Cute kid! But there were lots of cute kids there :-) I won't post all their pics here simply because I'll enjoy it, but you'll be bored to tears. Let's carry onto the fun, fare and details of the day. Of course the biggest thing I was looking forward to was the grub. Jill had her eyes on a new slaw recipe and stuffed jalapeno poppers, Bret had the meat marinating in a dry rub and everybody was showing up with something different. I think the fact that I'm Southern Baptist worked out perfectly....and if you know Baptists, we sure like to eat. The table was scattered with everything from chips, baked beans, cupcakes, cake pops and all kinds of salads to sweet tea, lemonade and pie.Yea baby! Here's a glimpse at some of the goodies...
Our resident BBQ'r and smoking pro, Bret! When you want meat, he is your go to guy. He hunts all kinds of game, raises pigs and chickens, makes his own jerky (I can't get enough of it!) and brines his own fish. I'd want this guy on my team if I was stuck on an island. Who cares about the boat, a girl needs to eat ;-)
Please note the crowd around him. No, it's not because everyone was starving, it's because of the smell of cooking meat that teased you the entire time it was cooking. His awesome wife, Jill, is on your left and his Mom is on your right.
You see what I mean...here's the other white meat. Yum!
Ok, I'm a rotten friend. Jill asked me if I had a kitchen item that would julianne and I said "
Cupcake design by Annette...her husband bought a Harely and she decided to take up a new hobby and go full force. Ok, that's the short story but she did decide to sign up for a basic cake decorating class and Michaels. She "needed" support, so I followed...so did Maggie :-) I just want to point out that she did this BEFORE we even had the first class.
Again, this is Jennifer. A year or two ago she picked out a recipe for some berry nilla wafer combo stuff. Now when Jennifer was little she baked and cooked with me ALL the time. Next thing you know I realize she is hardly ever with me in the kitchen lending a hand and having fun. I wasn't going to say no. She wrote up a list of ingredients for me to purchase and I let her have at it. It is not only 4th of July festive and it's pretty but it
Ah, the cake pop craze. It's a cake, it's a pop...it's a cake pop. Aren't they awesome. I personally haven't tried to make my own gf ones yet and frankly the idea of mixing together the cake and the icing and dipping it in chocolate doesn't sound that great to me. My friend Deanna and her son Bridger made them.
Now on the the finale'. I started this post 5 days ago but nothing in life cooperated with me :-( Dislike. I spent a few hours 2 days in a row but I just couldn't stop adding pics and blabbing with my fingers. In my defense my laptop doesn't upload pics very fast. This whole blogging thing has a bigger learning curve to it than I thought. I promise to get more efficient...some day. So here they are Kelly...my 4th of July challenge smack down contribution. Gluten free mini chocolate cupcakes (from scratch) with Chocolate Vegan Frosting.
I bought these in the morning and by that night we threw away an awful lot of strawberries. Boo!
So here's the down low...I got the recipe out of my new gf cook book, appropriately titled Gluten Free Cupcakes. The cupcakes on the front looked good and the recipes didn't look difficult with a short list of ingredients. I figured that was a good place to start... with my new motto in life, keep it simple.,
Here's the recipe. I'm too lazy to type it out and hey, this works.
The cat wanted to help by diggin stuff out of my "baking drawer".
Jennifer and my friend Annette were my first official taste testers. They said they were gooooood! All three of us took a bite on the count of three...I was more than pleasantly surprised the the Vegan Chocolate Frosting...it tasted just like ganache to me. It's a good thing they were mini...they were rich!
Jonathan got first dibbs at the party. Recently has gone gluten free too so I wanted to show him that gf can be good. He gave it thumbs up.
Carolee is another BFF that specializes in baby delivery (she's a midwife/ninja) but what smart woman doesn't like a chocolate challenge. She has had other vegan treats and she said there is some
Jill is also a gluten avoider. I say that because she avoids it when possible but hasn't done much dabbling into the world of cooking or baking gluten free. She is willing to try anything I throw her way and again, she is a smart woman. Bring on the chocolate. I caught her with this big ol' smile on her face just after her first bite. Score!
Sooooooo Kel. What do you think? The reviews are in. I even got quite a few guys to eat some AND like it. BUT I loved your idea of thinking outside the box on an All American fav AND you included a tropical go to with the coconut in the crust. Check out her Apple Pie with a Twist here. Oh, let's not forget you had the grocery shopping challenges being on an island with limited choices. I say you win! I can't wait to come up with a gf version that I will sneak into a church potluck and not tell a soul ;-) Hope you enjoyed the culinary love folks!