluten is nothing to avoid if you don’t have to!

[A random example of the misperceptions about gluten-free diets is that the tennis star Novak Djokovic, once the most dominant player in the world, switched to a gluten free diet and wrote a book extolling the virtues of this choice. I imagine many people followed in his footsteps, and probably thought it would benefit their dogs, too! Perhaps they weren’t noticing that as Novak followed that gluten-free path he lost an exaggerated amount of weight so that he doesn’t look as strong and healthy as he did before, and his power and prominence has since plummeted, perhaps in part because of that diet or for personal reasons.]

Let’s go back to common sense, please! If our goals and desires for our pets’ health is driving the train of what goes into pet foods and how they are promoted, then wouldn’t it be better to go back to basics and choose a dog food based on our confidence in its overall recipe and the company’s reputation? Shouldn’t we be giving preference to pet foods that list real meat (chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.) and whole vegetables and other recognizable whole food ingredients—all hallmarks of higher quality nutrition? That’s why I choose Halo as the kibble I fed my own dogs, and most of my friends now follow my example, I’m proud to say! Let’s not distract ourselves or the pet food companies that cater to us with passing fancies about food ingredients or diet fads that are a waste of our time, and not doing a thing for our pets.

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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