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Sun Pancakes

I don’t really like to trash talk on the internet. I try to to keep things fairly amicable around here. But today I’m going to trash talk. I’m going to trash talk someone that you all know and probably adore.

He’s the life of the party. Everyone loves him. He’s all bright and cheery, hanging around all cool-like, with his sunglasses and his giant smile. All he has to do is peek his little head out and people everywhere gravitate toward him. He’ll wrap you in a warm embrace or brighten your day with his cheery disposition.


Bela Lugosi as Dracula

Well, unless you’re this guy.

Or me.

I’m talking about the Sun. What I ever did to him, I’ll never know.  But he hates me.

The Heartbreak Kid

We just got back from a trip to the beach. The first day, I slathered myself in SPF 50, covered up head to toe, and sat on the beach for a mere 2 hours. I still managed to get a sunburn. Story of my life.

I get a sunburn if I even think about the sun too hard. In fact, I’m getting burnt right now.

Sure, everybody loves the sun. But what has it ever done for me?

Summer Rental

Oh, sure, energy and vitamin D and photosynthesis and all that. Whatever.

Whenever I talk about the weather with people, I always pretend I’m in the Sunshine Lover’s Club.

“Oh it’s supposed to rain tomorrow? Darn!”

“Yes, it is great that the sun is finally out!”

“Oh joy! You’re telling me that it’s going to be sunny for the rest of the week?!? Wowzers that makes me so GLAD!”

I sing Oh Mister Sun and You are My Sunshine to my kids, sometimes even with a ukulele. They know Here Comes the Sun and Let the Sunshine In. I can even muster up a hearty chuckle when those Jimmy Dean breakfast commercials come on tv.

But it’s all a lie. A big, fat, gray-skied, cloudy lie. Because warm weather and sunshine make me kind of grumpy. There, I said it.

2. Justin Bartha, The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover

But enough trash talk… how about some yummy Sun Pancakes?

This is the pancake recipe I use.

Sun pancake

The suns vary, depending on the ingredients I have on hand. I like to do strawberries for the rays, or canned mandarin oranges. But the faces are always different. Sometimes I use blueberries or raisins for the eyes, and dried cranberries for the mouth. Chocolate chips make a frequent appearance. This was a lucky day for the Critics because they got whipped cream!

The Critics love these. Usually Don Corleone is the pancake maker in our house. But occasionally the kids ask specifically for sun pancakes. And I’m happy to oblige, even though… you know. They represent my archenemy.

I try to enjoy the sun, I really do. But I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I am, at heart, a rainy day kind of girl. Clouds and rain in the forecast make me smile. That’s just the way it is.

And I’ll spend the rest of my life searching for SPF 5000 sunscreen.


Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Drumsticks

We are home from our beach vacation, and a good time was had by all. The kids love the ocean, and it was a lot of fun to see them splashing around in the water, and building things in the sand.

Now that we’re home, and I’ve had time to reflect, I’ve put together a list of tips for vacationing with little ones:

Things You Should Know Before Taking Small Children on Vacation:

  1. There is no such thing as too many bottles of sunscreen.
  2. Someone will drop their ice cream cone on the ground.
  3. Seagulls have bad manners.
  4. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the grandparents, “Oh, my kids never eat______.” If it is served on vacation, your kids will gobble it up as if they haven’t eaten in a week, proving you to be a liar.
  5. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the grandparents, “Oh, my kids love to eat ______.” If it is served on vacation, your kids will look at it as if it is the most repulsive thing on the planet, proving you to be a liar.
  6. When you get home, you will discover that you inadvertently brought half the beach home with you, at the bottom of the bag that you designated a “sand free zone.”
  7. Sand will get into creases on your 2-year-old that you never knew were there.
  8. If your 4-year-old accidentally walks in on you while you’re putting on your bathing suit, he might ask why “your bagpipes are so big.”
  9. Swim diapers aren’t that great at holding in poop.
  10. Uncovered electrical outlets are toddler magnets.
  11. When you get home and unpack, the dirty laundry will create a mountain of such magnitude even Marvin Gaye wouldn’t cross it.
  12. When you realize you are the one responsible for cleaning Mt. Washmore, you might cry.
  13. When you look at the pictures of the little ones on their vacation, and you hear them talk about their favorite parts, your heart will swell. (And then you’ll resume crying over the laundry).

Of course when you are home from vacation, life goes on, and you must cook dinner. I promised I would try this recipe, and I did:

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe comes from the blog Thirty and Thrifty. I retyped it here to show a few changes that I made, mostly because of what we had in the house.

  • 12 chicken drumsticks (mine were frozen)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 20-oz can pineapple chunks, undrained


  1. Place chicken in the crockpot.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for about eight hours, moving chicken around every few hours if some aren’t covered by the liquid.

Crockpot Hawaiian Drumsticks

I served this with rice and a fresh can of pineapple chunks. It was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be! My Critics loved it. In fact, they were so busy gobbling it all up, that the most I got out of them for a comment is, “It’s sooo good!” Except for Batman, who said, “Don’t write that I said ‘It’s good,’ because that would be a lie. Write that I said, ‘I LOVE IT!!!!'”

Always so happy when a recipe is enjoyed by all 🙂