Well I find myself in Spokane Washington this week taking care of my sick mommy. She's had back surgery and is recovering. My dad is out of town, so the kids and I drove up for a week. It has been freezing and rainy the entire time. Happy Spring break in Washington....grab your mittens! I'm very impressed with my kids. They handled the 7 hour drive like champs. Though we went through an entire box of fruit snacks to keep the peace. If there is ever a time for excess sugar, it's a road trip. That and during a professional photo-shoot. Which we have scheduled next week now that I think of it. People ask me all the time how I get such great photos of my kids. It's candy people. Candy.
Candy is okay for them, but I'm more of a dessert gal.
I had some friends over a couple weeks ago and decided to make Ina Garten's Raspberry Orange Trifle. Oh My. This was insane. And since you can make all the parts up early and combine it right before your guests arrive, it's perfect for Easter. It feeds about 12. And just look how pretty!
You can get the recipe here at the food network. But read the reviews first. Ina says the Orange Cream (custard) cooks in 7 minutes, but it took me almost 30 and I added extra cornstarch. And I doubled the custard. The amount in the recipe wasn't near enough. It takes some time, but sooooo worth the effort. You could save some time and buy a couple pound cakes. No one will know. But if you use Cool whip instead of whipped cream, I will come and cheerfully beat you with orange rinds.
Yum. Let me know what you think if you make it.
I'll be back in a week or so. I'm off to enjoy my family. And the rain.
I actually really love cold dreary days. I look great in sweaters and jeans.