Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Pancakes

Want to make your birthday kiddo feel special? How about birthday pancakes? My youngest loves banana pancakes, but my oldest insisted on a twist! {wink}

Banana Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Pancakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These peanut butter chocolate banana pancakes are so very simple…  because… well, I used a shortcut.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large ripe banana

Blend all ingredients in a mixer, spoon onto a flat griddle and cook… with butter. Yep. Butter.

For the topping, it doesn’t get any easier. Just microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter per pancake stack and drizzle. Top with banana slices. Finally microwave fudge topping. I used Breyer’s in the microwave safe pouch. My kiddos… okay and me too… love it!

Hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate… and that these help make your kiddos smile on their birthday!

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Quick No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips

Love things that sparkle? Me too!

No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Glitter can be hard to craft with. Especially when you’re crafting with things that might come in contact with food. You’re always nervous it’s going to flake off on whatever you’re working on.

Well I have the answer and it’s awesome! Darice makes a no-flake glitter washi tape and it’s available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. It’s beautiful and it truly doesn’t rub off!

I made these no-flake glitter straw slips in less than a minute! Just wrap around your straw and cut a triangle out of the end. Done!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Grilling Sides – Southern Style Potato Salad Recipe

One of my mom’s most loved recipes is her southern style potato salad. I have to admit, it is amazing. She makes it for all of our summer family gatherings and my hubby eats the most. {grin}

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple to make Southern Potato Salad! You’ll need:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 7 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 10-12  hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish
  • Paprika, salt, and black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup  mayo
  • 4 tbsp. Gulden’s Mustard

Easy steps:

  1. Boil chopped and salted potatoes in a covered dish for 14 minutes or until until tender. Drain.
  2. Add onions to bowl, pour hot potatoes over top and allow to set for five minutes. Hot potatoes will cook the onions a little and soften them up.
  3. Peel and chop eggs. Add to bowl.
  4. Add pickle relish.
  5. Add mayonnaise.
  6. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add mustard.
  8. Gently fold and refrigerate.

How To Make A Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to know how to set up a Hot Dog Bar?! So easy and a great way to get grilling this summer!

For more fun grilling ideas, make sure and follow me on Pinterest and check out my Foodie {Grilling} board:

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Foodie {Grilling Recipes} on Pinterest.

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Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar

Picnic tables, grilling, campfires for s’ mores, sparklers and laugh out loud jokes… {sigh} It makes me think of my childhood 4th of July gatherings with my mom’s huge family and “make your own” hot dog bars!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For summer entertaining I love setting up “make your own” and “serve yourself” options. And with grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog! What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

Next to the cut of meat, a successful hot dog bar must be kept covered. When you’re gathering in an open space like your backyard, people to tend to wander and mingle and no one is eating at the same time so keeping your hot dogs and fixins fresh is essential.

You’ll also want to make sure your tableware is easy to manage while standing or sitting so there are no juggling acts. These little hot dog baskets are the perfect answer!

Summer Grilling & Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When it comes to your hot dog fixins, that’s the fun part. I set up my families favorites with red onion, yellow onion, Hunt’s Ketchup, Gulden’s Mustard and tomato. The hubby sometimes likes a little jalapeno too!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Another important favorite for our hot dog bars…

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

my mom’s southern style potato salad. It is amazing! I’ll be posting a step-by-step pictorial of this yummy recipe using Gulden’s Yellow Mustard tomorrow, so stay tuned!

You can find more 

Hebrew

ideas and recipes by visiting Hebrew National or by following them on facebook

Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

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Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes – A Birthday Breakfast

Peanut butter banana pancakes. Yum! Birthday breakfasts are fun. I almost never let my boys have sweets before noon… I know… the occasional doughnut never hurt anyone. It’s more of… if they start the day with sugar it seems to just keep going. {wink}

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes - A Birthday Breakfast | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In any case, birthdays are different and my family has so many birthdays this month. My hubby turns… well… just turns… tomorrow. And my youngest turns 8 next week. I can’t believe my little boy is going to be 8 years old!

And we’ll be having birthday breakfasts. Something fun and yummy to kick off the day of sugar.

