Christmas Morning Breakfast

What to Eat on Christmas Morning

Christmas is right around the corner – have you made plans for your Christmas breakfast yet? The holidays are a time for making precious memories and upholding favorite family traditions. No matter what your traditional Christmas morning looks like, everyone has to eat sometime! Whether your family likes sweet, savory, or a little bit of both, Christmas morning breakfast is the time to get creative. You may spend the morning opening gifts, watching a favorite Christmas classic, or calling relatives across the country, and opt to have a Christmas brunch after the morning festivities. Whenever you eat, you can make your Christmas breakfast or brunch the part of Christmas Day your family looks forward to the most, year after year. The options for making your Christmas breakfast a tradition are endless; you can make the family’s favorite dishes every year to help establish a tradition, or your tradition can be that each family member has their own set of special duties to help pull everything together. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

If you’re looking for some Christmas brunch ideas, why not start with some classic favorites such as muffins, baked breads, or cinnamon rolls for starters, then move on to main course items like a hearty breakfast quiche or sausage, egg, and cheese casserole. For those extra hungry holiday appetites, add in French toast, waffles, or your favorite pancakes. To wash all that deliciousness down you’ll need a tasty punch or homemade orange juice for the little ones, and perhaps a few festive mimosas for the older crowd. Invite your loved ones to join you and ask them to bring their favorite dish to add to the bounty. Your family will look forward to this Christmas morning tradition and carry it on in their own homes as they grow up and leave the nest. Get as creative as you like with your Christmas brunch, perhaps giving your special dishes their own special names, like “Elf on a Shelf Casserole” or “Rudolph’s Power Punch” and make it a lasting memory that you can always look forward to on Christmas morning.

To leave time for more fun festivities and spend less time in the kitchen, make some of your dishes ahead of time by using a slow cooker or the oven. Make-ahead breakfast is especially great for families with children, who are more interested in what’s under the tree than what’s on the Christmas breakfast table. See some ideas below for dishes you can make ahead for Christmas morning that your crew can zap in the microwave.

We hope your Christmas morning breakfast is a joyous occasion for you and your loved ones, no matter what or when you eat. Remember us when you’re out and about doing your holiday shopping this season, and stop in for a delicious homemade meal at one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Hills. We’ve got great American classics like bacon and egg dishes as well as breakfast favorites from around the world like our amazing Dutch Baby Pancakes, savory Bacon Belgian Waffles, and mouthwatering Pork Green Chile Eggs Benedict. Stop by seven days a week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and share a meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Holiday Events in Denver

Top Things to Do in Denver This Holiday Season

Are you visiting Denver this holiday season or live close to the area? Explore all the festive events and FREE activities going on during December and through January in The Mile High City! From stunning light displays to outdoor activities, there’s plenty of options for you. Take the family out for a weekend of fun or make it a romantic weekend with your significant other. One thing is for sure, the list of Denver holiday events makes it the place to be this season!

Holiday Lights

Something about Christmas lights in the cold, crisp air inspires a magical and joyful feeling that you can’t find any other time of the year. Here in Denver, there are several light displays to enjoy like the new Mile High Tree display! Suitable for all ages, there is no shortage to twinkling displays that are sure to entertain the whole family. Every light display has its own, unique theme and style, so there is never a worry of seeing the same thing twice.

Kick-off the holiday season by attending the annual parade of lights on December 6th & 7th in downtown Denver. Once the parade is over, check out the new Mile High Tree standing at 110 feet tall! Both of these Denver Christmas events are FREE to the public and are sure to offer a great time for the whole family!

In search of more light displays to help you capture the glow of the Christmas spirit? Stop by the Denver Zoo to view their Zoo Lights, a tradition that has been going on for 29 years! Or visit the Denver Botanic Gardens to enjoy their Blossom of Light display, featuring dazzling color-changing lights. Both events require tickets, but the few extra dollars are well worth it. Other light displays in the Denver area include Night Lights Denver, Christmas Lights of Denver, Light the Lights, Grand Illumination, Christmas in Color, and more!

