This weekend was my dads 60th Birthday! My sister Deanna and I decided that for the occasion we were going to take on the brilliant challenge of cooking - everything. By ourselves. From scratch. For 7 people. So out came my stack of favorite cook books and I put together a menu that was very very tasty! My kitchen was HOT, people. Ovens, toaster ovens and stoves all going at the same time really cranks up that heat man. Cooking big meals in the summer is really rough, but when you know what you are making is going to be delicious, it sure seems worth it.
I remembered Alica posting about a very beautiful and very delicious cake that she made a couple years ago so I thought this was the perfect occasion to try it out. I will tell you this - I will never make a cake from a box ever again. This cake from scratch was amazingly easy and tasted better then any package I have ever tried. And her Cloudburst frosting? Amazing - and decadent!
Toasted almonds for an amazing citrus spinach salad... you could just pile on some whipped cream and I would eat these.
And the main dish, kabobs of three different varieties, beef, shrimp and bacon wrapped shrimp. Um, wow. So you can see our ambitious meal made by two, turned out to be loved by seven.