The rain here in Pittsburgh stopped long enough for my Munchkin's 1st Communion this weekend! I couldn't help but cry as I watched the children process down the aisle two-by-two looking like little brides and grooms.
We posed for some quick (awkward) family photos then ducked inside before the rain, for a late lunch.
Are you entertaining a large group this spring? Here is my menu that fed 27 guests:
Spiral Sliced Ham and Rotisserie Chicken Salad- from Costco for mini-sandwiches.
Aunt Marie's Dinner Rolls- 2 pans
Juniper's Potato Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
**Toss spinach, sliced strawberries, pecans, and feta. Dress with poppy seed dressing.
Fresh fruit tray
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream.
Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Sky High Cakes
- Sky High Cakes
12 ounces cream cheese, slightly chilled
1 stick + 6 Tbls. (7 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
3 egg whites
1. Place the cream cheese the bowl of your electric mixer and beat on medium until soft, fluffy and smooth. Add the butter a couple of tablespoons at a time mixing until smooth. Mix in the icing sugar and and vanilla beating until fluffy. Set this aside.
2. Combine the granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook the syrup without stirring until it reaches soft ball stage.
3. While the syrup is coming to temperature add the egg whites to the mixer bowl with the whisk attached. As the syrup reaches temperature set the mixer going on medium/low. Slowly pour the syrup down the side of the bowl, avoiding the whisk. Once all the syrup is all in increase the speed to medium/high and beat until the meringue has cooled to body temperature and a stiff meringue has developed.
4. With the mixer on low add the cream cheese mixture by the spoonful. Once all mixed in increase the speed to medium and whisk the frosting until fluffy and smooth.