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.


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.”

Along came a spider

Chocolate hazelnut spread & marshmallows

Thank goodness we don’t suffer from arachnophobia because our new house is infested with little brown spiders. We’ve been meaning to do something about the problem but since the weather has been getting colder, they have noticeably retreated. Well, at least I hope they have.

Harmless or not, it’s no fun to wake up in the middle of the night and feel a faint tickle on your chest, only to slap the area and find the remnants of your night visitor rolling down your night shirt.

But at least it’s not a water bug. I find them way more horrifying than our temporary arachnid roommates. Don’t you?

vampire bat

Apple teeth, raisin eyes and nose, cheddar cheese ears

There will be spooky pancakes for the entire month of October, but let’s not forget the witch and vampire from last year.

huckle cat

Muenster cheese eyes, apple nose, nutella detailing

Richard Scarry’s books were a favorite of mine growing up, especially What Do People Do All Day and The Funniest Storybook Ever. So much so, that my mom saved them and we have passed them on to Avery, who enjoys them as much as I did.

I could get lost for hours looking at every detail in those drawings and I still do but with the company of my own son. Poor Mr. Frumble always chasing his hat and that Bananas Gorilla is so cray cray.

Avery has also discovered the Busytown Mysteries series, which is available on Netflix. It’s fun being an adult with the theme song lyrics “Who, What, When, Where, Why, How” stuck in your head all day. Or for days. And sometime even weeks.

P.S. There is another older Richard Scarry series available on Netflix. It’s called the Busy World of Richard Scarry and is a closer adaptation of the books.