I feel like I have so much to post about, but I’m kind of wanting to get in bed right now with a library book (The Year of Eating Dangerously by Tom Parker-Bowles)… so please excuse any typos!!
Brian’s Mom, Kathy, stayed with us Thursday and Friday nights. I couldn’t mention it in Thursday’s post because she flew in to surprise Brian’s sister, Maggie, with a baby shower (our third niece, Samantha, is due in November!). Friday evening we introduced her to one of my faaaavorite fall rituals: The Texas State Fair!
Meet Big Tex:
The best part of the fair is seeing what new foods they’ve come up with each year. This year the hits were: Chicken Fried Bacon (yikes), Fried Jelly Beans, Deep Fried Grilled Cheese, Fried S’mores, and Fried PB & J. We didn’t try any of these, sadly. Or not.
I had a Jerk Chicken Sandwich. I LOVE Coco Bread… mmm:
And Kathy had a TX favorite, Frito Pie:
Not pictured: Jack’s Fries (with vinegar- yum), a Fletcher’s Corn Dog and an Apple Streudel.
Yeah, I was feeling a little gross afterwards… but we probably walked it off, right? RIGHT??
The 2nd best part of the fair? The petting zoo. This little tail looks familiar…
Hmmm. I wonder why…?
They sounds alike, too. Snort Snort.
We headed out to Southlake/Keller for the baby shower. Can you guess what my culinary contribution was?
Cupcakes. Duh. Meet the one-trick pony, folks.
They’re the plain old Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Birthday Cake recipe (my standby), along with Vanilla Buttercream frosting. The butterflies and flowers are cut from rolled fondant. Michael’s had these little tubes called Fondant Writers and I’m kind of obsessed. They have a narrow tip that lets you pipe out fondant detail- that’s what I used to decorate the butterflies and on the center of some of the larger flowers. The fondant comes out shiny but then dries to a matte finish in a few minutes. SO EASY.
Saturday night we headed to a BBQ at the May’s and then to a Stock the Bar Shower for one of Brian’s friends from law school. We got home at 11:30, which was a BAD thing because…
I had to get up at 5 this morning to meet my running buddies for our distance run: 13 miles this week! That’s the furthest I’ve run since my half-marathon 2 years ago. I’m not going to lie- it was pretty awful. The first 9 miles were great, but by mile 12 my legs felt like concrete. I’m blaming lack of sleep, too much wine on Saturday night, and eating junk all weekend. My time was 2 hrs, 3 min. Not so hot. Y’all remind me of this next weekend, okay? No wine. Lots of sleep. Healthy food. No fried ribs. Anyway, I crawled home afterwards and Chloe and I passed out for, oh, 3 hours.
Tonight was Robert’s b-day so we headed over to the Wallace’s for ANOTHER suprise party (this weekend was quite celebratory, eh?). Lauren commissioned some cupcakes and told me that Robert liked Mint Chocolate Chip. Sooo I just used the Magnolia Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe, but substituted about 1 1/2 tsp of mint extract for the vanilla and added 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The frosting was inspired by this recipe:
Mint Buttercream Frosting
- 2 sticks Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 c Skim Milk
- 7 cups Powdered Sugar
- 3/4 tsp Mint Extract
- Green Food coloring
Cream the butter in a mixer. Add milk and mint extract. Add powdered sugar gradually and mix until desired consistency. Add 3-5 drops of food coloring.
Target had Mini Andes Mint chips- so I sprinkled some on top.
Off to crack open my book… hope everyone had a great weekend
Survey Question: In my food prep class, we went around the room and talked about what we ate while growing up. What’s one food that reminds you of your childhood?
Mine is weird- Viva Italian Dressing. My mom put it on EVERYTHING! Pasta, cooked veggies, tuna…