Tuesday, November 2, 2010

TWD: Peanuttiest Blondies


For the last few weeks, I'll walk into my office, a class, or a meeting to a slew of questions. How much longer? Are you excited? Stressed? Managing to get everything done? When do you leave for Indiana? And let me tell you, it was entertaining. It was fun, getting reminded that everyone is excited for me and the fiance. As I passed these blondies out to my fellow fellows (hee!), mixed with general acclaim there were comments of how they couldn't believe I had the time in all the pre-wedding mania to bake. To me, that's crazy. These past 13 months have been only slightly filled with wedding planning, and it has never approached manic levels (thank god). But baking? Baking is always at manic levels.


But even crazy amounts of baking are good for me. My mom and I have been cranking out wedding cakes while the fiance puts together the cake stands, the name cards, the centerpieces. (Yes, I win. It feels like the fiance has done more for this wedding than I have sometimes, and that's just frigging awesome.) While he sat and glued origami to bamboo skewers, met with our DJ, and did other wedding-related things, I got to mix and stir and bake and generally just relax. This week will be full of that, and I'm glad.

That's not to say we're all sunshine and rainbows over here. It took 11 hours to get home, and involved flying Midwest instead of Continental, through Milwaukee instead of Cleveland, and with a final destination of Grand Rapids, MI instead of South Bend, IN. Thank god for my dad, who drove the two hours on Friday night to the Grand Rapids airport to pick us up. The fiance's shoulders were sore from carting a carry-on full of all of our gifts to family and friends, our ceremony shoes, and our wedding bands. We didn't want to lack any of the must-haves in case our checked luggage didn't make it. My arms were sore from carrying my wedding dress through multiple airports and between terminals as we frantically worked to get home that night. The run I had planned with the guys that next morning was a wash - after 3 hours of sleep, the last thing I wanted to do was run.


But really, it was okay. The flight attendants on our first flight were such dears - they cleared a seat so that I could drape my wedding dress to minimize wrinkles, gave us complimentary cocktails, and because it was Midwest, we even got a just-baked chocolate chip cookie. We made it home, and in time to make it to our last meeting with the priest before our rehearsal on Friday. We correctly answered his "God bonus question," and picked up our marriage license on Monday. My mom and I have cranked out 6 of the 16 cakes, and plan on making another 6 tomorrow. Family and friends will start coming in today.


And in four days, it'll be over. The stressful, less important part that is. Because in four days, the big part begins - the actual marriage, not just the wedding. And I've got a hunch that it's going to be pretty darned kick ass.

Last Week: All-American, All-Delicious Apple Pie
Next Week: Not Just for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake (this dethroned my past favorite from TWD - it's seriously that good) ((Make it. Now. I'm planning on making it again when I get home.))

31 comments:

Judy said...

Best of luck on your special day. It will certainly be a day to remember.

Suelle said...

Hope things go well for your big day.

Incidently - the blondies look good!

Clivia said...

Congratulations on your big day! Sounds like you have everything in hand. If you run low on energy, eat a few blondies. They pack a punch.

Paula said...

Oh my goodness! What an exciting time of your life and you still have time to bake and blog? Amazing. Congratulations are in order and I hope everything turns out perfectly.

whisk-kid said...

I'm glad that you're able to work what you love into all of the wedding planning :)

Jennifurla said...

Great post, I can feel your excitement! Have fun on your great day, and many wishes for a very very sweet life together.

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

Wow, I can't believe it's here already! Enjoy it, Caitlin! I know you will. You know that "bursting with joy" cliche? Well, it's actually a pretty accurate description of wedding week/day emotion. :) Congrats!

Di said...

I hope you're still having fun relaxing & baking cakes. =) I'm sure everything with the wedding will be wonderful.

Tia said...

I'm so excited for you :)
Sounds like your mom is an awesome support in your life too and that you are surrounded by much love and caring. and yummy bakes!

Bridget said...

Caitlin! So excited for you! It sounds like everything is coming together so well (minus the cold you've mentioned on twitter) now that you're there. I'm so glad that you're able to enjoy this last week, baking and spending time with friends and family.

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

How eventful and exciting!! So happy for you!!

These blondies definitely should be made sooner rather than later. Sooner as in NOW!

chocolatechic said...

Your wedding is going to be fabulous.

I just know it.

Flourchild said...

Congrats on the upcoming kick ass wedding!! Ha ha!! It's going to be fabulous!
Your blondies look great!

Tracey said...

I can't wait to see all of the wedding cakes you're making Caitlin. Enjoy this week and your wedding, can't wait to hear about it all :)

Kristina said...

Your wedding and marriage are going to be kick ass because you are kick ass. I'm so freaking thrilled for you and I wish I could give you a huge hug.

Katrina said...

Best of luck for your new married future!

Rowie said...

Congrats on your wedding! Your blondies look amazing!

shaz said...

Awww, it's come around so quickly! Best wishes to the both of you.

Nickki said...

Your blondies look so good! Best of luck on your wedding day :-)

I can't wait for the cranberry shortbread cake!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

good luck with all that wedding baking! i hope you'll show us picutes of what you've made. have a wonderful wedding day!

Pamela said...

Good luck with everything!! I wish you both so much happiness together. I am sure your marriage will be absolutely KICK ASS! ;-)

Cakelaw said...

Best wishes for your wedding - hope all goes well.

Lisa said...

Baking is always a therapeutic activity, even when you're at your most stressed. Plus, you get something delicious out of it. These look great. I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter.

burntapple said...

Just fell across your blog via Tartlette. I wish you and yours the best, and can't wait to see pictures of the wedding cake you are making.

TeaLady said...

I cannot imagine you getting stressed over the wedding. Not with all the MANIC cake baking going on.

I wish you the greatest happiness. For many years.

And don't forget - WE WANT PICTURES!!!!

TeaLady said...

Oh, and the blondies look good, too.

Jacque said...

Wow, what an adventure! Hope it's all smooth sailing from here. Blessings to you on your big day.

Oh, and the blondies look terrific.

katy said...

Happy wedding day!!! Many blessings to you and your hubby! :-)

AmyRuth said...

Congratulations Caitlin. Its been so fun to watch all the developments. It is refreshing to observe your love for each other. Now for the adventure!
AmyRuth

dharmagirl said...

hooray! i'm so happy for you. i hope your weekend was fantastic.

john said...

these beautiful mini wedding cakes also have attractive look,,,,, I love that design of the Wedding Cakes