Back to this relish tray, though, please notice the cabbage ranch-holder, as well as the matching Easter baskets. When we were in 4-H, my mom was famous for saying, "Presentation, presentation, presentation!" While state judges disagreed & requested paper plates they could easily dispose of, my mom was so right, and the extra mile makes everything special...even if it's animal-shaped butter.
The meringues are so easy, though, and we always top them with fresh whipped cream and fruit. We had a great Easter, and I think I'm still tired. I'm in my last week with 4th grade, though, so I better gear up!
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 C. sugar
Preheat oven to 300; line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a stand mixer, beat egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, and a dash of salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating on high speed about 7 minutes, or until very stiff, shiny peaks form, or until sugar is dissolved.
This part is sticky (literally). You can either fill a piping bag with the meringue and pipe these into cute little guys, or you can use a spoon to plop them on in your prettiest manner. I'd choose the spoon method, and I did both Saturday. Once these are on the parchment, bake them 45 minutes. Then leave them in the oven, but turn the oven off, and allow them to cool in the oven for an hour.
Store in an airtight container. These are also awesome because you can make them a day or two ahead without any issue. Enjoy! (Makes about 8, or lines 2 pie shells)