march madness

The baby shower was pretty much perfect. Though that’s how it goes when you have awesome friends.

People asked for my recipes, so here they are. With photos!

Fauxstess Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes filled with seven-minute frosting, and dipped in ganache. You could use any recipe for those, but I followed the instructions on this site and the results were excellent, based on how quickly they disappeared. Note: make sure to use cake flour.  I did one batch with cake flour and one with unbleached, and the difference is noticeable.

Cheese Straws

This recipe could not be simpler (provided you have a food processor), and they’re delicious. I should’ve made three more batches.

I also made Two-Cheese Walnut Cream Pie, but didn’t get a photo because it went from oven to table to stomachs. It was fantastic, and I don’t even want to calculate how many calories are in that. Also, I only needed about half the mushrooms called-for in the recipe. It’s a little slow to make, but not difficult at all. And again, you need a food processor.

Cindi brought a diaper cake. It’s cute and functional!

As promised, we only had two shower games, and that was about enough. One of them involved filling a baby bottle with whatever you wanted to drink, and the first one to finish won a prize. Josh was so far ahead of the rest of us, I suspect he drinks from bottles regularly. Then we played the game where you roll doubles and get a wrapped gift, and after all the gifts are spoken for, you get to steal from one another. Since I’m basically 12 years old, I’d be happy playing that game every day.

All in all, an awesomely relaxed baby shower. Now Katie can go onto the family ones, which I picture involving a lot of talk about breast feeding, and possibly a girl-fight or two. If that’s not the case, I don’t want to know, because my vision of it is pretty amusing.

In other weekend news, the Gophers are officially not participating the Final Five. This is something we all came to terms with about midway through the season, so we’re ok with it. Making it even more ok is the fact that people are handing me wads of cash for our tickets, which are in the 2nd row near one of the faceoff circles at Xcel Center. When you have those kind of tickets, you can’t not buy them every year. And, really, how many seasons will the Gophers miss the playoffs?

Um, don’t answer that.

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