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Spring sweetness ♥

I love spring. The temps are just right. Its rains a bit but the sun shines too.  Also there is all kinds of yummy things in my produce dept at my fav local store.   But yesterday I felt like something sweet.  So lemon sour cream pound cake it was. I had everything I needed( which is something i am super stoked about cause that never ever happens). Here is what you will need.

3 cups AP flour

2 sticks or 1 cup of butter softened

3 cups of sugar

1/2 tsp  baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

6 eggs

1 cup of sour cream

the zest of 2 lemons

1 tsp of vanilla

Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tbsp of lemon juice

Preheat your oven to 325 NOT 350… 325

So 1st cream together the sugar and butter till they are friends…  then add the sour cream to the party. Get em going till they are all kinds of nice and cozy.  Add your baking soda and powder to your flour. Then take turns  adding the flour mix and the eggs to the butter sugar cream mix.   at the very end add your lemon zest and vanilla mix till those are spread evenly thru the batter.  pour into a greased bundt or tube pan.  watch it though I have a 10 inch one and it was almost to full to allow for proper expansion. so don’t over fill it. if you have more batter… make pound cup cakes…. oooh that’s a good one Abi.  any ways place that sucka in the oven  for bout an hour. At this point you want to test it.  tooth pick should come out clean. Mine took about an hour and 15 min but my oven is CRAP!

   Take it out and let it chill while you hunt down a wire rack that is not currently employed.  Turn it out on to the wire rack and let it cool BEFORE you put the glaze on. BEFORE!!!! not while it is warm I know you will be tempted but don’t!

so the glaze mix  the 2 cups of powdered sugar and lemon juice together…  and pour over the cake evenly. This glaze is tart. if yo would like it less tart replace one TBS of juice with milk.

Viola! delicious cake. this will be awesome when topped with berries or just as is. Nom nom  nom.

Blessings!

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Pancake adventure!!!!

so it is always nice to wake up and make a yummy breakfast for your family. I have to say though it rarely happens in our house cause mom is usually making bowls of cereal or serving muffins half asleep.  Sometimes though husband feel the urge to wake u and make breakfast. Probably because his 1st order of business in the morning s it a shower. Today was one of those days.  he woke up and  cleaned the kitchen then proceeded to  work on breaky. not realizing we didnt have instantpancake batter he promised our youngest chocolate chip banana pancakes.  Then enlisted my help in making hoem made pancake batter. which niether of us had ever made before. there is a 1st time for everything.  so with flour in hand we tried a random recipe we found.  here is our version of home made pancakes for 4 people.

3 cups of ap flour

1 egg

4 tsp bakign powder

1 tsp salt

1tbs sugar

4 tbs shortening.

2.5 cups of milk

2 tbs buttermilk powder

mix the dry stuff together.  twice… i dont knwo why but the recipe said to do it twice.  next add the wet stuff.  now we semi melted our shortening cause we thought it would work better and ours was comign out of the fridge.also  slowly add the milk you might need more or less to make it the right consistency.

Dont over mix your pancakes will end up tough and crumbly.  pour on to a heated skillet at this point you can add things like banana slices or chocolate chips or berries. When it starts to bubble flip it.cook for another few minutes.

I know what you are saying ” but the just add water mix is so much easier”  and too you i say rubbish. I was a “just add water” girl but I am thinking I wont be buying the mix at all anymore. It was sooo easy. You can do it. Try it. I  think  my favorite part about makin these was being in the kitchen with my hubby. Wearing the cute apron he gave me for christmas.

blessings

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Cookie Monster Cake.

So My youngest can say very few words that can be understood in english. Cookie is his favorite and sooo is cookie monster from sesame street.  So for his 2nd birthday ( yes i cannot believe he is already turning 2)  I thought” hey a cookie monster cake can’t be that hard right????  I now have a couple bald spots on my head now.  But here goes.

i started off with a simple boxed cake mix. strawberry is what these boys like. i made one 10 inch round in a dreaded spring form pan.  Let that baby cool completely before frosting.

get thee one tub of classic white frosting and dye that baby blue… for me it took one whole bottle of blue liquid food coloring. But some one told me that food coloring paste works better for frosting… good to know for next time.

get another tub of white for the white of his eyes…

You will also need oreos and since there will be left over you will be obligated to eat you might as well get double stuft.

i made cookies fur by dragging a fork lightly over  the blue frosting. when that is all done i scraped the white stuff out of  a row of cookies

blend those babies up in the blender till they are crumbs. i made a stencil out of wax paper laid it on the cake. If I didn’t  his smile would have been really messy.  I sprinkled it in the stencil.  lifted it off and boom. Instant cookie smile.

Piping the eyes was not as easy as it looks might be easier for you but i suck at piping so yeah

then i just stuck some oreo’s on for the black part of his eyes.   Done.

it was a lot simpler then the race car cake.  I hope I get to make another cake soon. NOT MY OWN though… that always makes me grumpy.

Blessings.

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