Last night I headed to London with work for my yearly summer trip; but this year the tour is different! My company gives away 16 scholarship trips to students and this year I am the chaperone for the tour. Since none of the students know each other and they are not coming with teachers and chaperone, like usual, myself and two other staff members met them in Boston to lead the way and guide them (laying down the law). Before crossing the Atlantic we had a day to explore the city and did a Duck Tour. It was awesome! Of course it was a cheesy activity but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This past weekend I went to Charleston to visit old friends. I lived there for about six months in 2012 and I was way over due for a weekend visit. We gave our young party selves a run for our old party selves money. But as would be expected we realized we couldn’t rally like we used to–a lot more sleeping is needed now. Most of the weekend was spent eating and drinking. One main thing that has changed since I lived there is they have befriended people with boats! Happy hour was spent on a boat sipping mojitos; this is a good improvement. Eating at places like Taco Mamacita (sloppy nachos are a must), Leon’s Oyster Shop, Edmund’s Oast, and finally Butcher & Bee. Our nights were spent at Warehouse, Bay Street Biergarten, and I’m semi ashamed to admit Taco Bell. Can’t wait for my next Charleston Reunion.
Then 2012 Now 2015
(Butcher & Bee lunch and Leon’s)
(Tavern and Table brunch)
I got up early on Saturday to make these and didn’t want to wake my roommate so did most of it in my bedroom. Also for the long kneading I just sat on the couch and watched TV—kind of relaxing.
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?