We celebrated Easter today instead of tomorrow because our son Michael has to work on Easter Sunday. With half our family present we had a nice afternoon and a yummy meal.
But let's start with dessert first. I made The Whiteout Cake from one of my favorite baking books, BAKED by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I'm entering my photo in Julia Parson's Easter Cake Bake. You can click on the icon to see her blog and enter your Easter cake too. To make the cake look more "Eastery" I colored each of the three layers; one pink, one lavender and one yellow.
I used Rosie's recipe for Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream and added a few Easter sprinkles to the top. The cake was delicious but we are not a buttercream family. A lighter frosting would have been better for us. But, I must say if you like buttercream, this one is so easy and spreads and pipes beautifully on the cake.
We decided to have the kids come over for a late lunch/early dinner...better known as "Linner". First the kids found their Easter baskets and then hunted for the eggs Papa had hidden for them in the yard.
We always have pretty much the same menu for Easter with a few additions or changes.
Ham, Kielbasa and Easter "cheese" (I really think it was my grandmother's easy version of a Russian Paskha), and horseradish with beets. Usually I take a basket of food to the Polish Catholic church we attend to have the food blessed, but since we were celebrating today I didn't make it to the blessing of the baskets this morning.
We also had hard boiled eggs, jello salad, broccoli salad, scalloped potatoes (thanks Jenny, they were yummy), strawberries and sweet egg bread with raisins and Irish butter.
Mr. Romance bought me a few dozen tulips so I put them in jelly jars to decorate the table simply. We were pretty casual today.
I love seeing my mom and the grandkids interact. She is so patient with them.
Brent, Molly, Jack, Sam, Davis and Olivia, Kyle and Julia
WE MISSED YOU TODAY!