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Tracy and Jeff’s Cakes

Cousin Tracy and Jeff had three different cakes at the wedding shower yesterday. This one was the vanilla bean one…

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This was the chocolate ganache…

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This was the carrot cake…

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I had half a slice of the chocolate ganache and a slice of the carrot cake. Both were delicious! I think the vanilla bean was probably equally yummy, but I didn’t get to try it. Brian had half a slice of chocolate ganache cake leftover and I was really tempted to eat the rest of it. I ran to the bathroom real quick (well, not so quick – Brian said that I tied up the bathroom and there was a line of people behind me wanting to use it) to brush my teeth and put my braces back in so that I wouldn’t eat his leftover cake. LOL.

Donna’s Scalloped Potatoes

We didn’t eat out this weekend, but we might as well have. I totally over-ate. But I couldn’t help it. Between Donna’s delicious scalloped potatoes and Brian’s super tender and yummy pork roast, I had no chance. Donna also made French silk pie. It was sooo good, but sooo bad at the same time.

Today I ate the leftovers so the poor nutrition continued throughout the weekend. Now I have to punish myself for not exercising more self-control. Ugh. I did do Amie’s ab workout today after Zumba. I think that qualifies as penance. I’m going to be in pain tomorrow. I just know it.

P.S. Brian and I agreed that our favorite part of his mom’s scalloped potatoes is the crunchy top layer. It is sooo good!

Sunday Dinner at Flip and Ching’s

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Brian and I invited his mom and dad over for dinner on Sunday night.

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We served Caesar salad, the garlic pull-apart bread from Target that we really like, and spaghetti and meatballs. No dessert because we didn’t think that far ahead. LOL. We had three different kinds of wine, though. Brian’s Stump Jump that he opened the previous night, but didn’t finish, and a bottle each of River Valley Red and Sweet Lady, both from Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery (Under the Cork).

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This is a picture of Brian making dinner. He is such an awesome hubby. Anyway, we are having David and Donna over again on Saturday night. We’re doing movie night this time. Donna is bringing “The Help” (which she got for Christmas) and also her famous scalloped potatoes. Brian is making his really tender and delicious apricot pork roast. Mmmm.. Mmmmm… Yum!

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Fare

Mom made sure that my Filipino food craving was satisfied at Thanksgiving by offering a variety of my most favorite Filipino dishes. We had pancit

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Banana turon

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…which I am not really a fan of, unless you lace it with jackfruit and serve it a la mode. Vanilla ice cream makes everything ten times better. LOL. No offense to my mom, because she really does make good turon.

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Mom also made fruit salad and macaroni salad.

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Jen Teves’ friend, Georgia, made a couple of dishes that they serve in Cyprus where she is is originally from. She made a main dish and a dessert dish that resembles what we call maja blanca in the Philippines.

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We also had some American foods like ham, turkey, stuffing, and corn on the cob, just to cover all the bases.

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Ate Lou made pumpkin cake.

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Jen Teves brought cake from Bagatelle.

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Ching did not make anything. LOL. I brought some wine for everyone to enjoy (but mostly Jen Teves and me because we have similar taste in wines) and also champagne for our mimosas.

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I picked up Korbel Sweet Rose from Extremo Vino at Shane’s recommendation and it turned out really well. I will have to remember that one.


As if that weren’t enough, we had Thanksgiving part deux at the Feifel’s. Needless to say, we ate way too much that day. I’m amazed that I didn’t fall asleep at the wheel on the drive to Kansas City.

Donna’s Birthday Dinner at P.F. Chang’s

In case you were wondering why Brian was all guzzied up the other day, it’s because we had a dinner date with his parents that night to celebrate his mom’s birthday. She picked P.F. Chang’s (the same place we went to last year).

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We were actually looking forward to it as we hadn’t been in what seemed like forever. I originally thought it had been years but, after looking at old photos and old blog entries, I realized we were there last year. LOL. =P

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Donna had her hair and makeup done for the occasion and looked fabulous!

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Here she is holding a gift from Cousin Tracy that we brought back from Texas.

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Here come the barrage of obligatory food photos…

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The Mongolian beef with eggplant that Brian and I shared.

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Donna’s chicken lettuce wraps.

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David had regular Mongolian beef. He’s not a pain like I am. I always substitute stuff and change things up.

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Donna with her birthday dessert. I exercised self-control (for once) and didn’t have any. Amazing, I know. It was tough. Trust me.

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David had a couple of bites…

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As much as I restrained myself, I still think I ate more than I should have. Dinner was yummy, though! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you, Mom and Dad B!

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