backtack party!

Saturday was a pretty big day around here: the concrete pour for our driveway was completed, the backtack party took place, and Peter was a chaperone for the PROM!
You’re probably most curious about the party, since it was a gathering of some formidable (but all very nice) bloggers! The backtack projects I caught glimpses of were all impressive. I really hope everyone had a good time. I have tons of leftover food, including some of those Thomas Kemper sodas, so if you’re in Portland and hungry, well, come on over. Among the guests: Alicia, Amy, Ann, Ariana, Melanie, Melissa, Action Hero Melissa, Sally, Stephanie, and my nonblogging buddies Taya, Wendy, and Lisa. I can’t show you a group photo, because not everyone wants to be outed, ha ha, but here’s one little shot of a few guests foraging through the tubs of free fabric that Alicia so generously brought (Taya’s been my friend for a million years, and she doesn’t have a blog, so I get to willy-nilly plaster her photo on my blog):

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But hey, I can show you photos of food! I was concerned about the ganache-less state of my Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Ganache and Mascarpone Cream, but then I talked to my genius friend Wendy, and she suggested inserting the mocha ganache in the center of the cupcakes! She even loaned me a grapefruit knife to more easily core the cupcakes. It worked, and they were pretty tasty:
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If you want the recipe, and I highly recommend it, I think I linked to it in my previous post (I’m too lazy to link again. Sorry).
Here’s part of the food spread:
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What I didn’t make I bought at Trader Joe’s. Have you ever tried the Trader Joe’s guacamole? It is SO DELICIOUS. After most of the guests left, Action Hero Melissa and I kind of gorged ourselves on the guacamole. Mmmmmm. And then I ate a bunch of the buttery apricot squares that Amy brought.
And one final shot, probably not very interesting to 99% of you. Concrete!
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15 Responses to backtack party!

  1. mo says:

    Oh I am so bummed I missed getting to meet everyone and revel in all the back tack-y goodness this weekend! It looks like a great time and, yes, Trader Joes guacamole is the best!!

  2. brenda says:

    Hi! I am amazed at the Portland Bloggers! You guys rock! Really I can’t believe how many of my favorites are from Portland! What is up with that? How did it happen?!?? What is going on in Portland? Is there something in the water that makes you super creative craft/Art Superstars?!!? Send me some water!

  3. molly! says:

    Oh my god, I LOVE Trader Joe’s Guacamole.

  4. amy k. says:

    OMG! that photo is too funny. what is up with that chick with the pink head?! really, I am such a dork.I had a great time-thank you!
    and so glad you like the cookies-and I am SO TEMPTED to come by today with the girls and eat your food. seriously.

  5. Gina says:

    Wow! What a fun day.

  6. Alicia P. says:

    So much fun, Mariko — you are so sweet to have everyone over! — and I am SO SORRY that I forgot to come and pick up the boxes yesterday! I thought about it at 6:30 a.m. and then not again until 9 p.m. as I was dragging myself into bed. Will you email today? I will be out and about and can stop by. XO, a

  7. Lori wahl says:

    I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it at the last minute. It looked like a lot of fun. And with Alicia’s boxes of fabric goodies too! Congratulations on the concrete delivery! I know how home projects go.

  8. Melanie says:

    Thanks for letting me crash the party–it was fun!
    As I was leaving, Eleanor wanted to know why you had a headless scarecrow on your front porch.

  9. keohinani says:

    i guess i must be in that 1%…

  10. Taya says:

    Jon and Geoff LOVED your cupcakes! Geoff picked up on the mocha right away. Jon was jealous that G’s had more filling.
    Thanks for sending all of the goodies home. You can put my picture up as much you want!

  11. melissa f. says:

    i love how everyone gets all antsy about the cameras being out. next time i’m going to remember to check out your blouse pattern. it completely slipped my mind, what with all the food…

  12. larissa says:

    Oh God that looks like it was fun. I was sitting on the sidewalk at Alberta Art Hop, but now I totally wish I’d skipped that and come to your house. I seriously hope you’ll consider doing this again! I would love to meet all those bloggers. It’s unbelievable that I live so close to all of you and don’t know you in person, and I’d like to change that… It looks like a wonderful party. Great cupcakes, too.

  13. Jessica says:

    I adore the name of your blog. And I want that hedgehog tee! I have a stuffed hedgehog (Humphrey) that’s been with me since my childhood. Love hedgehogs.

  14. katie says:

    I haven’t had TJ’s guac, but they have this awesome popcorn stuff called Monteblue and Populet. It’s caramel popcorn and blueberries, and it is. so. good. I can only get it when I visit my mom, because we don’t have a TJ’s near us. (Wah!)

  15. Amy says:

    I want to go to prom again!
    Your cupcakes look delicious! I saw a vanilla cupcake recipe from someone’s Flickr album that you might be interested in. It’s from Billy’s Bakery in NYC, and it appeared on the Martha show.

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