Festive Events

If you are looking for something to do during the day or inside, there is no shortage of holiday activities. Start off your day with full bellies by enjoying a delicious brunch from The Original Pancake House. Then make your way to one of the many indoor Denver holiday events. Camp Christmas at the Stanley Marketplace is one of our favorites. From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., escape the cold by walking through a winter wonderland of history and rituals. The whole family is sure to enjoy this event, it offers a little something for everyone! You can also book tickets to “A Christmas Carol” the musical starting December 5th until December 22nd. Don’t forget to take a stroll through one of the Christmas Markets to pick up presents for all the special people in your life, and make sure you make time for the big man himself…SANTA!

Other events and activities include:

  • The Polar Express Train Ride
  • 1940’s White Christmas Ball
  • Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel
  • Santa’s Flight Academy
  • Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

Continue your favorite family traditions for Christmas in Denver, or explore our list to find new ones to add to your list!

Outdoor Winter Activities

The Mile High City has plenty of outdoor holiday activities for you and the family to enjoy. A popular favorite is ice skating which can be found throughout the city. The most popular location is in downtown Denver at Skyline Park. If you are flying into the Denver National Airport, make a quick pitstop before heading into town by enjoying complimentary ice skating.

If you are looking to get out of town and into the mountains, you’ll find plenty of winter activities.

  • Channel your inner child and set up a day of sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch or The Meadows at Elk Camp, Snowmass.
  • Visit one of Colorado’s famous ski resorts and spend the day on the mountain skiing or snowboarding.
  • Enjoy some outdoor exercise while cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
  • And lastly, take a drive out to Estes Park to take in the stunning mountain views.

No matter what activity you decide to do this Holiday season, one thing is for sure… starting off your day with a delicious breakfast meal is essential! The Original Pancake House offers breakfast and brunch from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Hills. Stop by and let our friendly staff welcome you to Denver this holiday season.


Ice Cream

Easy as Pumpkin Pie! Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

If you are like us, you are certainly counting down the days till America’s favorite foodie holiday – Thanksgiving!  Each year we welcome family and friends to our table to share a feast and give thanks for our many life blessings.  If you have friends or family visiting for the long weekend, you’ll certainly need to feed them breakfast in addition to the big feast.  Here are a couple of festive pumpkin Thanksgiving breakfast treats to share with your guests:

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt1
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk3
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup ice

 

Directions:

 

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth - this may take longer if your blender isn't very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

 

Directions:

Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds. Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

 

And of course when you get worn out from cooking, join us for breakfast in Denver over Thanksgiving weekend! We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will be open and ready to serve you over the rest of the holiday!


DIY: Breakfast Inspired Halloween Costumes!

It’s crunch time - what to dress up as for Halloween?  We always opt for breakfast inspired costumes, here are a few of our favorite ideas for easy DIY Halloween costumes.

French Toast - This cute costume idea is a great little play on words and is very easy to throw together!  First, find a striped, boat-neck shirt, a beret and perhaps a little red scarf for your neck.  Then create your “toast” by using brown and yellow poster-board to create the bread and butter.  Use string to tie around your neck and...Voila!  French Toast!

 

Bacon and Eggs - This breakfast-y costume is sure to make everyone’s mouth water!  Head to a fabric or craft store to get large pieces of felt - white and yellow for the egg, and red and white for the bacon.  Cut appropriate bacon and egg shapes for your front and back.  Either glue or sew pieces together for this complete breakfast look!  And to add a little fun, the “egg” can add devil accessories to become a “Deviled Egg” and the “bacon” can add a “Kevin” name tag to become “Kevin Bacon!”

Breakfast of Champions: Choose your favorite breakfast item - perhaps a waffle, maybe eggs and bacon, or a stack of pancakes.  Create your favorite breakfast item costume using a large piece of felt or poster board for each side of your body.  Then, visit the dollar store or craft store to find some ribbons or perhaps a small trophy to carry around as a prop and you are “Breakfast of Champions!”

If you join us for breakfast in Denver on Halloween, you will see our staff all dressed up in fun and spooky costumes!  Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween, Denver!

 


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Colorado’s Best Pumpkin Patches!

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to pick pumpkins!  We love to head out on a pumpkin-patch-desktop-wallpaper-5653-5939-hd-wallpaperscrisp fall day to one of our local Colorado pumpkin patches each year to pick a few pumpkins for our front porch.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorite pumpkin patches in Colorado for you to explore and enjoy with the whole family.  And of course, we highly recommend you visit us for breakfast in Denver at the Original Pancake House before you head out to the fields, you’ll need a fully belly to help you on your pumpkin search!

