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Belated Bridal Shower Recap

13 Aug

It has been a very long time since I updated this blog, but you know sometimes you need a break. Whether it’s a break from blogging, working, even a break from doing nothing, you just need it.

I’m currently working on reinventing myself for probably like Michelle Version 6.0 or something ridiculous like that, and I read somewhere that in order to move forward sometimes you have to go back to something you enjoyed and were successful with and revisit it, hence my visiting this. We will see how it goes, lucky for me, and those of you reading this, I never took a break from desserts.

My mom wrote a fantastic blog entry about my sister-in-law’s bridal shower we threw in April – be sure to check out her awesome quilt skills on her page. Despite the fact that we argue on a pretty consistent daily basis, my mom and I throw a pretty good party.

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We hosted the shower at the restaurant I work at, Westwood Tavern, in the wine room, which is by far my favorite private party room ever. It has its own bar and it set up nicely for whatever occasion you’re celebrating. We decorated with some pretty crafty items – chalkboard painted wine bottles and wine cork place cards.

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Best part of the shower? I might be biased, but the cupcakes I made were unbelievable.

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I was very insistent on making sure everything as this shower was on theme, including the perfect purple cupcakes. The main color for their wedding was silver/pewter/charcoal with a little bit of purple, so we wanted to pluck the purple accent and turn that into the main shower pigment.

So I picked out these cupcakes and per usual didn’t read the instructions until the day before. Surprise, this was a pretty involved recipe. Like really involved. Like pulverized freeze-dried blueberries involved. I took a deep breath and committed the rest of the day to mastering the cakes. Success. They were amazing. Take some time and make these before summer’s over, you won’t be disappointed. The lemon zest in the cakes paired with those pulverized blueberries were the perfect complement to the cream cheese frosting.

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They’re also pretty cute. I decorated them with little white sugar balls I found at the grocery store.

Since the cupcakes were so involved, the other dessert was so not involved. Boxed brownies, the eggs, oil & water you add to boxed brownies, and 1/2  a package of crushed cool mint Oreos. I also got a bunch of compliments on these guys, and made them because my brother loves chocolate mint and hates cake, and it was a little bit his shower too, right?

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I cut out a heart of some card stock and dusted the brownies with powdered sugar. Aside from the baking time, they took less than ten minutes. I definitely recommend making these too. Every day.

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That was four months ago, since then there have been a bunch more desserts in my kitchen and I’m sure I plan to write about them too. Stay tuned.

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Christmas Cookies, Cakes & Candies!

25 Dec

This Christmas baking season started just when it should have – December 1st! I’ve always wanted to bake throughout the month of December and I finally got the chance. In the end I realized two things from this decision, #1 – it is a really good thing I started so early because the last two weeks were full of lots of working and interning so I didn’t have a lot of baking time. And #2 – that although starting early was a good idea, I still should have done my usual planning because I ended up with so many similar things that I did have to scramble in the last week and make sure to get those Christmas-staples (sugar cookies, biscotti, etc) on the plates! Either way I ended up with 19 delicious festive treats!

In no particular order: Oatberry Cookies, Sugar Cookie Cut-outs, Red Velvet Cake Slices, Vanilla Bean Bars, Cranberry Bliss Bars (my faves), Amaretto Biscotti, Coconut Macaroons, Caramel Chocolitas, Creme De Menthe Brownies, Sea Salt Fudge, Mississippi Mud Cookies, Pretzel M&M Cookies, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars, Mini Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chippers, Snickerdoodles, Gingersnaps, Five Layer Bars and Chocolate-Mint Bark Cookies.

The links are to the recipes I used or the ones I based my basic cookie on, but you know me, I’m full of twists and substitutions, and this month was filled with those – mostly good ones! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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