Yesterday was Charisse’s birthday and of course we had to celebrate. Gabbi was on pins and needles beginning the night before. She wanted her mom to have breakfast in bed and being the sweetie pie that she is, she volunteered to help. Her mommy’s meal was stir-fry veggies with smoked sausage (typical breakfast for us), a slice of sourdough toast, vanilla yogurt with strawberries, and water. Of course there were flowers on the tray and the prettiest napkin and placemat we could find. Breakfast went off without a hitch and of course Charisse was pleased. Next it was my turn to make sure baby girl had a fantastic birthday. Before I get to all the goodies, I have to tell you that Samara sent her sister two dozen of their famous Garth Girl Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Samara has tweaked that recipe to the point of perfection and it’s not one that I would ever try to duplicate. Her packaging was absolutely adorable and I can’t wait until these out of this world cookies are available at a store near you.
Birdseye played a huge part in the birthday menu and the selections were right on time. We really enjoyed the Voila Chicken Alfredo. I put a twist on it and will share it with you tomorrow. Also, from the Steamfresh Chefs Favorite line up I added to the carb overload with their Creamed Spinach by making it into a Spinach and Artichoke Hot Dip with Bacon. I’ll post the recipe and pics of it by week’s end. I keep telling myself all the calories were for a worthy cause. Hey that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! The Mr., manned the grill because to him a celebration isn’t complete without a good ribeye steak. Now add to the festivities, chicken wings and cucumber and tomato. See there I through in a few veggies.
I hope you’re not trying to tabulate calories as we go. If you are the dessert will render your calculator useless. Charisse has two favorites that she chooses from for her birthday cake. Yellow cake with messy chocolate frosting, or Neopolitan Cake. In years past when I’ve made the Neopolitan Cake I marbled the three flavors. This year she wanted three distinct layers, and chocolate frosting. Alrighty then! I made a very light and not too sweet vanilla butter cream for between the layers. Wow, wow, wow, she’s going to work tonight and she’s taking cake and Spinach Artichoke Hot Dip with her! Gabbi has finally settled down from all the activity and we’re all still feeling stuffed. Birthdays have always a big deal in our house and we enjoy all the goodies without one ounce of guilt. And that’s the way it should be. The recipes for the cakes have been posted previously so I’ll just give you the links. Also below is my quickie Vanilla Buttercream.
1 cup butter softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ of a 3.4 oz pkg of Instant White Chocolate Pudding
1 cup of milk
Mix the pudding mix and milk on high speed until mixture begins to thicken, about 3 mins and refrigerate. Cream butter and sugar until thoroughly blended and then add the vanilla. Add the pudding mix and beat on high speed until very fluffy. This will take at least 5 minutes. It will look like curdled and separated but will come together, don’t give up. The Mr. isn’t a fan of frosting but he really liked this one. Makes about 3 cups.