Anderson Farms 

Location: 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516

Dates: September 21st through October 31st, 2016

This pumpkin patch has something for every age group!  With 70 varieties of pumpkins to pick, hayrides, barrel cart rides, petting zoo, zombie paint ball for the older kids, an enormous corn maze, and delicious food offerings, you could spend all day (and night!) at this family-friendly pumpkin patch.  Look for the giant pumpkin a top their grain silo as you approach.

 

Mueller’s Little Farm

Location: 6190 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

Dates: October 15th & 16th, October 22nd & 23rd, October 29th & 30th, 2016

Mueller’s Little Farm hosts their pumpkin patch during the last three weekends of October.  This patch features free entry for the whole family, several pumpkin varieties including “jumbo crazy big pumpkins,” home-baked goods, hot coffee and cider, a magic show, toys, slides, a hay bale pyramid, and chickens to feed.

 

Rock Creek Farms

Location: 2005 S 112th St, Broomfield, CO 80020

Dates: September 24th through October 31st, 2016

Rock Creek Farm features over 100 acres of U-Pick-Em pumpkin fields to explore. In addition they have a hay bale maze and over six miles of corn mazes.  Tots will love to check out their pigs, goats, ponies, donkeys, chickens and other farm animals and fall festive treats including caramel apples and baked goods.   Moms and Dads will enjoy perusing the selection of fall decorations such as gourds, Indian corn, straw bales and more.

 

Mile High Farm

Location: 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett, CO 80102

Dates: Saturday & Sunday from October 1st through October 30th, 2016

Mile High Farms features an antique tractor hay ride to and from the pumpkin patch, big and little kid sized corn mazes, bouncy castles, wagon and tractor tire corn pits, Grover’s Garden farm animals, unlimited barrel cart rides, and a farmer’s playground.

 

Flat Acre Farm

Location: 11321 Dransfeldt Rd, Parker, CO 80134

Dates: September 24th through October 31st, 2016

Douglas County’s newest locally owned and operated family farm, Flat Acres Farm includes a pumpkin patch, a giant bale maze and haunted maze, and a petting zoo.  Kids of all ages will enjoy activities including giant jenga, cornhole, duck races, bouncy houses, and a giant swing set.

 

Happy fall and happy pumpkin picking Denver!


Breakfasts Around the World

There are all kinds of things people eat for breakfast in America, but have you ever wondered what people eat in other parts of the world? We thought it would be fun to take a look at international breakfasts popular around the globe and get a glimpse into what’s on the breakfast table in other countries. When you want to try something a little different for the morning meal at your house, why not take some new breakfast ideas from another culture?

 

In the Japanese culture, one popular dish for breakfast is Chawanmushi, a savory egg custard dish steamed in a cup or tea bowl. This is one of the few Japanese dishes eaten with a spoon, since egg custard can’t be picked up using traditional chopsticks. This unique dish can be eaten either hot or cool. The egg mixture is flavored using soy sauce, dashi (a soup and cooking stock used in Japanese cuisine), and mirin (rice wine). Other items such as shiitake mushrooms, gingko, boiled shrimp, and kamaboko (a processed seafood product popular in Japan) make the dish complete.

 

If you’re ever in Scotland, you might find haggis being served up for breakfast. This hearty Scottish delicacy is basically a crumbly meat pudding made with minced liver, heart, and lungs combined with onions, suet, oatmeal, and various seasoning and spices cooked in a natural or synthetic casing. It can be cooked in a pot of boiling water, a covered casserole dish, or in the microwave. Traditional side dishes include mashed potatoes and turnips. This savory meat dish has been around for hundreds of years and doesn’t show any signs of waning in popularity.

 

People in China and Thailand love rice porridge for breakfast. In China it’s known as Congee, in Thailand it’s called Jok. This breakfast porridge is made by boiling white rice until it becomes saturated with water and the grains begin to break down. Once you have your porridge, seasonings and toppings can be of your own choice. Some of the most popular choices include pork, fish, duck, seafood, fried or poached egg, shallots, onion, ginger, soy sauce, white or black pepper, peanuts, and avocado. This dish is very versatile, and since rice is gluten-free it has become even more popular in recent years.

