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:
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)!