This afternoon Madigan and I went and tapped an additional three trees in hopes of increasing our overall net supply of maple syrup. He was fascinated by the whole process... he picked out a tree (he found one where the woodpeckers had been first and he was so excited!), then helped me drill the hole. While I tied the jar to the tree and inserted the hose he stood and watched with his fingers in his mouth (that's the "thinking pose").
Then, we came home and made pancakes, much to his delight. I don't know if he ate more batter or cooked pancakes, but I can tell you that he had his fill of both. We experimented with adding more protein and making them with less gluten and here's what we came up with. I highly recommend using maple syrup on top for a little extra yum.
Low Gluten Pancakes:
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats, ground into powder
1/2 cup walnuts, ground into powder
1/2 cup almonds, ground into powder
1/2 cup oatbran
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons honey
Mix together thoroughly. If too thick, add more milk. If too thin add more Oat flour. We cooked them on a griddle at 350 degrees and they turned out fluffy and lightly browned.