 

If you’ve ever spent a winter in Sweden, you know it can be extremely cold and harsh. The Swedish people had to learn to adapt their diet to accommodate these conditions, and one way they did so was by incorporating soured milk and cultured dairy food products into their breakfast menu. Filmjolk is a favorite traditional Scandinavian cultured dairy food that can be found on many Swedish breakfast tables. This thick, tangy yogurt is a go-to breakfast staple year-round in Sweden, not just in winter.

 

Recipes for many international breakfasts can be found online if you’re feeling adventurous and ready to try out some new breakfast ideas in your own kitchen. When you’re looking for a great traditional American breakfast in the Denver area, come by and see us for a delicious homemade meal at one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Hills. We’ve got good old bacon and egg dishes along with a few of our own international breakfast favorites like our super popular Dutch Baby Pancakes, our savory Bacon Belgian Waffles, and our mouthwatering Cherry Kijafa Crepes, and our authentic Swedish Lacy Pancakes. Stop by any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and share a meal with our other happy customers. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Origin of Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is a breakfast and brunch classic whose origins are hotly debated in some epicurean circles. There are several credible stories about how Eggs Benedict origins, and published references to this dish dating back over 100 years. Back in 1942, a retired New York stockbroker named Lemuel Benedict gave an interview to The New Yorker magazine in which he claimed he walked into the Waldorf Hotel 48 years earlier in 1894 looking for a cure for his morning hangover and reportedly ordered "buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon and a hooker of hollandaise." According to this version of the story, the maître d'hôtel Oscar Tschirky was so impressed with the dish that he put it on the breakfast and luncheon menus, but substituted ham and a toasted English muffin for the bacon and toast.

 

Another version of Eggs Benedict origin published in a column in The New York Times magazine in September 1967, a man named Craig Claiborne wrote about a letter he received from Edward P. Montgomery, an American living in France. In the letter Montgomery supposedly related that Eggs Benedict was created by Commodore E.C. Benedict, a banker and yachtsman, who died in 1920. Montgomery included a recipe for the breakfast dish, stating that he received it from his mother, who had received it from her brother, who was a friend of the Commodore.

 

Yet another version that was put forth in November of that same year (1967) by Mabel C. Butler of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts refutes Claiborne’s version in a letter printed in The New York Times Magazine, and gives credit to Delmonico’s, another famous New York institution, for the delicious recipe. Butler claimed that the "true story, well known to the relations of Mrs. LeGrand Benedict", went like this:

 

“Mr. and Mrs. Benedict, when they lived in New York around the turn of the century, dined every Saturday at Delmonico's. One day Mrs. Benedict said to the maitre d'hotel, "Haven't you anything new or different to suggest?" On his reply that he would like to hear something from her, she suggested poached eggs on toasted English muffins with a thin slice of ham, hollandaise sauce and a truffle on top.” [4]

 

Regardless of its true origins, Eggs Benedict continues to inspire new breakfast creations even today. In 2005, food historian Mary Gunderson created Eggs Benedict XVI in honor of Pope Benedict XVI, who was born in Germany. This variation uses traditional German ingredients with the English muffin replaced by rye bread, and bacon is replaced with either sausage or sauerbraten.

 

At the Original Pancake House, we realize that there may never be total clarity on which of these interesting stories regarding Eggs Benedict origin is true, but that’s okay. We love this dish, so much so that we serve four variations! When you visit us, you’ll have your choice of Traditional Eggs Benedict, Mary’s Eggs Benedict, Pork Green Chile Eggs Benedict, or Veggie Eggs Benedict. We think you’ll love it, no matter which version you try, and you can partake of this breakfast and brunch staple any day of the year – you don’t have to wait for National Eggs Benedict Day celebrated on April 16! And don’t worry, the infamous Benedict Arnold had nothing to do with creating this dish, although he may have enjoyed it for breakfast.

 

The Original Pancake House still holds fast to our founding principles of quality, service, and friendliness. Our top quality food made from scratch daily and our superior customer service keep families returning to our restaurant year after year. We work hard to create a warm, friendly, family atmosphere where everyone is welcome, and any time is the right time for a delicious breakfast – whether you order Eggs Benedict or something equally satisfying. Come by today at our Denver Tech Center or Cherry Hills location, and experience America’s finest pancake house, where friendly service and breakfast, brunch or lunch can be enjoyed from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Easy & Portable Summer Snacks for Kids

Does it seem like you never have enough snacks on hand to feed all the hungry kiddos who pass through your kitchen during the summer? We’ve got some easy, delicious, healthy summer snack ideas kids will love for the flavor, color, and crunch, and you’ll love the fact that these summer snacks are both portable and practical. You don’t have to spend a ton of money or take a food design class to produce good looking, tasty snacks your kids will gobble up.

