• Ashlea

    I absolutely second the Batter Blaster comments. And the website/jingle/video is so cute, why wouldn’t you wanna try it? Plus it’s ORGANIC, so bonus. Are they more yummy when I make them from scratch?…of course. But this is totally the answer for those mornings like the one you just described, I feel like a super hero when I can make a hot breakfast that June Cleaver would be proud of without actually being fully awake.

  • http://looneytalk.blogspot.com/ Loon

    Yup – the Olympics = sleep deprivation!

    And now that we know what Chuck is going to do tomorrow, maybe she could tell us what MICHAEL is going to do tomorrow?

    And we could all get a little more sleep.

  • grandma

    You want to be Leta’s best friend? Or not – ask Jon to make Mickey Mouse pancakes. One circle, two little half circles off set at the top and then you let Leta put on the a nose, eyes and mouth decor with fresh or dried fruit. And lots of hyrup.

  • bohica

    You NEED to send that to Life Cereal RIGHT NOW and watch the endorsements flood in. Seriously.

  • Allison

    My God, it feels like just yesterday that you were talking about how froggy Leta looked, and now she’s having a fully fledged conversation!

  • http://www.realityfish.com Robin G.

    Dammit, now I want pancakes.

    Seriously, though, while from scratch pancakes are of course the best, yadda yadda yadda, Bisquick is totally the way to go. And to make delicious thin crepe-like pancakes, do 1:1:1 of milk:eggs:Bisquick. I used to eat 60 million of those. Possibly it’s why I gained weight, but hey, Leta doesn’t eat much, so a few extra calories won’t hurt her.

  • http://spandrelstudios.blogspot.com Spandrel Studios

    Clearly the pancakes have made it possible for her to see into the future.

  • http://powerfulmothers.wordpress.com/ Bobbi

    I love the Olympics!!!
    I don’t want them to be over when it’s over. Just extra Java in the morning, and 5 hours of sleep is enough, right?

    Stop by and say hi!

  • virgotex

    oy… such an earworm I got now.

    Make a pancake. Make make a pancake.

  • Lisa D

    The best part of the video? George W. with his own short stack.

  • diplocrat

    Aww man, now I wanna make a pancake, make, make a pancake, and I’m living overseas…not always the easiest place to get the items to make the pancake!!

    Thanks for the laugh! :-)

  • http://www.babycribstoday.com Tom

    Pancakes rule!!

  • http://jackandjillputupablog.com/ Jack and Jill Put Up A Blog

    CUTE!!! Chuck barfs…funny…you can tell that Leta is mesmerized looking at herself in the viewfinder. Too cute! Hi Leta.

  • http://astrogirl426.blogspot.com Trish

    Yes, my 4-year old now loves Leta (hey, maybe we should get them together! It’s only…2000 miles for a playdate. Worth it!), and he REALLY loves that Make a pancake, Make-make a pancake song. He made me play it 3 times.

    I also highly recommend finding some real maple syrup to go with your pancakes – Aunt Jemima is a verboten word in this household. If you can’t find any, we’ll ship you some :)

    PS I concur with the freezing pancakes idea. It’s what we do in this house, because god knows I’d rather fry an egg than use it to make pancakes.

    PPS We did try the ready-made pancake mix, that comes premixed and you just pour it out (excellent for car camping). They tasted fine, so you could always have some on hand for emergency Jon-less mornings.

  • http://www.decoybetty.com Deidre

    It’s not so much the making of the pancakes that alludes me, its the flipping of the pancake that causes all the trouble.

    My mom used to make lemon and honey tea (ie Hot water, half a squeezed lemon and a spoonful of honey) when I was sick. And it does not taste nearly as a good as when I do it.

  • http://www.thegirlwholearnedtokneel.com Rebecca

    I say absolutely no backing down when it comes to the pancakes. Jon must be the one. My husband makes the pancakes in this house, and it keeps me sane! It’s a task I have no part of. Some boundaries must be maintained.

    p.s. Might I say, we have a kick-ass recipe for Amaranth pancakes. Holler and I will deliver. And by that I mean the recipe. Not the pancakes.

