Tuesday, October 19, 2010

PUMPKIN PANCAKES...I'M HAVING A JUNE CLEAVER DAY!!!

I was very saddened to hear that Barbara Billingsley passed away last Saturday. Leave it to Beaver was one of my very favorite television shows when I was a little girl. I grew up glued to the TV watching June Cleaver...wearing her perfectly starched dresses, an apron, and her tasteful pearls, all the while creating a nurturing atmosphere for Ward, Wally, and the Beaver! Her home was immaculate and she was always there to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner for her husband and children. She was truly America's Mom!
Well, I definitely have a lot of June Cleaver in me...today I got up (okay, I slept in a bit later than Mrs. Cleaver would have) and got dressed...making sure I wore my tasteful pearls and a seasonal hostess apron. This cute little apron is by April Cornell...
First, I brewed some delicious pumpkin flavored coffee from The Fresh Market...
Then I prepared pumpkin pancakes (a mix) from the The Fresh Market and topped them with maple syrup, also from The Fresh Market...
This is the pumpkin mold I used to get a pumpkin shape! Oh, I think June Cleaver would have loved this touch!!!

I coated the The Paula Deen pan and the pumpkin mold with Pam spray...
I think they turned out well...pumpkin-y and cute!!!

Are you a modern-day June Cleaver? Do you wear a hostess apron and pearls while preparing meals for your family? I'd love to hear from you!

31 comments:

Suburban Princess said...

Adorable!
Please join us on Friday for 'June Cleaver Day'...I will be doing a miclinky for everyone to join in!

High Heeled Life said...

I can't say I wear pearls .. but I love wearing an apron ..there is just something about it that reminds of of simplicity ... perhaps the fact that it means a meal is being homecooked and eaten around the table with family .. then at a restaurant..

Hearting your apron... we have some holiday pancake molds too.. aren't they just the best... Yumm.. xo HHL

Lily Lemontree said...

I am positive Mrs. Cleaver would be proud!! Your outfit and apron are just perfect! If we could all look this good while preparing breakfast...or any meal for that matter!!
Hope you are having a great day!

Martha said...

Miss Janice
I too am deeply sadden by Barbara Billingsley passing. For I was rerunns, I was glued wants to be all that I saw in June Cleaver. I Mama was a real life Mrs.Cleaver I adored her as much. I try everyday to live up to the standards these to wonderful ladies showed me. Miss M

Living in Lilly said...

Miss Janice, I think June Cleaver would have been proud of those pancakes! I love the pumpkin shapes.

Ashley said...

You are just too cute. My mom would love one of those pumpkin pancake molds!

Bella Michelle said...

I am wearing my pearl today in honor of Mother Cleaver!

Oh, and Pumpkin Pancakes are delish and yours are just delightful and Mrs. Cleaver would be please, I am sure. Aprons have become a new obsession with me especially all the adorable ones you can find these days.

Kathie Truitt said...

Absolutely! It's always been very important that my family remember our home by it's sweet smells, warm, homey atmosphere and the sight of a smiling mother turned out nicely. And I always wear a pretty apron.

(secret: I try to look nice even when I am scrubbing the bath tub and walking the dogs. I never want my family to remember me looking or being ugly.)

Mary Beth said...

I don't wear the pearls and apron often enough. You looked too cute in yours! I love it!
Looks like you are in full fall swing. We are here too. It's my absolute favorite time of year as far as smells and seasonings go! I love pumpkin anything!

DeAnna said...

I don't wearpearls and not always an apron but I truly adore June Cleaver and all that she stood for...did she even know that she would be helping to preserve the spirit of the housewife...to make our families happy at home? Thanks for posting - your pumpkin pancakes look delish!

Lexilooo said...

I was also so sad to hear about her passing.

I love the pumpkin mold!

I always wear my apron when cooking...I have several favorites, and just ordered a new one, actually! It should arrive later this week, I think.

