Today’s a special day. Today we celebrate.
Baby shower invitations usually elicit a groan from me. Between the obnoxious games (“let’s see how many squares of toilet paper it takes to get around Mom’s waist!”), the awful word puzzles (“Quick! Name every celebritot ever!”), and the ceaseless advice (so often from people who don’t even have children!), going to a baby shower usually qualifies as my good deed for the week.
But not this one. This baby shower I’m happy to be attending.
1) This baby shower is on the Internet. And that means we avoid all the yucky parts (that means you, game-that-makes-me-guess-which-candy-bar-has-been-melted-in-a-diaper), and we get to look at tasty food instead!
2) This baby shower is for someone whose shower I would willingly go to in real life (in case you haven’t gathered, that’s kind of a big deal).
Yes, for Christina, I would happily play ridiculous games and fend off the advice-givers… Because she and her Little Lady deserve to be celebrated!
Christina is one of the hardest working, no excuses, get it done ladies I know. But what I might admire even more about Christina is that she’s a “connector.” Her super sweet personality makes her a people-magnet, and Christina has an uncanny knack for taking all those people that are drawn to her and connecting them in meaningful ways. It’s a crazy awesome skill, and one she uses intelligently and selflessly. She gives freely and shares abundantly and has been a great example to me, not only in the blogging world but real life too.
Smart + sweet = Momma to a lucky little girl!
Part of Christina’s sweetness might be attributed to her southern roots. And so I channeled a bit of my southern self and made bourbon barbecue sliders with bleu cheese… Because every shower needs a few friends that bring something slightly inappropriate (I’m relieved I’m not the only one bringing alcohol to a baby shower!).
My only regret about this shower is that it ISN’T in real life, and we’re not all standing around sampling this food while Christina opens a mountain of gifts. You can find the whole party’s worth of delicious recipes here.
Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas from Well Plated
Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Country Cleaver
Mini Bourbon and Bacon Tater Tot Casseroles from Climbing Grier Mountain
Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal from Feed Me Phoebe
Lemon Cake for Two from Keep It Sweet Desserts
Mini Raspberry Pavlovas from The Baker Chick
Almond Berry Cake Parfaits for Two from Edible Perspective
Peanut Butter Bourbon Blondies from The Frosted Vegan
Mixed Berry Mascarpone Scones from Bluebonnet Baker
Greek Yogurt Funfetti Cupcakes for Two from The Housewife in Training Files
Steak Fajita Tacos for Two from The Sweetphi Blog
Mango Madeleines from Stetted
Citrus Salad with Mint, Honey, and Lime from Rachel Cooks
Parfaits for Two from Order in the Kitchen
Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream from Joyful Healthy Eats
French Breakfast Puffs from Stephie Cooks
Blueberry Vanilla Cream Hand Pies from Eats Well With Others
Banana Pudding Cheesecake from The Domestic Rebel
Christina, I’m wishing you an easy and quiet transition to motherhood, where you get to spend some time just staring at your baby and being completely blown away by every.single.thing. she does (and the fastest possible return to 8 hours of sleep each night!). Enjoy all this love today – you deserve it!
- For barbeque sauce:
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. bourbon
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- 2 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- Dash cayenne pepper (optional, but recommended!)
- For bleu cheese topping:
- ½ cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
- 2 oz. bleu cheese
- For burgers:
- 1 pound ground meat (I used turkey)
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. soy sauce or tamari
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 cup baby greens
- 6 slider buns, split in half.
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until sauce is thickened (coats the back of a spoon), about 15 minutes. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, stir mayo (or yogurt) together with bleu cheese and refrigerate.
- Combine ground meat, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and salt and pepper in a medium size bowl. Divide meat mixture into 6 slider-sized patties (you could also just make 3-4 burgers). Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and add sliders, allowing them to sear for 3-4 minutes. Flip over, baste sliders with a bit of barbeque sauce (about a teaspoon) and sear for 3-4 minutes. Flip over once more and baste again with barbeque sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until sliders are cooked through and sauce has begun to soak in.
- Build sliders in the following order: spread barbeque sauce on the bottom of each bun, top with greens, and slider patty. Spread bleu cheese mixture on the top buns and place on top of patties. Store any leftover barbeque sauce in the refrigerator for a couple days, or in the freezer for up to a month.