Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A French-Themed Party

While I thuroughly enjoy celebrating holidays, birthdays, and milestones, my favorite parties are those thrown for no reason in particular. Case and point, the French-themed party I had for myself, my Darling Husband, and my parents.

My mother is a fabulous cook. She has taught me a lot and helped guide me out of sticky situations {literally} in the kitchen on more than one occasion. That being said, there isn't really anything I can teach her in the kitchen because she's a pro. We once attempted to make French macarons {after a few glasses bottle of wine} and failed miserably. I made it my mission to learn how to bake those dang cookies so I would finally have something to teach Kimmie in the kitchen. 

So, I invited my parents over for champagne, fondue, French dip sandwiches, and a macaron baking lesson. 
{Champagne, Swiss and Gruyere fondue with toasted mini croissants}

{French dip sandwiches and au jus in teacups}

{My Fench braid and macaron baking with Kimmie}

{Almond and Nutella macarons by candlelight} 

Pumpkin Soufflé

For Thanksgiving this year, I really wanted to make a special breakfast on the morning my brother and his love flew in from out of state. Since Fall is the perfect time of year to celebrate the pumpkin, I opted for individual pumpkin soufflĂ©s! The recipe I used is from Epicurious. I followed the recipe exactly and actually made the base in advance so I only had to whip up my egg whites, fold them into the base, and bake them. We enjoyed them outside with champagne {of course} to celebrate their arrival. 

{Fresh out of the oven and dusted with powdered sugar}