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Pancake lovers this is your day!  To get a stack this high you might have to start flipping pancakes early in the day.











Fat Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) which is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period


Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Source: Dakota Kelly one from her favorite family recipes.
Serves 4-6


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.       

Tall stack or short stack cook them up on this pretend stove.

Happy FAT Tuesday whether you are a pancake lover or not.

Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays.  The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which is the third month of the Jewish calendar, and occurs sometime in December of the Gregorian calendar. The Hanukkah holiday lasts eight successive days during which eight candles are lit, beginning with one on the first night, two on the second night, three on the third night, and so on.

Jewish Year 5772: sunset December 20, 2011 – nightfall December 28, 2011 (first candle: night of 12/20 last candle: night of 12/28)

Celebrate the holidays with our wooden Chanuka set! Kids can role play safely with our wooden menorah and 9 colorful wooden candles, dreidel, coins, potato latkes, spatula, pan and storage bag.

_______________________________This puzzle, many more toys plus other Judica toys are available at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.


Martha Stewart shows you how to make marshmallow dreidels.


Bright Ideas…Menorah Cupcakes would be a special edition to any celebration.

Kids Can Cook!

Do any of your kids have a favorite recipe that they enjoy making? We are looking for kids and their special recipes to feature on our blog?  Of course there will be a prize when they are featured!


Breakfast Rockets a summertime kid favorite recipe.

The adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is true. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast concentrate better in school, work faster, are more creative and even score higher on tests! So, set a good example and have breakfast with your kids. The following recipe is a fun breakfast alternative.

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 TBSP of peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. of sugar
  • 2 cups of oat or wheat flaked cereal, crushed to 1 cup  or 1 cup of lowfat granola
  • 4 small bananas
  • Plastic wrap
  • 4 popsicle sticks


Measure yogurt, peanut butter, sugar and place in small bowl.

Mix it all up!

Cut four large squares of plastic wrap.

Over another bowl; crush flake cereal with hands.

Put 1/4 cup of crushed cereal or granola on each plastic wrap square.

Peel bananas. Insert popsicle stick in one end of each banana.

Spread each banana with yogurt mixture and lay on cereal.

Turn each banana once to evenly coat with crushed cereal.

Wrap each banana in the plastic wrap square. Twist ends to hold. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Do you, or do you know of anyone today who actually runs to get a Yellow Pages when searching for a telephone number?

Last night in the entrance of Annie’s condo,  we had to walk past 2 mountains of plastic bags housing new Yellow Page Telephone Books. It appeared that residents were ignoring their existence all together.

If you’re not going to let your fingers do the walking, what do you do with your Yellow Pages?

If you are stumped, here are a few suggestions:

  • Child booster seats which can created by covering them with fabric remnants.
  • Tear out pages to use with kindling to light fires for stoves, BBQ’s or bonfires.
  • Door stops.
  • Make a pencil holder.
  • Window wipes which are ideal for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Yellow Pages step aerobics, duct tape books together to use in stair-stepping exercises.
  • Make paper mache.
  • Fire starters for fireplace, grill or woodstove.
  • Recycle – Less than 10% of all phone books printed are recycled, even though they can be recycled into everything from ceiling tiles to cereal boxes. Visit to find your nearest phone book recycling center.
  • Garden mulch – shred a few pages at a time as they’re great biodegradable weed blockers.
  • Make several hundred paper airplanes.
  • Perfect origami paper.  Instead of buying expensive craft paper to make paper cranes or flowers, use the pages of the Yellow Pages. The words and see-through pages give the origami a interesting look.
  • Make your voice heard. Sign a petition to the Yellow Pages Association insisting that they move to an “on-demand system” of distributing directories.

  • Save them, they could become collectibles?

These bows could be standard fare for a very long at Totally Kid fun furniture & toys with our supply of Yellow Pages. At least I find it to be a good idea. We will see what Megan thinks about them.

How About Orange has a perfect pictorial for this bow making project if you too would like to put your Yellow Pages to good use.

Merriment Designs shows us how to up-cycle the yellow pages into wrapping paper.

You fill in the blanks!

The possibilities are endless for what you can frame on your walls with this wallpaper aptly named “Frames”.

Go right ahead, put a photo, drawing, hang your blue ribbons,  paste on a little bling or use your creative skills and attempt to paint something in one of the frames. It’s simply up to you! You’ll love how interactive it is.

“Frames”  by Taylor & Wood for Graham & Brown  is only $40 per roll, so you’ll still have some cash left over for markers and paints.

A well-chosen phrase, quote or saying  can be worth a thousand pictures when applied to your walls.

Vinyl lettering is also a great way to personalize and decorate your child’s walls.

Vinyl letters will stick on to any dirt free, flat, non porous surface.

Planet Wall found at Etsy, offers many options in both vinyl lettering for your walls as well as images.

Nothing shouts Easter like a box of brightly colored Peeps bunnies and chicks.

What do you do with your Peeps?

Check out the second annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest.

Warning: It is a Peep Show; parental discretion advised. May include adult content.

