Friday, December 21, 2012


I'm not fabulous with social media. As anyone who knows me will attest, I am infuriatingly NOT involved with facebook, twitter, instagram or the million other ways people fill their day.  I'll admit it - I just don't get them.

The same holds true with pinterest.  I've heard people lose hours on the site, which I fully can't understand.  Whenever I use pinterest I type what I'm looking for in the search bar, scroll through what pops up, pin what I was looking for, and log off.  I usually have one board I'm working on at a time (like Thatbaby's birthday party.)

So when I got an invitation to a Pinterest White Elephant Party I was a bit at a loss.  The instructions were simple - bring a bottle of champagne, a brunch food, and a gift inspired by pinterest,.  But really, I had no clue what that meant.  I turned to my more social-media savvy friends who came up with a list of creative ideas - my very own living pinterest board!

The winning suggestion was "Sunshine in a Box," except when you live in California, no one is really clamoring for more sunshine in December.  So I decided to change the idea to "Christmas in a Box."  Same idea - a box of candy and other goodies, but red and green themed instead of yellow and white.

The rest of my party prep was easy.  Do you know what goes perfectly with a champagne brunch?  Rum cakes!  Boozy breakfast treats were never so fitting.  These cakes are not too sweet, but dipped in a rum syrup makes them quick to disappear from the table.  Just don't drive right after drinking eating them.

And the bottles of champagne were a complete necessity.  I think we went through all of them!

The rest of the spread was equally fantastic.  Many of the foods brought were inspired by - you guessed it - pinterest!

Our pinterest presents were stacked under the tree, just waiting to be chosen, opened, and stolen.

And after all the choosing, opening, and stealing, I walked away with my very own pinterest present:   

Grown up hot chocolate mix!  What makes it grown up?  Well the Baileys and Kahlua of course!

Baba Cakes (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
1 pkg yeast
1 3/4 cups flour
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 lb soft butter
1/2 cup rum

    1. Stir the yeast into 1/2 cup warm water and let it stand for 5 minutes to dissolve.
    2. Add 1/2 cup of the flour and mix well with an electric mixer.
    3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
    4. Add the 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and remaining flour.  Mix until the dough is smooth.  Cover and let rise until double in bulk.
    5. Beat the softened butter into the dough, bit by bit until smooth.
    6. Spray a muffin pay with baking spray.  Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups.  Cover and let rest for 45 minutes.
    7. Preheat oven to 400.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden on top.  Remove from pans and cool on a rack.
    8. While the cakes are cooling, mix the remaining sugar and 1 cup of water in a small pot and boil for 10 minutes.  
    9. Cool to lukewarm and then stir in the rum.
    10. Dip the cakes in the sauce and spoon some over the tops of each cake.


    1. That was a clever party idea using Pinterest. I am new to Pinterest and I enjoy it. I don't get lost for hours but, I am visual girl, and pinterest is eye candy for ideas.

      I like the grown-up hot cocoa mix idea.

      Happy Holidays to you and your family. I have no doubt that Thatbaby will be squealing with delight.


    2. I really just use pinterest as a tool to bookmark recipes, since I'm much more visual and so bookmarking them on my internet dashboard just doesn't do it for me.

    3. It sounds like fun. You may be more into Pinterest the you think:D Enjoy!!

    4. I was really into Pinterest for a while...but now I kind of avoid it -- easy to get sucked into the Pinterest vortex. But, I like the idea of a gift motivated by Pinterest.

    5. I love the christmas in a box idea!!

    6. The Pinterest gifts are a great idea. I love what you baked but then I always do.