I’d like to think that I wear many hats; CEO, wife, chef, mother, and cookbook author to name a few.  Without doubt, the greatest of these is being a mother.  It’s no secret that being a mother is not always the easiest job in the world.  It is a full time duty, filled with struggles, tough decisions, and tears.  It is however also a full time job, filled with laughter, joy, and endless rewards.  The later of these two is obviously what outweighs the difficult times and makes it all worth it.  It is best put in one of my favorite quotes by Mildred B. Vermont, “Being a full time mother is one of the highest paid salaries in my field, since the payment is pure love”.  With Mother’s Day upon us, I am reminded of how truly lucky and blessed I am to be a mother.

I had to laugh this morning as I was doing my weekly grocery shopping and noticed the stores filled with flowers and family members crowded around the cards, trying to find the “perfect one” for the mother in their life.  I still remember the times my children were young and would bring home the traditional homemade gifts from school.  Our stairways are now lined with those gifts, but their ideas have gotten better with age (thankfully). This past year my three children surprised me with my favorite gift yet…breakfast in bed.  Maybe it’s the foodie in me, but there’s no better gift then my own children cooking for me.  Their little minds are so creative and their presentation skills always make me laugh.

Last year my wonderful children made me Pancakes in Bed, on one of those homemade gifts I mentioned.  The breakfast was served on a tiled tray they had painted themselves. The best part was that the flowers on my tray were freshly picked from my front porch planters and the Pancakes in Bed were truly homemade.  I tend to make most things from scratch, however when it comes to finding gluten-free pancakes that my family can actually enjoy, we have discovered gluten-free Bisquick mix.  Luckily for them the recipe is not only on the box, but easy to follow and allows room for creativity.  My kids topped the pancakes with whatever fruit we had in the house, powdered sugar, and Agave Nectar (my favorite) and shared breakfast in bed with me.  The gift of the homemade breakfast, along with the snuggle time in bed was the best way to say “Happy Mother’s Day”.  And so, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there and may your kids truly gift you the way mine have me.

Pancakes in Bed (gluten-free)

Yield: Makes 10 pancakes

These easy-to-make pancakes are a perfect way for children to say “Happy Mother’s Day”, by serving their mother Breakfast in Bed.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (I prefer Grapeseed oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of berries or bananas
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • Agave Nectar

Instructions

In medium size mixing bowl, combine Bisquick mix, milk, oil, and egg. Stir together until batter is smooth. Heat a large skillet and spray with cooking spray. Pour a little less then ¼ cup of batter onto the heated skillet. Cook pancakes until they begin to form small bubbles. Flip, top with blueberries or banana slices and cook until golden brown.

Sprinkle pancakes with powdered sugar and top with Agave Nectar. Best served in bed, with love.

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