Awesome Purple Cake

So last night was my first in what I hope will be a series of dinners with the goal of widening out and getting to know more people a lot better.
Unfortunately, two of my invitees  were unable to attend but let me just say that my cooking skills were DEFINITELY in attendance. I was so proud of myself.

Here is the menu:
Pot Roast
Carrots
Baked Potatoes
Garlic Bread
Salad (provided by guest)
and then there was dessert.

But first dinner. First of all, I was very selective when I bought my pot roast so it was a good one.
first seasoned it with GrillMates Montreal Steak Seasoning, some Mrs. Dash Original, Salt, and Pepper. Then I quickly seared both sides in a hot pan with a small amount of olive oil. Then I put it in the crock pot on low with a cup of beef broth. I did that at about 9 AM and it stayed on low all day until about 4:30 PM. Perfection! Except that at some point (10:30 ish?) I decided that it was going to be a very colorless meal. And so I threw baby carrots in the crock pot. By the time I served dinner the carrots were totally mushy but they were a huge hit flavor wise. If I had it to do over again I would have put them in later. Like at 2ish. Although schedule wise that wasn't possible.

So garlic bread and baked potatoes were nothing new or exciting.The garlic bread was just store bought throw in the oven kind of thing.

A guest brought a salad that consisted of Spinach leaves, feta cheese, and dried cranberries with a olive oil and vinegar dressing. I ate two servings. Yes. I understand if you need to reread that sentence out of confusion. I, Meghaun, ate TWO servings of salad. By choice.

But now about dessert.


Does this picture indicate that it is a lovely shade of light purple? I hope so. So really, it was actually nothing fancy. It was less Barefoot Contessa and more Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee. But still. Yellow cake mix made to directions in two 8 inch round cake pans. Filling in between the two layers was blueberries, strawberries and one small container of cool whip. I stirred and mixed until the filling took on a pretty light pink color from the strawberries. The icing was also store bought whipped frosting BUT it was sickeningly sweet so I cut the sweetness by adding a small container of cool whip. I then added 3 drops of red food dye and two drops of blue to create the light purple shade and garnished with more berries. 

Tasty! Tasty!


So my first dinner was a SMASH success. And now I am more excited to do it again.