What's inside these little boxes we are holding you ask?
Well...on four consecutive Tuesday evenings in July, two of my daughters and I met together at my church for "Oasis"... an evening for women to gather, have dinner, enjoy an encouraging word from a speaker, and most of all...try something new. When registering for the program, there was a list of classes we could choose from. Things like journaling, pickle ball, quilting, hula dancing, sign making and many more. The hope was that you might find something that would be a bit out of your box.
And we picked:
INSTANT POT COOKING - NOT YOUR MOTHER'S PRESSURE COOKER!
I had given my daughter Shannon and Instant Pot for Christmas and she loved it...I bought one for myself but had not even taken it out of the box yet... and Grace? Well she was cautiously curious and decided to come along.
We absolutely loved the class - in fact the whole evening was such a wonderful
time together. We dined - we listened - we laughed - we cooked and we tasted!
Oh boy did we taste!
And the little boxes?
The final night of class was all about making desserts!
Banana bread, berry crisp, applesauce, yogurt...
and mini cheesecakes - regular and chocolate!
Everything was delicous.
And what has been so fun... is that we have all become Instant Pot converts
and are loving sharing recipes and ideas with one another.
Yes...even before the last class Grace bought an Instant Pot for herself and
I went right home, opened my box and have been using it ever since.
And even better - we shared laughs and made fun memories every Tuesday evening for 4 weeks as we stepped out and tried something new.
This one was for my daughter's boyfriend that dislikes chocolate.
So strawberry it was!
A 4-layer vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting!
Fresh sliced strawberries were place betwwen the layers along with the whipped crea/cream cheese frosting. I used strawberrypoke cake for two of the layers and plain white cake for the other two.
A poke cake is a cake that you poke holes into after its baked and cooled. The holes are then filled with jello or other liquid fillings such as condensed milk, chocolate, pudding or even pureed fruit. This infuses every bite of the cake and keeps the cake moist. I used strawberry jello.
It was yummy, light and not a mention of chocolate!