I have pearls, but don't wear them as often as I should. Maybe I will wear them tomorrow.

Polish and Pearls said...

You always make the cutest food, wearing the cutest accessories!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so saddened by the death of Barbara Billingsly. If she wasn't an example during these times, she certainly was an inspiration.

You look adorable in your pearls and apron!

XO,
Jane

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

You are so cute, Miss Janice! You make the perfect June Cleaver...pearls and all! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

jeanie said...

I'm sure June Cleaver would be pleased at all those that she inspired. I absolutely love your apron. I just recently bought an apron pattern and fabric--hopefully I'll find time to get them made. Love your blog!!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Miss Janice,
Very fun pumpkin mold. Love the apron and pearls. June Cleaver would feel very at home in your home!
Valerie

Shelia said...

Well, yes, ma'am, Miss Janice - you're certainly a modern day June Clever! Look at you so cute in your little apron and pearls! Love your Halloween pancake!
No no Nannette, I'm not a June Clever. I guess I am in my heart but not on the outside! :) Heck, I don't wear shoes except when I have to! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

bevy said...

So cute... And I've always love June Cleaver. Viva la pearls!!!

Tammy B said...

I was also saddened by Barbara Billingsly's death. I heard today that Tom Bosley passed away this morning. June Cleaver and Howard Cunningham within just a few days of each other. You look so cute in your pearls and apron. Those pumpkin pancakes are so cute and yummy looking.

The Doxie Diaries said...

I love this post! She has always been my idol through the years. I must admit that I don't always dress up while I'm at home, especially now that my child is grown and it's just me but I always try to do the special things that my family love.

Lori
(Lmsbartow)

Lori said...

Just love the modern day Mrs. Cleaver, YOU!

Gwennie said...

I wear pearls and an apron almost every day. I feel incomplete without my string of pearls, and new parents at school say they are told to look for the lady with pearls on, when trying to track me down at an event. I love that wearing something so classic sets me apart.

Angie H. said...

Would love to be able to make pancakes every morning for my family... trying to figure out how to slow down and do this.
Question for you... how do you brew the perfect pot of coffee???
How many scoops or tlb spoons.. or what do I need to measure with..?
Love brewed coffee... just now sure how to do it to the best it can be.... Please help...
angieaccoun@aol.com
Thanks :)

Marie Francesca said...

Pearls and Chanel No. 5 are my signature, so they are worn with my apron daily!
I agree that it's important to take care in all things.
I love what Kathie said here, that she always wants her family to have happy home memories (paraphrased) as do I.
It's a living legacy! And certainly not tacky!!

Sally said...

I wear pearls all the time! Love this post and the pumpkin pancakes look delish!

Preppy Sue said...

I really enjoyed Leave It To Beaver reruns as a child and I definitely have a little "June Cleaver" in me!

Love your pumpkin pancake presentation, looks delicious!

Miss Janice said...

Dear Kathie Truitt,
I LOVE that you want your family to remember the sweet smells and warm, homey atmosphere you create in your home and also remember their smiling mother turned out nicely! This is something I certainly wish for!!!

Miss Janice said...

Dear Angie H,
Lord have mercy, I'm not the best Barista around the house! In fact, I made coffee at my cousin's house this weekend and there were loose grounds in the brew...eeewww!!! At home, I usually add about 3 tblsp. of ground coffee to 8 cups of water...but again, I never get it right--either too strong or too weak:)

Kara said...

My My! I do so LoVe any thing Retro., and June Cleaver is the 'model for which we all strive for'. I love the 'put together Mom' look and wish we all can be so conscious of our self and homes as she was.
Kudos to you Miss J.
LoViNgLy, Miss Kara

The Working Home Keeper said...

How beautiful! Love your blog and thanks for visitng mine!

Mary Ellen

Muffy said...

ALWAYS pearls. ALWAYS an apron. Always fabulous! Must keep up appearances! Great post. May Barbara RIP.