When the grandchildren come over unexpectedly and I don't have anything in the house to feed them that they especially like, I can always fall back on pancakes. One of the pieces of kitchen equipment that makes this really easy is a cross burner griddle. I can churn out a lot of pancakes pretty quickly to satisfy their sudden starvation.
More important to them than the recipe I use is the shapes we'll make. Lately, it's been sea creatures. This last week I ended up pouring out sharks of various varieties; Marcus is really into sharks. We'll be driving somewhere and he'll say, "Let's name as many sharks as we can. You go first." And we'll come up with a growing list. Even Ethan is identifying the generic shark, with great glee. I also made some whales , a few octupi, seahorses, even a couple of mola mola.
Since my favorite part of a pancake is the crispy edges, making things that have more convoluted shapes seems to increase my enjoyment, too!
And then there are the toppings! Oh my!