Avery’s Donut Birthday Party

Saturday we celebrated Avery’s 4th birthday with family and friends. This year when I asked him what theme he wanted for his party, I was expecting some Disney character or sports theme like he requested in the past. So, when Avery shouted,  “I want a Donut Birthday Party!!”, I was excited and confused but not that surprised either. I know that makes no sense, right? It wasn’t what I expected him to choose since it was sort of out of the box, but the kid LOVES donuts and I have to admit, I was thinking to myself, “this could be fun for me to plan!” We had the party at 11am and I got away with providing just donuts, fruit, milk & coffee as opposed to the entire spread of food and cake/cupcakes like his first 3 parties. As much as I like doing the food part I have to say it was SO AWESOME not having to come up with a meal and do food prep for 35 people! We ordered 7 dozen donuts from Festival Foods and let Taste of Scandinavia do all the work! Well…other than those few donuts that I added blue drizzle to 😉 Here is details of the party in photos. Enjoy! photo 1

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I had my very creative friend, Jenny Bettendorf, design this awesome poster for the party! I gave her some ideas of what I wanted and she ran with it. I could not be more pleased with it!

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We were also able to find Gluten Free donuts for Uncle John & Aunt Dena at Festival Foods!

We were also able to find Gluten Free donuts for Uncle John & Aunt Dena at Festival Foods!

look at the size of those apple fritters!

look at the size of those apple fritters!

The only good thing about having a winter birthday is we were able to keep the milk cold in the snow outside our patio door.

The only good thing about having a winter birthday is we were able to keep the milk cold in the snow outside our patio door.

donut shop coffee

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I could not believe that Avery and his girlfriend from daycare, Kendal, picked the apple fritters. They must have thought bigger is better.

I could not believe that Avery and his “girlfriend” from daycare, Kendal, picked the apple fritters. They must have thought bigger is better.

I ordered some plain cake donuts for the kids to decorate themselves as well. Here is Avery's hot mess.

I ordered some plain cake donuts for the kids to decorate themselves as well. Here is Avery’s hot mess.

Donut Craft!

Donut Craft!

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party favor table

party favor table

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These cardboard donuts cost me nothing to make! I was able to use an old box and some paint I already owned.

These cardboard donuts cost me nothing to make! I was able to use an old box and some paint I already owned.

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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes

pancake photoI know some people think it’s a crime to eat breakfast for dinner, but not in our house! Especially when you have a somewhat picky 3 year old that would eat pancakes for every meal if we let him.  Some days I just don’t plan ahead what we are going to have for dinner (OK, a lot of days) and so I get off work and pick up the phone to call my husband and ask the sometimes dreaded question: “So, what should we have for dinner?”, to which I usually get, “I don’t care, whatever you want”. Luckily, today I actually didn’t have to make an executive decision! It was like music to my ears when I heard, “Avery wants to make pancakes”. Oh goody gumdrops…something EASY! Because let’s face it, it’s Monday, my sweatpants are calling my name and I kind of feel like this:

not cookingI decided that pumpkin pancakes were happening. My shopping basket consisted of a can of pumpkin, fresh fruit & some fresh sausage links. BAM!

My dream of not cooking today didn’t 100% come true, but Avery insisted on helping make the batter, and the hubby was the pancake flipper.

              Easy Pumpkin Pancakes:

  • 2 cups dry boxed pancake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • powdered sugar for dusting on top (optional)

1. Preheat griddle to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

step 1

2.  Blend dry pancake mix and water in a large bowl.

step 23.  Add pumpkin and spices, mixing until thoroughly blended.

step 34.  Pour onto griddle to desired size.  When the mix begins to bubble on top, you will know it’s time to flip and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.

step 4photo 2ENJOY!

Good Morning, Pancake!

On Tuesdays I usually make Avery pancakes before bringing him to daycare at 10. If he’s lucky, I sometimes add chocolate chips to them. (His FAVORITE) It’s my late day at work so it’s nice to spend the morning together before heading out since we won’t see each other for very long after work and before bedtime.  Often times, its’ the 3 of us on Tuesday morning but today it was just Avery & I.

I already knew I was going to make him chocolate chips pancakes so I started pulling ingredients out and seeing what I had for fruit to go along with the pancakes. Then, this happened…

banana, strawberries and the beloved chocolate chips

banana, strawberries and the beloved chocolate chips

Avery was upstairs finishing a cartoon so he was unaware what I was up to.

Avery was upstairs finishing a cartoon so he was unaware what I was up to.

I have seen a similar pancake face using blueberries instead of chocolate chips. Avery would say that's pancake blasphemy.

I have seen a similar pancake face using blueberries instead of chocolate chips. Avery would say that’s pancake blasphemy.

Surprise!

Surprise!

I can already tell that when Avery starts going to school, I’m going to be the crazy Mom who makes things out of his lunch sometimes. I can see it now.  He sits down with his friends, opens his lunch box in anticipation to see what’s in it and it’s like the world freezes and you can hear crickets. “What!? My sandwich looks like an owl!”