OK, I’m tired today – too much partying! Awww, isn’t that sad? This really is not my usual routine, at all. Which is probably why I’m so tired! Last night’s neighborhood women’s association meeting was as fun as always. Hosted in the beautiful home of my neighbor Marie, everything was lovely. Great food, wine, and seriously cool women. I walked over with one of those cool women, my neighbor Kasey – Marie lives on our block, so we walked instead of driving. Usually Kasey backs her car down her driveway and straight up mine, and off we drive, not more than just a few blocks, because I’m sorry, it’s too damn COLD and difficult to walk in heels while carrying a tray of appetizers or dessert or a bottle of wine for more than a block. And there are always plenty of other cars there too, which makes me feel less guilty. But last night we walked. And I of course got rained on, during the walk home, freezing cold rain, no jacket, it really sucked. (I hope it quit raining before Kasey walked home!) So other than the getting rained on part, I had a blast. And even made it home in time to get to bed by 11:00. Ahhh, I love my bed, especially when I’m that tired. Good, soft sheets. Great pillows. Definitely one of life’s little (major) pleasures…
And I needed that sleep, because I was up and at ’em this morning, baking for my cousin’s fiancee Amanda’s shower tomorrow. A few of us are bringing coffee cakes, so I baked two, both my mom’s recipes. I think they’re both my sister Stacey’s top two favorite foods in the whole world, and I love them too. One is the classic cinnamon streusel coffee cake (top picture). Baked in a Bundt pan (I love that word, Bundt). The other is basically almond-flavored cream puff (choux) pastry on a crisp crust, with icing (pictured above and below). It is decadent and fab-u-lous. Mmmm… (Both recipes posted in comments, below).
I’m staying with my aunt Marge tonight, in Willmar, I’ll see if she’ll let me take her picture for a post. Marge is THE BEST, hands down, baker that I know, but she doesn’t look like it, not one bit. She’s thin, buff, and totally healthy. It would be nauseating if she weren’t so awesome. I’ll try to remember to get one of her recipes as well, they’re all yummy.
So! I’m off to walk off some of the calories I’m sure I consumed with a little taste here and there as I prepared the coffee cakes. And then a drive out to the sticks…nah, not really. Willmar has a McDonald’s. That’s a little inside joke, I used to think any town with a McDonald’s was BIG. I clearly lived in a town that was NOT.