Just the other day I convinced you all (except Mavis) that chocolate covered pretzels were the perfect potluck food.  This summer we attended a ham radio field day (yes, The Husband is a ham geek but a damn sexy one if you ask me) and I brought my new go-to potluck food. Here’s what was left of them after the first pass.

Plate pretzels RW

Yes, the first pass.  They fared well.  Quite well I think – aside from one guy complaining (joking? it’s hard to tell with ham geek humor sometimes) about mustard pretzels being on the dessert table that is, although I’d like it noted he still took one.  The Husband went back to field day after the kids went to bed for the night and he watched a guy snatch the very last pretzel.  So I guess I was totally right about them being the perfect food to sit out for extended periods of time.

Here’s Sweetey Petey enjoying one in case you need more photographic evidence they were popular.

Plate Pete RW

If you recall I also promised to share the rest of the potluck food. I focused solely on the dessert table for the post.  Yes, yes I did risk looking like a crazy fool in front of a bunch of people who have no idea I have a blog just to snap pictures of half eaten trays of food for you.  Because I love you all.  Or at least like.  I at least like you all.  Or at least most of you.

Anyway, here’s a breakdown of the dessert table.

The generic brownie.  Somebody always brings brownies.  They did okay. Not great, but solidly in the middle.

Plate Brownies RW

Store bought cake.  These did not fare well at all.  Nobody goes to a potluck for store bought cake people, so stay away from bringing these.  They sure were pretty though weren’t they? 

Plate store bought RW

I have no idea what these were.  Some sort of pastry?  It appears to have been pretty popular despite being purchased.

Plate Pastry RW

Apple pie.  Let’s face it, apple pie is always a winner no matter where you go or who you are with. So if you have the time, feel free to make one of these (message me your address if you need a taste tester mmmm K cause I love pie.)

Plate Pie RW

This was some sort of dump cake I think.  It was popular . . .

Plate dump cake RW

. . . so was the chocolate cake with caramel frosting.  Nothing beats a good homemade caramel frosting if you ask me (and apparently all the other folks who devoured this.)

Plate caramel cake RW

Fruit.  I’m tossing this into the dessert category here because it was with the desserts.  I devoured the cherries because cherries are expensive.  Must.  Get.  Money’s.  Worth.  From.  Free.  Potluck.

Plate cherries RW

For the record, the pre-sliced cherries made me look less like I’d been gutting chickens.  I had some blood red fingers after pulling pits out for Sweetey Petey.

Plate fruit salad RW

Watermelon is a classic and somebody always brings it.  It also always gets eaten.

Plate watermelon RW

This used to be cheesecake.  Clearly it was popular.  I bet Paula Deen’s mini cheesecake recipe would be a great option.  You all know that one right?  Quick, easy and already portioned.  I’ll have to keep that in mind . . .

Plate Empty RW

There were chocolate chip cookies too.  I forgot to snap a picture but I tried one.  Despite their claim of being “famous chocolate chip cookies” they were meh if you ask me.

So there you have it.  The potluck dessert table.

– Joanna

P.S.   My mom called me out on my lackluster blogging schedule the other day (over the phone of course since she has no clue how to leave comments.)  So, for the official record here are the reasons I’ve been a bad blogger lately:

1)  I’ve been painting the half finished wall in the Don Draper room (that’s what we call our family/play/TV/bar room.)

2)  I’ve been stripping painted over wallpaper again.  This is actually going faster than the last time I attempted this.  Possibly due to lack of blogging.

3)  I bought a carpet cleaner and have been cleaning the carpets (the Mother-in-Law will be happy about this because she noted the state of my carpets last time they visited.  Yeah, they are bad.  I have two kids and two dogs so they are bad.  Less bad now though thanks to my new Hoover baby.)

4)  I’ve been working on Sweetey Petey’s birthday party.  I am having Chipotle cater it so a lot of the food stress is gone, but I picked a pretty random theme (Giraffe’s Digging) and have not only created my only image for invites, but am also attempting one of those giant plywood cut-outs you stick your face through.  It’ll be of Giraffe’s.  Driving a construction digger.  And it’s gonna be awesome.

