On Monday, my blog friends threw me a virtual bridal shower and it totally blew me away! I’m still pretty speechless. They are seriously the best. Like, OF ALL TIME. I was really not having a great morning (I mean, it was Monday) but seeing all of the fall goodies they made and the love and thoughtfulness that went into their posts made my day in a big way. I only wish we could all get together to celebrate in person! You would have to roll me home. It would be awesome.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but one of the major perks of blogging is the people you meet along the way. Many of these ladies have gone from being virtual besties to real life friends, and I am so lucky to have all of them (and all of you!) in my life.

The theme for the shower was FALL, which, if you know me, is totally fitting. Fall is my favorite season by far, mostly because of the abundance of orange vegetables, but also because the weather is just perfect, it is the best time of year to go running through Central Park, and the world just feels beautiful. I can’t really explain it, but these ladies hit it SPOT ON.

Check out all of the deliciousness they cooked up and just try to tell me you don’t want to change all of your Thanksgiving menu plans immediately:


Pumpkin Spice White Russian – Nutmeg Nanny

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail – Miss In The Kitchen

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail– Cook Like A Champion


Baked Brie with Honey and Sliced Almonds – The Lemon Bowl

Butternut Squash and Apple Galette – Warm Vanilla Sugar

Roasted Pumpkin Crostini – Annie’s Eats

Kale Salad with Maple Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Dressing – Blahnik Baker

Lemony-Pasta Stuffed Zucchini – Very Culinary

Pumpkin Dip with Apple Chips– Meadows Cooks


Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake – The Baker Chick

Peanut Butter Fudge Pie with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel– Taste and Tell

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake – The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake – Chocolate and Carrots

Roasted Butternut Squash Pie with Brown Sugar Marshmallow Topping – Keep It Sweet

Caramel Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Cooking Actress

Caramel Cranberry Apple Galette – Bakeaholic Mama

Coconut Pecan Tarts – Bake or Break

Cranberry Margarita Cupcakes – Baker by Nature

Gingerbread Truffles  – Dinners Dishes and Desserts

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46 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. What an awesome, awesome idea. And I’ll tell you right now… Warm Apple Pie Cocktail = best addition to Thanksgiving menu ever 🙂

  2. Aww. That’s so sweet! Totally wish I would have known. I definitely would have joined in on the fun. Congrats!
    Have a beautiful day!

  3. You must be pretty awesome to bring together such a wedding shower, but I already knew that! Happy belated virtual wedding shower 😀

  4. All I have to say was that this day was a pretty AWESOME internet day. So much good food in honor of you! XO

  5. bellini says:

    Yes I saw this out and about on the blogosphere. The best gift is to have all of these talented bloggers as friends.

  6. How sweet! You deserve to be celebrated, Joanne. You are a very special blogger and friend to SO many!! 🙂

  7. How incredibly thoughtful—this is such an awesome idea! And yes, Mondays suck so bad!

  8. SallyBR says:

    Too bad, I would have loved to participate, but heck, I have no idea who organized and how it all shaped up

    Please, Friends of Joanne, when she gets pregnant and you want to do a virtual baby shower, please send me a note! 😉

  9. Yayyyy! So glad we were able to perk up your day a bit!! xoxxx

  10. Pam says:

    Ahhh! I wish I knew about it, I would have joined in! It looks like a lot of tasty goodies. Super excited for you Joanne!!!

  11. Aww – what a sweet virtual shower! You are indeed right, Joanne, “one of the major perks of blogging is the people you meet along the way”!!!

  12. It was such a blast celebrating you girl! Can’t wait for wedding photos!

  13. That’s so sweet to have a virtual bridal shower! These recipes look fantastic!

  14. That is so awesome and sweet! Congrats. I completely agree with you about one of the best perks of blogging is meeting new foodies. Love, love 🙂

  15. OMG YAYYYYYYY! Wish I were invited… maybe for the baby shower 😉

    People are definitely one of my favorite parts of blogging! XOXO!

    Cannot wait for the wedding pics!

  16. What a lovely idea Joanne and all those recipes look fab.

  17. Awww, so sweet. You’re well loved, Joanne! And Congratulations!! So excited for you…

  18. so excited for you .. and yes, this is like the best food line-up EVER!!

  19. Lisa says:

    That’s precious! Wish I could have a chance to meet you in person. Amazing the connections that we can make via our blogs. I’ve made a few very special friends that I have yet to meet in person but they mean the world to me.

  20. Zainab says:

    It was so fun celebrating you!! And I am glad we made your Monday better 😉

  21. Monica says:

    What an awesome virtual shower! You are clearly a superwoman surrounded by friends and admirers! I am sending you all the good vibes and energy I have for a very happy wedding coming up! Congrats!

  22. Oh my gosh, how sweet of everyone! Congrats again! 🙂

  23. P says:

    Aww, I wish I knew about it! Sounds incredible though :)!!

  24. debbie says:

    What an awesome idea!!! And a great turn out. All those sweets – love it!

  25. Sarah says:

    What a sweet idea, a virtual bridal shower 🙂 The people you meet along the way is certainly one of the best parts of blogging!

  26. Christine says:

    What a great idea! Sorry I missed it but glad it brightened your Monday!

  27. How fun! All these fall dishes sound amazing. I’m just imagining having all this great food in one place in real life. That would be delicious.

  28. Emma says:

    What a fab collection of recipes! And such a wonderful surprise for you! Getting close to the big day…!!!

  29. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a lovely idea and I’m glad they made your Monday. And now you’ve made me want to visit NYC in Fall! xx

  30. Kate says:

    I was wondering if someone was going to do this for you. I know virtual baby showers are quite the thing, but I wasn’t sure if the same held true for bridal showers.

  31. Krista says:

    That is so lovely, Joanne. XO And you deserve every little bit of celebrating!!!

  32. This really would have been a delicious shower:) <3 you

  33. Kelster says:

    That’s a pretty awesome shower! Congrats.

  34. How fantastic – such a lovely idea and so many great dishes! I’m glad it cheered up your week.

  35. Kelly says:

    Yay, loved that the girls threw you this sweet shower! Congrats girl, blogging pals are the best and you totally deserve to be celebrated 🙂 I loved seeing all these tasty fall recipes and that’s the best surprise to wake up to brighten up any Monday 🙂

  36. You totally deserved that awesome shower! Aren’t blogging buds just the best?!

  37. Reeni says:

    That’s sweet! They picked the perfect theme! I’m sad I wasn’t invited! 🙁

  38. You must be an amazing person Joanne to have all these wonderful bloggers as friends. We are so happy for you and can’t wait to attend your wedding ( virtually – of course )! xoxo Anna and Liz

  39. Lynna says:

    This is such a sweet idea and so thoughtful of them! And you deserve it all, Joanne! Your big day is coming and that`s super excitingggg!!

  40. Johanna GGG says:

    wow what a feast – and it all looks just the thing for you – blogging is so brilliant!

  41. Joanne I am (finally!) catching up on my RSS feeds and that is so freaking cool that someone organized this for you!!! That must have totally made your day <3

  42. Mia says:

    Awwwwwwww , this is the cutest gesture and I’m very sad not to be a part of it, in fact am just sad not to be a part of ur wedding in anyway.
    wish I cud……….or sprinkle fares make my wish come true.

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