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Pancake Tuesday Party

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

It’s almost Pancake Tuesday, and time to start thinking about a special pancake dinner.  No matter how old you are, who doesn’t love the idea of pancakes for dinner once a year?  This is such a fun tradition, and one that my family loves!

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Entertaining on a weeknight can be tricky, but this easy party is perfect for family and friends.  I’ve made it a little easier with some beautiful free printables you can print, cut out and hang up for a festive atmosphere.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For the backdrop to the pancake buffet, I used inexpensive tissue paper and twine to create some pretty tissue paper tassels. These are really simple to make, and have a big impact.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

The cute little watercolor pancakes were made by my youngest daughter Maddie.  I love them.  You can download them here.  Just print them on card stock, cut them out, and create your own pancake garland.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

What’s cuter than a pancake?  A smiling pancake.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We also created a Pancake Party invite.  You can print it out and send it to friends for your own little get together.  Download it here, print it, cut it out and add in your details.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For the table, we used maple syrup cans for vases.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I love that they have painted on labels, and such pretty pictures of little maple sugar shacks, and lots of forest trees.  The blue in the cans inspired the colour scheme of light blue for the party.  We kept the rest neutral with natural brown kraft paper and lots of white.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Baby’s breath makes the perfect simple flower arrangements.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For the place settings, I used some cute denim napkins and the sweetest printable pancake jokes.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

The printables help take this get together from a simple dinner to a party.  Even if you’re just making pancakes for your kids, I guarantee they’ll love the pancake joke printables we came up with.  You can download them here.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Along with the jokes, I made some mini tissue paper tassels to tie the whole look together.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I also made a batch of Pancake Sugar Cookies.  I’ll be sharing the recipe later this week.  They’re easy to make, and so, so cute for Pancake Day.  I added one to each place setting, and one of the little girls who loves sugar cookies was asking us “where are the sugar cookies?”  she thought they were actual pancakes, so I guess that was a good sign, lol.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We set up an easy, help-yourself, pancake buffet for dinner, complete with lots of fun and delicious pancake toppings.  We love this set-up for a party, since guests can help themselves and you can enjoy yourself too.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

The menu was easy -Pancakes!

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My husband makes the best from scratch buttermilk pancakes -recipe here.  For this fun occasion he made a double batch.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

He made some plain, and some with blueberries, and some with chocolate chips -YUM!

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We also made some sweet strawberry shortcake stacks.  I love how these look, and they were delicious too.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We offered lots of fun toppings for the pancakes, and they were really easy to put together.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I used simple mason jars and offered different berries, along with some sprinkles, since it was a party.  I also made a little whipped cream.  And of course, we had to have lots of real maple syrup -we are Canadian after all.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I also had some more of the Pancake Sugar Cookies on the Pancake buffet.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Since it was dinner, we also fried up some bacon and sausages.  The perfect accompaniment to lots and lots of pancakes.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For drinks, I offered guests some orange juice, since it seems like the perfect accompaniment to pancakes.  And for the grown-ups, I picked up a bottle of sparkling wine, so we could turn our orange juice into mimosas.  Special Tuesday night treat, haha.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

This little party was so much fun.  Whether you set up something like this, or just print out our pancake jokes and make your kids pancakes for dinner, I hope you’re feeling inspired!

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

With a special Pancake Tuesday Party, life really is a party!

Onion Rings

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Last night, Friday night, Homemade Onion Rings seemed like the perfect treat to kick off the weekend.  These onion rings were amazing -the perfect balance of crunchy seasoned goodness on the outside, and sweet tender onion on the inside.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

I heard it said once that if you only ate french fries when you made them yourself, from scratch, it would probably be about right.  Since they’re a lot of effort, it’s good that they’re a sometimes, not all the time treat.  The same could be said of these amazing onion rings.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Not an everyday kind of food, a little fiddly to make, but so, so worth it.  These guys are definitely worth the trouble.  After the first crunchy bite, I’m sure you’ll agree with me.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet Spanish onion
  • 1 1/4 cup flour -divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg -beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Slice onion and dip rings into 1/4 cup flour to coat them, shaking off any excess.
  2. To make the batter, combine 1 cup of flour, and the baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk and egg to make a smooth batter. One by one, dip in the onion rings that have been coated with flour already. Let them drip to remove any excess.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the two kinds of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Stir to mix well.
  4. Dip the battered onion rings into the bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.
  5. Fry the onion rings in a deep fryer with oil at 375 degrees, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel, and sprinkle with additional salt, to taste.
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Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are best served nice and hot with a little extra sprinkle of salt.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are guaranteed to take your regular burger night to a whole new level.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These would also be a pretty impressive addition to any party -we like them with a little ketchup or chipotle mayo on the side.  Hope you love these too.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

With Homemade Onion Rings, life really is a party!

