Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's Almost April Fool's Day!

April Fool's Day is next Wednesday. Have you made dinner plans yet???
Every year for the past four or five years I have made the same thing for dinner on April 1. We have "cake" for dinner, and "salad" for dessert.


OK, not really. C'mon y'all, it's April Fool's Day!

It just looks like cake for dinner and salad for dessert. Really the cake is meat loaf, "frosted" with mashed potatoes. And the dessert is a dressed up ice cream sundae in a waffle bowl that looks like a taco salad.

Here's a picture of last year's cake:
My kids simply love this dinner, and are already asking if I'm going to make it again.

Here's the low-down, if you want to give it a try.
Use your favorite meatloaf recipe and make the loaves in two 8-inch round cake pans. Drain the fat and frost them with mashed potatoes like you would a two-layer cake. I also put mashed potatoes in a pastry bag to pipe on an edge and then add dots of mustard and ketchup to decorate the cake.

For the taco salad dessert, scoop ice cream into waffle bowls and top with shredded coconut which you have colored with green and yellow food coloring (to look like cheese and lettuce), maraschino cherries (cherry tomatoes), sliced licorice (black olives), and whipped topping (sour cream).

I also like to make a yummy looking drink for our April Fool's dinner. For these, prepare two 3-ounce packages of strawberry gelatin as directed and refrigerate until partially set - about 2 hours. Stir in 3/4 cup each fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, and pour into six tall drink or soda glasses. Insert a straw and refrigerate until set.
They look like delicious drinks, but when you pucker up on the straw you discover the trick.

That's the trick I'm playing next week. Let me know if you give it a try!

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luvmy4sons said...

I remember this from last minx you!

Proverbs 27:19 said...

This is too cute Karen!

Thanks for sharing and offering it for use. I want to try it.


Jessica said...

Ugh! I like meatloaf and potatoes, but something about that concoction makes my stomach cringe. LOL
Have fun with your little trick.

My ADHD Me said...

That cake is so cool looking! It would be SO strange....funny if you really thought it was cake and bit into it.

As for April Fool's's always held a special place in my heart. Visit my next Tuesday's Guest Star Day to see why.

Have a great day!

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

This is brilliant, but to be honest, it also kind of grosses me out...I will have to come up with something funny though.

Leah said...

girl, you are just way toooo creative for me. that is so cute, but with no kiddies in my house, we can just eat ice cream and cake for dinner and feel absolutely no guilt or shame!!


Melanie said...

What a great idea! I'll plan to try it...the cake part.

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Amanda said...

I think I just might have to do that meatloaf cake!! Colton LVOES cake and I think this will keep him flabergasted for days...

God bless-

km said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I remember seeing it last year (and wow...I've been reading SM for over a year). I would have forgotten without the reminder...but this is going on my menu.

Theresa said...

Love the cake...what a great idea!!

LisaShaw said...

WOW! I thought that was a cake! Very interesting. I don't cook anything differently or do anything differently on that day but your idea is very cute!!!

Jerralea said...

You are so creative! I can't do anything like that this April 1, because it falls on a Wednesday. In order for me to make it to church on a Wednesday after work, I have to have a super-quick meal. But maybe next year ...