First up, birthday cupcakes. Mustache cupcakes, that is. Brad loves peanut butter, so I knew I wanted that to be the main flavor, but you need some chocolate for birthday desserts, so I decided on this recipe. I doubled the recipe, replacing half the eggs with applesauce. I also put the chocolate inside the cupcake rather than on top:
For Brad, I made a pseudo souffle (which I promptly dumped in the bottom of the oven [luckily only losing some off the top]). *Thanks to LZ for loaning me the decorating stuffs and the cupcake tree!
These. Cupcakes. Were. DEEEELICIOUS. Seriously. They were like big spongey peanut butter cups, with mustaches! :) I will definitely make these again.
With dessert covered, it was time to whip up the snacks. First up, homemade pimento cheese, using this recipe. Another reason I need a big girl mixer... My tiny little guy just didn't cut it. Well, it did, just very slowly. I could only mix a few spoonfuls at a time, so once everything was mixed, I threw it all back in for a second time to make sure it all was mixed evenly. I served this with celery (meant to serve with crackers, too, but it slipped my mind. Whatcha gonna do?), and it, too, was delicious! I was quite pleased with myself - ha! (I would, however, make it with better quality cheese next time, for an extra bump in flavor.)
Makin' a cheesy mess.
Can't. Get. Enough.
What's a mustache party without some meat? I perused the Joy of Cooking and settled on some salami meat roll ups. I doubled the recipe (can't find it online), using a full block of fat free cream cheese, around 6 chunks of sun dried tomatoes (diced teeny), a few tablespoons of diced green onions (teeny too), and some salt and pepper. The recipe said to process it, but I was so over that, so I smooshed the crap out of it by hand. Then I spread it on 20 to 24 thinly sliced pieces of salami.
Spread, roll up, and cut in half.... I decided to put them in a bowl, like a beautiful meat and cheese flower! These were a big hit and didn't last long at all. If I make these again (they were SO yummy I sure hope I do), I would triple or quadruple the recipe.
Finally, the star of the show.... Fondue!! Starring.... my new fondue pot! Hooray! This recipe seemed manly, so I went with it. I followed the recipe exactly, but it came out a little thicker than I would have liked. Nonetheless, it was delicious, and I served it with bread chunks, carrots, broccoli, and apples. The perfect final treat for a cheesy mustache party!
A few days later Brad's real birthday fell, and I got him a reusable lunch bag and a sandwich box, complete with train sandwich cutter. :) I'm sure he is the envy of all his Ford co-workers.
One last funny food image.... I made myself some eggs a few weeks ago, and out popped.... TWINS!