• Anonymous

    There is this fabulous product called Batter Blaster. It is pancake/waffle batter in a spray can. It is seriously makes the best pancakes I’ve ever had. All you do is heat up the pan, put a little butter in the pan to melt, then blast away.

  • Peggy

    Some of my favorite videos of my girls when they were small, are the ones where I just let them talk. Leta is a cutie.

  • http://noodlejunction.wordpress.com Mr. Noodle

    I, too, completely blame Jon, but you have created a little Pancake Monster in which you may never recover.

    You will be a pancake machine if you don’t get a handle on this very quickly.

    My advice, however unsolicited, is that pancakes go on a hiatus in your home until she understands that pancakes do not necessarily make a breakfast.

    And I thought I had problems….

    Mr. Noodle

  • http://suzanneurbandesigns.typepad.com/walnutbeachartist/ suzanne.artist

    I wish I could adopt one of these creative kids-their inventive culinary talents would make it so much easier for me to crawl into the hybrid and commute down congested I-95.

    Keep up the good work-I want to see more for you kids.

  • Will

    No offense, but perhaps you need to improve your cooking and homemaking skills.

  • http://theeppfamily.blogspot.com/ Mommy jo

    I use your dad’s line about Africa with my boys. One who is adopted from Africa gets it. However our Canadian son just doesn’t! Go figure! :)

  • http://www.whyimabitch.com K Cave

    Growing up my sister lived on potato chips and Hershey bars. And at 45 she can easily survive on Diet Pepsi and peanut butter M&M’s. She eats no real food. It’s weird.

  • Alessa

    I am just catching up with you after missing a couple of days. I have to tell you, I am so glad to see I am not alone with the picky, stubborn child. I am a single mom who gets up every morning to make my son his pancakes or waffles. He just started eating these with syrup after much persuasion. Joy.

    Also, to add on to the funny eating stories. My son won’t eat ANY sauce of any kind. My brother likes to mess with him by putting a tiny dab of sauce on his chicken nugget and waiting to see what happens. Also, he will eat nothing that can be considered a sandwich. We finally got him to eat peanut butter on one slice of bread. He claims jelly is “for girls”. Sigh.

  • http://jailfreewallacefamily.blogspot.com/ Jail-Free Dad

    Stop teaching Leta the finer things in life like milk with cereal or thawed waffles. My kids love dry cereal and frozen waffles…still frozen.

  • Candycorn

    “I did have the sudden urge to punch Jon in the gut at about 6:30 and go THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT.”

    Heehehe! See? Be careful what you wish for! ;)

  • Katie

    Can I hire Jon to make ME pancakes every morning?

  • Trisha in Memphis

    You’re welcome. :)

  • http://www.kirida.com kirida

    There needs to be more pancake ditties in the world.

  • http://www.muffintops.typepad.com/ amanda

    “I love Chuck. He’s my favorite.”

    You’re killing me with the cuteness.

  • http://blondechickbloggin.blogspot.com Jenni

    So what the hell is “hyrup”? LOL

    And who leaves their garage door open like that when making said pancakes?

    Don’t worry, I’m a cereal mom, too.

  • http://unmitigated.typepad.com middle-aged-woman

    Daddy is the best friend AT HOME. I love the note in her voice when you ask if Coco is her best friend. It says, “Poor woman, have you not yet figured out that the dog is after my stuff?”

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com Robin

    “When did he barf?”


    Awesomely delicious. Almost as good as a pancake.

  • Z

    Very cute. I love the whole part about Chuck.

  • http://www.findingnormal.com andrea

    Now I want pancakes.

  • http://crummycupcake.blogspot.com/ Erica (Crummy Cupcake)

    You do know that you can’t make pancakes with Olive Oil, right? Virginal status not withstanding, it is not the right kind of oil for these breakfast delights. I say, just leave it to the hubs.

    And I adore the deep Leta morning voice.

  • Christina

    That made me smile, she is darling.

  • Penelope

    If only we all had as much sparkle as your daughter at 7 in the morning :)

  • http://www.esmon.net Nichole

    That song will be in my head for the rest of the day.

  • Patti

    My children are 23 and 16 and their Dad is STILL the pancake maker at our house. It’s just something that evolved and you can’t and shouldn’t mess with tradition!

  • http://www.thejoyof.blogspot.com Joy

    Guess what song I now have stuck in my head?… :)

  • Heidi

    You are correct, that was the most awesome 3 minutes and 46 seconds of my life! Pancakes ROCK! And next time I’m making them I will be singing this song in my kitchen!

  • http://thehusbandblog.wordpress.com The Husband

    The Olympics are killing us too. My wife thinks we’re getting old because we actually care about the Olympics this time around.

    BTW, she’s adorable (Leta, not my wife). That didn’t come out right. Nevermind.

  • Laura

    Ok- So I read your entry at work, and I had to turn the volume up pretty loud to hear Leta. And then I clicked on the pancake video and WOW. I was no longer being discreet.