Fruit necklaces

It doesn’t get much more portable than a snack you can wear! All you need is some fresh fruit (we suggest strawberries, blueberries, and grapes), a chunky yarn needle, and some elastic cord and you’ve got a fun summer snack to make, wear, and eat.
Instructions:
1. Wash fruit
2. Cut a two-foot length of elastic cord, thread onto yarn needle, and knot one end
3. Thread fruit onto cord
4. Tie off and wear/ eat

Fruit and cheese kabobs

A great way to use any leftover fruit from your edible necklace project; just add cheese cubes and make fresh, healthy, portable summer snacks on a stick using wooden skewers found at any grocery store.

Fruit salad to go

Small cellophane bags make perfect to-go containers for a fresh fruit salad. Just layer red and green grapes, apple slices, mandarin orange sections, sliced strawberries, and whole blueberries, tie off with ribbon and you’ve got a portable summer snack that is both colorful and fun.

Watermelon Popsicles

Easy-peasy watermelon to go! Simply cut watermelon in wedge-shaped pieces, cut a small slice in the center of the rind, and insert a popsicle stick. Voila! Watermelon popsicles to go! Easiest snack ever.

Veggies and dip cups

Lose the fear of double dippers with these handy portable veggie cups. Choose your favorite dip or hummus flavor and place ¼ cup in the bottom of a plastic cup. Add fresh veggies like asparagus spears, celery sticks, sugar snap peas, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, jicama, and red, yellow, and green bell pepper slices (and any other crunchy veggie long enough to stand up in a cup). It doesn’t get much better than a fresh, healthy summer snack in a cup. You can make these ahead of time and store them in the fridge for easy access.

Blueberry chia popsicles

Easy to make, fun to eat on the go. Just 5 ingredients and the time it takes to freeze, these healthy summer snacks will be a hit with kids and adults alike this summer. Cool off in a deliciously healthy way with these frozen treats.
Instructions:
1. Blend: 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
2. 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
3. ½ of a large avocado
4. 1 banana
5. 1 cup almond milk
Pour blended mixture into popsicle molds and freeze (approximately 8 hours or make ahead the night before). Makes 6 to 10 popsicles, depending on the size of your popsicle molds. Any leftovers can be enjoyed as a smoothie.

Homemade granola bars

Kids love granola bars, but store-bought bars can be expensive and loaded with preservatives. Why not make your own at home, and always have some on hand to grab and go? Check out these eight easy gluten-free homemade granola bar recipes From Bless This Mess that include peanut butter, chocolate, nuts, cranberries, and white chocolate.

Whether you choose a fresh fruit treat, crunchy, colorful veggies, and dip, a gluten-free homemade granola bar, or a fabulous frozen summer popsicle, these easy to make portable summer snacks are simple to assemble for your next backyard picnic or a trip to the park, and sure to please even the pickiest snackers.

When you’re out and about in Denver this summer and you need a delicious homemade meal or snack to keep you and the crew fueled up for all your summer adventuring, head on over to one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver area. You can find us at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Breakfast Recipes for Camping

As the summer draws to a close, lots of families are heading out for one last camping trip. If this is you and you’re wondering what to pack for the family to eat on those crisp mornings around the campfire, we’ve got some suggestions for delicious campfire breakfasts.

First, make sure you have packed everything you need to handle breakfast camping. Use this list to help you as you prepare for your next camping trip:

  • Waterproof matches
  • Foil
  • Utensils for eating
  • Cooking utensils
  • Sharp knife
  • Cast iron pot or frying pan (with lid if possible)
  • Coarse salt
  • Favorite seasonings
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Breakfast meat (bacon, sausage links or patties, or other family favorite)
  • Plates and bowls

Now that you’ve assembled all the necessary items for a killer meal, here are some favorite breakfast recipes while camping:

Easy scrambled eggs. The trick to this recipe is to mix things up before you leave. Just a few simple steps and you’ll have light, fluffy, delicious scrambled eggs.

