Chocolate Bunny Bundt Cake with White Mint Icing
“Playdates on Thursday?” I always say, “I think it will work, but let me check the calendar.”
Friend, Jessica , is regularly appalled by this response, reprimanding me in her southern drawl, “well get on back to me when you do finally check that damned thing.”
Encouraged by her non-expletive-laden reproach, I checked the calendar today.
There were all sorts of things on there that I didn’t know about. For starters, I’ve got four recipe deadlines due by tonight, the chaperoning of a school field trip tomorrow, a baby shower, photo archiving assignment, and carpooling for a cello concert. In checking the calendar, I also learned that EASTER is in a week. A WEEK!! Did you know this?! Why has no one told me?
Now that I have checked the calendar, I’ve got all sorts of ironing and shopping and organizing to do. I’ve got to put together baskets and tie bows on bunnies and prepare a menu for Sunday dinner. See?! This is why I always SAY that I’ll check the calendar, but I don’t ever actually check the calendar. ‘Cause I’d rather just go sit at Jess’s house and nibble on crudites from Costco and let Jess entertain me with her wily wit while the kids playdate the afternoon away.
Dang the checking of the calendar. It makes me so responsible.
If you, like me, are aghast to learn that Easter is right around the corner, fear not! Several weeks back, Betty Crocker asked me to put together a Bunny Cake for their special feature of Easter Recipes and it’s premiering today on the homepage. There’s nothing quite so perfect for your Easter meal than Chocolate Bunny Bundt with White Mint Frosting. Totally gorgeous, simple, delish.
A huge THANK YOU to those of you who have left book recommendations on my Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad post. There were SO MANY remarkable books mentioned, I thought I’d organize them into a list and offer it to you for printing. What think ye?
And, finally, there’s a boatload of giveaways that I’ve been putting off. So, I’m finally announcing the winners of the Smithfield Giveaways. Thank you so much for your comments over at the Smithfield blog! If your name is below, please buzz me your mailing address, email, and name in the “Contact Me” portion of Cheeky Kitchen and I’ll get your prize in the mail ASAP.
- The winner of the Le Creuset Casserole Dish is CupcakeLiz who wrote: I’m not a fan of gnocchi, but this looks delicious!! :) I have been in the mood for a casserole, but can’t find ‘the one’..lol…I think I found it!! :)
- The winner of the Cherry Red Crockpot is Courtneyb who commented: I am such a fan of pork, I always choose it as my meat at a restaurant. I am making these sandwiches for dinner this week, thanks for the recipe.
- And, the winner of the Le Creuset Silicone Prep Bowls is Pamela Milogradov
Now, before I let you go check your calendar, I NEED HELP! I’m seriously, frantically, maniacally trying to come up with a great system of organization for our family schedule. I really, truly TERRIBLE about checking the calendar and am trying to find ways to be better prepared & organized with my work-mommy-school volunteer-carpoolista-laundress schedule, the hubby’s schedule, and my kiddos everythings. Would LOVE to know what is working for you. I’m drowning over here!
And because I know I’m not the only one trying to figure out this game of balance, hows about I offer you one fancy little tidbit that has helped me tremendously. Last month, a friend suggested that I get each of my kids their own little bathroom totes. They are filled with everything the kids need for morning and evening prep: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, loofahs, hair gel, brushes, etc. but sit on their own shelf in the hallway linen closet. That way, when it’s time to get ready for the day or get ready for bed, all the kids have to do is grab their little tote, use what they need, then return their tote to the closet. The bathroom stays brilliantly clean and I can manage it all without having to check the calendar even once! Love organization tricks like that!
Okay, now schpill it! Get me ready for Easter! Get me on top of my calendar! And…thanks so much in advance for your ideas!