Friday, March 20, 2009

Baby Epidemic

Babies are cropping up everywhere. I still have 3 pregnant friends and 2 of them are having double baby shower tomorrow. 2 boy babies and a whole bunch of KD alumnae. Could it get any cooler? Grin.
So, I was recruited to make"something sweet" for the party. Not a problem, since I am a FAR better baker than a cook. So, I scoured all over the Internet today looking for ideas. I really wanted to keep with the theme and make "baby" something. Like baby carrot cakes or baby ruth cookies. Unfortunately I could not find a baby pun/recipe site. (If you ask me, that's an untapped market.) I called my mom and some friends looking for ideas. Nothing. I asked them to give me a example of an awesome desert that they'd eaten at a past shower. Everyone said, 'We always had cake." Mmmm.... O didn't want a plain bakery cake.

I decided on baby birds in nest cupcakes that I found on Martha Stewart's website. I must have been crazy to try and attempt a Martha creation... So, I headed to the store to get coconut and more butter. After I got home I checked the evite and realized that my recipe didn't make enough cupcakes to feed all of the people coming. I had enough ingredients to double the recipe except I needed a tiny bit more milk, Close, but I could make due... until I spilled it all over the counter. I did not cry, but I did curse rather loudly. Back to the store I went...
I finally got everything mixed together and I even made the cupcakes from scratch as well as the butter cream icing. It was my first attempt at butter cream icing and it was actually pretty successful. It is ridiculously good. I can't even describe how tasty it turned out. I will not talk about the amount of butter I used today, let's just say that they call it butter cream for a reason..

I'll have to get a picture of them tomorrow and show the difference between Martha's version and mine. (Did you know that she and I BOTH have an undergrad degree in Art History) Yep, I {heart} Martha.
Anywho, I did make a card for both of the mothers-to-be. I actually made the same card twice. Again, the card was so nice, I made it twice. Heh Heh... I used Damask designs from Papertrey Ink. Love love LOVE the set. SO versatile and perfect for SO many occasions.

I used Baja Breeze and chocolate chip cardstock and some Parisian Breeze paper, all from SU! I LOVE how the damask looks and it's even OK that my stamping isn't perfect, it kinda goes with that whole shabby feel of the distressed DP.

I decided on the Celebrate sentiment since that's what you do when babies arrive, celebrate.

Today is Kev's birthday be he had to draft his fantasy baseball team tonight. It's OK though, we have reservations tomorrow evening. I was really full from my Herby Turkey sandwich that I had for lunch and the dinner would have been wasted on me. Instead I can save up my hungry for dinner tomorrow. I felt a little bad that he didn't have anything to open today. His present arrived early and got here yesterday. I even paid extra for it to get here Friday. I guess it's better to be early than late, but Kev intercepted it from the porch. It would have been fine if it wasn't for the giant "Bacon Freak" sticker on the box. Yep, I got him a subscription to the Bacon of the month club. It also came with a t-shirt proclaiming that "Bacon is Meat Candy". Kev agrees.

Good night!! ~ Lara