Monday, June 25, 2012

Baby, Oh Bébé!

Ruby and I are awfully lucky girls lately! 

Sweet Ilke over at Ilke's Kitchen is hosting a virtual recipe shower for us this week. She rounded up (yes, a pun to match the theme!) a group of talented bloggers to contribute a post on a favorite freezer friendly or quick and easy recipe that a frazzled new mom can manage to reheat or pull together on the fly. A virtual recipe shower is such a brilliant and creative idea! I hear the first month with a newborn can get pretty hairy so what a godsend to have meals covered. 

I can't wait to see what these amazing ladies come up with! Thanks to all for participating:
Ilke from Ilke's Kitchen

Anna from Keep It Luce  
Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama
Kristina from Girl Gone Grits
Elaine from   California Living  
Esra from Irmik Hanim
Jennie from Pastry Chef Online
Jennifer from Scissors and Spatulas
Lana from Bibberche
Lisa from Lisa Is Cooking
Renee from Sweet Sugar Bean
Robin from A Chow Life
Sarah from Snippets of Thyme

Also, dear friends hosted a Bébé shower for us last weekend. The hosts know my Francophile tendencies and went with a French theme for the shower. It was so great to see all of our local friends who came to celebrate Ruby's impending arrival with us.

Being the consummate control freak baker, I insisted on making the cake for the shower. I made Karen Krasne's Versailles Cake from Extraordinary Cakes- an almond joconde layered with a salted caramel mousse and topped with more salted caramel, a pistachio almond praline, and ringed with macarons tied in place with a bow. Karen suggested buying macaron shells but I said au contraire!  So I made almond macarons using Tartelette's macaron recipe and, after decorating the cake, sandwiched the leftover shells with an almond buttercream made from Miette's meringue buttercream recipe (I added a tablespoon of almond extract and left out the pistachio paste). 

We feel so blessed to have such great people in our lives and can't wait for Ruby to meet you all- both virtually and IRL (in real life)!


  1. I can not believe you made your own cake for your shower:) Looks wonderful.
    Can't wait to see Ruby's pictures and maybe someday meet in IRL :)

  2. That was an incredible cake! Loved, loved the caramel throughout. And, those macarons--I'm now inspired to make macarons again. Kurt, who previously believed he had no interest in that type of cookie, couldn't stop eating them! Lucky Ruby to be arriving in a home that will be full of deliciousness.

  3. Sooo Bummed I could not make the shower but thrilled to be included in the virtual one. That cake looked beyond delicious. Love you.

  4. What a wonderful idea (the virtual baby shower). I read Kristina's contribution today...very nice!

    OhEMGEE that cake. That's a masterpiece!

  5. Cool, virtual baby this idea :)
    The cake looks beautiful Shelley.
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

  6. Shelley, you're totally one of those adorable pregnant ladies! I've decided that the best way to return your baking dish is to fill it with something tasty once Ruby arrives, if you're down with that. :)

    1. I am totally down with that :-) And you'll have to bring Ramona so she and Ruby can meet!

  7. Why am I not surprised that you made the dessert for your own shower?! :) The cake looks marvelous, Shelley! And it looks like your shower was so much fun. I am so very happy for you and your husband and can't wait for Little Ruby's arrival. xo

  8. Yeah - more preggo photos. You look fabulous!! And so does Ruby's Dad. And, of course you made your own cake. I'm sure it was fabulous. LOVE the virtual shower and I really hope to see you all in September! Stay cool...

  9. So nice to meet you through the virtual baby shower! Congrats to you and your husband on Impending Parenthood:)

  10. Love the virtual baby shower idea. So many fabulous recipes. Can't wait to see pics of baby Ruby. Congrats to you guys. Stay cool:)

  11. First off, you look amazing. Pregnancy looks good on you! Second, I love you made your own cake for the shower - something I would totally do too. And it looks gorgeous, of course. It was fun being part of your "shower" and I hope you have a great few weeks to go. So happy for you and your husband and can't wait to see pics of your new little bundle once she arrives :)

  12. My goodness. You are ADORABLE! So excited for you!

  13. first of all you look fantastic, your cake looks amazing and ruby is gonna be a marvelous baby girl...that is for sure. being a girl of a sweet&successful mom like you she can't be other way way...:) good luck shelley...