  1. First, scramble your eggs in a bowl with your favorite ingredients; diced ham, onion, shredded or cubed cheese, and seasonings. Once scrambled, pour the mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag and toss it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, load up the cooler with other perishables and place the bag of frozen scrambled eggs on top.
  2. The next morning, heat a pot of water on your camp stove or over the campfire until it boils and place the tightly sealed plastic bag in the water, reducing it to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Shake the bag around a bit during cooking to ensure the contents are evenly cooked.
  4. When your egg mixture is light yellow all the way through, your eggs are cooked and ready to serve, with nothing to clean but the empty bag.

 

Breakfast Egg Bake in Foil. Do you love breakfast casseroles? So do we! Here’s a quick and easy way to get that casserole feeling with tinfoil and a campfire.

Ingredients:

  • One 28 ounce package of frozen, shredded hash brown, thawed
  • 1-1/1 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup of milk

Instructions:

  1. Prepare campfire or grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in thawed hash browns, diced ham, and 3/4 cup of shredded cheese.
  3. Divide the mixture between four 18x12 inch pieces of heavy-duty nonstick foil. (To ensure no sticking, spray foil with cooking spray or coat with butter or oil.) Fold and seal foil tightly around mixture.
  4. Place packets over the prepared campfire, camping stove, or grill; cook 9-10 minutes or until hash browns are tender and eggs are cooked through. Open packets carefully. Serve in individual packets or empty onto plates and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Breakfast Bagels. Are you more of a hold-it-in-your-hand kind of breakfast eater? We’ve got you covered! This yummy recipe for breakfast bagels will warm your hands and your tummy at the same time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of smoked ham, bacon, or sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bagel, sliced
  • Butter
  • 1 slice of cheese, your choice

Instructions:

  1. Cook ham, bacon, or sausage
  2. Fry the egg, flipping to cook it all the way through, breaking yolk to prevent it from making bagel too soggy
  3. Butter insides of bagel halves
  4. Place bagel in a prepared hot frying pan or on a griddle with buttered sides down
  5. Press bagel into a pan to toast
  6. Trim egg to fit inside bagel; pile trimmings on the top of the egg
  7. Layer meat, egg, and cheese on one half of cut bagel
  8. Place another half of bagel on top to make a breakfast sandwich

Breakfast Burritos. How about a really good campfire breakfast you can cook right on top of those leftover coals from last night’s campfire? Enter, breakfast burritos. These burritos can be assembled in your kitchen and packed in the cooler to take along, saving time and mess at the campsite.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen hash browns
  • 8 oz cooked ham, diced
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, creole seasoning, or seasoning mix of your choice
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican mix, or family favorite)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can green chiles (optional)
  • 8 (12-inch) flour tortillas

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Brown onions and add hash browns. Cook for 1-2 minutes and add ham. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture is browned throughout (approximately 8-10 mins.)
  2. While hash browns, onion, and ham are cooking, whisk eggs in a large bowl and add seasoning. Add eggs to browned potatoes, onion, and ham and cook mixture until eggs have set, stirring frequently. Add green chiles, cilantro, and cheese if desired.
  3. Warm tortillas and put part of the mixture in the center of each, rolling like a burrito, and wrap tightly in tin foil. Place in a zip-top bag for storage in refrigerator or cooler.
  4. Place foil-wrapped burritos on hot campfire coals when ready to cook. Turn once until packets are thoroughly heated, about 10-15 minutes, depending on how hot your coals are.

There you have it, four great breakfast camping recipes to try the next time you pack up and head for the woods. When you’re back from your camping trip and hanging out in Denver, come by and see us for a delicious homemade meal or snack at one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver area. You can find us at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Things To Do in Denver This Father's Day

If you’re searching for fun things to do in Denver with dad this Father’s Day, we’ve got a great list of options for you to choose from. Does dad love cultural events? Festivals? Museums? Sports? Concerts? Fine dining? Denver’s got all that and more going on this year.
Let’s face it, dads like to eat and most of them love to eat barbeque! The Denver Barbeque Festival at Bronco’s Mile High Stadium, located at 1701 Bryant St., Ste. 700, Denver, CO 80204, will have dads from miles around following their noses to the tasty treats available all weekend, from June 14th through Father’s Day, June 16th. Believe it or not, admission is free Friday from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM; Saturday from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM; and Sunday from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Take the family and fuel up for all your other Father’s Day activities. Some of the country's most award-winning BBQ legends have been invited to participate in America's biggest Father's Day barbeque. BBQ and beverages will be available to purchase, and all-inclusive VIP experiences are also available for one of the most fun things to do in Denver. Spend some quality time enjoying cold drinks and killer live music while you grab a slab, pound some pork, or bury your face in some brisket.

