Baby is Brewing


On Saturday Kara, Allegra, and I hosted a baby shower for our friend Melissa! I was in my element—I LOVE to host and plan. I get so excited to make all the list; shopping list, mapping out the day by day plan, and hour by hour plan for the morning of the party! I made a cake, fruit tarts, spring rolls, and tomato soup shooters with mini grilled cheese.

It was a day filled with games, we guessed baby food ingredients, and more drinking than expected; Melissa is the first of our Denver friend group to have a baby so the booze were still flowing.

I picked a peaches and cream cake since it is peach season and then made a dark chocolate mini fruit tarts because the mom-to-be loves dark chocolate. The spring rolls and soup were more random picks but I liked them because they were a little different and fun!

The cake toppers, fitting the Baby is Brewing theme, were the homage to Michigan; Bell’s IPA and Michigan State University colored baby bottle.

Peaches and Cream Cake

Dark Chocolate Fruit Tart – I used the shell and custard recipe from this link and then followed this link to make it dark chocolate

Grilled Cheese Tomato Bisque Shooters

Bahn Mi Spring Rolls






What I Learned: Drumettes


On my way over to my sister’s house to watch the MSU football game on Saturday I decided we needed to make some good football apps. I decided to call my brother-in-law John instead of Kara because he’ll have better suggestions and by better I mean more delicious. We decide on wings and nachos and he sends me a recipe since I am on my way to the store alone (key part here is alone). I stand there in the chicken section looking for the wings and drumsticks. I find the wings really easily but not the drumsticks. The only thing I see in front of me are the big drumsticks and I know I am looking for the tiny ones. I keep looking and can’t find any so I think to myself hmm maybe the drumsticks are it? Maybe they cook down? Wrong! That was a dumb thought. Let me teach you something I learned this weekend— people there is a thing called a chicken drumette. Did you you know that a drumette is not a tiny drumstick but actually the upper part of the chicken wing? Or that the chicken wing actually has three parts to it? I’m hoping some are saying no so I don’t feel as silly. Turns out the chicken wings I bought still had the drumettes attached so not only did we have chicken wings and drumettes like normal we also had an additional three pounds of actual drumsticks. I must say as I was eating the three different types of chicken I wasn’t too upset by my mistake.

Looking at the bone size difference just makes me laugh. How could I have thought they were the same? You live and you learn…

Crispy Bake Chicken Wings- Buffalo and Ginger Soy sauces (warning the buffalo sauce is very hot!)