We spent the day at my sister-in-law's house, where the candy was flowing like Niagara Falls. They had two cakes and a cheesecake for dessert, plus the dessert that I was ordered to bring that had to serve 12 people (that I didn't find out about until Friday night). So, Saturday was baking day. Not to be outdone by those damn lazy and epitome of tackiness store-bought cakes, I made labor-intensive Linzer cookies--jam sandwiched between two cookies. As you can see from the picture, I was up until 3 in the morning (I started baking at 5 in the evening). But my cookies were vegan, damn good, and ridiculously cute--and also sugar-free so the diabetics could eat them, more than I can say for those nasty cakes. My sister-in-law said I am a Betty Crocker and she doesn't know how I do it. I did it because, despite the complete uncouthness of waiting until 36 hours before the event to invite someone and assign food to bring, I have standards and refuse to let people make me look bad simply due to lack of foresight.
I saved the tiny rabbit cut-outs from the centers and baked those too, as you can see. My sister-in-law kept all of those to put in her kids' lunches. I was also assigned an hors d'oeuvre, so I made artichoke puffs (because that's what my mother-in-law requested) in two different sizes. Those took all morning on Sunday--remember, there had to be enough for twelve. Maybe it's a good thing church wasn't on the schedule.
Easter by the numbers:
62 Linzer cookies
56 bunny cut-out cookies
12 large artichoke puffs
48 small artichoke puffs
That complaining done, however, it could have been a lot worse. Getting on well with the in-laws is always tricky, but this time everything worked out fine in the end.
Happy bunny day.