Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Fire Station, Memorials and a Blueberry Pancakes Recipe!

Yesterday was all about Cub Scouts.  Emmett is trying to finish up the last few things he needs to do to earn his Wolf tonight!  Yeah. We're cutting it down to the wire.  

Luckily my husband knows
some of the guys at the fire
station, so we popped over
there for a quick tour.  
Emmett didn't want to try on
their gear, but Sam was
game.  And he loved it. He
couldn't stop grinning! 
Until I tried to take a
picture, of course. 
And then he gave his
famous non-smiling smile. 

Emmett did let me put
the helmet on him though.  

The kids had to climb
all over the old fire
truck.  And try to
wind the siren.   
And I had to snap

Lowell, our fireman tour
guide, showed us
around the little
practice house. 
The kids pretended
to be asleep, I told
them there was a
fire and then crawled
along the floor,
checked the door,
pretended it was hot and
then crawled to the
window, unlocked it and
jumped out.  Lowell was
outside to make
sure they got out alright. 

After getting suckers,
fire departments badges
and some smoke alarm
batteries, we headed
over to the war memorials. 
Emmett needed to visit
an important place in the
community and that is
what he chose. 

But it was cold!  So,
we quickly looked
around.  I marveled
at all the names of
those who have passed
away.  The kids
marveled at the cool

Next we zipped home and after getting the sick baby happy, I helped Emmett make dinner.  He needed to help prepare dinner, set the table and clean up.  He chose to make blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and fresh pinapple.  Yum! 


We have a gas stove and I was showing Emmett how to turn the burners on, how you need to turn the knob to Lite and then when the flame comes out, then turn it to one of the numbers. I explained how you needed to be careful because you don't want to let the gas into the house and how it's dangerous. A few minutes later I told him to turn one of the burners on.  He put in on Lite but then quickly turned it to a number, letting some gassy smell out. 

I turned it back off and explained why he needed to let it Lite first and such again and asked, "Can you smell that sweet yucky gas smell?"

Suddenly Zoe pipes up from behind us, "Sorry, mom that was me." 

ha ha ha!  We all laughed quite a bit at that. 

I found the blueberry pancakes
recipe on

Todd's Famous Blueberry
(we tripled the recipe)



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the butter and fold in the blueberries. Set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.


  1. That's what I need to do for Carter. He and Riley, and Melanie even, would love a trip to the fire station!

    Tell Emmett the pancakes look lovely! And Zoe! What a crack-up!

  2. I had a good laugh at Zoe! We know Lowell pretty good. His brother and Jared are best friends and since we've been married, I've gotten to know Lowell's family pretty good. That's fun that you got to go to the station. It's a pretty cool place. I've only been for a company party (some of Jared's co-workers are also firefighters so we've had it there before) and last time they showed us around. Sounds like an awesome dinner!

  3. Mellissa, I thought about letting all the Cub's moms know so they could go, too. But it was a bit last minute and just a nutty week. Sorry!

    Kendra, small world, right? Ryan worked with Lowell and his brother at IFA years ago, when he was in college.

    By the way....thanks you two for commenting! It's nice to know my words aren't just floating into the cybermuda triangle...people actually read my blog. Yay! :)