I have to say that I was kinda dreading this day. This was my one day off, sandwiched between 3 days of work and 5 days of work. And as I’ve mentioned, my days at work have been pretty crazy. (Wait til you hear the latest…)
So the thought of spending my one day off, preparing food for a lot of people, and spending the day away from home, was not appealing.
I am proud to say, “I was wrong!”
After working late last night and getting to bed at 2am, I awoke at 7am to get ready for church. We were home by 8:45. Plenty of time to bake everything I wanted before lunch at the in-laws.
I love angel food cake and wanted to make it a couple of ways. So one batch, I made with pineapple in the batter and the other batch I made as directed. Then I topped half of them with a cool whip frosting made with vanilla pudding and pineapple, and the other half with just the cool whip and vanilla pudding. These are the cakes I decorated with green tinted coconut and a few jelly beans.
A few weeks ago, I found a recipe for a spice cake with caramel icing. I chose today to try it out.
The cake itself was pretty standard. Full of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, making the house smell wonderful!
The icing was new to me, though. The directions said to boil the brown sugar, corn syrup, milk and shortening, until 265 degrees or “soft ball state”. Well, I do not have a candy thermometer, and I have no idea what “soft ball state” means, so I boiled it for about 10 minutes since the directions said that was about how long it would take. Then I mixed the brown sugar mixture with the powdered sugar mixture and spread it on the cakes. The taste is good, but I don’t know if the texture is correct. It hardened pretty quickly, and doesn’t have the texture of a creamy icing – but maybe it’s not supposed to….
Finally, I threw together an Amish coleslaw that I’ve been wanting to make as well. The dressing is made with vinegar :), sugar, and a little mustard and celery salt. Easy and Yummy! Beats Grumpy’s coleslaw for sure! Sorry. No pics of that.
By this time, the rest of the family had headed over to Grandma’s. She just lives a few blocks away, so one biked, one walked, one rode his motorcycle, and 2 took the truck.
I piled all my food into the Fit, ’cause you know, everything fits in the Fit, and headed over a little while later.
Lunch was absolutely delicious and my desserts were a hit. I washed dishes while the others dried them or cleaned up the tables. It felt nice to catch up with everyone.
Because the weather was so nice, we headed outdoors to play washers. That’s when we found “Squirrel”. Squirrel was an absolutely adorable little thing. He hopped around very energetically in search of food, and was not leery at all of us humans. In fact, any time my husband came near he would run past all of us and hop on his shoe for a nibble.
My husband, sensing Squirrel was hungry, went in the house for some nuts. He put an almond down in front of Squirrel who immediately picked it up and began eating.
Since Squirrel was running around in the area where we were playing washers, my 15 year old son became the protector.
He would use the plastic bowl to coax him to a safer area.
Squirrel allowed us to pet him, but I didn’t want anyone to actually pick him up. I worried he may bite if we got too forward with him.
Before we left Grandma’s, we made sure he knew where his nest was. After all, there are lots of big dogs roaming the neighborhood, (along with a 3rd grader armed with a BB gun.) When hubby was satisfied he was safe, we set off for home.
A Cardinal win against the Brewers, a relaxing walk with the hubby, and a bowl of ice cream in front of a new Cupcake Wars episode topped off what has been an incredibly Happy Easter and day off. I almost feel revived and ready to begin a 4 day stretch of busy!
Hope you all had a Happy Easter as well!