Miss Cayce's is celebrating 29 years (1984) in business in the Permian basin. because we are a seasonal store and we have lots of women that work for us and they change sometimes from season to season it was hard to keep up with birthdays, you would remember some and celebrate and forget others and have hurt feelings! So years ago we instituted a policy, if your birthday falls during our open season, you are responsible for celebrating and inviting us to the party! We have had catered lunches, complete with cake and party favors, and if you don't throw your own celebration you cannot be upset if no one knows! Because my birthday is in February, the 12th to be exact, and close to Valentines day (one of my favorites) I throw myself a Valentine/Birthday party and invite my friends and family. This year was especially special because my little sister Jennifer and our Show Me Decorating team, Sal and Lanisa (from San Antonio) surprised me!
I requested everyone to wear red, pink or black and white.
I fixed my favorite lunch menu:
Tomato Basil Soup
Brown 'n serve sandwiches
Salad with Strawberries and balsamic dressing
assorted desserts from Pinterest
This year I found a drink on Pinterest where you dipped the clear glass in white icing and then in colored sprinkles!
My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca were kind enough to serve and help, and clean up!
splash of cranberry
twist of lime and
optional: vanilla infused Vodka
pour in a shaker with ice and shake, pour in sprinkle rimmed glass
I love love love pinterest! I get so many ideas and want to always try new ideas, especially food and desserts!
my desserts were
Red velvet brownies (cut with a heart shape cookie cutter)
Strawberry lemonade bars
Strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese glaze
chocolate dipped strawberries
and my all time favorite,
Three Layer Brownies
1 cup butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 t vanilla
2 c sugar
1 c flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt chocolate with butter, cool and add other ingredients. mix well, but do not beat. Put in a greased and floured 10x 15 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. cool.
Spread with icing made from 1/2 c soft butter, 3 cups sifted powered sugar, few drops cream and 1t vanilla. Smooth as evenly as possible. chill slightly
Glaze with 1/2 c butter melted with 2 squares unsweetened chocolate and cooled.
These freeze well. I love this recipe because I made the week before, drizzled with white chocolate tinted pink and froze.
I collect recipes from friends when I attend an event or party and like the food served.This recipe was given to me by my good friend Cliffy who served these at a reception.
These sandwiches also freeze well and are perfect for a brunch lunch or late dinner! I made the week before and made extra to store in the freezer.
Brown n serve Sandwiches
1 pkg brown n serve rolls (split in the middle) I used Hawaiian rolls
1 pound shaved deli ham
1 pkg sliced swiss cheese
1 stick butter
2 Tbls sugar
1 Tbls chopped onion
1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
2 tbls poppy seeds
2 Tbls Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
Saute onion in butter, add remaining ingredients. stir till sugar is dissolved and mixed well (I mix all and microwave for a couple of minutes really quick)
Separate and slice open rolls, brush inside (one side) with the sauce, layer cheese and a thin layer of ham. replace top, pour sauce over rolls and bake on 350 for 30 minutes.
These are delicious dipped in raspberry chipotle jelly!
I search magazines, the internet and Pinterest for recipes to try, I print them and make them for events and if I get good reviews I keep and if not I toss! (red velvet brownies)
My bestest friend of 27 years, past catering partner and Miss Cayce's employee Alta Lynn Gerlach shared this soup recipe because she knew I loved La Madeline's tomato basil soup!
This was inspired by La Madeleine's Tomato basil soup, a favorite of ours when we go to market
La Madaltalynn's (from Alta Lynn Gerlach)
1 stick melted butter
1 large 28 oz can tomato puree
1 can chicken broth
4 Tbls Basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup whipping cream
Mix all ingredients except whipping cream.
Heat until warm and then add whipping cream right before serving. Do not boil.
garnish with fresh chopped basil
My birthday party was recently featured with my favorite recipes in the Midland Monthly! Check it out!