Our secret is out! Thank goodness I don’t have to dance around the question anymore or have my friends send me daily text asking what the gender is. We had a fantastic turnout at the party around 53 people showed up which has to be the largest party I’ve thrown in a long time. We have settled on the name Travis and we couldn’t be more excited!
On the invitations I had mentioned for everyone to cast their vote on if they thought it was a boy or girl by wearing something pink or blue. For the reveal we had my mom, my hubby’s parents and hubby’s brother pull out letters from an envelope. Everyone was banking it was a girl, but we fooled them.
For the other decorations I had done a couple gender predictions from old wives tales and printed them out next to the party favors I blogged about recently.
I had also used some photos my mom put together of like photos of my hubby and I from when we where babies and kids then strung some string and clipped on ultrasound pictures. (I forgot to take a picture of it.)
We also had tons of food, I like to go a little overboard because I hate to run out.
Here’s the recipe of a new appetizer that I tried and it was a huge hit! So much easier then stuffing the jalapenos! I thought it was a little sweet when I tasted the mix before baking it, but once cooked you don’t taste the sweetness. For my batch I x3 it, used 3 cans of crescent rolls, 2 cans of jalapenos with juice, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 blocks of cream cheese.
Cream Cheese Jalapeno Crescent Poppers
(Adapted from My Homemade Life)
1 tube regular Crescent Rolls
1 (4 ounce) can Diced Jalapenos (you will actually only use half of this can)
3/4 (8 ounce) cube cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbsp. sugar
Preheat oven 375 degrees.
Combine the cream cheese and almost half of your Jalapenos from the can. (If you prefer to use fresh Jalapenos, then go for it. I just didn’t want to get my fingers all spicy in case I need to rub my eyes anytime soon.)
To your bowl with your cream cheese and Jalapenos, add your Tablespoon of sugar. To me, this sugar addition is important. I like the sweet, spicy taste. The sugar is not overwhelming, it’s just the perfect accent.
Using a fork, mash it all up really well. Be sure to incorporate all that sugar in really well.
This is where I like to do a little taste test. I prefer a bit more spicy poppers, so I added just a bit more jalapenos. Set your bowl of cream cheese jalapenos aside for now.
Open up your tube of crescent rolls and place on your cutting board. Separate them into two rectangles.
Now pinch together the perforations to create two nice rectangles. Sometimes I like to use my little mini rolling pin afterwards, to make it a nice and smooth rectangle.
With the back of your spoon, spread half of the cream cheese mixture, onto one of the rectangles. Save the other half of the mixture for the other rectangle. (You will have TWO rectangles per tube of crescent rolls.)
Once you’ve spread your half portion of cream cheese on one of your rectangles, start with the LONG end of the roll, and get to rolling.
Once it’s all rolled up, you will need to cut your log into 16 pinwheels.
Don’t be nervous, I’m not very good at math, but I’ve found a really easy way to do this so it all comes out evenly. Get a sharp knife. Really sharp if you have one. Cut your log right in half. Now you should have two logs. Then cut those two logs in half, and now you should have four logs. Now, cut these dolls in half and now you have eight smaller logs. Now of course, last but not least, cut these little sweet-ums in half. You now have 16 pinwheel poppers.
Note: This is where you could refrigerate these little guys if you wanted to make them ahead of time. Then just bake them right when the Gang is getting antsy.
Place your 16 poppers, standing up, on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with Pam. Don’t forget this step because you sure don’t want to be prying off your stuck-on poppers in front of your guests now do ya?
Make sure you stand them up, with the cream cheese facing upward.
Pop these into the oven for about 13 minutes until they are golden brown. Keep an eye on them, as each oven varies.
Once your first batch is in the oven, get to spreading and rollin and cutting the other rectangle.
Once they are done, immediately slide them off the cookie sheet, onto a plate, walk that plate into your crowd of hungry guests, and hear the Ohhs and Ahhs.