  • http://amyrollo.com/brookland Amy


  • http://www.mydogumentary.wordpress.com gingela5

    Normally I don’t care about the Olympics but for some reason this time around I just can’t go to bed without knowing if Michael Phelps did it again or if we won any type of medal in gymnastics. Luckily track and field isn’t my thing so next week I’ll be in bed by 10!

  • Anne

    You may have already thought of this but I’ll go ahead and share anyway. Freeze the fuckers – as in make a batch of pancakes (well have Jon do it) let them cool and throw them in the freezer so when the 6:30 am demon (excuse me, light of my life) wakes up wanting pancakes I don’t have to think much while they warm up and the coffee brews.

    You know the natural progression of introducing pancakes is to make them more nutritious. You know adding fruit such as bananas to the mix or (gasp) flax seed meal. My little dude never knew what hit him.

  • Kelly

    The cuteness it kills!

    And I love how she’s all like I’m eating this poor substitute — and not always getting in my spoon, hmm, must practice that some more — because YOU can’t make pancakes.

    She also totally doesn’t appreciate your gotcha moment about Roxanne and knows you are just bitter because she loves pancakes more than cereal.

  • kristine

    I have seriously just watched the video of Leta 3 times and die laughing when she says, “I love Chuck, he’s my favorite”. My, she’s come a long way. Still some work to be done with Coco. Ha! I also love have Chuck barfs…tomorrow.

    I used to babysit twins and they would always say things like I am going to eat ice cream for breakfast, yesterday.

    Just love how kids talk.

  • http://amyrollo.com/brookland Amy

    I had to post another comment because now I understand why you have kids. They are pure entertainment.

  • Maureen

    Leta’s attempt to gaze into viewfinder whilst getting cereal with spoon is classic. Also, I go for the instant (add only water) pancake mix. ‘Cause let’s all be honest with ourselves — what are the chances I would have vegetable oil, and *unexpired* eggs AND milk.

  • http://dearestwife.com Ryan

    You could be the “Eggo parent” (if she’ll eat them, that is). Hey it’s related to a pancake.

  • Angie

    My first opportunity to read a dooce blog post and I’m so happy that I did. Make a pancake, make, make a pancake. That little jingle is going to be in my head the rest of the day.

    Thank you

  • http://www.justsaying.org Susan

    You can now buy pancake batter in a can and spray out pancakes. At least that’s what I’ve heard. Why don’t you buy some and let us know how that works. :-)

  • http://20littletoes.typepad.com/20_little_toes/ BrendaS

    You should really get the pancake batter that comes in the squirt can. It’s organic,even. you just squirt it out like you would whipped cream… (but not directly into your mouth).

  • http://www.houndrat.com houndrat

    Holy Mother of God. Now I have the theme to your pancake song stuck in my head along with the (unknown) words to this little Japanese ditty my husband keeps torturing me with:


    And they do not make a very good combo.

    That video is hilarious, though. And I suddenly have the urge to run out and buy some Bisquick.

  • nnjagurl

    make a pancake make-make a pancake
    make a pancake make-make a pancake

    yeah, that’s going to be in my head ALL DAY.



  • http://www.suburbanmatron.com Becky

    Be sure and let us know if Chuck barfs tomorrow!

    And poor Coco, the unfavorite.

  • http://alittlecrazyalotoflove.blogspot.com/ kbreints

    I tend to throw a pop-tart at my child and call it good on 4 hours of sleep… you are really good for pouring milk!

  • http://myislandnights.wordpress.com amanda

    The determination with which she says she loves Chuck is so adorable.

  • http://thewholenine.blogspot.com Lynn

    OK, you’re killing me with the cute…she’s ridiculous! “I love Chuck” holy crap…I almost fell out of my chair. PS John can make me pancakes anyday! Lucky girl!

  • http://notinsaneperse.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    Thank god for cereal. And the best part? The best part is that they eventually get old enough to FIX A BOWL THEMSELVES! That gets you at least 20 minutes extra sleep until they all want “human interaction.” Cha.

  • http://www.theindependentmom.com The Independent Mom!

    Holy “hyrup”lmao! She is so adorable! (Leta, not Aunt Jemima) Kids are funny, I love the “he barfs, tomorrow”

  • http://www.winningstartups.com Winning Startups

    Oh man, that is a punishment song. I’m going to have that in my head all day.

  • http://www.fourwalkers.com jwalk

    Even though he’s a boy and not a princess, check out the Nate the Great books. http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/natethegreat/

    He loves pancakes too!

  • Jilleen

    Love the song! I have four year old twins and a one year old – all pancake fanatics. Want to recommend you try Krusteez Oat Bran pancake mix for Leta. All you add is water and I feel better that is has some healthy goodness in the mix. I add chopped up bananas too and they can’t get enough. I now will make big batches at a time on Sundays, wrap individually in Cling Wrap and freeze. Even you can pop one in the microwave, right?