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 and 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:
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 🙂