Before Christmas, my mom usually hosts an open house to get some family friends together to celebrate the season. With a busy December, the schedule didn’t allow for it to happen, yet we still wanted a reason to get together and catch up. We also came across the cutest pajamas that just needed to be bought, and they presented the perfect snowman theme. Low and behold, the Pancakes and PJs party came about.
Recently we were attending a holiday potluck, and I wanted to bring a festive, kid-friendly dessert. I had also heard that Kellogg’s had a campaign running over the holidays called “Treats for Toys”. The basis was that you could create a treat with your child, post a picture of it, and each photo shared would result in Kellogg’s donating a toy to the Salvation Army. Of course, I love a good cause, and I knew my son would really enjoy creating something.
The year was 1984. I was five and my little brother was one. It was then we were put in matching outfits and subjected to our first Christmas photo shoot. For the next 32 years, my mom has upheld this annual tradition, with our photographs including the entire family, with spouses, kids, and pets being added as our clan has grown.
A small confession: My organized, clean-obsessed, Virgo self just isn’t a fan of carving pumpkins. While I do have fond childhood memories of my dad constructing elaborate pumpkin creations, I myself haven’t really attempted to do so in my adult life, especially since having kids. Who wants to have little hands intertwined with sharp carving tools and messy pumpkin innards?
When I hosted my friend’s baby shower earlier this month, I was on the search for cherry recipes to go along with the sweet, fruity theme. Little did I know, the one I found for mini cherry cheesecakes would be a hit. Hands down, it was the one item on the dessert table that everyone was raving about.
Like most young children, my daughter is obsessed with animals. Live animals, stuffed animals, stories featuring animals, etc. So, when figuring out where to host her second birthday, the local farm seemed fitting. We are lucky to have a beautiful one about a half-hour away that has a great open party space.