Barnum & Bloomfield & Bon Voyage

March 2010

Hi !

I’m forwarding the Facebook invite info over email just in case some of you didn’t get the original invite, you’re not on facebook, we’re not fbf, or you aren’t reading the updates (I wasn’t either).  Someone created a FAQ (??)…

If you haven’t rsvp’d, or aren’t on facebook, just let me know if you’re coming.

<3s and cotton candy.



Step right up!

Face-painting, Foto-booth, Fortunes, Fun, and a Freak-show!

Jumping Castle, Jugglers, and Joyous Jyrating!

… and Adult Snow Cones!

Come one, come all for for a bevy of birthdays and to bid bon voyage to Thiago.  Come dressed as your favorite circus performer (or animal) – clowns, carnies, contortionists, all are welcome!  Bring booze, bring friends, but be costumed. If you come plain, we will dress you up as our favorite circus animal (or, worse, we’ll make you Thiago’s Siamese twin).

Details :

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9:00pm
Barnum & Bloomfield
5020 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA


Q. Is this a costume party?
A. Yes! Costumes make everything more fun and we highly encourage creativity. Any circus/carnival character is appropriate (e.g. carnies, clowns, animals, freak show freaks, etc.) But, costumes are definitely not required, and we’ll have face paint and a few other accessories at the party if you decide to come unadorned.

Q. Is there really going to be a jumping castle?
A. Definitely.

Q. What should I bring?
A. In addition to the previous mentioned jumping castle, there is also going to be a snowcone machine.  If you’d like to bring something, please bring your favorite snow cone flavor (e.g. manhattan snowcones, mudslide snowcones, whiskey snowcones, you get the idea – like with the costumes, creativity is appreciated here too).

I couldn’t send off my good buddy Thiago with just a snowcone flavor, and it’s no circus without an oppressed animal, sooooo….

Peanuts…Get Your Peanuts [in a lion cake]!

The Recipe


3 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup (generous) organic creamy peanut butter
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup local wildflower honey
4 large local eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Swirl Ingredients
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 package)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Tbs organic creamy peanut butter
3 local eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and line 2 rectangular, 9×13 pans with parchment paper.

Thoroughly stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, peanut butter, both sugars and honey.

Beat in eggs one at a time.  Beat in vanilla.

Add flour mixture gradually, stirring until incorporated.

For The Swirl:

Blend butter, peanut butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat until melted and mixed.  Remove from heat.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Spread the peanut butter mixture into two prepared pans.  Add the chocolate as a top layer.  Use a knife to cut through the batters and swirl to create marbling effect.

Bake on center rack for 30-35 minutes or until edges appear brown and center appears set.

Remove from oven and cool on a rack.

Tired dancing feet.

Danced dirty floor.

That carpenter in the corner.

A resting accordeon.

An inspired painting.

All signs of a very good circus!

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