Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

The other day I had the strongest craving ever for Reese's Sticks.

Then, I got worried that maybe they stopped making them, but luckily Wikipedia told me, they were still in production.  It was actually the first thing that popped up when I Googled it, so I guess the panic hits a lot of people.
I pretty much like anything that has chocolate and peanut butter and the Reese's Sticks didn't exactly disappoint, but they definitely didn't live up to this chocolate peanut butter mousse that I made a few weeks ago for my sister's baby shower.

The nice thing is that these little guys take about as long to make as it would take you to drive to the grocery store.

Both layers are super light and fluffy.  Neither is too sweet or too rich.  It will easily satisfy any sweet cravings you get!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Watermelon Baby Carriage

At this point you've all seen the 'Pinterest fails.' And, they're really funny, sure.

But they're also kind of sad.
Nothing upsets me more than spending a lot of time and energy on something and then having it look like a scary mess on the plate.  Not a hot mess.  A scary mess.
This watermelon baby carriage was a Pinterest find, but it actually worked!

If I'm being totally honest with you, I didn't actually make this.  My mom did.  But since my mom is a real person and not a Pinterest liar, I think you can still trust that it is doable.

Also, when you're hosting a baby shower, it's pretty much a must.  Every. Single. Guest will comment on it and say how amazing you are as a hostess.  Promise.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

365: Week 34

August 18 | Sunset.

Friday, August 22, 2014

White Peach Sangria

I'm not a wine drinker.  Every single time, I will choose beer over wine, a mixed drink over wine, and even no drink over wine.  It's not because I hate the taste or anything (although I do have a problem with room temperature drinks).  It's because wine gives me horrible headaches and it turns my face red.

My cheeks will get flushed and my temples will start to throb whether I have a couple sips or if I down a bottle.  So, don't try to tell me I just drank too much.
I've been told that it's because of the sulfites in most wines, but to be totally honest with you, I don't care enough to experiment and find out.  I just prefer other drinks.

After that little rant there, you're probably wondering why I even made a sangria then.
Good point.  It's mostly because it was being served to other people at a baby shower and it's partly because I really want to drink it without getting sick/embarrassed (red cheeks thing).
It always looks so nice and refreshing when people are drinking it then feverishly trying to scoop the booze-laden fruit out of the bottom of their glasses (and classy!).  This version is made with white wine, tons of peaches, strawberries and citrus and it tastes so so good!

Also, for some reason, the wine sucks all the color out of the strawberries so it turns this nice pink color :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Shooters

Everything is cuter when you serve it in a shot glass.  Well, except for shots.  Shots are very rarely cute or at least the people taking them are very rarely cute.  (Contrary to what you think while you're taking them!)

But food in shot glasses?  Adorbs.
Pretty much every party, gathering, or event I've gone to, at least 3 people bring hummus with them.  Maybe that's just the crowd that I run with, but either way, it must mean that people like it.

What I don't like about hummus is that everyone reaches into the same bowl with their veggie sticks or pitas or whatever.  It takes about 6 seconds for that nice little swirl of hummus to be destroyed and then it looks completely unappetizing.

So, put a little dollop in a shot glass, drop your veggie sticks into it and problem solved!  Everyone gets to eat it and no one has to share or wonder which kid poked their finger into the bowl!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Throw a Baby Shower

Any day now, I'm going to be an Aunt.  Aunt Sarah.

I wonder how long it's going to take until that sounds normal!  Maybe by the time the kid (we don't know the sex yet) can talk, it won't seem so weird.  But for now, it's a little strange.

Since you all understand how family trees work, by now you've figured out that my sibling (in this case, my sister) is pregnant.  And when you have a sister that's preggers, that means you'll be throwing a baby shower.
There's a lot that goes into a baby shower and the first thing you need to decide is what direction you want to go.  Namely, do you want games where your guests are grossed out because they're forced to sniff diapers and look at weirdly-shaped, partially-melted candy bars.  Or, do you not want to do that?  Those are really the only 2 options in my mind.

Even though you may choose not to have games, that doesn't mean you don't provide entertainment!  Here are some tips to hosting a baby shower without games that is still fun and avoids those awkward lulls in conversations:
1. Obviously, the biggest thing: have food and drinks.  Even if you're not serving a meal, there should be plenty to snack on.  The shower that we hosted for my sister was an afternoon 'tea party' with lots of finger foods, drinks, and dessert.  (Recipes will be coming your way!)

2. Decorate.  Your decorations don't have to be super intricate or expensive, but lay out some tablecloths, make some sort of signage so people know where to go, and display the food and gifts in nice way.  My mom just borrowed some of the onesies that my sister already had and hung them up on a clothesline outside our front door so people knew they were in the right place.

3. Play music!  I can't stress this one enough!  Really, this goes for any party.  Whenever you're having people over, there are going to be natural breaks in the conversation and when that happens, you don't want dead silence.  You just don't.  It makes people want to run away and hide.  So find a good playlist and have it going in the background.
4. Entertain.  This really involves everything from when you greet your guests at the door to when they leave after everything has wound down.  You need to tell them where to put their gift and jacket, facilitate the different 'activities' you have planned (games, eating, opening presents, etc.), mingle constantly, and refill food and drinks.  Especially at a baby shower, where all of the people there will probably not know each other, look for the person that's sitting by herself and talk to her, but more importantly, introduce her to another person that doesn't know anyone else. 
5. Make favors.  My mom and I made a salt scrub so the guests can have something to remember the shower...get it?!  I'll share the instructions soon!

That's all I've got for you, but I'd say the shower my mom and I threw for my sister was pretty successful.  So, I guess I'm kind-of like an expert now.

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