{ Deviled Eggs for Mary }

Posted by on April 18, 2011 at 5:30 am.
  This weekend was my cousin Mary Catherine's bridal shower.  Mary was my bridesmaid, is a dear friend, and a favorite family member.  She's one of the many things I love about my big, crazy, blended family.  It has been wonderful getting to know her fiance, Sean (who we love), and Dan and I couldn't be happier for them. Friday I drove down to Durham, and after a pit stop to wish my little brother Reid a happy 22nd birthday, I headed to my Aunt Diane's house to start the weekend festivities.  Maddie and Mary's sister (and maid of honor) Elizabeth did the planning and all of the heavy lifting, but I was able to pull my weight a little with this deviled egg recipe.  The spread was incredible, the decorations were perfectly over the top, and the 425-picture slideshow of Mary was just ridiculous enough. The shower was full of laughter, (happy) tears, silly games, and complete love of Mary.  There was dancing and eating well into the afternoon (even during a tornado) and at seven, we moved on to part two: the bachelorette party.  With Mary in a veil, sash, bride trucker hat, and feather boa we headed to Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Mary with her sister, Elizabeth, and their mother, Diane

Generally speaking I kind of suck at going out bachelorette parties.  I'm awesome and totally into it until about... 11.30 wherein my body realizes that it should be in bed.  And instead I'm in a bar where the music is (usually) too loud and even the people watching has gotten old.  Sort of like time lapse grumpy.  But this weekend there was one thing that kept me laughing- Mary.  She made it impossible not to have fun, from booing the zillion other bachelorettes* to dancing along to Supa Tight.  It was her day and she made it amazing.  I can't wait for her big day next month!

Mary & Sean, practicing for the big day

*If you're one of the many bachelorettes we booed on Franklin Street Saturday night, I apologize.  It wasn't us speaking, it was the drinks with dirty names.  You looked great in your tiara and we wish you a lifetime of happiness with your groom!

Mary & Sean engaged in one of the stranger shower games we've played

See more photos of Mary's shower here.

Deviled Eggs

12-14 eggs

1/2 cup mayonaisse

2 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp paprika, plus extra for topping

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Dash of hot sauce

Hard boil the eggs.  Run them under cold water and then peel.  Slice the eggs in half and remove the yolks.  Mix into the yolks all the remaining ingredients.  Adjust the mayonnaise as necessary until the filling is creamy.  Scoop a little filling back into each egg white.  Sprinkle with paprika and chill.

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