Nathan Shields isn't a professional cook, but he has quickly become well-known online for his ability to make breakfast time fun.
Shields, a former math teacher and now professional illustrator, lives in Washington with his wife Cheri and two children: Gryphon, 6, and Alice, 3. But it was during their time living in Saipan that Shields began to entertain his children by making artistic pancakes.
"I posted a couple (pictures) on Facebook, and people liked it, so we kept doing it, trying to perfect the technique," Shields told the Peninsula Daily News.
Shields perfected his skill by purchasing a ketchup squirt bottle and designing faces. Shields then began making videos of each project and posting them to his website, Saipancakes.com.
The pancake designs have ranged from Darth Vader for his son to Elsa for his daughter. The faces of all four Beatlesmake up a project that has become one of Shields' most popular videos, although it was not as impressive to his children.
"The kids were surprised to find that they already knew a bunch of Beatles songs," Shields posted with the YouTube video.
The pancake shapes have also proven to be educational, as Shields has designed pancakes from marsupials to diatoms and from the Founding Fathers to famous scientists. As a former math teacher, Shields has also used a spirograph to make artistic geometric pancakes. Most recently, Shields took the pancake designs to a new level by creating a pancake flute.
Many who view Shields' pictures and videos are impressed by the quality time he spends with his children while creating and consuming the pancakes.
"These kids are going to have a great childhood," Rugalck wrote on YouTube.
Another commenter wrote, "That's so cool. You're a great father."