Is dad a sports fan?

If you celebrate a day early by attending the Denver Barbeque Festival on Saturday, why not book a tour while you’re at Mile High Stadium through the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame to see the museum honoring Colorado sports legends and visit the 'back of the house' where the Broncos play for Father’s Day? Open Monday through Saturday from 10am-3pm. Tours begin each hour and are 75 minutes in length. Adults $20, children and seniors $15, and groups $10.

Does dad consider himself king of the castle?

Indulge his fantasy at the Colorado Renaissance Festival starting June 15th. Price: $12-$24. Flashback to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. Saturdays and Sundays only, open 10:00 AM-6:30 PM rain or shine, but leave the pets at home, please.

How about celebrating Juneteenth for Father’s Day?

Experience two full days of live music and fun June 15th and 16th. The yearly Juneteenth Parade starts the fun beginning promptly at 11:00 am. The #DREAMBIG Awards Ceremony will commence at 12:00 pm on the main stage in the Historic Five Points Neighborhood, Denver Colorado at 27th & Welton Street. Enjoy and engage with hundreds of vendors while the kids play in the youth zone.

Is dad a beer connoisseur?

Would he like to be? Take him on a tour of some cool Denver microbreweries this Father’s Day via The Denver Microbrew Tour, a guided walking tour through downtown Denver, Colorado’s historic LODO (lower downtown) and Ballpark Neighborhood districts. If dad would be thrilled to learn why Denver has been dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer”, or about the history of Denver and how it became the city it is today, then this is the tour for him. Weekend tours available at noon and 3:15 (tour duration is three hours). Tickets are $40 per adult. Check for availability online.

When you’re out and about in the Denver area on Father’s Day and you need a delicious meal or snack to tide you over and keep you going on your family adventure discovering fun things to do in Denver, head on over to one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver area. You can find us at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


How To Make Pancake Art

Pancakes are a breakfast staple in many homes. Want to jazz up your breakfast table? We’ve got a great suggestion – make pancake art! What is pancake art? It’s the art of making your pancakes something special, and it’s not as hard as it may seem. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make amazing pancakes that your kids will love. Thanks to our friends at Instructables Cooking, here’s everything you need to know to make pancake art for your next family breakfast. If you’re short on inspiration for the shape of your artful pancakes, do a Google search for something simple like pieces of fruit, a house, a tree, a bicycle, etc. Adding the word “illustration” can help you find simplified drawings you can print out to follow as you recreate the shape using pancake batter in different colors.

  1. Make a list of the supplies you’ll need, and gather them:
  • pancake mix
  • eggs
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • gel food coloring
  • drawing or illustration to follow
  • list of colors needed
  • one large / one medium mixing bowls
  • 6-8 small mixing bowls
  • metal whisk
  • measuring cups
  • variety of sizes of squeeze bottles, some with thinner metal tips
  • stovetop pancake griddle
  • large, thin silicone spatula
  • masking tape
  • sharpie or pen
  1. Mix up a double batch of pancake batter but add an extra quarter cup of milk or water to make it a little runnier than normal. This helps the batter flow through the narrow end of the finely tipped squeeze bottles you’ll be using for your pancake art.
  2. Make labels for all the bottles you’ll be using to create your pancake art with the masking tape and sharpie pen, so there’s no question which color is in which bottle. Tip: Use larger bottles with larger holes for the colors you’ll use to fill in larger areas, saving the smaller bottles with finer tips for outlines, small details, and colors you’ll use less.
  3. Use a small mixing bowl for your first batch of colored batter. Use enough of the gel food coloring to make it vibrant (kids love bright colors!) and repeat using the other small bowls until all your colors are mixed. Use a funnel to fill your labeled bottles with the appropriate color of batter.
  4. Turn the burners on 'LOW' to heat up the pan or griddle you’ll be using. Coat the surface of the pan with a little oil to make it easier to flip your pancake art and ensure it won’t stick to the pan.
  5. Carefully outline each area before filling it in. This helps construct a small “retaining wall” to keep the colored batter where you want it.
  6. As you fill each section, make sure all sections are touching to help form one solid pancake that holds together when you flip it.
  7. Once all sections are bubbling on the surface, gently insert your spatula around the edges to ensure your pancake is ready to flip. If it moves easily with just a slight nudge from you, it’s ready. Flip it over and behold your pancake art!

