PancakeBot Is Pancake Printing To Make Breakfast Cooler


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Sorry to make you hungry, but I saw something that is very cool!  Designer Miguel Valenzuela created the PancakeBot, which is a robot that draws intricately designed pancakes.  The current design of the device consists of an acrylic body, an Arduino Mega, and two Adafruit Motor Shields, vacuum pump for batter control and of course a griddle. The initial version of the device was made out of LEGO blocks.  The new version of the machine was featured at the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 17th-18th.

Miguel continues to improve upon the design while living in Norway and is using PancakeBot in after school programs to teach kids about engineering, robot building and programming, and eating pancakes.  Here is a video of what the PancakeBot is all about!  Also, there is an animated video called the Breakfast Gallop that took 7 days, 50 pancakes, and lots of reworking.

Learn more about PancakeBot at: http://pancakebot.com/

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Weekend Planning: 2014 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast


Geek Alabama Weekend Planning

This Saturday in Anniston, the City Meeting Center will be transformed into a massive fundraiser for the Anniston Kiwanis.  This Saturday, from 6 am to 1 pm, at the Anniston City Meeting Center, anyone can have a great pancake breakfast with flapjacks and sausage, and a drink!  The Kiwanis is expecting around 4,000 of people to attend this year, so it’s best to get there early to avoid the long lines!

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Pancake Day was started in 1985 and is their primary fundraiser.  It supports Back to School Shopping for 100-125 students and all other projects funded by the Kiwanis Club of Anniston. This event has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Just in 2012 & 2013, over $100,000 was raised to benefit their projects.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door.  And the meal will include three pancakes, two pieces of sausage, and either coffee, orange juice, or a Buffalo Rock Pepsi drink.  Regular and sugar-free syrup will be available.  And of course, butter will be available for the pancakes.  For the ones who can’t eat at the City Meeting Center, you can take out your breakfast as well!

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Members recommend you arrive before 8 am if you want to beat the crowds.  The worst time for the crowds will be between 8-10 am.  There will be around 100 people from various Kiwanis clubs including the Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Builders Club, Circle K, and Aktion Club, helping out with the tasks including making the pancake batter, serving the food, cleaning the tables, cooking the pancakes and sausage, and more!  In the kitchen which is in the back and outdoors in a tent, every oven will be used to cook sausage and there will be many grills going to cook pancakes.  During the breakfast rush, you might have to wait for a few minutes for the crew to catch up, but you will get fresh and hot off the grill pancakes.  While the adults are cooking the pancakes and sausage, the kids will be cleaning the tables, serving the food, making the batter, and more, this is a true team effort!

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Volunteers from the various Kiwanis Clubs will begin cooking sausage and making pancakes as early as 3 am Saturday morning.  They would like to see the entire community come out and have a good time.  The 2014 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast takes place on Saturday March 1st from 6 am to 1 pm at Anniston City Meeting Center.  To learn more, go to: http://www.annistonkiwanis.com/

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Strawberry Pancakes


Since Valentines Day is only a few days away.  I wanted to do something that a guy could cook easily and maybe do a breakfast in bed for your lady.  Strawberry pancakes with homemade syrup is something that could be made very easily and everyone will love.  I really enjoyed the fresh strawberries in the pancakes.  And the homemade syrup is better for you than the stuff bought in a store.  Let’s get started!

Strawberry Pancakes

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the milk, oil, egg and vanilla, and mix until well blended. Stir in the strawberries.

2. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, and coat with butter or cooking spray. Pour batter into desired size of pancakes. Flip with a spatula when bubbles appear in the center. Cook until golden brown on the other side.

Homemade Syrup

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan, combine the sugars, water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat. Broil for 7 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla. Cool for 15 minutes.

This was a very good breakfast this morning.  I had some scrambled eggs and some milk with the pancakes.  And it was very good!  And I am now starting to get the hang of food photography.