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Cupcakes and Peas, an April Fool’s Dinner April 3, 2012

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:05 pm

When my children were itty bitty, I came across an idea for an April Fool’s Dinner from Family Fun magazine.  Well, this year I finally got around to trying it out.  Since April 1st was on a Sunday, it was a little more of a challenge for me because of our evening church schedule.  And also, since I do not normally cook on Sundays, I feared my kids would be suspicious of any kind of “formal” dinner.  Typically, we eat eggs and toast or popcorn on Sunday nights!  Yes, that’s really true!

I left church to go home and had about 30 minutes before Brad would arrive home with Lindsay and Logan.  Luke had come home with me and while he watched “Go, Diego, Go!,” I cooked up my April Fool’s tricks.

I served Cupcakes and Peas.  However, my cupcakes were actually meatloaf topped with colored mashed potatoes baked in tin muffin cups.  The peas were real because I could not find a “Peas and Carrots” candy mix in my limited time of looking.

By the time I had the cupcakes safely baking in the oven, Brad and the kids walked in the door.  I announced that I was cooking dinner and as it finished up, the kids could take their showers.  That gave me time to whip up the “frosting.”

Logan came to the table looking a little surprised that his mama would serve cupcakes for dinner, but he was all in!  Luke was thrilled!  I don’t think I fooled Lindsay for a minute, but maybe for a second I did!  Lindsay ate her cupcake first while the boys ate their peas.  She didn’t say a word until Logan asked what they tasted like.  She replied, “Meatloaf!”  Confused, Logan took a bite of his and the truth was out!  I had really pulled one over on him!

Then I sent them upstairs, telling them I had something else to serve.  I plopped vanilla ice cream with caramel topping on plates and served with forks.  It was supposed to be mashed potatoes with gravy, but I told Brad they would never fall for it.  Those kids KNOW their ice cream!

Sure enough, they came to the table and immediately recognized their “mashed potatoes and gravy” as dessert!  They were very happy and we all had lots of laughs over that dinner!

The meatloaf was really delicious, so I’ve posted the recipe below.  Even my Lindsay, who does not care for mashed potatoes, ate them on top of this meatloaf!  That is saying something!

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April Fool’s Meatloaf Recipe

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:51 pm

This recipe is what I made for our April Fool’s Dinner.  I convinced my little ones I was serving cupcakes for dinner.  Little did they know, it was really mashed potato-covered meatloaf cupcakes!  The recipe comes from FamilyFun.com.  The meatloaf is really good, and when I make it again (for a normal dinner), I will double this recipe and put it into a loaf pan, cooking it a little longer.

Meat Loaf

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

3 TBSP ketchup

1 egg

1/2 tsp celery salt

1/4 tsp pepper

POTATO FROSTING

3 cups mashed potatoes

Food coloring

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.  In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined.  Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about 3/4 full).  Place the filled muffin tins on a cookie sheet and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked.  Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and pink pastel frostings.  Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake.

So, try this recipe next April Fool’s and see if you can pull it off!  If you can’t wait that long, try it for dinner tonight.  You won’t be disappointed!