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

These Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons really couldn’t be simpler to make, but every time I look at them they make me smile.  They’re very easy to make, and definitely worth the little effort.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

I asked my husband for some new wooden spoons for Christmas, and then said I’d really like some of those paint dipped ones, but don’t buy expensive ones…could you just make some for me?  And then we both laughed out loud.  He’s not really the diy-er in the family.  So I tucked this project away in my mind, and today I had time to make them.  (He did get me some really beautiful, chunky wooden spoons for Christmas though.)

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

They’re really easy to make, here’s how you do it.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

Materials:

  • wooden spoons
  • painter’s tape
  • craft paint
  • sealer
Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

Instructions:

1.  Begin by taping off your wooden spoon handles where you’d like the paint to stop.  I used painter’s tape.

2.  Give your spoon handles two coats of paint.  I love the white, but any colour would be great.  You could even add stripes of different colours if you’re really adventurous.

3.  After the paint’s all dry, give your handles a coat of sealer or varathane so the craft paint won’t come off when you wash them.  Once it’s dry, remove the painter’s tape and you’re all set.  Remember to hand wash.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

These new little spoons make me want to bake something yummy.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

With new Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons, life really is a party!

Mini Hearts in a Bottle

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little mini hearts in a bottle are so sweet, and really easy to make for someone special this Valentine’s Day.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I was inspired by the mini glass bottles with the sweet little cork tops.  I thought it would be cute to make a miniature heart flower that was like it was growing inside.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little bottle gardens remind me of teeny, tiny terrariums.  You can get a sense of the scale and how small they really are by the thimble.  The thimble was too big to fit inside the glass bottles, so I made a cute little stand alone one with the thimble as a tiny flower pot.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:

  • mini glass bottles
  • moss
  • air dry clay
  • white glue
  • felt
  • stuffing
  • thread
  • glue
  • wire
  • green embroidery thread

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Instructions:

1.  To make the heart flower, start by cutting out two matching hearts (a front and a back) , small enough to fit through the mouth of the glass bottle.  Sew them together with coordinating thread, using a blanket stitch.  Before sewing all the way around the heart, add in a little stuffing.  Finishing sewing it all the way around.

2.  To make the stem, cut a small piece of wire.  Using green felt, cut out a very tiny leaf or two, with a narrow stem piece.  Tie on some green embroidery thread to the top of the wire, and wrap it around the wire tightly.   Part way down, wrap in the stem of the felt leaf.  At the end of the stem, finish by tying the thread off, and using a little white glue to secure it.

3.  To assemble the heart flower, use a tiny piece of air dry clay as a base, and insert the stem into it, so it’s able to stand up on its own.  Glue the heart onto the top of the stem to create the flower, pushing the wire up into the felt heart.  Allow the clay and glue to dry.

4.  To assemble the jar, put a tiny amount of glue in the bottom of the jar with a toothpick.  Glue the flower in place in the jar, using tweezers to position it.  Cut the moss into tiny little pieces and add to the bottle.  Use a toothpick and tweezers to push it down and compact it at the bottle of the flower.  Optional:  Add a little handmade tag that says “love grows here”.

5.  To create the thimble flower, make the flower in the same way, with the clay pushed into the thimble and topped with moss.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Make a few for a pretty little grouping, with different shades of pink felt hearts.  Use little birch tree rounds to create different heights in your display, and different sized bottles.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I love how these turned out and they were really simple to put together.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

They remind of fairies.  Any little fairy fans on your Valentine’s Day list?  These would be perfect.  I know my little girls love them.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

With Mini Hearts in a  Bottle, life really is a party!

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