Today, from the "Just when you think you've seen it all" file, comes this:
Yes friends, that is pancake batter in a squirt can! Unbelievable, right? My neighbor was at Costco yesterday where they were demo-ing this product and selling 3-packs of cans for a mere 99¢ each, so she bought two packs and shared a few cans with us. Hey, I'm always up for squirting my breakfast out of a can, so I tried it this morning. The verdict: eh. The pancakes tasted good, but were a bit thin, whereas I like mine nice and fluffy ala IHOP. I also had trouble getting the pan to the right temperature so they were too dark, but that is operator error--however, it would have been nice to have a heat setting listed on the can (lest you think I'm a total cooking dunce, I normally make pancakes on a big griddle with a temperature dial. Today I just wanted to use a frying pan and I don't know how lo/med/hi on my stove translates to degrees).
However, the awesome novelty factor of squirting your pancakes out of a can sort of makes up for the lackluster taste & texture. Just don't mistake this can for the whipped cream when you wander to the fridge for a midnight snack and shoot it straight down your gullet. That'll wake you up right quick.
The next AMAZING DISCOVERY for today is not something I actually discovered. Santa-Grammy Pam brought it to Maren for Christmas but heck, it might as well have had my name on the tag as well for as much as I've played with it.
It's a good thing I love this toy, because that is the only thing that is keeping me from pitching the WHOLE JAR straight into the trash this very second, because Maren just dumped it out again. For the sixth time in about two days. Literally, I had to clean up the beads to take this photo 15 minutes ago and then right after that, she dumped them all out again. This time, outside on the back deck. That earned her a little trip to her bedroom for Time Out, so at least I'm typing in peace.
ANYWAY. Santa brought these awesome pop beads for Christmas. I have played with pop beads before, but never a set that had such pretty colors or interested shapes as these! Included in the set are bracelets, rings, charms, and pendants that you can decorate with the pop beads.
See, aren't they cool? All different shapes, sizes and textures. The label on the jar recommends them for ages 4+ and I agree that Maren is still a little young. She's past the putting things in her mouth stage so I'm not really worried about the choking factor, but it's difficult for her to get the little beads to snap together--she just doesn't quite have the dexterity yet. Also, you might want to make sure your kid is old enough to CLEAN THEM ALL UP without requiring punishment first. That is, unless you enjoy picking up tiny beads from your floor (or deck) over, and over, and over again.