Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet is 3.5 Years Old!

Did you guess the other day? The reason for the funny cake shape?

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Skillet Roasted Chicken Thighs and Stuffing

You will notice the pictures are from two different occasions. The first time, I followed the original recipe but wasn’t completely happy with it. I wanted more vegetables and an easier chicken experience…carving chickens are “meh” but eating chicken thighs are easy. So, I added more vegetables (yummy carrots!) and switched to thighs. I also used my Dutch oven to give myself a little more room for those vegetables. That part mattered less, but I do recommend adding what tastes good to you.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Big Fudgelet Party

Ok ok, the final birthday post for the Fudgelet. I think. Unless there are more random surprise birthday parties popping up, haha. I did a lot of work for the party, starting with the invitations. I wanted to have a custom one since I had a certain theme in mind, and I also wanted to include a part for people to write a message for him when he is 18. I am saving his cards and some other mementos from his first year, and then when he is 18 I thought it would be nice to go through the stuff together. We can share with him the memories he wouldn’t remember, and he can decide if he wants to keep the items or not. Just a small box, nothing big. I might even add to it over the next few years. Who knows. Anyway, I never found an invitation that would work. Or, at least, one that was reasonably priced. So, I ended up buying blank cards, printing the written part (I had to send them to a store since our printer doesn’t do color), and assembling them myself. It took some time, but it was fun. I even had a picture mosaic for his first year.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Perfect Party Foods for a Baby Party (with bonus Deviled Eggs Recipe!)

There are many posts coming about the Fudgelet’s birthday parties. Yeah, Mr. Party Animal has had 3 parties all for himself. The first was a family/July 4 party back in Maryland, so it was not super Fudgelet-centric. But, then K and I did a family party for the three of us. I made cake, and not just any cake. He got a Momofuku Milk Bar cake. But, that’s nothing compared to the party we threw for our friends to celebrate with us. Over the few years of living here, my friends are basically K’s friends. He’s been here over a decade and all, so I took on his group with him, and love them, too. After getting pregnant, I wanted to meet some other moms/future moms. I ended up getting my own group of friends. Well, even though some people were unable to make it to the party, we still had 2 dozen people! Eek! It meant that I needed to make large amounts of foods to ensure everyone would be satisfied. Not a big deal, since I had been brainstorming food ideas for a while.

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Cookie Butter Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Meringue Buttercream

They say that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. I think boys are also full of all of that good stuff. Well, these cupcakes have all of that, and not for a little girl. For my little boy. That’s right. He is no longer a baby, but today is a little boy. Sigh. Today’s post is to celebrate his birthday. I have filled this month so far with many chocolatey recipes in honor of his first birthday. Here is another one that I hope to make for him when he is a bit older.

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Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus, and Lemon

This was a recipe I partially sketched out ahead of time, and partially did in the moment. It was a nice, light dish that was filling but perfect for a warm day. If you don’t have asparagus, you could swap in a different vegetable such as broccoli. I would recommend steaming the broccoli first, then adding it in near the end.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: How to Make a Skillet Cookie Tower

I am sharing a recipe today, but the main focus is on the idea. Because really, you can do this with any skillet cookie recipe. You could even do it with bars. As long as you have cookie/biscuit cutters in a few sizes, you are good to go.

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