These peanut butter banana pancakes are so very simple…  because… well, I used a shortcut.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large ripe banana

Blend all ingredients in a mixer, spoon onto a flat griddle and cook… with butter. Yep. Butter.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For the topping, it doesn’t get any easier. Just microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter per pancake stack and drizzle.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For decorations, I used paper straws, stripe napkins, and mini forks from Target. And those darling little sparkle poms are Darice brand from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Strawberry Cocktail + Pink, Orange & Yellow Bridal Shower

Think pink. And orange and yellow. This pretty color combo just makes my heart sing. And this strawberry cocktail will make your taste buds flip!

Strawberry  Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! Help your bride stave off the nerves with these yummy Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy cocktails full of strawberry, watermelon, lemon and guava. I added a few strawberry slices for color and some lovely pink stripe paper straws embellished with Sparkle Tape (from Darice) flags… and you’re done!

Strawberry Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’ve pinned some beautiful pink, orange and yellow ideas including cakes, table settings, floral arrangements, and more that will help have your party planned in no time.

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Party {in Orange, Pink, Yellow} on Pinterest.

Strawberry Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Cheers!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Glitter Wine Glass Markers {Personalized For Pennies}

Having guests over for drinks? Need some glass markers? It seems I never have enough or they don’t match my party’s theme. So in my recent girls night in party post I shared a peek at these fun and simple glittered wine glass markers that only cost pennies to make.

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I’ve shared this sparkle tape (aka glitter washi tape) from Darice before (also available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), and every time I use it I love it more. The glitter really shines and you could practically sand a table with it and no glitter would fall off. It’s perfect for embellishing gifts, crafting and oh yes, DIY party ideas! {grin}

To make these simple drink markers you’ll need:

Cut several lengths of tape, fold in half and trim out a triangle, peel off adhesive and stick to glass, write on your guest’s names. Done!

Washi Tape Glass Marker | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And here’s how darling the glitter drink markers can look on a pretty and delicious drink recipe. You don’t want to mix these glasses up. Trust me, you want every last drop of my Raspberry Acai Pineapple Champagne Cocktail.

Both this DIY glitter wine glass marker and this recipe will be perfect for New Year’s Eve too! {wink}

Want more fun party drink ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Drinks {Fun & Creative Beverages} board.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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10 Healthy Cold Summer Treats

Along with the summer heat come cold summer treats. And since I’m always looking for ways to keep my kids healthy, and my little one with food allergies included and happy, I buy “all fruit” treats as much as possible. Thank goodness for amazing fruit bars like Frutarre.

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Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars are bursting with real fruit taste, creamy milk, or refreshing juice. My boys loved them…

Balloon Fight

and as you can see wouldn’t even put them down while balloon fighting at our Memorial Day friends and family party. {grin}

There are 10 delicious flavors to choose from like Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Banana & Milk, Black Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, and more! We celebrated with the Strawberry & Milk and the Mango. Oh… the Mango! It was like eating a real one and only 60 calories!

I picked my Fruttare up at Kroger, but they’re available nationwide.

You can find out more about this wonderfully refreshing treat by following them on facebook!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! And happy belated Memorial Day everyone! See a soldier, thank a soldier.

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Raspberry Acai Pineapple Cockail for Girls’ Night In

Summer is almost here and that means more gatherings with my girl friends. And since we all have kids, that is often a girls’ night in. But no worries… with my Raspberry Acai Pineapple cocktails in hand and good conversation, we won’t even mind when the kids squirt us with water guns. {grin}

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These are amazing! And what’s best, if you have a few friends who are watching the calories or pregnant, they can still enjoy this recipe as a mocktail.

Cocktails and Mocktails with Trop50 | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s the super simple recipe:

  • 2/3 Trop50’s Raspberry Acai
  • 1/3 Champaign (or Gingerale)
  • 1 scoop pineapple sorbet (fat free if you like!) per glass

In addition to amazing drink recipes, you can doll up your stemware (and make your besties feel special) with a little bling. I’ll be sharing more about these simple but fun drink stirrers and labels in my next post! Hosting your own party this summer, love acai and want more yummy recipes? Join us on Pinterest for our Girls’ Night In Board and  browse Inspiring Ideas for a Girls’ Night In” Trop50 Foodie Collection on Foodie! You’ll find a fun recipe for everyone in your group!

Trop 50 Recipes

Trop50 has the great taste and goodness you expect from Tropicana, but with 50% less sugar and calories and no artificial sweeteners. And guess what… my kiddos LOVE it. They didn’t even notice a difference. That tells you Tropicana has kept all the flavor!


As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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