Laundry in the Fast Lane

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It’s getting harder to keep Veronika entertained while I do laundry,┬áso today I upped the ante; instead of seating her next to me with her own laundry center, I put her right in the laundry basket!

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She instantly was intrigued with her new surroundings. To keep her occupied, I dropped in easy, small items – baby socks, washcloths – and soon she was playing happily with them.

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Next I played a game of peekaboo, draping a small hand towel over her head and asking, “where’s Veronika?”

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I lifted the towel for a big reveal: there she is! She loved this one.

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Now it was time to turn the laundry basket into a car.

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I zoomed her around, including back and forth to the dryer to check on a load, and announced “Pit stop!” when we came to a stop. These words got a giggle every time.

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One note of caution: big siblings are going to think this looks so fun that they’ll want a turn! Needless to say, this is one way to take the drudgery out of laundry.

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Galactic Pancakes

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You’ll start your kids’ day on a stellar note with these pancakes from Raddish Kids. This was the final recipe from Travis’s Cosmic Cuisine kit, and he declared the taste out of this world!

First we needed to make a few vegan substitutes. For buttermilk, pour 1 tablespoon cider vinegar into a measuring cup. iIll with soy milk to equal 1 cup; let stand for 5 minutes.

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Meanwhile, whisk 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed into 6 tablespoons water in a small bowl to make 2 vegan eggs; let stand for 5 minutes.

To prepare the pancakes, Travis measured and combined 1 and 1/4 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt.

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In a second bowl, combine the flax eggs, the vegan buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Preheat a skillet for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium-low heat. We placed in the provided moon and star silicone molds. (Note: you could also use cookie cutters). Coat the skillet and molds with cooking spray.

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Add about 2 tablespoons batter to each mold – an ice cream scoop worked perfectly for even measuring. Gently spread the batter to the edge of the molds with a spatula and cook for about 3 minutes, until the tops are covered with bubbles.

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Remove the molds with tongs. Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional minute.

Drizzle with syrup and serve!

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You’ll have enough batter for about 12 pancakes.

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