    Thanks for your entertainment as always.

  • Brea

    Both my children know that mom does not make pancakes, and it’s not that I’m the cereal parent either – I’ve really tried. Short of taking notes while my husband MAKES MAKES A PANCAKE, I have yet to get it right.

    Likely, it is because I lack patience and cook them too fast, which yeilds a uncooked center. No one likes a doughy pancake!

    Go Leta!

  • http://bigpikchur.blogspot.com houseofJules

    I’m going to be singing, “Make a pancake… make, make a pancake” until I make some pancakes. Then I’ll move on to the “Ice cream and cake, do the ice cream & cake!” Those dudes need to put out a kid’s album.

  • Gretta Dorff

    She’s growing up so fast but still as adorable as ever!

  • http://www.burns052700.blogspot.com Burnsie

    I just started reading your blog, my sister introduced me to it.

    Just a thought on the pancakes to make it easier for those early mornings…they refrigerate quite well, make extras and she can have re-heated leftovers (whether it be in the microwave or toaster oven).

  • Renae

    To this day I firmly believe that “daddy pancakes” are the best pancakes in the world. Doesn’t matter if you use the same recipe, they just aren’t as good if he doesn’t make them.

    Once, when my brother and I were little, my dad was away on a business trip, it was a Sunday night (the usual timing for daddy pancakes) we were missing our dad so mom made pancakes for us. We informed her that they were ok, but dad’s were WAY better. We were such charming children. To this day (more than 20 years later) my mother refuses to make pancakes.

  • Triptikgirl

    The Olympics are killing me too! I just can’t seem to turn the TV off before 1am.

  • http://blog.syracuse.com/family/ bloggingmom67

    My husband makes a mean pancake, too, and I’m a decent cook – but can’t make pancakes. Can make a bowl of cereal. LOL

  • Sheri

    My kids also believe that Daddy is the only one who makes good pancakes because mine suck! It’s a great excuse, especially when it’s true.

  • Anonymous

    I read about your blog today in the New York Times and I went to check it out.
    Please know that I read many wonderful blogs every day – blogs about design, politics, kids, gossip. But yours is not amongst them. In fact, after reading through quite a number of entries, I find that your blog is about nothing other than your own, very unfascinating life.
    So why, I asked myself, is your blog so popular? My husband just reminded me — mediocrity is so prevalent in the world today and most people are pretty mediocre. I guess that explains why you have so many readers. Mediocrity speaks to mediocrity.

  • http://www.lisamertins.com lisa mertins

    so glad the pancake demo involves the milk and egg version, not the water only version. cuz that makes the pancakes like broccoli! and not like, um, life cereal…

  • Joe

    I still have the crown thing in my head, you know the thing you color with. After this clip I’m wondering where your wonderful accent is? I would have gone on to say I like the morning voice but I didn’t know if that would go over so well.

    Reply to comment 115. Get the cob out of you ass and have a nice day.

  • http://fishingaround.wordpress.com Fishing Around

    “When did he barf?”


    Ummm… that cuteness is making me want a kid… or two.

    *snort at anon*

  • http://www.sensiblysassy.blogspot.com Sarah

    Dear comment 115:
    Glad to see you are so much better than the rest of mediocre folks on here. I wonder what life is like for you-Is it all rainbows and sunshine from up there on your throne? Well that’s nice, I am glad you and your not so mediocre husband found each other. Seriously. Congratulations.

  • http://greatdayinmaine.blogspot.com Leesavee

    Wow, Comment 115…so nice of you to share your insight with everyone. I bet your life is just fascinating.

    Heather, Leta is so damn cute! She’s at a fabulous age. Enjoy EVERY MINUTE of it!

  • sarah

    “I love Chuck” .. now THAT was adorable, straight from the heart!

    “And Chuck barfs” .. ha ha .. she’s killing me with cuteness!