5)  I’m 95% sure that 90% of my readers these days are friends or relatives that I’m friends with on Facebook so they know the haps already.

I do still have lots to say and a ton of drafts started and some fun house projects to share eventually.  Very soon I’ll be starting a new series called The Patrick Project as well.  I’ll leave you to ponder on what that might be . . .

Question of the Day:  What do you think The Patrick Project is?? 

Tomorrow is Supermom’s birthday!  I won’t say how old she is although she isn’t old enough for it to be a big deal so it would probably be no big deal if I did say, but still, it isn’t my place.  So I won’t say.

In light of this almost birthday I say we all send Supermom some birthday wishes!

I say we make her some birthday pancakes.

Birthday Breakfast Pancakes RW

And perhaps a cake.

Cake Baptism RW

Maybe send her some flowers!

African Violet RW

More flowers than that people, don’t be cheap.

Flowers RW

Balloons are a must of course.  Especially non-helium balloons that float magically over the register grate.

Balloon Fun RW

Happy (almost) Birthday Supermom!

– Joanna

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite birthday present to date?  Mine is my DSLR camera for sure.

The Husband and I have a long standing fight that I don’t think we will ever come to terms on.  Yes, we will most likely be fighting for the rest of our lives.  I mean it.  Forever and ever.

You see, he thinks that the best cake is found in his hometown.  I think the best cake is found in our current town.

One year for his birthday I ordered him a cake from the best cake place and instead of it saying Happy Birthday, I had it say “THIS is the best cake.”  Because if this cake could talk, that is most definitely what it would say.

Cake Best RW

Shout out to my old boss Steve who turned me on to this bakery in the first place!

– Joanna

Question of the Day – Do you have a favorite bakery?  A place you ALWAYS buy from when not making homemade?

Happy Birthday my dear friend Cinnamon!!

In honor of your birthday I pulled all the cake pictures I could find from my hard drive.

Sorry you can’t eat them, but you have a good imagination so just pretend mmmm K?

Mmmm K.

From my niece’s birthday years ago.

174 RW

From The Husband’s 29th birthday.

2009 February Birthday Party 002 RW

AWESOME butterfly cupcakes I made.  Still proud of these to this day.

2009 February Birthday Party 006 RW

Spaghetti and meatball cupcakes.  Yes, those are cupcakes.  With chocolate meatballs.  Kinda proud of them too.

Spaghetti and meatball cupcakes RW

From my nephew’s birthday.  2nd maybe?  Third?

As Second Bday 008 RW

From a baptism.

Cake Baptism RW

From a cake decorating class I took.  A post to come later with the rest of these pics.  Oh and it was my friend Wendi’s birthday too.

Cake Decorating 003 RW

From this post.  Made for my nephew’s birthday.

Cupcakes RW

From Sweetey Petey’s last birthday.

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For Easter I think.  Flower cupcakes.

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One of my nephew’s birthdays.

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Another niece party.

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More niece.

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More nephew.

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The Pete’s first birthday.

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Easter.  Obviously.

Easter 2009 010 RW

The Father-in-Laws retirement party.

Jim's Retirement 018 crop 4x6 RW

Yup, there were two cakes.

Jim's Retirement 020 crop 4x6 RW

My niece’s last birthday.  Read about it here.

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This pic will be used in an upcoming random food picture of the day post.  There’s a fun quick back story so stay tuned.

Cake Best RW

An ugly cupcake from one of my favorite posts.

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A not so ugly cupcake from the same post.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CINNAMON!!!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite kind of cake??

Phase Three.  Mission: Birthday Party Cupcakes.

In case you’re catching up, Phase Two was Chocolate Malt Fudge Sauce.  Phase One was Chocolate Malted Milk Crumb.

Up today . . . Chocolate Cake!!!

My pal John says I can still use Woot so I’m using it now.  Woot.  Woot.  Woot.

Heck, let’s really sell it here.  Woot.  Woot.  Woot.  Woot.  A fourth woot.  I know, I know.  The excitement.

Chocolate Cupcakes once again BARELY adapted from the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook . . . if you like this recipe then BUY THE BOOK! 

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