Clark and I held a house party for John Kerry on Saturday, part of a large and organized party wave all across the country. Our guest list was fairly small, but I think everyone had fun. Kerry's people sent out a phone number to a conference call in the evening during which Kerry spoke, fairly well, I thought.
I decided we should have Boston Baked Beans and Boston Cream Pie in honor of the good senator from Massachusetts. For ease of serving (if not making), I made little individual ones [I've been trying all day to insert a photo of the lil' pies, but Typepad is having none of it. Maybe tomorrow.].
As soon as I tasted one, I remembered why my siblings and I would beg my mom to make a Boston Cream Pie. Yum! As I made them, however, I realized why she didn't make them as often as we asked -- they take some work. Yikes! And I used a cake mix and pre-made frosting, which she probably eschewed, though I did make the custard from scratch. You know what's easy to make from scratch? Custard!!* And boy, was it tasty. I had about three tons leftover, so yesterday's breakfast was a banana cut up into a bowl of custard. Well, it has milk in it. For the party I made mini cupcakes, slit them right under the top with a bread knife (but did not cut the top totally off), put in a little custard, and slapped some frosting on top, leaving a margin for ease of pick-up. They got a lot of compliments.
Knitting, knitting, knitting...Working on finishing the body of the poncho, which I think will happen soon. I don't think I will go as long as Amy did, seeking more the mini look.
*This is not the recipe I used, but it's very similar. My recipe did not include orange zest.