It’s been a fun week around here food wise. Wedding cake tasting – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Let me assure you there was no trouble getting volunteers for this wedding task. But before we get to the sugar overload let me share a new food find that is a healthier version of an old classic. You know how I love to include kale in my diet and you’ll love this one even if you don’t think you like kale. I’m just saying give it a try!
Daughter Katy had this dip at a get together and she knows how much I like kale so she suggested I try it. Do you remember the spinach dip that uses the Knorr dry soup mix in it? Well this Trader Joe’s dip is a dead ringer for it but much lighter in calories. Love it!
If you need an easy appetizer for your summer gatherings grab a container of this and serve it with whole grain crackers or veggie dippers.
This was my plate with about two bites of each flavor combination. All of the cakes were moist with a soft crumb and delicious. Before we started I thought the lemon would be my favorite but it was actually too sweet for me. The fudge filling in the yellow cake was very good. My favorite cake was the butter pecan, it was a light, soft crumb and almost like a spice cake in flavor. The rum filling was delicious but super sweet. The over all favorite was the chocolate cake with strawberry cream cheese filling. It was decadent and the least sweet of all the cakes. I guess we aren’t use to so much sugar! The bride, groom and son David sampled the cakes again yesterday and we still have cake leftover. This was so much fun and next to choosing the flowers one of the easiest tasks of wedding planning.
We aren’t big on frosting – even the non dairy whipped cream frosting was just too sweet. Daughter Katy said that she thinks we are so use to my lower sugar desserts and it makes us super sensitive to high sugar foods. I’m thinking that’s a good thing!
We have been packing son Davids things and I must say it’s bittersweet and strange to think about him not living at home. My mind starts to wander and analyzing if I have taught him everything he needs to know to live on his own. Have I given him all the right tools and skills he needs? Does he know how to handle a kitchen fire, fix a plugged up toilet, get laundry stains out, pay bills and grocery shop? What will he eat?
I remind myself that life experiences are teaching tools. We learn as we go about our daily lives, make a few mistakes here and there and learn from them. The mom in me wants to save my children from the pain of making mistakes and learning the “hard” way. Moving out is a learning and growing experience for my young adult son. It is also a milestone in my life, where I have to trust that I helped him to have a solid foundation. That he leaves home feeling confident in who he is. That he will continue to learn, grow and have the opportunity to see that he can make it on his own. I’m also sending him off with his own new toilet plunger – that’s what mom do!
Those apron strings are difficult to cut. Part of me doesn’t want to let go.
Mom’s having growing pains too.
Add Your Thoughts
What’s your favorite cake flavor?
Do you have an empty nest?