If you aren’t aware by now, the Olympic Games are well underway and the medals for the USA are already adding up. Whoop! Whoop! We are die hard sports fans in our household which means that for the duration of the games, there is always at least one television on with the coverage playing.
This year is Mareena’s first time watching the games (seeing as she’s only two) and she certainly seems to have an affinity for what’s going on. She will actually sit and watch a good bit of it, and as toddlers do best, mimic a lot of what’s shown on the screen. I’ll catch her doing “headstands” while trying to copy the gymnast’s somersaults on floor routines or beams. However, what excites me the most is when she crouches down and pretends as if she is in the blocks at the startline while she watches the sprinters during Track & Field coverage.
I’m pretty sure I mostly get excited because at some point in my life I actually thought that one day I’d be at the Olympic Games, getting set to take off from that startline after years of training and dreaming. Of course I didn’t picture myself being in blocks because I was no sprinter! Mid-distance all day baby!
Much of Mareena’s interests stems from the fact that she’s just a curious little human with lots of new things to explore and learn. It definitely makes me dream about my past and even hope for the future that I might one day still find myself at those games, but as a spectator to my child’s dreams coming true. Hey, who knows?!
Until then, we will continue to watch and be inspired by all of those amazing athletes. On this particular morning I was inspired to make breakfast a tad bit more fun with an attempt at Olympic Ring Pancakes. Check out the recipe below.
2 cups Bisquick Mix
½ cup Coconut Milk
Assorted Food coloring
Preheat a griddle to 350.
Mix the pancake batter with the milk and eggs. (Follow the mix instructions)
Separate the mix into five separate bowls.
Add the recommended amount of food coloring drops to each bowl. I tend to just eyeball it.
Add colored pancake batter to individual squeeze bottles.
Once the griddle is heated, make your rings as large, or small, as you want. After several failed attempts at trying to interconnect them while cooking, I decided to try cooking them all individually. You could also make regular pancakes and use a cookie cutter to remove the insides to create the rings.
After the pancakes are cooked thoroughly and cooled, plate them and interconnect them by breaking or cutting open one end of each ring.
The colors are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The rings are a representation of unity and the gathering of the five continents, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
Enjoy your breakfast made for champions! I hope y’all found the Olympic treat fun, tasty, and a great way to start up the conversation of what’s happening at the Olympics. I’d love to see your Olympic Ring Pancakes. If you make them be sure to post a pic in the comments below.