Friday, December 16, 2005

Bon Appetit!

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The breakfast was a hit this morning, though my kitchen floor is smeared with molasses and smushed blueberries. I wish I had taken a better photo of the whole table, with the handcrafted twig stag in the center, surrounded by fruits, bottled teas, and the coffee tray. Let's just say that by the time 26 dozen muffins were baked, I was no longer operating on full capacity! Now I know why people plunk down a box of doughnuts on the table and call is breakfast. Still, I think the effort pleased the faculty and staff. They went out of their way to compliment us. I saw people eat one muffin, then return to try the other two. If the muffins didn't look perfect, at least they looked homemade. Muffins from the local bakery would have cost 50 cent each in bulk. I ended up spending $10 more than planned (bringing the total to $70)--but for the end result, I think it was money well spent.

Update: My husband returned home with only 20 muffins remaining. So much for my "planned leftovers"!


Anonymous said...


Sounds like a great success!

mothersong said...

I am totally impressed, as I am sure the staff is.

What an inspiration you are! Heck, I think I'm doing well because I baked two loaves of challah, and I would have bought those if I could have found them at the store.

Great job!

Anonymous said...

i am truly enjoying your blog, Meredith, and what pretty baskets of muffins and greenery! I am a way-out-of-pocket sort of Southern girl (my mother was from your neck of Tennessee) and I decorated with oodles of Magnolia leaves and pine for my December wedding long ago, so looking at your photos is comforting and familiar. I'm becoming re-inspired to return to frugality just from reading your blogs.

Found you through Mommylife.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I am impressed! Did you cook all of those in just one oven?

They looked wonderful and I am sure tasted even bette than they looked :)


Robin said...

Wonderful job! Kudos to you.

Meredith said...

Thanks, guys! My husband has not quit raving about the breakfast, so I am still enjoying the glow of a successful party. (I am shy by nature--so hosting any kind of event is a leap of faith for me!)

Deborah, thanks for visiting. I had two giant urns of magnolia and hydrangea at my wedding, too. It's the ultimate all-purpose greenery.

Jane Dough, yes, I did bake all those muffins in one oven. However, I'm not sure I will do this again until I move to a house with a double oven :)

Anonymous said...

Meredith- What a nice event you and your husband sponsored for the faculty and staff. Now your only problem is that they'll eagerly be anticipating it again next year!! It looks as if it was absolutely beautiful! Good job!