  • Lori

    I don’t keep a lot of sugar in the house, so when Matti saw that I bought her Lucky Charms, I believe I saw her do a dance. (hey, it was on sale AND I had a coupon)

  • Chris

    Is that the edge of a great IKEA bowl I see by Leta?

  • http://www.midnightcliff.com hello haha narf

    oh my dog, it is almost nine o frikken clock and now i gotta go make pancakes.

    make a pancake. make, make, make a pancake

    hope you are happy.

  • The Niffer

    That was one crazy song.

    Leta is adorable as always. Did she really say “he is so pleasing to me”? How do you not eat HER for breakfast?

    Also, you must use the word “mediocrity” in next month’s banner. So happy to know, as one of your avid readers, that I’m not worth pissing on.

  • http://a2zequipment.com Fitness Equipment

    Crossing out “cop out” was hilarious. That really made me giggle.

    Great post.

  • http://freewomensfitness.com Free Women’s Fitness

    Man I can’t really figure out why people like pancakes. I just don’t get it.

    Am I weird?

    I know they are popular around the world but to me it is just like eating plain bread. Sticky plain bread.


  • Karen

    GIRL… you are on the front page of the New York Times Business Section!! I have been a fan of yours for a few years now, but I am now incredibly impressed!!!!

  • Kristie

    Dear commenter #115 -

    As you have deemed yourself so far above us “mediocre” folks out here, please don’t let us deter you from the great humanitarian works you must perform on a daily basis. We would hate for our favorite blog writer to hinder your ability to cure cancer, solve the global-warming crisis, etc. Please go about your holier-than-thou existence and leave the rest of us to enjoy the witty banter!

  • http://kitchenlogic.2point0.wordpress.com Kathy

    When I watched the pancake video the first time, I thought the oil was Jose Cuervo. But I didn’t see the kid take a shot. You know, like it’s okay for a kid to down a shot of Jose Cuervo in my world. So I did a double check and found out it was only oil. I am so disappointed. I’d be willing to make pancakes at 6 a.m. if there was booze in them.


  • dooce

    Everyone, please ignore comment #115. That is obviously my Granny cruising the Internet after one too many Postums. Bless her heart.

  • http://www.fireflycafe.blogspot.com Mandy

    My daughter has now asked me to play the pancake song 3 times in a row. I think it’s going to be a repeat offender. LOL

  • http://www.thebeckybug.com beckybug

    And I thought it was just me who couldn’t say “Chuck” without sounding like an old cowboy. I love Chuck too, Leta, it’s hard not to.

  • http://thiscouldgetuglier.blogspot.com Kat

    My 3 year old boy was riveted by Leta’s adorable face. Then he ran to get his guitar to rock out to the pancake song!

  • sara

    Do you have a description of the layout of your house… just intersted about why a master bedroom (I assume) and kitchen are on separate floors..

  • http://antibacterialagent.blogspot.com Lauren

    He barfs TOMORROW! I love it. Leta is hysterical. And the “cuz you can’t make pancakes” intonation? Priceless.

  • http://www.pegomh.blogspot.com P Woman

    Shit. Now I want a pancake.

  • http://takeoutphoto.blogspot.com marc

    Just what our house needs–another earworm. Try this: sing “Willy Wonka. Willy Wonka” while someone else sings “make a pancake.” Add on another earworm for each member of your family and hilar-, no, insanity ensues.

  • http://www.macaroonshindig.com Katherine

    When I was little I was afraid to let my Dad know that he was the inferior parent when it came to making chocolate milk (he just drizzled it in the cup but never mixed it) because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. When my mom was sick a few years ago and I came home to take care and give Dad a break and I’d make her milk. So my whole Dad Sucks At Chocolate Milk theory came out…to everyone but him. This video thinks I should have come clean a long time ago and let Mom have the credit. :)

  • http://www.macaroonshindig.com Katherine

    Is it against the rules to post twice? Because when I watched/read this when it was posted I thought of (you know, and the milk too) the video but forgot…