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Bringing Imagination to Life with Pancakes and @kevin_blankenship

For more of Kevin’s fantastical pancake art, follow @kevin_blankenship on Instagram.

For Oklahoma writer, producer and cartoonist Kevin Blankenship (@kevin_blankenship), keeping his creativity alive as a working dad came in an unlikely form: pancakes.

Forgoing an inkwell for a bowl of pancake batter, Kevin brings cartoon creations to life on his griddle. As he explains, “Becoming a parent really slows your creative juices if you’re not careful. A full-time job can sap the rest. Although I don’t get to draw as much as I used to, I found a way to incorporate it into Sunday breakfast every week. The results have gotten out of control and taken a life of its own.”

"I have two eager boys who like making pancake requests," he says, "so my feed is peppered with odd, but fun submissions. The three-year-old’s requests are the toughest. If it’s not a tree monster with skeletons hanging from it, it’s a velociraptor with boxing gloves or a monster with a chicken head and octopus arms, bunny ears and big feet. I love the creativity—and he’s a tough critic. Syrup won’t solve any of my mistakes."

Want to try your hand at pancake cartooning like Kevin? He shares some pointers below.

"I use Bisquick in every recipe, milk, one egg, three tablespoons of organic sugar and one tablespoon of vanilla," Kevin explains. "I thin the batter and use condiment bottles for control."

Most importantly, however, Kevin advises, “Let the kids participate. It’s fun that way. Enjoy the mistakes (with syrup) and start simple. I started with Mickey Mouse—It’s just three circles. You don’t have to have an artistic background to do it, just have fun.”

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Daily Breakfast with @keiyamazaki

To see more of Kei’s breakfast photos, follow @keiyamazaki on Instagram.

For Tokyo Instagrammer Kei Yamazaki (@keiyamazaki), breakfast has been a passion and a daily ritual all her life. The meal is so essential to her life, when Kei first came onto Instagram nothing was more natural than to share her homemade breakfasts with the world. Now, after gathering a substantial following, Kei’s exquisite morning meals have inspired others to appreciate their love of food and breakfasts in particular.

Every morning, Kei spends anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour preparing whatever she feels like eating that day. Most days, she enjoys a one-plate, Western style breakfast consisting of pancakes, waffles or breads topped with fresh fruits or vegetables. This is accompanied by eggs, salad and a cup of handmade vegetable soup. “I try to keep a balance within the plate. For example: sweet and salty, heavy and light, as well as having a good mix of colors,” explains Kei. “But most importantly, I try not to go beyond the boundaries of ‘breakfast.’ I cook whatever I like, but I don’t want to get too fancy and overdo it.” Kei’s favorite breakfast meal is French toast, but she says many of her followers seem to like the freshly made pancakes, especially with strawberry toppings.

Kei started out her series of breakfast photos by capturing the plate from above using her iPhone, a signature style in which she still continues. Kei uses natural lighting and reveals that she enjoys using the Lo-Fi filter for a lot of her shots to maintain consistency throughout her account.