Pictured below is our holy water font and beside it you can see a bit of the garland we hung. The girls made the garland by cutting out the flowers on some printed tissue and stapling it to curling ribbon.
Since today was also our son, Kevin's, birthday, we had the whole family over for a celebration. There are only three reasons we bend our personal sacrifice rules during Lent: 1. St. Patrick's Day, 2. Feasts of Our Lady, 3. Birthdays. So everyone was free to enjoy cake and ice cream with particular abondon, today being both Kevvy's birthday and the Anunciation.
Here is the recipe for the cake we made tonight ~ a good, old fashioned layer cake, popular in the south. We call it a Pig-Pickin' Cake, because it's the sort of dessert one takes to impress a crowd at a barbeque back where my mother's people come from.
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, juice reserved
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
Mix together cake mix, canned oranges with juice, eggs, and oil. Pour batter into three greased and floured 8 inch round pans. Layers will be thin.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool layers on wire racks.
Mix together whipped topping, drained pineapple, nuts, and instant pudding mix. Fill and frost the cooled cake.
Refrigerate until ready to eat.
We decorated Kevin's cake with green icing (Kev's favorite color) in the form of a celtic knot (since Kevvy loves anything Irish).We also served "crockpot enchiladas," a recipe we tried out for the first time tonight. It was a resounding success ~ and thank goodness for that (!) because I quadrupled the recipe to feed our gang and cooked it in a roaster. I highly recommend this for get-together where you don't want to be scrambling at the last minute to make dinner.
Thanks to Peggy at a Catholic Notebook for asking about how we celebrated the day. (Hi, Peggy!)