Friday, March 18, 2011

It's a Tea Party: Crafts, Recipes, and Photos (Guest Post)

Today I'd like to introduce another new friend of mine--Jill, who blogs at Blessings of a Stay At Home Mom.  She writes about days with her two daughters, crafts, recipes, and other fun.  Please make her feel welcome, and stop by her blog to say Hello, too!

This morning my little Pumpkin wanted pancakes, and always enjoys helping me make them! Since she is extremely allergic to egg we have a special recipe for her. We also freeze these to use as needed.
Here is the recipe for egg less pancakes:

1 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp canola ( or we use vegetable oil)
1/2 cup water
1 to 1 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp pure maple syrup ( regular syrup works fine too)

Sift or stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix just until combined, like muffins ( a few lumps are o.k., over mixing will make the pancakes tough)

Add oil ( or cooking spray) to a large skillet and heat over medium heat for a couple minutes. Add batter and cook until the pancake has some bubbles on top and is browned on bottom. Turn and finish cooking.

Can also add blueberries or chocolate chips, but they are just as good plain! :-)

This is the picture of the chocolate cake with whipped chocolate icing I sent into my husband's work today.

Then I got my chicken ready in the crock pot to slow cook for the day, this is before adding the butter and spices!

I'll be serving it with baked potatoes and fresh squash. Then I will use the leftover chicken to make up chicken salads for lunches. ;-)

We had a Garden tea party today, the girls started out by making place mats, theirs were way more elaborate than Mommy's! LOL

Then we made flowers with ladybugs on them.....

We used construction paper, then glued down a cupcake holder (color of choice) as the top of flower. We then used a top off a soda bottle to dip in red paint to create the body of the ladybug. When it dried we decorated the rest of the picture.

Next we prepared for lunch. I took a piece of wax paper and put slices of bread between it and rolled it flat with a rolling pin. Then I spread peanut butter on it, roll it up, sliced it, and arranged it on the plate to look like flowers.

Then I put cheese and crackers, along with turkey rolled up on the plate for a lunch selection. ;-)

I also cut the tops off fresh flowers and put them in a bowl of water for a centerpiece.

O.k. Mom stop taking pictures.... I'm getting hungry LOL

We had some monkeys in attendance....

As well as another lovely lady with Kit and Felicity.

For dessert I made another flower by using cotton candy ice cream for the middle and surrounding it with peaches to represent the petals. Super Yummy!

We had a great time as we always do! Tomorrow is a play date here at the house. Brownies are made and ready to devour, LOL Now just last minute house cleaning.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely evening.

Thanks for being here today, Jill!


  1. I'm in a different season of life now - facing the empty nest in a couple of years - but I do remember those days of cooking and doing crafts with my kids!

    My youngest daughter (age 22) is coming over today to bake cookies since my kitchen is bigger than hers and I have the equipment. Reading your post makes me look forward to this time with her even more!

  2. Hi Melissa, I'm visiting from Jill over at "Blessings of a Stay at Home Mom" :) :) :) You're blog is lovely :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  3. i love jills blog!
    glad you found her...
    that ice cream and peaches has me wanting some right now lol

  4. Hi Melissa! I'm visiting from Jill's blog. Nice to meet you!

  5. Nothing like a good tea party to fix whatever ails you. The girls look like they are having so much fun. The pancakes look yummy. Love the rolling pin idea, kids do also.

  6. What cuties! I missed the pictures when I first read this post in my email. My girls always loved tea parties.

  7. This is so sweet! How fun for your girls!


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