Cake Tasting and a Spicy Bridal Shower

What a wedding (and wedding food) weekend! Funk and I enjoyed some cake tasting on Saturday. My bloodstream has yet to calm down from the outrageous sugar surge after that afternoon!


Funk has been fairly warned that he is not to smoosh cake in my face at the wedding, so I let him have his fun during the tasting. Listen up, grooms: a girl spends a pretty penny to have her makeup done on your wedding day. Cake does NOT count as makeup! Am I just up tight? Weigh in, readers. Do you/did you want cake in the face at your wedding?

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On Sunday I enjoyed Bridal Shower #2 hosted by my aunt, sister MOH and mom MOB. I had so much fun with some of my very best friends, family friends, and relatives. We enjoyed a huuuuuge spread of Thai food.


The groommate made an appearance for some eats and presents.


My sister traveled from far, far away NYC to help me celebrate. And then she made me delete the photo of her. 


Everything was so wonderful, and I’m finding all of these pre-wedding festivities are such a fun way to get all of my favorite people together in one place. We should have weddings more often!

The most special and personal part of the whole event was the spices! Each guest was asked beforehand to bring a spice. Early on in the shower, everyone was asked to introduce themselves, say how they knew me, and talk about their spice, and maybe even a fun recipe for it. I loved it! The funniest thing about all of this was that just the night before I tackled my spice cabinet since it was so cluttered with some old spices (ha! get it?) lying around. I’m actually presenting a talk on spring cleaning your diet this week, and a segment of my talk is on the freshness of spices, so I’ve been wanting to do a little spice overhaul myself! And I recently asked my mom to pick up a few hard-to-find spices for me at her grocery store, and I thought it was odd she never answered me. Little did I know.

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I thought it was a great way for everyone to know the other guests, and of course learn about some spices. I got a lot of new ones that have been on my list to buy, like Chinese Five Spice, ground ginger, more Garam Masala, and rosemary. And I was running very low on cinnamon, curry, and cumin, which I always seem to blow through faster than any spice. Must be all those curries I attempt!

I now have a very eclectic spice collection. I can’t wait to use them (and actually taste them…man, some of my spices were getting old and flavorless).


Unfortunately my new Lazy Susan doesn’t fit in my spice cabinet. So, into the cabinet they went! I’m not sure of the best way to organize them so they’re easy to grab when I’m cooking. Have any spice organization tips for me?


I’m overwhelmed with how wonderful everything was. I am one lucky Bride-to-Be.

Tell me, what’s the one spice you couldn’t live without?


  1. Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I LOVE this post. You are so cute! The groommate bhahaha I love all this wedding lingo.

  2. Posted April 11, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    How cute! I wish I could have been there. By the way, Karl and I never talked about cake cutting/smashing before the wedding, so it was a total surprise when he smashed it in my face! But looking back at all the pics, it was one of my favorite memories of the night! And I guess it fits us. We’re pretty silly :p

  3. Nee
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful time.
    I am NOT glad you posted that picture of me. Seriously?! Photosohp a bag over my head or upload something better. Otherwise, I will tweet the world to boycott your blog (as soon as I figure out how!).


  4. Posted April 11, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Oh, and I couldn’t live without cumin! We go through a jar every other month it seems!

  5. Posted April 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    How fun! Congratulations on all of the wedding festivities. I am completely with you on the cake-in-the-face thing. I told my husband the same thing. Do NOT even try to smash cake in my face. He listened! 🙂 Love the spice idea. We are huge on cumin and cinnamon in our house too.

  6. Cindy
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I hate cake smashing in faces at weddings! George has been warned not to do that to me also 🙂

  7. Posted April 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Janel, let me know when you figure out how best to organize your spices. I’m always struggling with this. Love the spice idea at the shower!

  8. Posted April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea for a shower and yes I am with you on the face smush!

  9. Marci
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    You are NOT up tight!!! I gave the same instructions to my husband (who was smart enough to know the woman he was marrying). No cake on my face on my wedding day!

    Glad you had so much fun. 🙂

  10. Mary
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    We didn’t smoosh any cake at our wedding. It was very civil. Mostly because I didn’t want to waste any frosting. 😉

  11. Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Nicole – we missed you, but I loved the jam you sent! That was awesome… the name, too! Cumin was my contribution! I can send you some, too, if you want 🙂

  12. Jasmine
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Haha- your blog post about the shower (and Renee making you delete her picture) cracked me up. Glad you had so much fun and wish I could have been there!

  13. Posted April 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Good idea Janel! No smooshing on gameday. Love the spice rack idea for your shower.

  14. Posted April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    the spice thing is the COOLEST idea ever!

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