Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good Shepherd's Garden Party ~ Week 3

The Heavens Tell
God’s Glory

This Week’s Good Shepherd’s Garden Party Menu

Sun Cupcakes
Whipped Creamy Clouds
Talking Rain Sparkling Ice
Thunder and Lightning
Windy Cakes
Rainbow Kabobs
Crushed Ice

Decorating Ideas
Lightning Bolt Straws

By Jessica at Shower of Roses and Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda

Recipes and Suggestions
*Please feel free to modify and be creative with these plans to suit your family!

15. The Sun   Psalm 19:1-6
Frost cupcakes with yellow frosting. Arrange candy corn, pointy end out, around edge of cupcake. Use 2 chocolate chips for eyes.

16. The Cloud   1 Kings 8: 2-11
A big creamy cloud of whipped cream either frozen or for dipping the fruit in.

17. The Rain  Matthew 5: 43-48
Jessica finds these at Costco but if you don't have them in your area any sparkling flavored water would work just as well.

Talking Rain's Sparkling Ice

18. The Lightning   Job 28: 20-26
I made some lightning bolts to cut out and tape to a straw for an easy representation of this day's sticker. You can find them below.

Lightning Straws

And/or you can try this recipe for a pasta main dish called Tuoni e Lampi (Thunder and Lightning). The "lightning" usually refers to the broken bits of pasta at the bottom of the bag, but you can use any kind of pasta.

Thunder and Lightning

1-16 oz can Chick Peas, drained
1 lb Elbow macaroni
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Basil
1 tbsp Parsley
Olive oil for drizzling

Cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling water, lightly salted for 10 minutes, or until just resistant to the bite. Drain.

Sauté the garlic in a large skillet in olive oil for a few minutes. Add drained chick peas & macaroni. Mix in the basil & parsley. Cook over a very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are absorbed & the mixture is heated through. Season with salt & pepper; serve hot.

19. The Hail    Job 38: 28-30
Provide a bowl of crushed ice to serve with the drinks.

20. The Wind    Ezekiel 37:  7-10
The pinwheels that you decorate with can be used to represent the wind or we thought Hostess Cup Cakes would work nicely. You can either purchase the Hostess variety or decorate half of the sun cupcakes with windy swirls.

21. The Rainbow   Genesis 9: 12-15
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
Strawberries, oranges, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries and purple grapes.

You can download and print all of these ideas and recipes with a shopping list here.

Share the pictures from your Good Shepherd's Garden Party at Catholic Cuisine on April 26th!