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Friday, December 7, 2012

additional RS meeting: pancake party!

here is a link to last months A.R.S.M a get to know you night with an owl theme.
this month for the additional RS message I did a pancake party.
we had a bunch of pancake mix left over from a summer breakfast that the ward did, so in attempts to use what we already had, I came up with a pancake bar.
I just gathered some frames from around the house and created some some chalkboard typography, which is all the rage in pinterest land, and for good reason. It's super cute.
I thrifted the three silver vases? buckets? (I don't know what they are called?) for 5 bucks and filled them with stuff I found outside.
Unfortunately I forgot the table cloth, so everything looks a bit unfinished but other than that it all came together nicely. (sadly I did not get a pic with the pancake platters. they went in that big empty space) 

I made 4 different kinds of pancakes:
cottage cheese
whole wheat

sadly I didn't get any pictures of them on the table.

for toppings I did
choc chips
powedered sugar
along with
strawbery jam
raspberry jam
I bought the sqeeze bottles (98 cents each) from walmart and made some labels.
the jams and stuff were in mason jars with labels I made.
I found this birdcage (I have been wanting one forever but havent found anything inexpensive till now) at ross for 7 bucks! I was happy about that find. I think I am going to spraypaint it for my house now that I have used it for this (i didn't purchase it for this specific thing, it was just good timing as I have been looking for one forever)
I had bought the two metal baskets at a thirft store for 2.50 and put some moss in there for the jars.
I added a couple candles and a goard (sp?) for some filler and that was it.
I put the pancakes on silver platters in the big empty space on the table =)
and a water jug on the end of the table (after the pics were taken)
for the thought/lesson I talked about visting teaching.
I wanted to give the sisters some fun cheesy ideas to use when they visit teach just to break the ice and have some fun with it.
I had three bottles of soda each with the saying "We're soda-lighted to be your visiting teachers"
and 2 packages of grands rolls with the saying "We think you're GRAND. Love you visiting teachers"
I gave them to the first 5 sisters that got to the meeting, to give to their visiting teach-ees
I also found this really cute calling card on pinterest that I printed off for everyone to give the sisters they visit
I also had a poem for them that I printed off and cutified  (did i just make up a word?)  with some scrapbook paper:

 I created a free download here for you to print your own!

If you would like to use any of these, feel free to comment and I can email them to you!


  1. Love it Ash!! This is THE calling for you! I'm sure those ladies enjoyed it and learned something.

  2. Such an amazing activity! So glad you could use the calling cards!!

  3. this is so awesome. what a fun idea--and you executed it perfectly!

    (haha i dont have your phone # for some reason, and I needed to tell you this!)
    haha i love and miss you!

  5. I would love a copy of your chalkboard visiting teaching poem but for some reason the link won't work :( Is there anyway you could email it to me? I was hoping to give it as a handout for our RS bday party we are having this coming Thursday evening.

    Lyndi in Wyoming

  6. Sorry I forgot to give you my email just in case :) it is jrlnield{at}silverstar{dot}com

  7. I would also love a copy of the VT poem. Thanks!! beckgaber - gmail.com

  8. I would also love a copy of the VT poem, love it. Thanks so much! beckgaber - gmail.com

  9. oh my gosh you are amazing...I got called to do the A.R.S.M and you make me look like an amateur. Can I please get your downloads.. staci1218@gmail.com thank you!

  10. I just love all of your ideas! I would love to have your downloads for our upcoming activity. lilianehaverstock@gmail.com. Thanks!

  11. I also would love a copy of your downloads, love it! lilianehaverstock@gmail.com. Thanks!

  12. I love your ideas! I'd love more info and links please! emrygubler@hotmail.com

  13. Hi I found your visiting teaching poem through Pinterest and would LOVE to use it for our stake activity in two days (thrusday 9/12)! I wanted to print out a poster size version 20x30. If possible could you please email me a version I can use?! Thanks a million! Your sister in Hawaii! joymonahan@gmail.com

  14. Will you send me the chalkboard visiting teaching poem? I love it and would like to use it for our visiting teaching conference on Sunday. I found this exact poem the other day and have been trying to figure out how to turn it into a cute handout. Thanks for doing the work! admcmullin@yahoo.com

  15. I absolutely love this! Could I also have copies of your downloads? Calder.sarah@gmail.com. Also, did you prep all the pancakes ahead of time and have them warmed in the oven or what was your process?

  16. Would you please send me the visiting teaching poem? Frauzender@gmail.com

  17. Would you mind sending me the visiting teaching poem? You are so talented! Alikaye13@msn.com

  18. You are amazing! Would you mind sending me the visiting teaching printable? Thank you:) alikaye13@msn.com

  19. Could you please send the visiting teaching printable with the chalkboard background? It won't download for some reason. My email is jill.barnes16@gmail.com

  20. Hi- I just came across this and think it is a fabulous idea. Could you send me the VT poem link? amandastauffer@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much!

  21. Could you please send me the link for the VT poem. I just love this whole idea and am going to do it in our ward. amandastauffer@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much!

  22. Can you email me the download for the VTing poem, please? It's perfect for our VTing conference on Thursday! Thanks! aundreamason@gmail.com

  23. What a fun evening you planned for your RS sisters! I would love a copy of your chalkboard visiting teaching poem. Loved it! Stephanie Parry at rdparr@aol.com

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. I love the chalkboard visiting teaching poem - and would really appreciate a copy!
    Thanks so much for sharing :)