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Happy “Bird” Day Celebration – Our Evie Bird’s Birthday and Mother’s Day Celebration.

Happy “Bird” Day Celebration – our Evie Bird’s Birthday Celebration.
 


You may have noticed that we love giving each other nicknames (Evie, Feather, Peggo, etc.).

We also love personalizing every celebration and playing with words. 

When we needed a theme for our little Evie Bird’s birthday, it just seemed natural that we would have a bird-day party instead of a birthday party!

 
As soon as we saw these beautiful plates covered in birds, lace, tea-cups and flowers we knew they would be perfect for her Springtime bird-day party, as well as Mother’s Day!


The bird plates and napkins are paper (from Dollar Tree), so we pressed the paper plate between a silver charger plate and a clear glass plate. 

This is our new favorite way to dress up a place setting and create a custom looking party theme. We did this for Feather’s birthday party as well. 


We added a grapevine wreath on top to give each place-setting its own little “nest.” 

The table was decked out in a pink tablecloth with a white lace overlay and silver candlesticks wrapped in delicate spring blossoms. 

We added a lovely antique bird cage as the centerpiece.


Of course this birthday party would not be complete if we didn’t serve all of the birthday girl’s favorite treats(no matter how peculiar a collection of food items they may be!). 

We whipped up one of her favorites — Rice Crispy Treats!


We made a batch of our family recipe for macaroni salad. 

Our family recipe brings me right back to so very many childhood memories. 

We used to have family gatherings so large that we would make the family macaroni salad and potato salad in such large quantities that we made them directly in the crisper drawers of our fridge!


Of course we had a birthday cake for blowing out candles and making birthday wishes. (I didn’t get any pictures of the delicious Chocolate Sundae cake before it was cut, because we all gobbled it up before I could snap a single picture! Here is picture of the very last piece)


We also picked up some fresh ripe strawberries, shortcake and whipped cream for making strawberry shortcakes. 

Evie often tells the story of how she would have strawberry shortcake on her birthday when she was a child, and how it was extra special because strawberries were not available year-round like they are now. 

Strawberries were a springtime treat that always made her childhood birthdays extra sweet!















So there you have it —  Evie’s 88th Bird-day party full of birds, berries, blossoms and blessings.

Happy Bird-day to you Evie!

 

 

 

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Valentines Day Pancakes

What better way to start your Valentine’s Day than with some pink chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream on top and fresh strawberry hearts on the side?

We actually made these Valentine’s Day Pancakes – ON Valentines Day! 

Trust me, this is a small miracle, as we tend to PLAN a lot of things that never really make it into reality, or make it on their own unique time table, usually after the holiday,  but this time  – voila! Pink Pancakes!

I’d be lying if I said that this blog and the need for content and quality pictures wasn’t a HUGE motivator for getting these plans into action. But when you think about it, the whole point of this blog is to celebrate and appreciate more. I actually AM doing that.

I’ve always said that having little ones in your life makes you appreciate and celebrate more. Even if you don’t really feel like coloring eggs or putting up the tree or all the other traditional holiday activities, you will do it for them  – to create those lifetime memories and traditions. But what about when there are no little ones in your life? Do you stop celebrating and appreciating?

When a family is at that awkward in-between stage where there are no little ones, sometimes it feels like all holidays are on hold – which to me feels like all of life is on hold. For now, this blog is my baby, and I am devoting myself to giving it everything I can – creating beautiful and memorable holidays and a home full of love.

So, kids or no kids we are going to celebrate like we’re in kindergarten! Starting with PINK PANCAKES!

We bought this festive Valentines pancake mix at Aldi.  

It’s pink and has chocolate chips – what more could I possibly ask for?

We tried, oh how we tried, oh so hard to make these pancakes heart shaped. 

We used our little silicone heart shape specially designed for this, but it was bent out of shape from being in storage, so the batter was leaking out the edges. 

So we ended up making traditional round pancakes instead – well, sort of round…..round-ish.

 

In the end we had a lovely holiday pancake breakfast and a sense of accomplishment that we went that extra mile to celebrate not for any actual children, but for the sake of each of our own inner children. You could almost hear the magical giggles as we served these.  
 
Valentine’s Day breakfast checked off the to-do list!
 
Happy Valentine’s Day!
 
 
Quick and easy Strawberry Hearts how-to HERE!

Valentine’s Day decorating HERE!
Charlie Brown Valentine’s Special Party HERE!

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Strawberry Valentine Hearts – Quick and Easy!

Are you looking for a last minute idea for a Valentines Day treat? 

Well here is an idea that is great for Valentines Day, or any day you want to show your loved ones that you love them. 

It gets better – this idea is super quick, easy and healthy!

Your strawberries are all just 3 simple slices away from being the perfect Valentines Day breakfast, dessert or healthy snack.

Step by Step Guide to creating quick and easy
strawberry hearts below.

Have you ever seen a sweeter way to serve fresh strawberries?


Step 1: Start with a nice fresh strawberry.
 
Step 2: You’re going to remove the stem and 
leaves with a “V” cut at the top. 
This is the first diagonal cut.
 
Step 3: Make the second cut of the “V” the 
same as the first and meeting in the middle.
Step 4: Remove greens along with the wedge shaped cut out.
 
 
Step 5: Cut straight down the middle.
 
Step 6: You’ll now have two perfect little flat backed 
strawberry hearts to put on your plate.
 

 

Step 7: Serve them;
 
 -on a little cloud of whipped cream, or
-a circle around a dollop of Greek yogurt, or
-as a festive garnish, or
 
Let your heart decide!
Enjoy!


Valentine’s Day decorating HERE!
Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast HERE!

Valentine’s Charlie Brown Party HERE!

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