How do you say Thank You to mom?

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and that begs the question: How best to honor your mother? How do you say “Thank You!” to this woman who has done so much for you? At The Old Mill, we suggest creating a memorable breakfast or brunch. You do the cooking, she enjoys the meal. What a wonderful way to start her special day!

Making pancakes, using our pancake mix, couldn’t be easier. Adding buttermilk creates fluffy, moist pancakes, something southerners have known for years. Fry up some bacon or just sprinkle some fresh blueberries or raspberries on top and she’ll smile the whole day through. But why not get creative to really show her that these were made especially for her! Try your hand pouring the batter onto the griddle into the shapes of letters that form your mother’s name. Better yet, just spell out MOM, or make a pancake portrait of her and you! Use a serving spoon to slowly stream the batter onto the preheated griddle or skillet. When you put those letters together on the plate, they spell “MOM.”, but flip them upside down and they spell “WOW.” That pretty much sums up a mother’s awesomeness, and it creates a lot of excitement on the plate. And in the kitchen!

Feeling more creative? Here are 10 easy ways to doctor up plain pancakes:

  1. Berry Special Pancakes: Top with fresh blueberries and raspberries after cooking, or drop some of those berries onto the pancakes before you turn them on the griddle. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with maple syrup.


  1. Chocolate Lovers: Fold mini chocolate chips into the batter – about 1/4 cup. And drizzle the finished pancakes with chocolate syrup.


  1. Banana Mama Pancakes: Add 1/2 cup mashed banana and a pinch of cinnamon to the batter and sprinkle the finished pancakes with light brown sugar.


  1. Put the Lime in the Coconut: Add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract to the pancake batter. Cook as directed. Top the pancakes with lime-flavored yogurt and a sprinkling of toasted coconut. To toast coconut, place shredded, sweetened coconut in a baking pan in a 350-degree oven about 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.


  1. Queen for the Day Pancakes: Top her pancakes with sliced, sweetened strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream.


  1. For She Who Loves Lemon: Cook the pancakes as directed, and top them with a big dollop of lemon curd and sweetened fresh blackberries. If you want to make the pancakes even more lemony, add 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest to the batter. Toss the blackberries with the lemon juice and sugar to taste.


  1. What a Peach of a Mom: Drain canned sliced peaches and toss them with cinnamon and sugar to taste. Stack the pancakes – alternating a pancake, a spoonful of peaches and juice, another pancake, etc. Top with soft whipped cream.


  1. Deli-icious Pancakes for Mom: Cook the pancakes as directed, and serve alongside smoked salmon, capers, minced onion, and fresh dill.


  1. Pancakes Madame. Top the cooked, buttered pancakes with a fried egg and cracked black pepper.


  1. Bring Home the Bacon Pancakes: Add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon to the batter before cooking. Serve with maple syrup and a side of scrambled eggs.

Here are easy pancake and waffle recipes using our mix from The Old Mill. This pancake mix is used every morning in our Pigeon Forge, TN, restaurants. To find The Old Mill Buttermilk Pancake Mix, and our full line of pancake mixes, come visit us in Pigeon Forge and bring home a bag from the General Store. Or, order the mix and a custom gift box just for mom by shopping our Old Mill Pancake Mixes.

Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup The Old Mill Buttermilk Pancake Mix

1 large egg

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Heat a pancake griddle to medium-hot, about 375 degrees. Lightly grease with oil or butter. Place the mix in a large bowl, and stir in the egg, buttermilk, and oil until ingredients just come together and are smooth. Pour less than 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form, then flip to cook on the other side, cooking until golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. Makes about 8 pancakes.

Buttermilk Waffles

1 1/4 cups The Old Mill Buttermilk Pancake Mix

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 large eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat a waffle iron. Place the mix and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the eggs and buttermilk and stir until smooth. Lightly grease the waffle iron, and pour on about 1/3 cup of batter. Close the waffle iron, and cook according to manufacturer’s directions, about 3 minutes. Makes about 5 to 6 waffles.

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