Meyer Lemon Pudding + A Virtual Baby Shower

Meyer Lemon Pudding Recipe | Crumbs and Chaos

Who loves a little party?!  Well, you’re in the right place today.  We are joining in the fun and ‘attending’ a surprise virtual baby shower for Mandy of Mandy’s Recipe Box.  This party is thrown by Holly over at Life as a Lofthouse.

If you’ve never been over to ‘meet’ Mandy…you really should, she is a darling mother and wife.  I love her story…city girl turned country girl, she’s a cookbook collector with a serious love for food!  She hosts a weekly link party – Totally Tasty Tuesday and shares incredible recipes each week like Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars, Enchirritos, Lemon Delight Cake.  Mandy didn’t find out the gender of this baby (her 4th) so I’m sure she’s waiting impatiently to meet her new little addition in just a few short weeks.  We’re praying blessings and a smooth transition during this exciting time for your sweet family.

Let’s talk about meyer lemons for just a minute.  They are a cross between an orange and a lemon making them sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons.  Their fragrance is incredible and the taste they bring to this simple pudding is delicate, unique and absolutely refreshing.  Such a bright spot in the cold winter days we have been enduring and the perfect baby shower dessert!

Meyer Lemon Pudding Recipe | Crumbs and Chaos

Meyer Lemon Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup GRANULATED SUGAR
  • 1/4 cup CORN STARCH
  • 2 1/2 cups WHOLE MILK
  • 4 LARGE EGG YOLKS, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons finely grated MEYER LEMON ZEST
  • 1/4 teaspoon KOSHER SALT
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed MEYER LEMON JUICE
  • 2 Tablespoons UNSALTED BUTTER, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Stir in milk, egg yolks, zest and salt until smooth. Turn the heat to medium and cook until thickened, stirring often and first and all the time at the end.
  2. Take the pan off the heat and whisk in lemon juice and butter. Divide mixture into serving dishes and allow to come to room temperature. Chill, loosely covered, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

*This makes about 9 4-oz. servings.

*The original recipe said to strain the pudding after cooking, but it wasn't necessary for me.

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Recipe Source: The Galley Gourmet

Mandy Baby Shower

Stop on over and visit see what everyone else is bringing to the party!

Holly – Life As A Lofthouse – Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Brandie – The Country Cook – Warm Lemon Pudding Cake
Aimee – Shugary Sweets – Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Jocelyn – Inside BruCrew Life – Strawberry Shortcake Fudge
Dorothy – Crazy for Crust – Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars
Nikki – Chef In Training – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Muddy Buddies
Stephanie – Back for Seconds – Frosted Cakey Sugar Cookies
Ashton – Something Swanky – Homemade Instant Pancake Mix
Hayley – The Domestic Rebel – Cake Batter Oreo-Stuffed Funfetti Cookies
Stephanie – Macaroni and Cheesecake – Luscious Slush Punch

Mini Lemonade Cupcakes

If you like pink lemonade, you will love these Mini Lemonade Cupcakes.  So sweet and so delicious!  They are the perfect size snack for a party or baby shower or for kids.  Hope you enjoy these!

Mini Lemonade Cupcakes

Cake
White Cake Mix
1 1/4 cups water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons pink lemonade mix
A few drops of red food coloring

Frosting
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter
3 Tablespoons pink lemonade mix
pink sprinkles (optional)

Make cupcakes as directed on package adding in the food coloring and lemonade mix.

Allow to cool completely.  Frost and add sprinkles if desired.

(We found they were better when chilled.)

