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Sophie’s Bachelorette!

27 Jun

This weekend was a whole-lotta-fun. Exhausting. Ridiculous. Out of Control. Fun.

Pre-bachelorette (Friday) I had a few offers for some Bachelorette entertainment..sans clothes.  However, I didn’t think Sophie would appreciate entertainment that was not only “sans clothes”, but also “sans teeth”.  That’s right folks, I met some aspiring toothless male strippers. Unfortunately for them, some of the mamas were attending – so I scrapped their ideas all together.

The Bride!

We started the evening at Katie’s condo with some fiesta fare, cocktails, games and gifts.  I don’t  think i’ve ever laughed so hard for so long!  These girls know how to have a good time (the mama’s too)! 

Sophie and her Mama

Sophie and her Mama Sophie and her Bridesmaids

After a dance party, and some good times, we called our trusty Designated Driver (Sophie’s brother) and headed downtown. 

Sophie's Brother, Richard

Our night was filled with dancing and lots of “woohoo’s!”  Sophie even got on stage with a band, double woohoo!

Taking my "Wedding Test"

Overall, I think our bride had a fantastic time.  I cannot wait for all the wedding fun next week!

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Kinda Mango Salsa

25 Jun

Okay, okay, we have one more recipe post.  Do you remember that Corn Salad I made earlier this week after Mr. Jake brought home all that fresh white corn?  Well, true to my word, I used the rest to make a Mango Salsa for the Bachelorette Party tonight!  I guess it is only “kinda” Mango Salsa, since there is only a little bit of mango – but i’m gonna go with it.  Since the theme for the party is fiesta, I thought this would be a perfect (and healthy) contribution. 

Here’s what I did:

3 Ears fresh white corn

1 Large red pepper

1 Large green pepper

1/2 a sweet onion (left over from the corn salad)

1 Can black beans

1 Medium size mango

1 Large tomato (with the insides scooped out)

1/8 cup vegetable oil

1/8 cup white vinegar

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

Lime Juice

1. Boil corn for 10 minutes and cut kernels off when finished.  (sidenote:  I have made this recipe with a bag of frozen corn the night before I needed it.  I just poured the frozen corn in the bowl and let it defrost on its own)

2.  Chop onion, peppers, tomato and mango and add to bowl with corn.  Drain and rinse the black beans before adding to the mix (I always pat down the beans before putting them in too, the salsa is not supposed to be soggy).

3.  Add cumin, chili powder, salt, oil and vinegar.  Mix everything and distribute evenly. Add a few squirts of lime juice into the bowl before serving.

Scrum-diddly-umtious!

Sugar Coma Heaven

25 Jun

I have been busy-busy all day today! As usual, I put off most of my errands until the last minute, so have been on the move until just now.  Tonight is expected to be another fun and exciting night! We will be celebrating Jake’s cousin, Sophie, at her Bachelorette party.  Jake’s two sister’s have planned a fun fiesta-style party to help Sophie begin to celebrate her upcoming wedding and the following honeymoon in Cancun.  Arriba! This girl is ready to hit the town.

For tonights event, I received a request from the bride-to-be for my sinfully delicious cake-bites.  I made these little nuggets of heaven for one of Sophie’s bridal showers, and of course now she is addicted.  My cake bites are a revised version of other delicious treats like “cake-pops”, or “cake balls”.  There are a lot of recipes for these out on the web, but I had to do a little tweaking to get them just right.  This dessert is pretty time consuming, and since i’m short on time, I distributed the work over a few days.

Here’s what I did:

1 cake, baked (I used a vanilla boxed mix)

1/2 can cream cheese frosting

2 bags of melting chips – 1 chocolate, 1 vanilla (found at Hobby Lobby)

variety of colored sugar sprinkles.

Two Nights Before:  Bake your cake.  Let cool and keep in pan (covered) overnight.  It is really important that the cake is completely cool, or the consistency will feel more like play-dough than a treat.

The Night Before: Smash up the baked cake and transfer into a giant bowl.  Add the 1/2 can of cream cheese frosting to the bowl.  Using a mixer, blend the icing into the cake until the consistency is close to a dough.  Wrap the cake-dough in plastic wrap and let cool overnight.

The Morning Of:  Remove dough from the fridge and roll into one-inch balls. (sidenote: I would love to make these suckers bite-size, but I’m a lazy son of a gun at 8am on a Saturday, so I settled for big ones – teehee) The dough I made gave me about 40 bites total. Freeze for one hour.

The Afternoon Of:  Follow the directions on the package of the melting chips and make sure the result is a nice smooth mixture.  I started with the White Chocolate and moved onto the Milk Chocolate later.  Using a toothpick, drag the bites one at a time through the chocolate.  Set (carefully – these things are slippery) each dipped bite on a tray and allow to dry.  Once dried, dip one side of the bite into a little more chocolate, and then into a bowl of sprinkles and repeat.

These not only look fun, but taste amazing.  Beware: a sugar coma awaits you!