25 April 2011

hip girls indeeed

As predicted, the house party for The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking was awesome.  So awesome, in fact, that I'll be milking it all week long here at Chateau Unspeakable Visions. There were desserts (oh so many desserts!) and a food swap and awesome people and cute little babies and one really great book and that book's author.

When you get a bunch of women together and ask them each to bring a dessert, watch out, because it's going to get really awesome really quickly. There were brownies (black bean! regular! my chocolate cheesecake ones!), pies, tarts, cupcakes, fudge, biscotti, trifle, cake and cupcakes and cookies. So I took a few pictures and then propmtly stuffed myself silly.

This is Sister's Easy Two-Layer Fudge, and right behind that are the brownies I brought. You'll get that recipe later this week.

Too many dessert photos? No, I think not.

Two local bakeries, All Good Bakers (you know them by now, right?) and X's to O's Vegan Bakery donated tasty treats and a nearby wine shop donated some New York State booze. I chit-chatted, met new people and talked with author Kate Payne about tiny kitchens and how sometimes reading too many DIY blogs can make you feel like crap. (Right? Do you ever read blogs and think, "Well shit, they've got it all together. They have a glamorous job, a clean house, a huge kitchen with an island and dishwasher and, oh I don't know, drawers for things like silverware plus they sew all of their own clothes and grow all of their own food and run five miles every morning and sing in a folk band and they summer in the south of France and their eye makeup never smudges off!" Anyone else ever feel like that? Maybe we can all talk about this some more later, if anyone's interested in some group therapy.)

So yeah, the party was a blast and Kate Payne is a blast and as a sidenote, I really love the boots she had on.  Here she is whooping it up with Sister, Ms. Silly Goose Farm and Erika of Our DIY Life.

And here we are. I asked if we could take the picture sitting down so I wouldn't look like so much of a little pipsqueak because she is a normal-height person, a description I've only recently realized does not apply to me.

Thank you so much to the lovely ladies of the From Scratch Club for throwing this house party and for the awesome Ms. Payne for trekking out to the Capital Region. It would have been a perfect night except for the part where I got home, started putting away dishes and then got a paint & wood chip sliver under my freaking fingernail and had to perform a gruesome quasi-surgical procedure on said fingernail. Luckily, I had a glass of wine in me already so it wasn't as bad as it could have been, although it might have made me a bit more reckless with the surgical tools than was safe. I'm recovering nicely, though, thank you.

Up next: a recipe for gluten-free chocolate cheesecake brownies, details about my first-ever food swap and a sneak peek into The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking.You won't want to miss it.


  1. Great post! Thanks so much for the mention.

    Seriously though, can we call it "Blog Depression" or something? This problem needs a name so I won't feel so crazy about suffering from it. I totally need a support group!

  2. I want to joint the support group. I do not have it together and get frustrated when I see how perfect it all is!

  3. Awesome post! It was such a blast and your brownies were SO GOOD!! (I secretly went into the kitchen and shoved the rest of it in my mouth, because I didn't want to look like a food-obsessed weirdo in front of everyone else, which I totally am!). I love the last picture of you and Kate - it kind of looks like you are sitting on her lap, which I LOVE even more!!

  4. was great meeting you at the party! Sorry you got that awful splinter.!

  5. You simply rock. Your brownies rock. Your sister's fudge rocked. This post currently rocks and the fact that you quickly turned around the recipe to said brownies rocks in the future.

    Thank you so much for coming out for the event, bringing yummy goodies and enjoying Kate as much as I did. She is terrific; one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.



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