October 31, 2012

Bun in the Oven Baby Shower and Raspberry Cinnamon Buns

Digital invites from The Party Stork on etsy.com
In June Ashton and I went home to Florida and celebrated our baby shower in Destin.
The theme was "Bun in the Oven"  and my sweet friends and family went all out with the decorations and party planning! Ashton and I decided to wear matching shirts. Mine is from BabyTalkDesigns on etsy.com and Ashton's is homemade!

My two beautiful cousins, Lauren and Kristen
helped decorate. They even designed this adorable fingerprint guestbook!

Nathan "signing" the guestbook.

Decor including Advice for the Little Bun MadLibs cards (again an etsy find!)
and ultrasound pics of our baby girl!

My awesome parents filling out the Advice for the Little Buns cards.

My super crafty friend Connie made the tissue paper pompoms and this adorable banner!
Check out her blog here: The Crafty Soprano
 
Extra large tissue paper pompoms hung from the lights and the table was decorated with whimsical touches including Snowballs and Cinnamon Buns on sticks. Babies Breath flowers and Diaper Candy, basically and easier version of a Diaper cake with rolled diapers inside a receiving blanket tied on both ends with ribbon, were the centerpieces.
 

Connie also created this adorable oven from a Martha Stewart tutorial online.
  
Dad and Uncle Dickie made the seafood boil with freshly caught Royal Red Shrimp! Yum!
The Daddy to Be and my wonderful cousin Becca
Mom and Aunt Joanne
The Kentucky cousins catching up.
Game Time! Becca chose fun baby words games and bingo and a (slightly) embarrassing game where she secretly wrote down my responses when I was opening presents and then read them off as things I said on the night the baby was conceived! LOL
 
Mom and Aunt Jeanine hard at work on the Baby Word Search. 
Connie won a prize!
Opening presents with Ashton. Isn't it great that he was part of the shower?
(Although truthfully he hung out on the balcony with the guys during the games and "girlie stuff") 
My Raspberry Cinnamon Buns were a tasty treat.
You can also wrap them up in goody bags and attach a recipe card! 
Scroll down for the recipe!
Fun tabletop treats: Little Debbie Cinnamon Rolls on skewers in vases of brightly colored candy
My childhood fave: pink Snowballs!

We also served Florida Key Lime Pie and my famous Bacon Wrapped Dates!
           
Ashton made colorful fruit skewers
The guys loved the Southern Seafood Boil: 
spicy jumbo shrimp cooked with sausage, corn on the cob, onions, and new potatoes. 
Mom made a tasty Spinach Fruit Salad
Raspberry Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients:
1 pkg Grands Flaky Biscuits
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
1 pint raspberries
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbs heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Do not separate biscuits. Roll out dough into a rectangle. 
  • Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter in a bowl and sprinkle over dough.
  • Scatter clean raspberries over the filling. 
  • Roll dough up firmly to make a log.
  • Cut into 12 equal pieces and place in a greased baking dish. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. 
  • Mic powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. 
  • Spread icing on top of hot rolls.
  • Serve immediately.

*Try substituting orange zest or blackberries for the raspberries!

 Baby Daddy and Baby Momma!
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October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Just in time for Halloween and fall parties!  

 

Ingredients:


    1.5 sticks unsalted butter (1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened)
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 large eggs at room temp lightly beaten
    1 cup pumpkin 
    1 tbsp pumpkin spice
    1.5 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    3/4 tsp salt plus two pinches
    1 2/3 cups flour
    4 ounces cream cheese chilled
    1 cup confectioners sugar
     

 

Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350.
    •  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • In large bowl whisk together melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. 
    • Whisk in eggs, pumpkin, & pumpkin spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and 3/4 tsp salt. using rubber spatula fold in the flour.
    • Using an ice cream scoop drop 12 generous mounds of batter spaced evenly onto baking sheets.
    • Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes.
    • Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
 Frosting:
Meanwhile using an electric mixer cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add confectioners sugar and remaining 2 pinches of salt and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Mix on low speed until blended, then on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
 Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with frosting and top with another cake.  
Makes 6 large Whoopie pies! 

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