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{Baby Shower} Desserts

Desserts…the best part of the food at a baby shower.   I made these cute little fruit pizzas a couple of weeks ago for my baby gender party and they were a huge hit.  They were easy to make and added just the right touch.
Mini Fruit Pizzas
Recipe by Crumbs and Chaos
1 package Pillsbury Ready to Bake sugar cookies (I used the ones that break apart so they were all the same size)
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Assorted fruit, cut into bite size pieces
Bake the cookies according to package instructions.  Allow to completely cool.
Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl.
Spread onto cookies and add fruit.
Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Enjoy!
Other great snack and dessert ideas include:

{Baby Shower} Invites and Food

So, you want to throw a baby shower for someone in your family or a dear friend?  
Well, you’re gonna need to start with invites.  It really kind of depends on the situation, but Evite is a great way to send invites by email.
Then you’ll need to figure out what to feed the crowd you’re hosting.  Here are a few great suggestions:

APPETIZERS
{Baked} Chicken Taquitos
Beau Monde Dip in Pumpernickel Loaf
Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Mediterranean Hummus Pizza
Mini Pigs-in-a-Blanket
Mozz-Tomato-Olive Skewers
Pickle Roll-up Dip
Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Tortilla Roll-ups

BRUNCH
Breakfast Bake
Brown Sugar Crumble Banana Muffins
Cinnamon Bun French Toast
Ham and Cheese Frittata
Monkey Bread Muffins
The Best Coffee Cake

BEVERAGES
Refreshing Sherbet Floats (or Punch!)
Rhubarb Slush

Baby showers usually have a lighter fare and I love things that are ‘baby sized’…so fitting for the occasion.  I think these open-faced baby bagel sandwiches would be perfect and are customizable.

I used mini bagels, spread them with garden veggie cream cheese, added thinly sliced turkey, baby spinach and half of a cherry tomato.  They would be a great addition to your baby shower menu!

{baby shower} GIFTS

 When you are invited to a baby shower one of the first things you think of is what am I going to give as a gift??  There are so many options these days and with so many people finding out what they are having it is easy to buy for a boy or a girl.  Of course, you can always go with the necessities like bottles and diapers and whatever else they may have on the gift registry, but today, I want to give you some unique gift ideas that are sure to please!
A HAND KNIT TOY
If you are a knitter or know someone who knits, this is a wonderful gift.  A handmade gift usually requires more thought and creativity.  It really shows your love by the time and effort you put into it.  Handmade also ensures that it will be truly unique just like the little baby who will love it.  This little monster was knit by my mom and was adapted from a pattern by Rebecca Danger.  You can look in her book for even more inspiration.
Big Book of Knitted Monsters, The: Mischievous, Lovable Toys


A FASHIONABLE TEETHING TOY
I bought one of these bracelets about a month ago and not only do I love it, but it tends to be one of Maddux’s favorites as well.  For me it is a piece of jewelry that I can mix and match with the jewelry that I already wear.  For him it is a smooth texture that is easy to chew on to soothe his gums.  There are many colors that come in bracelets and necklaces.  I bought the brand Teething Bling, but I also saw the necklace above at Uncommongoods
A MOBY WRAP
I always loved our front carrier with Jonah, but when Becca let me borrow her Moby Wrap when we had Maddux I was instantly in love with it.  It is very long piece of jersey knit fabric and when wrapped correctly it holds your baby close to your body and snug enough that you can still use both hands.  It is comfortable for you and baby.  It is a great way to soothe the baby because it gets the warm close feeling of being in the womb and also allows the baby to hear the mother’s heartbeat. They also come in a variety of colors and even some organic fabrics.



A ONESIE AND SOCK BOUQUET

A few years ago I went to a baby shower for a good friend of mine.  I wanted to buy her a few essentials but wanted to present them in a unique way.  I went out and bought a package of white onesies and a package of pink socks (since we knew it was a girl).  Then I took them and rolled them into flowers.  I pinned them and arranged them with tissue paper and fake leaves to look like a real flower bouquet. 

These are just a few of my favorite ideas, of course there are a lot more options!  Just get creative!  Find something that everyone else at the shower won’t have also bought, or stick with what you know they will need.  Another last minuted great option is a gift card.  A gift card to a store like Target can be used for pretty much anything the baby would need, but you can also buy a unique gift card to a store where you know they shop such as a cloth diaper store.

If you have kids, WHAT WAS THE BEST GIFT YOU RECEIVED FOR YOUR NEW BABY?