Another one of my college roommates had a bachelorette party! And though I was not able to make it I was able to be there in spirit or in cookie. My friend Melissa is an amazing singer so I knew besides my inappropriate cookies I would go with musical notes for her! I themed them off of her color palette.
We finished our day off with this raspberry and blueberry galette!
When I wasn’t pretending to be 21 while visiting my little sister for her graduation, I was baking. One night I made cheesecake with strawberry sauce. I made an America’s Test Kitchen recipe and it was great. It almost had a soufflé consistency to it. As you can see in the pictures though the sides got a little burnt, luckily it didn’t change the flavor but it did make it not so pretty. As I continue to bake and test recipes I am learning an oven thermometor would come in handy and is starting to become necessary; the oven was clearly too hot. On graduation night I made a cake and it had to be graduation themed. With that thought I decided to make an upside down cap. I carried the cakes on the plane, standard, and then froze them. This made it easy to frost the the next day and kept the cakes fresh. The cake was a recipe I’ve done in the past, lemon poppy seed.
This past weekend I went back to one of my favorite places…East Lansing, Michigan for Michigan State University’s graduation. I went to watch my litter sister graduate and of course act like I was in college again. The first day I was there I went to Burgerama which might just be my heaven. It is day drinking beer only out of pitchers, burgers, and awesome music. What more could you ask for?
The next night things got real young when my sister, brother-in-law, and I went to my little sister’s house party. We tried to fit and…
We also made sure to visit out most fav late night eats places, below is Conrads! Though the menu has changed my love for them has not.
Lazy Sundays are my favorite and lately they are focused around drinking as well as lazy. Yesterday I tried something new; Shiner Prickly Pear. I’ve been a fan of Shiner Ruby Redbird for a while so Shiner wasn’t the new part. The Ruby Redbird is a perfect summer beer and also pairs well with sushi and Thai! I was a bit skeptical about the Prickly Pear variation because I thought it would be very sweet but I was pleasantly surprised. For those who first associated this with a pear you would eat everyday, cough Kara cough, that is not correct. Prickly pear is a cactus and they grow fruit on them which is the part added to the beer which means this is not a pear cider. This beer paired beautifully with the pork shoulder that was smoked for about 10 hours. Yep Sunday’s are good.
(Henry always finds a way to get in the picture)
I made cookies and cupcakes for the bachelorette party and some had to be inappropriate which means so were boobs, butts, and penises. I had to get creative with the heart cookie cutter for the boobs and butts because I couldn’t find one anywhere. I cut a can and shaped it into a heart; which actually worked out pretty well. I borrowed the penis cookie cutters from one of my friends—that would have been a little bit more difficult to make out of a can. I also made golf themed cupcakes because the bride-t0-be is marrying a pro golfer and is also a big golf fan! I used a special tip for the frosting, got edible pearls from the grocery store, and made the flags with toothpicks and paper. I carried the cupcakes, unfrosted, on the plane along with the fully done cookies. I checked my bag with the frosting and it was easy to put together once I was in Nashville.
If you don’t have inappropriate desserts and dance on the kitchen counter then it really isn’t a bachelorette party now is it?
Last weekend I went to Nashville for my friend Chelsey’s bachelorette party!! I had never been before and I was so excited to visit. We rented an awesome house on Airbnb and 13 of us girls stayed there. We divided our three days between time at the house, time spent on the crowded streets of Broadway, and East Nashville. It was a fabulous weekend. Like most bachelorette parties there is a crazy story but what is different about this one is the moment happened sober. After brunch, which we only had one beverage at this time, we were standing waiting for our Uber when my sister realized a bird pooped on my head. After laughs, being the good sister that she is, she turned and ran as fast as she could to get me some napkins. In her quick swift movement she didn’t realize the sidewalk wasn’t level and tripped and flew and fell. When we noticed we thought she was laughing but no she wasn’t laughing. She was lying still trying not to get the blood on her shirt. Four stitches later we were on our way back to the bar. Yep she’s a trooper. Safe to say the bride-to-be didn’t fall once :)
What I suggest in Nashville:
- Honky Tonk Central
- Acme- Get the chicken sad which soo good
- Printers Alley
- The Pharmacy
Karaoke at Lonnie’s Western Room, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Bonnie would have been proud.
Brunch at Marché Artisan Food; their bloody Mary’s were served with sake.
Beers at The Pharmacy.
What to make this weekend? Don’t worry I got you covered!! This is your brunch crowd winning recipe!
I hope everyone had an great Easter! I went to sunrise service with my sister and brother-in-law at Red Rocks and it was beautiful. We left at 5:15 AM and did not get parked till about 6:30 AM; the drive should normally take 25 minuets. We had to park 1.1 miles away because the lots were full but luckily, as you can see from the picture, we were still able to see the sun rising! If you ever go, leave about 45 minutes earlier than you plan.
Moving the borscht from one house to another was an interesting experience.
(Photo Credit: John Tagle)