curious george

curious george  pancaketwo 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.

george on the griddle

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. 

cat in the hat

Cat in the Hat
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.

Norfolk Slover Library

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.

Cat in the Hat rejects


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.”

taj mahal

Chocolate hazelnut spread and multigrain breakfast cereal

We’ve been touring the world from the comfort of our own bed lately. Several books, including the one below, have taken us on international journeys and Avery has become quite adept at identifying major world landmarks and defining architectural characteristics.

So, it seemed like the opportune moment to bring a little India to the breakfast table.

I highly recommend this book. Not only are the illustrations gorgeous, but each spread contains numerous hidden flaps allowing glimpses into the buildings and surroundings. It’s great fun.

Tips: Use different kinds of cereal to add details and ornamentation to your pancake.

Back to school

Hazelnut spread, Granny Smith apple

We at Pancake of the Week took a little hiatus. Ahem, an extended Summer (and Spring) perhaps. But now we’re back to our daily routines and our favorite weekend ritual is back in full swing.

Tips: Cut out the worm and leaf before you get started on your pancakes. This will give you an approximate size to make your pancakes and you can make as many as you’d like until you have mastered the correct symmetrical shape. 

sliced grapes

Tips: Remember, you’ll need to write the reflected version of your letters to have them read correctly on a plate. This is challenging, but ultimately really fun. 

lowly worm

Muenster cheese, raisin, apple, Nutella

Another favorite Richard Scarry character.

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.