A Shower for Darcy

My posts have been few and far between lately.  Hopefully, now that the traveling, moving, and unpacking is slowing a bit, I can get back to posting about life in real time.  We'll see.

To catch up a bit -- this month we've had our first house guests and hosted our first party.  Now it feels like we live here.

The weekend of June 19, my dear friend Bonnie came out from Washington D.C. to spend the weekend and help throw a baby shower for our mutual friend Darcy.  It was a small but very fun shower with lots of family and law school friends.  Darcy had family come to the shower from as far away at New York State, Vermont, and Montana.

She received lots of nice gifts for the little boy that she and Ryan are expecting in August.

And the menu was a hit.  We served hashbrown casserole, scrambled eggs, cinnamon swirl coffee cake, blanched asparagus with mustard vinaigrette, spinach dip with baguette, a fruit platter, granola, yogurt and honey, and Kahlua cake.

Honestly, everyone liked the Kahlua cake best of all.  It's the perfect cake for a shower -- in fact I got the receipe from my friends Diane and DeLona, who made it for a wedding shower they hosted for me like 17 years ago.  Anyway, don't be surprised if you don't have leftovers.

Kahlua Cake
from my friend Di

1 box chocolate cake mix (Devilsfood or deep chocolate work well)
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
4 eggs
2 cups sour cream (sometimes I use half sour cream half plain yogurt)
3/4 cup canola oil

Mix the above ingredients together.  Then stir in the Kahlua and chocolate chips.

1/3 cup Kahlua
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bake in a buttered and floured bundt pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
When cool, remove from the pan.  Garnish with powdered sugar to serve.


Thanks for organizing such a great shower or, as I call it, gestation celebration! Your house was beautiful and the company was top notch! Too bad the weather didn't cooperate with your incredible view.

You are a wonderful friend and a fantastic host!

Oh, and this is a testimonial to the delectable goodness that is Kahlua Cake. If only you had ice cream that I could mash it with...

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