It’s been the Week of Birthdays for us, so pardon my second birthday post in 6 days! My husband’s birthday is the day before my sister’s, and usually we celebrate them together. They always say they don’t mind, but this year I thought they might like to each have their own day. Hence, two birthday posts in one week.
My mom made it tradition in our family to go for picnics on special days. Once we moved off the mountain and into Bozeman, we would take a drive up Hyalite Canyon Road to Palisades Falls, picnic at the trail head, and then hike to the falls to enjoy the day. So for Kate’s birthday this year, I thought I’d keep mom’s tradition and find a Tennessee waterfall to visit to celebrate her birthday with a picnic! She was all for it, so we took a little day trip over to Twin Falls in Rock Island with picnic in tow.
Since we were keeping our family tradition with the waterfall, I thought it would be fun to throw in a southern girls’ picnic to celebrate the fact that Kate and I have both lived in the south for 9 and 14 years, respectively. We packed chicken salad (I will post the recipe very soon, because it was yummy!), croissants, cucumber salad and some veggies. And an Ambrosia Cake for birthday wishes. I had never made it before, but found one online that looked like something my grandmothers would have made. More tradition! It involved boxed angel food cake, canned fruit, and Cool Whip. Yup. Cool Whip. I usually opt for real whipped cream when a recipe calls for the semi-food ingredient. But for a recipe like this one, you just have to go for it. Cool Whip and all. (Also, pronounce it like Stewie on Family Guy: Coooool Whhhhip. It’s more fun.)
I used Sandra Lee’s recipe for the cake, because it seemed like it came straight out of the fifties to me. And was super easy. I forgot to get pineapple, and decided on maraschino cherries rather than frozen to decorate it. I mean, I was using Cool Whip, so why not go for the candied cherries?
Here are the pics of the assembly process, once the cake was baked. Head to this site for the full recipe.
It was delicious. And because I didn’t have an actually angel food cake pan, and I used a bundt pan (I had to clean my oven up after that one. I will get an angel food cake pan next time. ), the pieces of cake looked like bells!