There were more than 800 sugar-filled entries. Here are the 37 best creations.


Karas Party Ideas just pops colorful Peeps on a Stick!

Love From The Oven makes these Rice Krispies Peeps Treats and has a pictorial recipe so you can make them too.


Take a good thing and make it better. Chocolate dipped Peeps according to the Jack  and Izzy blog: Aren’t these “peep pops” the cutest things ever?!! They’re so simple to make — just put a bunny peep on a candy stick (found at Michael’s) and dip it in melted chocolate.


What Is Open And What Is Closed On Good Friday & Easter Sunday? Here is a list with answers: Good Friday & Easter Sunday Closing Info.

Or Sweet Without Candy Treats ~  Easter Basket Alternative Ideas – Skip the Candy (or least some of it)

Easter is almost as popular as Christmas in many households and even gaining traction on Halloween, my personal favorite holiday, as many of you know.  Instead of filling up the kiddos’ baskets with sweets this year, why not try one (or more)  of these Easter basket ideas.

Any ideas, experience or photos? Please let us know and we will gladly give you credit.

These cute crayons are from Kitty Baby Love. Wouldn’t they be a fun surprise in an Easter Basket?

Tuck a Hexbug or two in and watch them chase the Easter Bunny around the house.

We asked our Facebook friends for suggestions and here are a few:

Ashley McDonald: I bought my son some origami kits because he LOVES origami. They cost me a dollar! He actually asked me not to get him candy because he already has a stash in his room that he isn’t eating. Lol!

Little Ladybugs Resale Boutique: My son loves fruit and veggies. We give home a fruit basket and seeds to plant to grow his own veggies he loves it and it gives us something to do as a family. We also do toys and games. (BTW her son is 3 years old)

Tanya Juergens: My kids usually get a traditional bucket for sandplay, filled with a kite, chalk, bubbles *crayola bubbles this year*, a $5 g/c to Subway, apples, “Cuties”, bananas, gardening gloves, a new watering can, flower and veggie seeds and a garden… starter set. They LOVE it, plus everything equals to hours of fun outside! This year though instead of the sand buckets, the are getting bike baskets and a helmet..on brand new bikes:o) The 2 older ones grew so much since last year that we thought it would be a cute idea!

Kassie Epperson Luster: We also do the seeds thing and things they can play with when we go to the beach and new swim suits, sunglasses, flip flops, cover ups everything to match. They are to excited about all the beach stuff to even think about the candy that’s missing.

With Earth Day on April 22, echo-dough is a perfect addition. You may need this, oops, knead this. This alternative play-doh option is an extra-super-duper nontoxic play-dough is packaged in compostable containers. This all-natural, non-toxic play dough contains no chemicals, artificial dyes, or metals. Super soft with vibrant colors from plant, fruit, and veggie extracts! Add a few drops of olive oil if the dough dries out, and it’s ready to play with again.
6 colors: pink, white, brown, blue, green and yellow.

Jillian Perrin: In my 3 years olds Easter bucket this year…flip flops, Easter socks, a lollypop of hairbands, stickers, fridge magnets, sidewalk chalk, Easter book, Easter egg paint kit, a few chocolate bunnies and bubbles.

Heather Lynne St. John: This year I went and got my 8 & 6 year a gift certificate to Justice. They love to shop plus other things they needed. We didn’t do a lot of candy this year.

Team Totally Suggestions:

  1. Juice Boxes
  2. Small Boxes of Rasins
  3. Bubbles
  4. Sidewalk Chalk
  5. Silly Putty
  6. Light Up Key Chains
  7. Funky Shoelaces
  8. Stickers
  9. Temporary tattoos
  10. Body Glitter
  11. Video Game Memory Card
  12. Card Games
  13. Pedometer
  14. Fantastic Socks
  15. Small Notebook
  16. Earphones
  17. Nail Polish
  18. Charms
  20. Inflatable Beach Ball
  21. Sunglasses
  22. Legos
  23. Rubber Stamps
  24. Kaleidoscope
  25. Personalized Stationery

Amy Bryan: Ok this year I have felt w sweater cupcakes from Birdie Baby Boutique, bubbles, garden tools and seeds, felt eggs I made, stickers, solar system wall stickers, playdough, bug cages and nets, sidewalk chalk, finger paints and (sorry) cake pops from April’s Tasty Treats.

Amy Fedorchak: I make baskets with toys and stuffed animals. No candy in the baskets at all.

Toni Snow Parkhurst: We start Easter eve by dying eggs, new bunny pjs and a new Easter book and set out our basket. The Easter bunny fills it with bubbles, lip glosses, toy jewelry, stickers and other snack items like bunny crackers/goldfish, etc…

Betsy Seberson: This will be our first ‘official’ Easter with our son, he just turned 1! We will be camping, in the woods, so he’ll be filling his basket/bucket on a hunt for pine cones, sticks, rocks, leaves and possibly a few little goodies we’ll bring from home! Hope our tradition ‘sticks’! ~get it~z