"School’s Out for Summer" Breakfast–Orange Julius and Shaped-Pancakes

I saw this idea a while ago on Emily’s blog (check out her cool Eiffel Tower pancakes!). I have been wanting to do this with my kids, but was waiting for the opportune moment. Kira finished first grade yesterday, and with no where to be this morning, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate!
These are really pretty easy to do if you have a squeeze bottle. I found this “mustard” bottle and its ketchup counterpart together at the Dollar Spot in Target. I had to cut the opening a little more, so the pancake batter could flow easily. (I used a good mix from Fresh & Easy).
You “draw” the outline of your design and let it cook for a minute before filling it in with batter. My first attempt, the sun, broke in the flipping process, so I wouldn’t recommend a design with a lot of appendages.
I made the sun and a beachball for me (not the best of the lot). Kira got a flower and a flip-flop. Trenton got a rocket ship and an alien space ship. He isn’t unhappy in this picture. He is actually making spaceship sounds! These were a big hit!
And as if that weren’t enough, we made Orange Julius to drink! This has quickly become a favorite. My mom used to make this for us, and I always thought it tasted better than the ones you could buy at the mall. Here is her recipe:


Orange Julius

Orange Julius


  • Orange Julius
  • MIX together in blender and blend well:
  • 1 (6 0z.) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 t. Vanilla
  • 16 to 20 ice cubes


  1. Orange Julius
  2. MIX together ingredients in blender.
  3. BLEND on high for a few minutes until ice is finely blended.
  4. SERVE immediately.
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  1. I love the pancakes, they are a really good idea. I have written down your orange julius recipe, I am going to make that for my daughter 🙂

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for the tip about using a squirt bottle. It’s going on my Dollar Store wish list. 🙂

  3. PeavoyMom says

    Those are super cool!!! Thanks for the mustard bottle tip, I just make the same old mickey mouse pancakes every time. It’s time to get creative!!!

  4. Mrs. Querido says

    My kids would LOVE this! So cool! Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

  5. Wow! I am impressed! I am so gonna have to try that. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  6. Cassiopeia says

    You can recycle a ketchup squeeze bottle to use to make pancakes too.

  7. I have made the orange Julius, it’s so good! Very sweet, but so good. Highly recommend


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