I made some sweet treats to bring to the shower. I made justJENN's super-easy-yet-super-cute Burger Bites. They were a huge hit, as always.
I also tried a new recipe, courtesy of Bakerella. They're called Red Velvet Cake Balls, but I've been referring to them as Red Velvet Cake Bites instead because I'm this many. [holding up four fingers]
The recipe, as you'll see in the link above, is relatively easy. In a nutshell, you bake a red velvet cake mix as directed, which was probably the hardest part as I had to go to three grocery stores to find it. (Finally found some at Ralph's. I bought three boxes to keep some on stock for next time.) After it's baked and cooled, you mix in a can of cream cheese frosting.
Then you shape the mushy cake into little circles. I used my new mini-cookie dough scooper, which worked out nicely.
Then you chill them for a few hours. You can speed it up a little bit by putting them in the freezer.
This is where the photos end because I had some issues working with the melted chocolate to cover the little round balls of goodness. Ya see, I can make cupcakes, frosting, cookies, etc., but I haven't really dealt with a lot of melted chocolate. I started with some baker's chocolate that comes in a microwaveable cup. That was ok, but it didn't go very far. Then I melted a bag of mini Tollhouse Morsels, but again, it didn't go very far and was not easy to work with.
I was running out of time so I just wrapped up the frozen balls and hit the road to my mom's house. I stopped at Michael's craft supply and picked up some Wilton chocolate candy melts, along with a special dipping spoon and fork. At my mom's I melted the chocolate, which was the easiest of the three kinds I tried. I even drizzled some along the top for an added touch. They didn't turn out quite as pretty as Bakerella's, so you can just drool over her photos. I look forward to making them again, especially now that I've had some practice. And my first attempt received nothing but compliments at the shower.
I was so excited to see Shelby. I already miss her oodles and oodles, but now that she and Rob are starting a family, I'm super sad that we don't live closer. Oh, and Shelby doesn't look pregnant at all. Everyone was amazed that she's nearly halfway through her pregnancy! Although she didn't look pregnant, I was able to feel her little boy moving around. I don't think I've ever felt a baby in a belly before! It was really COOL!
So, while Shelby didn't look pregnant at all, her sister? Well, she's just a little thing who looks as though she's ready to POP!
I did spend some time with my mom and my nephew, who is still as cute as ever, but I spent most of the weekend visiting with Shelby and her family. And really, why does Iowa have to be sooo far away?
I drove back to LA this afternoon. On my way to Visalia on Saturday, I saw just a little bit of snow on the top of the Grapevine, the foothills I have to drive over. There were a few rare patches of snow around the freeway level, but not much at all. On the way back I drove through some scattered showers and was stunned to see that the Grapevine had turned to this in just two days:
I know that they closed the Grapevine due to heavy snow a few weeks ago, but I was still surprised to see so much of it. In fact, it SNOWED while I made my way over the foothills. I don't think I've ever driven in falling snow before. The one other time I've seen it snow on the Grapevine, Brent was driving.
Hey, don't laugh too hard -- this is a big deal for someone who lives blocks from the sandy beach. This doesn't mean I'll be braving the Iowa freezing temps anytime soon, though. I'm waiting for nicer weather, which Shelby assures me that they do get eventually.
"What the hell is a diaper genie?" - Samantha
"I don't know...someone you hire to change a kid's diaper?" - Carrie, Sex and the City