Pretend Soup: Popovers

In a really big hurry? Make pancakes.

Have to clean your room? Make popovers.


You can clean your room while the popovers bake!

Mollie Katzen’s recipe for popovers is slightly more kid-friendly than Nancy Blakey’s, and Katzen’s recipe omits sugar. Both are yummy Cleaned Room Rewards.

Just mind the temptation to then slather the popovers with jam or maple syrup when they’re done.

Online recipes use Katzen’s recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook, and those puff up tremendously.

Katzen’s Pretend Soup version puffs up less, but oh on a lazy weekend afternoon? It’s terrifically yummy.

[Image from here.]

That Dr. Seuss College Scholarship

I’m hoping high school graduates by the bazillions applied for the Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go! college scholarship. Did you know about this?

Theme? Write a letter of inspiration to someone. Oooh. Tough.

I wonder if writing to oneself was acceptable?

Got a soon-to-be graduate? Going to give the ever-wonderful Oh, the Places You’ll Go!?

What? You already gave that for the previous graduation?

No worries, take the same idea – which never gets old! – and write your own letter of inspiration to the STB Graduate. Call it a Commencement Address, if that helps inspire you.

I guess it’s never too early to start with Dr. Seuss, is it?

Off you go.

Single Toddler Sock Birdie Mobile

If your baby is doing her job well, she’s lost a whole bunch of her baby socks by now.

Logic tells you to find other uses for the single socks, since you can’t bring yourself to just throw them away.

Send those socks over to your craft-minded family member or friend and politely beg for one of these birdie sock mobiles. The description is a bit hard to explain, so here, forward the how-to link.

Yes, you could make this yourself. But if I were you, I’d use that time to take a nap instead.

Look! 39 more toddler crafts!

This and That and These and Those: Guess which hand?

The 3- and 4-year-olds had massive fun playing Guess which hand? with their parents. “This one! This one! This one!”

The parents had massive giggle fits while teaching their children what to say and how to play. “Both hands! Can you show me both hands?”

I had massive fun watching the interactions. Often the simplest familiar activities produce the most language.

When the children really know how to play, we’ll have them sit back a bit from their parents: “That one! That one! That one!”

Suggestions, please: what can we do to teach these and those?



Konapun: that mini fake food stuff

Got a dollhouse? Got hungry dolls?

Got Konapun?

You made loads of foods out of those Play-doh toys, right? Then you’ll likely have enormous piles of fun with Konapun. I don’t see how you can’t.

Konapun are DIY kits to make tiny versions of popular – usually Japanese – foods. If I’ve seen Konapun (こなぷん) kits before today, I say I had no clue what I was looking at.

Go ahead, sit up and watch all of RRcherrypie‘s vids, just like I did. Heads up: not all are vegetarian. All are, however, inexplicably mesmerizing to watch.

Fascinated? Facebook!

Aimed at people ages 8 and up.

Want fries with your oatmeal?

I…well…yes…um…I mean no, no fries. I’ll just make and eat my oatmeal at home.

Thanks for the offer.

Have you tried McDonald’s oatmeal? The New York Times’ Mark Bittman grumbled about Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. Your thoughts?

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