All of the hulabaloo around holidays tends to stress me out. Buying gifts and planning meals, on top of all the other regular daily things on my miles-long to-do list can easily take the fun out of holidays. So of course, Easter is right around the corner, that pesky holiday that is always going and changing the date on you. This year it totally sneaked up on me, despite having made plans with friends to spend Easter together.
My friend called me while I happened to be at the grocery store yesterday, “Let’s plan our Easter menu for Sunday!” she said.
“SUNDAY?! This Sunday!?!” I didn’t actually say that out loud, but that’s what I was thinking when I turned my cart back around toward the meat department and said, “I was thinking ham for our main course, how does that sound?”
Immediately I went from what are we going to eat for this week, to what am I going to serve guests on Easter, which is THIS SUNDAY. My friend agreed to bring her famous deviled eggs, homemade hot cross buns, scalloped potatoes, and a refreshing raspberry punch. I now had a ham in the cart, but had to quickly come up with another side dish and dessert.
Easter Sunday is going to be very busy with church followed by an Easter egg hunt followed by starving people ready to eat NOW. Most of the food will need to be prepared ahead of time so that it can be ready or just quickly heated. I chose some fresh asparagus to marinate for the side dish, but now I was left with figuring out dessert…
And then I had a brilliant idea. As much as holidays leave me feeling a bit stressed, I still want to serve food that is elegant, not just something that looks thrown together. I found some ripe strawberries, then headed to the bakery and chose a delicious angel food cake. In the freezer section, I bought some COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. My plan is to make a fancier version of strawberry shortcake by filling the center of the angel food cake with strawberries that have been sliced and dusted with sugar and allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight. I’ll drizzle extra juice from the strawberries over the cake, then use the COOL WHIP to ice the angel food cake, topping it with extra strawberries.
Not only will this be such a pretty presentation, it can be made quickly and still be delicious.
You know? Easter may just turn out to be an enjoyable holiday after all. Now if I could just remember where I put all those plastic eggs.
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