Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Totoro Party!

One of our favorite movies of all time is My Neighbor Totoro.

This movie is like crack for toddlers. Or glue. You put it on, and they don't move. At all. They just stare at the screen. Completely enamored by the story, the animation, the subliminal messages...I have no idea. I just know I put this movie on and none of my toddlers moved. I could shower. I could shower, wash my hair and shave.

Magical movie.

The older kids love it, too. Obviously not for the same reasons I love it, but still...good movie.

Leelee and her friends are in to anime and Totoro is a classic. Over spring break, she decided to have a party with her friends to watch the movie...and to make snacks.

Naturally, we had some onigiri

It's basically rice with fish in the middle, wrapped in seaweed. Yummy. Not pretty, but delicious.

We also had Pocky Sticks. Cookie sticks dipped in chocolate. Very Japanese.

And, thanks to Pinterest, we found all sorts of Totoro themed snacks and bentos!

I looked at them. And...decided they were all too hard.

Until I found this one for Totoro Cream Puffs. The blogger said she made up several batches in one evening, then more the next evening. She promised said they would be easy.

She lied.

First, you have to make your own custard. From scratch. That part is not hard. Unless you're making them in Alabama in March and it's nearly 85 degrees. You have to stand at the stove and stir the custard non stop for 15 minutes.

Next, you leave the house and tell your 13 year old to make the pastry herself. It takes her two tries.

The third step is to come home and want to murder your husband because he's decided that two and a half hours before guests are supposed to arrive, it's the absolute PERFECT time to replace the bathroom sink upstairs. The new vanity has been sitting in the dining room for more than a month. But he wants to do this NOW.

And...it didn't go like he planned...As in, "honey, I need to cut the water off to the house and I have a meeting at 7, so I won't have the water back on til I get back."

This is when the lasers shot out of my eyes and he decided that it would be a good time to skip his meeting.

OK, back to the pastry for the cream puffs. This is the part where it turns to not easy. Totoro looks like a pear. I suck at piping shapes. Needless to say, Totoro looked a bit...deformed.

After the first batch, we opted for round cream puffs. Those were easy.

At least they tasted good. Not like French Cream Puffs or the ones you get in the frozen section. These were very non-sweet. Very Japanese.

The girls had  a blast. My house wasn't totally trashed.

And, I did eventually get water back on before the end of the party. The sink isn't installed. But hopefully it will get done sometime before the end of Spring Break.

linked up at:

Adventures in Dinner 
 Project Queen

1 comment:

  1. So cool! I've never heard of that movie before, I'll have to hunt it down.


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