Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m sharing my eats from Saturday, when I fueled up with a post-run brunch at home before heading out to spend the rest of the day at my best friend’s baby shower! The baby shower eats and treats were wonderful, and I was so grateful to the grandma-to-be for really making it special. First off, though, brunch after a 6-mile run.
I started with a salad composed of the Dole Very Veggie Blend, some toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, pumpkin goat cheese that I picked up last week, and honey mustard dressing. Perfect for a brunch on a day that began to ease Connecticut into autumn. To follow, I had two Van’s gluten free waffles with some fresh blueberries and maple syrup and scrambled eggs.
I taste tested a muffin afterwards, just to be sure they were perfect for the baby shower. I had decided to bring a batch of Peanut Butter Confetti Muffins and another of Dark Chocolate Cupcakes, gluten-free and also a little lower in sugar so the mama-to-be could have them as a sweet and healthy breakfast for the next few days 🙂
My friend’s parents were hosting the baby shower at their home for her and her husband. After brunch, I went over to help set up, around 12pm, with the treats in tow. I found some adorable bunny and chick toppers, which worked great with the muffins but went a little honey-I-shrunk-the-bunnies in the cupcakes. I think the dark chocolate centers may have swallowed them…
When I arrived, I took over some of the decorating including making adorable tissue paper pompoms to hang up and scatter around. The aunt-to-be, my friend’s younger sister, did an awesome job finding baby boy decorations on Etsy. Everything was blue or bunny-themed, and it was all adorable, including the bunny cake that my friend’s mom ordered from a local bakery. There were lots of appetizers and finger foods before the dessert, like mini hot dogs, quiches, and phyllo pastries, but I didn’t get photos – I remember eating about two dozen cocktail shrimp, veggies, and many cubes of delicious cheese though.
I hope my friend and her husband had a wonderful time. I’m so excited for their new little addition to arrive. She’s going to be a great mom – she’s already such a thoughtful friend, she had a belated birthday gift for me because we hadn’t seen each other for more than a quick bite out since July. She knows me so well – sparkly and pink gifts! I can’t wait to meet her little boy, he’ll be just as amazing as his mom. For a baby gift, I actually made a book on Shutterfly about her and how she and her husband met, using photos from growing up and their wedding alongside a little rhyming story I wrote. I hope he enjoys reading it one day.
I arrived home in the evening satisfied with how the shower had gone and not too hungry, but knowing I should eat some dinner or I’d wake up ravenous in the middle of the night. I ended up with leftovers from the prior evening, when I went with my family to Hoodoo Brown BBQ, a new Southern-style barbecue restaurant in Ridgefield. We’d gotten takeout from them before for dinner, and I went with their mouthwateringly delicious smoked turkey again with a side of Apple Vinegar Coleslaw. The photos below are from the actual restaurant, where I had put away a solid half-pound of the turkey!
To end the day, a cup of pumpkin ice cream that I picked up during the week on my pumpkin trip to the grocery store. A sweet treat to end a very sweet day.
Have you ever hosted a baby shower?
What do you think good themes would be for a boy or a girl?
Any ideas on what to cook for the Mom and Dad when baby arrives?
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