Mother and Daughters Making Pancake Art

You can create just about anything with pancakes, food coloring and a little imagination. Get your children or grandchildren involved and make it a tradition, following different themes such as summertime fun, back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter wonderland, spring flowers, and so on. Don’t think you have to stick to breakfast for your pancake extravaganza, either. Pancakes make great lunch, brunch, and snack time treats – you can even have them for dinner if you like.

When you don’t have time to make pancake art and you’re in the Denver area hungry for a delicious meal that tastes like home, head on over to one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver area. You can find us at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


5 Things to Do in Denver This Mother's Day

Are you looking for some really good ideas for Mother’s Day activities this year? If you’re searching for fun things to do in Denver with mom, we’ve got some great family-friendly suggestions for activities she might enjoy!

1. Have a Mother’s Day Brunch with The Velvet Elvis

For something truly unique, why not start the day by taking mom out to brunch at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, located at 1215 20th Street in Denver, and enjoy being serenaded by Mr. Johnny Barber, aka The Velvet Elvis? The show starts at 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am) and there is no cover charge. This special Mother’s Day event isn’t something you’ll see every day, and mom is sure to love this special performance if she’s an Elvis fan.

2. Sit Back and Enjoy Spectacular Spa Treatments

Mother and Daughter Spa DayA favorite among the many things to do in Denver is a spa visit. For a truly relaxing, pampering experience, choose the spa at the Brown Palace where mom can enjoy a Colorado River Stone Massage and stay hydrated with the artesian water that comes from the hotel’s own well. If mom could go for a full body spa treatment using craft beer, check out the urban sanctuary that is the Ritz-Carlton Spa for a stimulating Microbrew Ex’beer’ience to smooth, tighten, and hydrate her skin as she relaxes, renews, and refreshes her body and soul. The spa also offers unique waterfall experiences, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, and salon services that include facials and massage treatments. Mom deserves this kind of special treatment every day of the year, but especially on Mother’s Day!

3. Smell the Flowers at The Denver Botanic Gardens

Mother's Day FlowersYou can’t beat the Denver Botanic Gardens when it comes to favorite things to do in Denver. One of the top five botanic gardens in the country, this is truly an oasis of beauty and peace in the midst of the city. Stroll through the grounds, pause to sit on a secluded bench and take in the scent of blossoming flowers and growing plants, enjoy the beauty of vibrant bursts of color and greenery, and feel your body, mind, and spirit being renewed. If mom would love to take home some plants of her own, surprise her with an early Mother’s Day gift and take her to the Spring Plant Sale Friday, May 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or Saturday May11th  from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to both the plant sale and the gardens is free both days!

4. Explore One of The Denver Museums

Denver is loaded with world-class museums to suit every mom looking for cool things to do in Denver. The Denver Art Museum, one of the largest art museums between the West Coast and Chicago, is always a popular destination for art-loving moms, with extensive art collections, hands-on activities for visitors, and world-class exhibitions. If mom loves contemporary art, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver's first institution devoted entirely to contemporary art in a new, environmentally sustainable facility. The Clyfford Still Museum, with more than 3,000 artworks in the collection, is the place to visit if mom is a fan of the Abstract Expressionism movement.

5. Watch a Performance at a Theatre in Denver

Is mom a theatre buff? For memorable things to do in Denver on her special day, treat mom to an afternoon of musical theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex with “Sweat” at the Space Theatre, “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, or “Wicked” at the Buell Theatre.

Is classical music more mom’s style? The Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique performance at Boettcher Concert Hall in the heart of the theatre district is sure to thrill and delight her this Mother’s Day. Times and prices for all events can be found on the website.

When you’re out and about in the Denver area with mom on Mother’s Day and you need a delicious meal that tastes like home, head on over to one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver area. You can find us at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you soon! Have a happy Mother’s Day!