Food, Health

Best Pancakes, a wolf spider and the croup

Yep. Jack’s home sick with croup and a wicked fever. He wasn’t very hungry until after the Motrin kicked in. I decided to make the most wicked pancakes ever. Want the recipe?

Jack: Mom, these are the best pancakes ever! Well, I haven’t tried them yet but when I do I know they’ll be the best.

me: Nice.

Here’s the Pancake recipe (I’ve posted it before… But what the heck.)

Mix dry ingredients…
– 1 cup flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Then add wet:
– 1 + 1/3 cup milk (any kind…)
– 1 beaten egg
– 2 tablespoons melted butter
– 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla

Mix only until blended and largest lumps are gone. Use a pretty hot griddle. I set mine for 350 and flip them when the bubbles rise to the top. Yum!

So…we finished eating pancakes and sat on the couch to watch Star Wars. Episode 4. Again.

I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. It was black and moving quickly. I jumped back and realized it was one of the wolf spiders that lived in our Christmas tree. I had forgotten about them. I had found a few dead ones after I stopped watering the tree and thought they were all gone. This one landed on the table and literally turned to look at me and then backed slowly away. Yeesh.

Okay I’m gonna get back to the boy with the fever and the 59th episode of Good Luck Charlie.

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Magic thermometer

me: I think you have a little fever…let me check…

Jack: Yeahhh, I shouldn’t go to school, should I?

me: Let’s see…(It blips up to 99.5)

Jack; 99.5!!!! OH NO, that’s horrible! (he faints back onto the couch)

me: It’s not that bad actually.

Jack: Ohhh, I should stay home!!

me: I think a little Motrin will help and you are definitely going to school. Just let the nurse know if you feel hot during the day.

Jack: She always says the same thing…”You’re fine”…

me: But that’s probably because you had been visiting her so often, remember? It’s like the “cry wolf” story. You have to really be sick to see the nurse.

Jack: I always was! Once I had this gigantic bruise on my back (he waves his hands frantically behind him) and she said “You’re fine” and sent me back to my class.

me: It probably didn’t look like a bruise so she couldn’t tell. Sometimes bruises don’t show up for a few days.

Jack: Yeah, well…It won’t work.

me: Jack, if you start to feel yucky, please just tell your teacher. They will take your temperature, and if it really is high, they’ll call Mommy and I’ll come get you.

Jack: You don’t know! She has this magic thermometer or something and no matter what you feel like or how hot your head is, or even if it’s burning up like the sun, she puts this thing on you and looks at it and it says “You’re fine”. Really!

me: Is there something else you can do then? That’s your only option.

Jack: The other option is stay home.

me: Not happening. Get dressed so we can get going.

Jack: Am I taking the bus?

me: No, remember you said it was too hot and you asked if I would drive you? Well, I’m driving you.

Jack; But I wanna take the bus!!!

me: We missed it Jack, like 5 minutes ago.

And the fit that he had will definitely raise his temperature up a few notches. This kid can change his mind like the weather. Oh, and speaking of weather, we had the most wicked thunder and lightning storm last night. Around 2am or so. Very loud. Yeah…so, I’m tired…