Ladybug’s first birthday celebration yesterday went well. Better than expected, actually. Everyone behaved themselves, there were no tantrums, and most of the guests left at the appointed time (of paramount importance for a child’s birthday party). In total, we had 29 guests in our less than 700 square foot house.
The food was almost all things Ladybug particularly enjoys. Everything was reportedly delicious (I had no time to eat), but the biggest complements seemed to go to the Cheater Baked Beans. For the most part, I followed the recipe from the Veganomicon. I deviated from it for buffet-ease by placing canned navy beans, strained tomatoes, and molasses directly into a crockpot. I fried the onions and garlic on the stove in olive oil and then added mustard powder, and salt and pepper to the pan. Once the pan was well mixed, I dumped it into the crockpot, added a quarter cup of maple syrup, and mixed the whole shebang thoroughly. I set the crockpot on high because there were only four hours ’til party o’clock.
The sugar cookies Ladybug and I made seemed to be a hit with the kids, as was the “fruitcake.” (I don’t think my girl needs any extra sugar because she is already so very sweet.). The adults enjoyed the Linzertortes the most (the recipe can be found in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar).