two tone created by using pumpkin and buttermilk batter
This curious little monkey has some staying power, let me tell you. Since the age of 2, my six year-old son has thoroughly enjoyed listening to George’s adventurous tales read aloud and watching the series on our local PBS network. And now with Netflix streaming, it’s the only show he chooses to watch.
And though we *try* to limit his screen time, I have no complaints about the program since the influence it has had on my son has been generally positive, albeit sometimes messy. It always inspires him to create some contraption he’s seen in the episode, like most recently George’s construction paper snack hat. I wasn’t even aware he had attempted to make this curious invention until I heard the hailstorm of almonds bouncing off our kitchen tile floor.
And speaking of making wearable pieces, here are our costumes from Avery’s second Halloween. I purchased mine and Avery’s, but in the true nature of the show, my husband Bobby made his yellow outfit by spray painting the hat & thrifted shirt and constructing a tie from duct tape. It was cardboard stiff, but made it through the night just fine.
Tips: Fill squirt bottles with two different batters to create value contrast. You can click here for more detailed instructions.
whip cream, fruit leather, chocolate hazelnut spread
Here in Norfolk, Virginia, a new technologically advanced library just opened in our downtown district and it is most certainly the cat’s meow.
The grand opening festivities were all Seussian themed and visitors were greeted by a 30 ft. inflatable Cat in the Hat at the entrance. The boys and I took advantage of the free light rail ride to the Slover Library on its second opening day and both were immediately taken with the Cat’s monumental size, not to mention the contents of the library itself.
The produce at our house was limited, but I managed to scrounge together enough ingredients to make an edible Cat in the Hat for Avery, who immediately devoured the hat in less than a minute. You can see his little fingers testing the whip cream.
And for the sake of authenticity, cause y’all know I like to keep it real around here, below are a few Cats who didn’t make the cut but will surely make a delicious breakfast for us nondiscriminating parents.
pear feather, colby jack headband with apple ornamentation, yogurt and raisin eyes, chocolate hazelnut spread hair and detailing
Well, we know the first Thanksgiving wasn’t as joyful as the images we were shown growing up, but let’s just pretend for a moment. Let’s just close our eyes and imagine everyone getting along, especially in light of circumstances in Ferguson.
So this holiday, hold your loved ones closer and hug a little longer. Even if you have a relative whose wise cracks get on your last nerve, brush it off. Let it go. And remember that nothing is more important than family.
**P.S. – Her Thanksgiving companion can be found right here.**
Persimmon, apple, dark chocolate flavored almonds
We were given a basketful of persimmons from my in-laws’ tree and I couldn’t think of a better, more colorful fruit to include in this week’s pancake. To make this lion, only one large persimmon was used for the mane and mouth. The apple was a ginormous fuji, roughly the size of a softball, and the almonds used for the eyes were a dark chocolate flavor. I admit to heavily sampling the almonds while making breakfast…mmm.
boiled egg, strawberry, muenster cheese, persimmon, cereal
Whooooooos eaten too much candy? This mama.
I closely monitor how much sugar my son consumes, but when it comes to me, I have little control and a passionate love for almond Snickers. And Twix. And then there’s Kit Kat. And…
Anyhow, I whipped up this owl sans squirt bottle and a few items in the fridge. Easy peasy. This is the second owl I’ve made and here is the first. Which one do you prefer?
Apple, hazelnut spread
Since my little eater is a scaredy cat, we tend to focus on the lighter aspects of Halloween, like black cats, pumpkins, bats and ghosts. Earlier in the season, he declared he would dress as a ghoul for Halloween this year, but as we were flipping through the pages of the Party City costume catalog, he turned his head away as we reached the scarier costumes. He couldn’t even bear to look at the page even for a minute to pick out the costume he wanted, so a tiger it is.
Looking for more Halloween pancake ideas? Try this bat, witch, spider web, devil, vampire, jack o’lantern, wild thing and monster!