Eggless pancakes and Theo’s first black eye

On Monday, a friend told me she was in the mood for pancakes and asked if I felt like going out to the Kindercafé with her. The Kindercafé is a great place for families with babies and young children. There is a play area and plenty of high chairs. But on a rainy, gray day, it’s always super full – especially after 4pm. And I was not really in the mood for going out again after picking Theo up from his Kita, so I suggested she and her son come over and play, and I would make some pancakes for us.

The only problem was that I didn’t have any eggs. So I did a little googling and found this recipe from Yummy Tummy. It really turned out delicious, so I wanted to share it here, as well as document it so I remember it next time I’m eggless but in the mood for pancakes! You do need a banana for it, so you’d have to have that.

After enjoying our pancakes, we moved over into Theo’s room to let the kids play. They were literally squealing with delight – screaming, actually – running in and out of the new playhouse with such gusto. I had even put a chair in there, thinking that he might like to sit on it sometime. But that ended up being a bad idea…because Theo tripped on the way in and hit his eye, just as I was running into the other room to get my camera because the kids were being so cute. He screamed, I ran back in and picked him up and cuddled him. Then I noticed his eye – not the eyeball, but next to it – was bleeding. Just a little gash, and my instincts told me it wasn’t bad enough to need to go to the hospital. But still. My poor baby.

The next morning it was very swollen and his whole eyelid was red. He looked like a boxer who just got out of the ring. Today, the swollen, red eyelid has turned into a purpley-black one that’s slightly less puffy. I wonder if he’ll have a scar from the gash…

I took the chair out for now. I guess something like that could happen anywhere. Still, I feel bad. Poor little guy.

Fall days

We’ve had the most beautiful fall weather lately. I feel like this fall is more vibrant than last year’s. There aren’t as many crunchy leaves to step on (yet?) but there have been a lot of them on the ground to rustle through. And this week it’s supposed to be warmer – what!? Just when I’d put away my lighter jackets and coats…hah. In Bielefeld last weekend with Oma & Opa, we had the most wonderful walk in the woods and enjoyed the yellow, orange and red leaves.

It’s nice in Hamburg, too. I’m definitely enjoying this. My picture doesn’t even do it justice…not even a little.

How’s the change of the seasons where you live?

Cardboard play house

About a month ago, our downstairs neighbor friends got a new bed from IKEA. We just happened to see them at the right moment – we were trying to find out where we could get a big cardboard box to make a play house for Theo. So they gave us the boxes their bed came in and…all of that sat in our living room for another month while we slowly built the little house.

Actually, the house ended up being quite large – I think all three of us could fit in there if we wanted to – and it takes up a little more space in Theo’s room than we had envisioned, but we love it. And Theo loves it. He goes in and out of the house, plays peek-a-boo in the windows, and puts things into the mailbox out front.

I think I need to add one more little window on the side so that I can peek in on him when I’m lying on the couch, but it’s nice to have it mostly finished!

There are a lot of cute ones out there that are painted or covered with wallpaper, but I think we are going to stick with the all-natural cardboard look.

We mostly followed this tutorial from The Lunchbox Memoirs, but of course with some adaptations due to our box size and the fact that we had to glue the boxes together with wood glue to make one large enough.

Sure, we could have bought a cheaper one, ready-to-go, for all the time that we spent on it. But there’s something more fun about designing your own house – even one out of cardboard – and I am glad we did it.

As a final touch, I added a strand of very-bright white fairy lights to it. I was about to throw out the LED strand because I prefer warmer light, but it’s nice to just make do with what we had and not have to buy another one. Besides, Theo could care less. We of course have to be careful not to leave it on – fire hazards and all – but it’s nice that Theo will be able to play in there and see when it’s dark.

I like IKE.

Tobi and I are getting a new mattress for ourselves for Christmas. So when one of my classes was canceled last Friday, I had a little extra time and we decided to have a lunch date at IKEA and test out mattresses. (Which is far easier alone than if we had Theo with us!)

Someone stole the A from the sign, though. I wonder if it’s been replaced yet.