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Easy Fried Chicken Recipe and a Graduation

This week was dotter’s graduation.

I am excited to see the professional’s shot of this one. Finding the kids we know in my copy is like playing Where’s Waldo.

Besides the graduates tossing their caps in the air to celebrate, there were grad parties throughout the town. Parents went dizzy trying to attend them all and everyone rejoiced.

Then it was time for our shindig. You know it’s going to be a serious party when this shiny girl comes out of the pantry.

To keep myself from burning out on any one project, I bounced back and forth from decoration prep to food prep. This banner is easy to make. Just choose your color theme. It’s best to choose 3 main colors & stick with those. I cut a triangle with scrapbook paper folded in half in the size that I wanted with a paper cutter then I used that as my pattern for the rest of the triangles. I may or may not have used a few antique hymnal pages for this project as well. I caught up on all my favorite shows while I punched two holes in the top of each one and strung them with matching ribbon, placing a solid colored triangle in between each word. Kitty loved swatting at the ribbons. To finish the project, I used high quality red, glittery sticker letters.

Pinwheels are easy to make too. They add a whimsical touch to the party decor. Two-sided cardstock works best.

 Just cut into 4 inch squares, cut each corner toward the middle of the paper using a paper cutter while leaving about a one inch space in the middle to keep the paper in one piece. Bring the right side of each cut piece toward the middle and use a pin to hold the pinwheel together. Mine were just for decor, so I used a hole punch with brads through the corners since it didn’t matter if they spun.

To make the pinwheel handle, I used black straws and cut slits for the brads to continue all the through the back of the straw.  For a longer handle, I squished the end of one straw and pushed it into a second straw.

Even the window boxes were adorned with pinwheel fun to help continue the decorations to the back deck.

All of dotter’s favorites, like these gorgeous bruschetta appetizers, were served and quickly became the favorite of many. See the mini flags? Another easy way to put a smile on guests faces! Just fold matching paper in half, cut flag out & fold around toothpicks and secure with double sided tape. The cuteness is overwhelming.

Simple chicken drumettes are always a hit. Just dip in buttermilk then dip in flour. Preheat frying pan with about 1/2 cup of canola or vegetable oil inside to about 350 degrees (medium heat). Do not use olive oil as chicken won’t turn out as crispy. Place coated drumettes in frying pan. Add salt, pepper and your favorite house seasoning (we used Johnny’s) on both sides of chicken. Fry until middle of chicken reaches 165 degrees or until only clear juices (no pink!) seep out of chicken. Easy peezy!

Beautiful World Bread is a must for every bless-ed occasion.

I remember exactly when I got this recipe from a friend. I was stunned at how simple to make these meatballs are and there are never any left after any of our parties. Not even one.

Salmon dip with crackers hidden in the midst of all the other treats.

Every home we partied at had a “shrine” in honor of the graduate. Here is ours.

We added advice cards and an album to place them into when each guest filled one out. Young children were included in the fun – oh how sweet their cards are!

The treats were oh so fun. These grad cap cupcakes were made with love from Grandma Dixie using this chocolate cake recipe. The grad caps were made using Wilton’s red foil wrappers to cover a store-bought square shortbread cookie turned upside down (since the top might be a little rounded on the edges) and Wilton’s red mini candy cups filled with melted chocolate. Tassels can be made with Airheads Extremes Rainbow Berry Sweetly Sour Belts.

Mini corndogs with mustard and homemade ketchup, twice the fun and half the calories, kind of, if you limit yourself. If you can stop at one. But no one can.

The to-go treats were hand-decorated sugar cookies.

But, you know, flower cookies on a stick are only popular with everyone over the age of 2 and under the age of 120.

Strawberry lemonade and cherry limeade in canning jars for all. The regular plastic lids for the jars (or wide-mouth lids) are so very handy! These cuties were seeing how long they could keep their hands in the ice. The recipe for both of these delicious drinks will be coming very soon for it is almost summer and these recipes will be necessary.

 

Volleyball for the teenagers.

 

And hobby farm for the kids.

Talky talk for the grown-ups.

All around the house.

A very red plate day for dotter.

But wait, for there is the after party.

It comes with giggles.

And hot chocolate, only, you know, perhaps with a few melted high-quality chocolate bars melted inside… until 2am.

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6 Responses

  1. Michelle Aandahl

    Congratulations! What a special day you made for your Brittany; special memories, indeed! Wish we could have been there….so many similar things going on up this way! Blessings!

  2. Glynis

    It was a wonderful party and such a tribute to your daughter! My only complaint is that John’s family is so darn nice! I wanted to have more to tease him about. Oh well, I am sure to find something! The cherry limeade was yummy and I loved the covered glasses! Those are perfect. Where do you find those??

    Hope to visit again soon!! Thanks again…and CONGRATS to Miss Brit!

  3. What a beautiful day for an event as special as this! Your treats and artistic touches were so creative and festive! Great ideas to pass along to those of us that get to do this next year! Thank you!

  4. Loved that day at your place helping you celebrate the graduate! The pictures are AWESOME!!! Love you!!! xxxooxoxo

  5. cb

    So sad I was trying to smuggle 58lbs of contraband chocolate trhough customs and missed the whole darn thing :-( It looks like a most magnificent party! Congrats, Dotter. Congrats, Mom!

  6. [...] a year ago I promised to share my cherry limeade recipe from dotter’s graduation. I have no excuses for the delay. But I come bearing glad tidings of fresh limes. And cherries. And [...]

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