We spent 10 days in Boston for Thanksgiving. The weather was rather splendid The sun shined almost every day we were there. and while I was still continually in a winter jacket, scarves and mitten...I was at least able to stand outside for more than 10 minutes at a time;)
I arrived so early b/c, along with my mama in law, I threw a baby shower for my sissy in law. I went up a few days before Wiki to tie up some last minute details. I decided on a Fall theme; pumpkins and owls. I found the most adorable invitations on etsy and went from there.
We had it at this lovely place near my inlaws that lets you rent the whole top floor. Very few decorations needed as it's already lovely. They serve up lunch buffet style and all I had to make were some treats to go along w/the cake.
I decided upon making these & the oatmeal butterscotch goodness bars
I may have had three boxes of caramel cake mix and 6 boxes of cheesecake pudding in my carry on...
I'm sorry...have you ever bought groceries in Boston? haha
- 1 8 oz brick cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 stick butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 (18-ounce) box caramel cake mix
- 1 1/2 cup heath bits
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Pre heat oven to 350'
DIRECTIONS-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then finally add in the cake mix & slowly add in the heath bits . Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 10 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.
I cannot aptly describe how much I love heath bar...
if you don't believe me, check out a few posts
Anyways, the shower went better than I could have hoped. If I am honest, I was nervous as to how I would feel. I wondered if there would be a lump in my throat, would I feel a tinge of envy that it wasn't my baby shower. I am so relieved to say I didn't. I am so lucky and blessed to have Johanna as my sis in law. You cannot get any sweeter than her and I am genuinely excited to meet my first niece!
The only time my heart constricted a bit was when someone said something to the effect of "how thrilled my in laws must be to finally be getting their first grandchild." It burns a little, however this person has no idea the struggles we've incurred, the never ending ache my heart has had for 8 years to be a mommy. They didn't mean it rude. It was just the word "finally" that stung. I wish I had been able to give them one a long time ago...
But nothing cures the burn more than pink and ruffles and I am over the moon to spoil this little pumpkin! I have three amazing nephews(on my side) so far and can only imagine a little girl.
Every time I see Johanna I have a full on convo w/lil miss, I need to make sure she knows her favorite auntie;)
The cake had owls & pumpkins, each table setting was welcomed w/ a wishes for baby & a diaper that
everyone was asked to decorate & write sentiments on each diaper that mom & dad could read
as they put them on the baby. Each table had a bucket of markers to decorate
I did a Fall themed candy bar as favors and strung up "Fallish" bibs as decor that they got to take home
when the shower was over.
Wiki's Auntie Ella & I
Me & the JoJo
and I am wearing 3 1/2 in wedges in this picture.
I am 5'3(on a good day)
she is a little over 6 feet
Wiki is right at 6'5
Wiki's brother(JoJo's hubby) is almost 6'7
What have we all learned from this?
My niece will probably be born taller than me:(
Told you I talk to her as often as possible!
Hope everyone is having a great week thus far.
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