Celebrate Easter with this lemon creme and marshmallow filled cake fashioned like a Spring time Straw Hat. The 12 inch round cake is layered with lemon pastry creme with a hollowed cake “crown ” filled with marshmallow, cream cheese and whipped cream . The cake is frosted with lemon frosting. A dot and drag icing technique decorates the sides of the “brim” of the cake while a few purple pansies sit pretty around the “crown” along the lavender ribbon band and bow. You can make this too and just in time for Easter Dinner.
While mingling and munching on these delicious bit Kentucky Derby Bars, sip on the frosty Cucumber Mint Julep. A twist on the traditional bourbon filled julep is the Cucumber Mint flavor. Seedless English cucumbers are mixed with mint simple syrup and pure vanilla extract. Lemon lime soda or Perrier is added and poured over frozen mint ice cubes making this julep refreshing on a hot day. In true Derby style, serve Mint Juleps in a silver cup with a skewered ruffled English Cucumber slice. Pretty and Delicious!
The Kentucky Derby Bars have a solid filling with toasted pecans and mini chocolate chips making this graham cracker crust dessert sweet and decadent. So rich and delicious you will want to eat these with a Cucumber Mint Julep Spritzer if you are hosting a Kentucky Derby Party.
Serve these Mini Hot Browns as an appetizer or main course. They are delicious warmed especially when served with melted cheddar cheese. For the appetizer you could serve the melted cheese separately in a small pitcher, so each bite is not overly messy to eat. Guests can add more cheese as desired.
Hold your horses, you don’t have to live in Kentucky to celebrate this festive southern tradition that takes place at Churchill Downs the first weekend in May. At the Derby spectators line the infield inside the track to enjoy finger foods and Mint Juleps at individual small parties and receptions. Celebrate in style in your own infield-backyard with an easy but elegant table spread that your guests will enjoy.
Creating food for teas, showers, or other important celebrations have two things in common guests like bite size pieces and a pretty presentation! Pleasing the eye and the palate are twin companions when serving sweets or savory menu items. Simple garnishes can add both flavor and beauty to each cup of soup or a tiny tea cake. Here are a few Sweet & Savory Ideas to make every plate a Perfect Presentation.
Planning a Spring Garden wedding party…consider Pansies! They are always blooming somewhere in the country and are readily available at your local garden center. They can be planted in numerous pots and containers even as a living wreath. For this wedding garden party, we have used purple and white pansies with yellow centers, some with center penciling and some with a pretty white face. Pansies are powerful punches of color and mean “thoughts of remembrance.” It’s Pansy Power time, time to create a stunning garden party for the bride-to- be and groom if he is so inclined to attend.
Surprise your kids with a heart-shaped cake baked inside this sweet cupcake. Twice Baked Valentine Cupcakes are really twice baked because you bake the center cake first, then add to the cupcake or cake loaf batter and bake again. With every slice when using the mini loaf pan you get a heart in the middle.
Home-made food gifts for Christmas will make everyone’s holiday merry & bright. Chocolate Stained Glass candies, Almond breakfast rolls served on a pretty plate, and packaged brownie mix makes gift giving a breeze. Take some time to make and bake, you will be happy your did. These ideas were featured in December issue of VIP SEEN magazine and Daytime Blue Ridge , Roanoke Virginia.
Christmas Home Decor Ideas for last minute decorating; remake candles with sparkle, update a picture frame to serving tray, tie a large bow around pillows, and create a Christmas Tree napkin fold for your holiday table. These ideas were featured on Good Day Tri-Cities continuing the Deck it out Christmas series. Helping you Deck the halls sassy style.