Although Al is 58 years old he has the mind of an older child. I am constantly looking at ways to make his food more interesting.
The best way I get him to eat is make it appealing as if I am making if for a nine or ten-year old.
Today, I spent some time in the kitchen creating. I use my imagination, add here, change this or that, and hopefully I create some fun tasting foods that he will eat.
He has always been a big, big eater but with his illness there are plenty of days that he doesn’t want to eat and I force him by my creations or he will only eat part of what I fix.
Here is what I did today.
I took some graham cracker crumbs that I had in my cupboard. I tossed some butter in the microwave. Threw both of these into a 9×13 pan and stirred and patted. Next, I had the cheapest, generic brownie mix the store offers. I added the one egg, and the one-third cup of oil. Then I was to add two teaspoons of water but I held off on that for a moment.
I mixed to the egg and oil mixture, or should I say tossed, I don’t measure out the added items, chocolate chips, coconut, stirred and then added enough water to make it moist like cake mix. I poured this over the graham cracker mixture and baked at 350 degrees until it was done. Here is how it looks.
The next thing I did was make a batch of pancakes a head of time. Al is a pancake lover. I buy frozen ones, blueberry for him but I like the added touch that shows him I think he is special.
This is what I did.
I took Hungry Jack pancake mix. The kind you only add water. I poured out half of a new box into a bowl. I sliced up two bananas, added chocolate chips and some coconut. Then I added enough water to my eye’s liking.
Here is how these turned out, and by the way, I had to sample one of these. They do not even require syrup they are so yummy.
Lastly, I wanted to thank Lezlie and Angel for the cards they sent Al yesterday. They were very nice. I took a photo of the cards he has received so far. Just a quick F.Y. I. if anyone wants to still send Al a card of get well or something cute, please email me at
I will be glad to send you his address.
- Cake in a Mug (cardsandstitches.wordpress.com)
- Making Mickey Pancakes! (startedwithamouse28.wordpress.com)
- Banana Macadamia Nut pancakes (myasmusingsblog.wordpress.com)
- Cake Mix Pancakes (tastesoflizzyt.com)
- Breakfast Before the First Day of School: Funfetti Pancakes, Strawberry Smoothies, and More (blogher.com)
- Banana Pancakes (healthyconnectionslondon.wordpress.com)
- Banana-Coconut Pancake (superfoodista.wordpress.com)
- Blueberry Lemon Coconut Pancakes (lifeworthwandering.com)
- Chocolate Chip Muffins (low-carb-ketogenic-diets.com)
- Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (homefresh.wordpress.com)
Sounds good, I don’t experiment in the kitchen anymore. I still like baking 🙂
If Al wasn’t here I would be in the kitchen a total of less than an hour per day
Those pancakes look really good!
they are! try them!
pancakes sounded and looked just like something I would like!
may try this!
you won’t even need syrup!!!
Tom likes pancakes and waffles. He lost 9 pounds in the last 10 days and the doc wants me to step up the caloric intake. It’s tough when he tells me it hurts too much to chew. I made him a blueberry and bananna smoothie tonight and he drank most of it. He also likes a strawberry and bananna combination. Be kind to yourself, Terry.
Al likes ensure, chocolate, with chocolate ice-cream mixed in so it is more of a shake than anything. He drinks these when he isn’t feeling well. Al will lose up to 7 pounds in a week and then lose a few of them the next week. It is always a yo-yo syndrome with his weight. All together he has lost right at 50 pounds from being sick. I willl take care and make sure you do so also. We both have our plates full
Yeah for you Terry – Tom ate a 8 inch blueberry/bananna/pecan pancake this morning with warmed maple syrup. He even wanted a cup of coffee and he hasn’t wanted anything hot to drink in months. It’s amazing what we can become excited about. Tom wants another pancake for lunch – or so he said before he went back to sleep.
Al never cared for sweets until he got to this stage of his illness. Now he wants sweets all the time. He really liked his pancakes this morning for breakfast. See both our guys had great breakfast. i do get excited over the little things I guess. But with death nearing I have to look outside the box
Looks Yummy, Terry 🙂
it was really good Angel, try some
May God bless you for all your great efforts on behalf of your brother. Your cooking creations sound great.
thank you so much Sparrow
The brownies and pancakes both sound and look yummy! If Al doesn’t want to eat them I will take his share!
I have some extras, come on over and we can eat and chat!!!
That sounds MAH-velous!
I will be waiting!!!