These day’s, when your friend’s find out they’re pregnant and they’re hundreds or thousands of miles away, you can still throw them a baby shower.
It also helps when your mutual friends are also hundreds or thousands of miles away and happen to be bloggers. . .
With that said, today Marla and I are hosting a virtual baby shower for Maria & Josh’s [from Two Peas and Their Pod] and invited a close group of friends who all brought lots of treats ~ S U R P R I S E!!
When I first met Maria and Josh, let’s see, it was about, hmmm. . . 9 months ago! I have no idea how they contained their excitement, especially after finding out just 24 hours before we were together, enjoying homemade chili and watching football.
Maria has become a dear friend of mine and I feel incredibly fortunate to have spent quality time with her and her husband, Josh – both very loving and incredibly generous.
After spending a long weekend together, we realized we both enjoy a lot, if not most of the same foods. One night her and I sat on the couch, ate our individual bowls of popcorn and talked until our eyes burned.
With that said, I thought it would be fun to serve individual cones filled with popcorn, but rather than traditional butter, I decided to spice it up with a little white truffle oil and freshly ground pepper. Baby shower or not, who doesn’t love popcorn??
Miss Maria – it was either this, beans or a big bowl of watermelon. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with any of those, but that the popcorn would be the more fun [*wink wink*]
Maria and Josh [soon-to-be mom and dad], I wish you two the very best as you welcome your son into this world. You’re going to be amazing parents and can’t wait to see that precious little face in the fall! Sending my love ~ xo
Truffled Popcorn Recipe
[adapted by Food & Wine]
- 6 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 1 teaspoon white truffle oil
- 4 tablespoons olive [or canola] oil
- 1 cup popcorn kernels
- salt + freshly ground pepper
In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt butter. Add truffle oil and salt – keep over low heat until ready to pour over the popcorn.
If you have a air popper, add the popcorn kernels and start popping. If not, you can pop the kernels [with olive or canola oil] in a large pot over the stove – cover and cook over medium heat until they start popping. be sure to shake the pot continuously, until the popping has stopped.
Remove the popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle the truffled butter, toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
[Created/Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]
Virtual Baby Shower for Two Peas & Their Pod
Simple Bites – Lemon Balm infused Lemonade
Ingredients, Inc. – Healthy Fruit Punch
Food for My Family – Lemongrass Soda
Heather’s Dish – Mixed Fruit Punch
She Wears Many Hats – Mini Pistachio Smoothies
Georgia Pellegrini – Watermelon Agua Fresca & a New Pea
With Style and Grace – Truffle Popcorn
Family Fresh Cooking – Baby Peas & Cheese Frittata
Barbara Bakes – Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and Fruit
Aggie’s Kitchen – Pasta Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette
Reluctant Entertainer – Nutella Berry Bruschetta
Dorie Greenspan – French Lemon Cream Tart
TidyMom – Blue and Chocolate Cake Balls
i am baker – Baby Pea Baby Shower Cake
Brown Eyed Baker – Pavlova
Picky Palate – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich
What’s Gaby Cooking – Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Cookin’ Canuck – Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies
Kevin and Amanda – Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups
Sweetopia – Decorated Sugar Cookies
Mountain Mama Cooks – Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Sweetapolita – Little Pea Sugar Cookie Pops
Bake at 350 – Petit Fours with fondant pea pods
RecipeGirl – Baby Button Cookies
RecipeBoy – Mud Cups with Gummy Worms
Add a Pinch – Blackberry Tartlets
Dine and Dish – Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples
Vintage Mixer – Mint Chocolate Pudding Shots
Wenderly – Handmade Sweet Pea Cards
Our Best Bites – How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece
August 31 2011