Growing up, I went through a horrible pattern of being best friends with someone for a year or two and then having a falling out and never talking to that friend again. I realize know it was an example of immaturity, selfishness, and not really knowing who I was.

I went to college and met amazing friends who helped me discover the real me and showed me what a lasting friendship looks like. They have been there for me every single day for the past seven years – even on days that I don’t see them or talk to them, I have the millions of wonderful memories we made together. I feel so lucky to have some of the very best friends in the world – friends who are loyal, kind, fun, creative, smart, pretty, funny…. I could go on with nice things to say for days.

This past weekend, three of those dear friends came to visit the farm for a girl’s weekend. See, I told you they are pretty.

They came at an exciting time on the farm – it’s time to chop corn. (I suppose exciting is subjective…) While the corn plants are still green, they are chopped to create silage for animal feed. So, we visited a corn field andΒ  watched the chopping crew finish a field. My friends had seen my previous post about “entertaining” guests with tractor rides. And they were eager for their turn on a tractor!

Emily wanted to cross “shooting a gun” off of her bucket list. Where better to do that than a farm in West Texas?

Of course, we cooked and baked.

(And, as you can see in the picture, we made a mess of my kitchen!)

Then, we put on our cowboy boots for a barn dance hosted at my brother- and sister-in-law’s barn.

We made cake balls and pops for the barn dance. Before my friends came to town, I read a bajillion different blogs about cake pops and the common problems that people have. And they still didn’t turn out just right. Too much icing, I think. But, we still had a lot of fun making and decorating them.

My friends left me yesterday to go back to the “real” world, leaving behind a bunch of new memories – and SO much left over food! Including leftover cake. (Side note – how do four women leave behind so much cake??)

I didn’t want to throw it away so decided to make trifles out of it – or at least a super easy, West Texas version of a trifle. Since I had already crumbled the cakes up for the cake balls, I just smooshed the crumbs into muffin tins and baked them for another 10 minutes. To be honest… I was surprised that worked out as well as it did.

Meanwhile, I used this recipe for vanilla pudding, tripling the recipe, substituting skim milk, and cutting back the sugar a little. It’s a great pudding recipe – creamy and not too sweet.

Once the pudding and cupcakes were cooled, I sliced some strawberries and started putting together the trifles. I cut the “cupcakes” into 8 pieces, putting 3 or 4 pieces into a jar. Next go in 4 slices of strawberry. Then, it’s covered with pudding. And I repeated that process until the jar was full.

So, I have Funfetti trifles:

Chocolate trifles:

And french vanilla trifles:

They’re delish and a great way to use up old cake!

NOW, as a reward for reading the LONGEST blog post ever, I’m hosting my first ever giveaway! See those super cute aprons my friends and I were wearing when we made cake pops?

You could be wearing one too! I got them as thank you gifts for traveling alllll the way to West Texas. The aprons are from Anthropologie and, in my opinion, too cute for words. But, I accidentally bought too many. I mean…. I purposely bought one extra to give away to YOU…

Winning is easy – just leave a comment below and/or follow me on Twitter (@andruswilliams) for a second chance to win. If you’re already following me on Twitter and want to enter again, just leave another comment. Enter before Midnight on Friday and I’ll announce the winner this weekend!

UPDATE – We have a winner! Congratulations Kat from Tenaciously Yours. Send your address to andruswilliams2010 (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your super awesome apron πŸ™‚

18 Comments on Girl’s Weekend, Cake, and a Giveaway (Winner Announced)

  1. Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    September 19, 2011 at 10:55 PM (6 years ago)

    You ladies are just too cute! Awesome photos! Girls weekends are pretty much as good as it gets.

  2. Alice
    September 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM (6 years ago)

    So cute! I’d love to win an apron!

  3. lilly
    September 20, 2011 at 8:39 AM (6 years ago)

    Would love to win this! GREAT pics!

  4. Aubrey
    September 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM (6 years ago)

    I’d love to win!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  5. Aubrey
    September 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM (6 years ago)

    I follow via Twitter
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  6. Kate
    September 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM (6 years ago)

    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! Too cute for words!

  7. Jenna
    September 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM (6 years ago)

    I love every second of this and had the most amazing weekend with you and our lovely friends πŸ™‚ Thank you a million times again and again!

  8. Kat
    September 20, 2011 at 8:27 PM (6 years ago)

    You must know us too well – I spent half of this post fixating on the aprons! I would love to win (and I follow you on Twitter!).

    P.s. I’m TERRIBLE at cake pops so, cake balls are pretty much as far as I can go. Love what you did with the mufin tins and trifles though – genius idea.

    • admin
      September 24, 2011 at 10:20 PM (6 years ago)

      Congrats – the random number generator named you the winner!

  9. Emily N
    September 21, 2011 at 6:03 AM (6 years ago)

    That is so cute you guys had a girls weekend. Love the aprons. It looks like they really enjoyed themselves πŸ™‚

  10. Jan Roland
    September 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM (6 years ago)

    A belated congratulations on your marriage and starting a new chapter of your life in West Texas!!!!
    Jenna had a marvelous time for which I thank you…you are such a special person to her also.
    Your blog looks very engaging,attractive to the eye. I enjoyed reading about your get together.
    I am wondering if I could have a conversation with you about starting this blog if you would not mind…..I am very interested in this process.
    Take care

  11. Renee
    September 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM (6 years ago)

    Those aprons are so cute, and it looks like you guys had great time in them. I hope I can win one so I can be as awesome.

  12. Renee
    September 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM (6 years ago)

    Oh, and I already follow you on Twitter. Yay!

  13. Terri @ that's some good cookin'
    September 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM (6 years ago)

    Hey, I thought those looked like Anthropologie! Don’t you love their stuff? I bought a skirt from them earlier this summer (on a great sale) and my 4 year old grandson was with me when I bought it. He made me turn around so that he could see it from all angles and then said, “Now twirl.” He nodded with a big smile on his face and gave me a two thumbs up.

    Fun website that you have here. Good for you that you got to spend time with your friends. Somehow college friends seem to end up being forever friends. Everybody needs a few of those.

  14. Dee
    September 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM (6 years ago)

    Too cute. These could serve double duty in my house — preventing both cooking stains and baby spit-up from getting on my fine duds (and by fine duds I mean yoga pants and t-shirts). πŸ™‚

  15. Kristin Murdock
    September 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM (6 years ago)

    I am so sad that I was away from blog world and missed out on your first ever giveaway! πŸ™‚ I LOVE that you had fun friends come visit, however, and your trifles look awesome.


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