pancake_of_the_week_ladybugstrawberries & chocolate hazelnut spread

I’m embarrassed to even post this one, but am for the sake of complete transparency. Not all mornings are inspired, especially when the five year-old is yelling, “Hurry up! I’m hungry!”

And I ask myself, “why am I even going to the trouble of making a special pancake for this unappreciative little brat?”

Well, to be totally honest, it’s just what I do. And I think it’s important to keep up routine, especially when a attention stealing baby has been thrown in the mix. And for selfish reasons – it’s more creatively stimulating to make a pancake shaped like an animal than it is just a regular circle. Am I right? And I need creative stimulation in our household to remain sane.

And yeah, I’ll probably redo this shabby looking ladybug this coming weekend because I’m obsessive like that. Not that the family will care, but dammit I do.

P.S. The unappreciative brat is totally amazing most of the time, except when he’s hungry.



Chocolate hazelnut spread, apple teeth, goldfish crackers

Last night was the opening premiere of Shark Week, so another shark-themed pancake was in order. By the way, five year-old Avery hasn’t actually seen Jaws (geez – he’d never swim at the beach again), but he thinks the shirt makes him look tough.

He hosted a seafood dinner for another family – our mini shark party – complete with cupcakes, shark watermelon (thanks Pinterest) and shark-shaped bread. It also allowed me to test out some ideas for Avery’s upcoming birthday party in the Fall, but with my luck, he’ll develop some new obsession and insist on the changing the theme.

shark infested water

shapes made with cookie cutters, chocolate hazelnut spread, cheddar cheese sails, blueberry water

We’re greatly anticipating the start of Shark Week next Sunday. This little boy’s obsession was prompted by watching a few of the Discovery shows during last year’s Shark Week and he’s been hooked ever since.

rocket ship

apple, whip cream, strawberry

5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF!

We were invited last weekend to visit the Virginia Air & Space Center on the opening day of their new hands-on exhibit “Space Racers,” which is based on an animated PBS Kids show by the same name. Children are able to explore space through the multitude of interactive exhibits in this new installation.

We had actually never been to the Virginia Air & Space Center, so we took our time investigating the rest of the center before heading upstairs to the new exhibit. Avery was completely enraptured.

A view above and below of the new exhibit. There is an area (above) geared towards the younger preschool set, packed with coloring stations and soft blocks for building rockets.

It doesn’t get more hands-on than this. Did Avery understand how this activity relates to space travel or did he just have fun trying to snap blocks together while wearing big gloves? I’m not totally sure, but if something educational manages to entertain this high spirited five year-old on a hot day and it isn’t a video game, I’m all for it. We will be returning for sure.


Mozzarella cheese, raisins, apple, chocolate hazelnut spread

This fat cat is a superstar in our house. The TV show, the comic books, you name it – Avery loves Garfield.

It all started with a stack of comic books I found while digging in my parents’ attic. I once considered them my most cherished possessions so naturally I decided to pass the stack along to Avery. I adored those books growing up and those characters were probably the first images I ever really mastered drawing. Anyhow, they didn’t age well and the brittle pages were falling out left and right, but Avery still thought they were the greatest books on earth. Keep in mind he can’t read yet, so I have to read every single word and sound effect. And normally I have to offer an explanation of WHY the joke is funny (some of the humor is WAY over his head), but he giggles hysterically anyway.

Fortunately, I picked up some like-new treasuries printed in the nineties at a recent garage sale, so he’s back in heaven again happily memorizing every strip from the “PFTTTT” to the “SHOOMF.”

up, up and away!

carved apple basket, whip cream, strawberries, pretzel sticks

And we’re back from maternity leave! I’m starting to feel like a normal person again and we’re trying desperately to get back into our weekly groove. Avery was anxious to start up our tradition again and helped by mixing batter and coming up with the idea – a hot air balloon. And now we have another little guy to share the experience with, but he’ll have to wait on those pesky teeth before he can really participate. For now, he seems content to sit in his bouncy chair and watch the action.

Lunchbox ideas on

We recently welcomed a sweet baby boy to our household, so the pancake making has slowed down in the previous weeks. But in the meantime, get your pancake fix at and learn three fun ways to enliven your child’s lunchbox.

I do hope to be back soon in a few days in honor of Shrove Tuesday – can’t miss it!