My fabulous sister-in-law is pregnant, and I couldn't be more excited. She's due in November, so not in labor just yet - but Labor Day nevertheless seemed like an appropriate time to mark the occasion.
So I headed up to the 'burb where I grew up for a weekend of celebrating (which in my family basically translates to eating). In case you don't know my family well, it is telling that at one point during the weekend, my mom heard me opening the refrigerator and said, "How can there be somebody hungry in my house?" A good question, as even my eating skills are little match for her feeding skills.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a little shower we put together for Roseanne. The shower was at Northcoast in Wayzata. The food was good, the view of the lake was stunning, and the company was best of all.
My Mermaid Omelette ('cause this is a food blog 'n' all)
Some of the company - Roseanne with girlfriends she's had for practically her whole life
Check out the adorable custom-made banner I won from a contest on my friend Kathy's awesome blog. Kathy is one of the most creative and artistically-talented people I know.
The baby's nickname is Chewy, a/k/a Chewbacca, a/k/a Chewbecca. I can't really explain this, but I love it.
The party favors were also Chewy-themed:
Just to drive home how the weekend went food-wise, my mother tried to feed me both before and shortly after the shower. And then we went to Mandarin Kitchen and had this for dinner.
Having my mom around makes the nickname Chewy appropriate for pretty much everyone.