Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze

12 Aug

I had a random craving for lemon poppy seed muffins the other day, but I didn’t have poppy seeds or muffin tins (don’t even ask…). What’s a girl to do? Lemon cake with glaze to the rescue!! I can’t wait to make it again, I have some new things I want to try to it.

Cake Recipe

2/3 cup sugar
zest of two lemons
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
Juice from 2 lemons

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your pan (I used a standard loaf pan).

In large bowl combine lemon zest and sugar, work them together with your hands (make sure they’re clean)! Once combined, whisk in flour, b. powder, b. soda, and salt. Set aside. In medium bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, sour cream, and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and  blend well.

Pour into pan and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Glaze Recipe

1 cup powdered sugar
juice from one lemon
**I had to use a tablespoon water because my lemon wasn’t juicy enough :(

Crafting Day

12 Aug

Today the hubs and little Red joined me on a journey to the craft store. I wasn’t entirely sure about what I wanted or needed, but I had a ton of ideas floating around my head (thanks Pinterest). I had a blank yarn wreath needing to be jazzed up, a lot of picture frames, a boring shelf, and a big white wall to decorate! When we got there, we aimlessly walked each isle until something jumped out at me. 17 dollars later, I had my wall done AND the desk drawers lined!

For the wreath, I bought some sheer ribbon. I could have gone the yarn and flowers route, but I wanted to be different! Don’t forget, there are tutorials after tutorials for the yarn wreath everywhere, so head on over to Google! You’ve seen the vases before in my previous blog entry, so I don’t need to elaborate on them. The picture frames have been in my storage closet for some time, so the sheer ribbon I used on the wreath was used to hang the frames! We got the shelf from a friend (gotta love free hand-me-downs, eh?). Any other questions? Just ask!

The same friend who gave us the shelf from above, also gave us an “antique” desk! The color is a cream color, with bronze hardware. There are two drawers, one on the left and one on the right. They had a few scratches, but nothing a little modge podge, paper, and spray paint can’t fix! So far, the drawers have been the only part of the desk getting attention.

I used scrapbook paper of my liking, modge podge from Michaels, and a sponge brush. It dries clear after about 15-30 minutes! It was a very inexpensive way to make the inside of the drawers look more fun :) Once the entire desk is complete, I’ll post a picture.

Happy crafting everyone! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)

A Few (Cheap) Goodies

6 Aug

I have a few homemade goodies around my apartment that I made myself, with the help of some sweet Goodwill finds and booze, of course. I’m going to combine the three of them into this one post, you ready?

1.) Picture Frame Menu (left) - I’ve seen quite a few of these ideas on Pinterest, but honestly this came to me from my childhood! I used to write on my mirror ALL. THE. TIME. with a dry erase marker. I found the picture frame at Goodwill for under $5. My daughter has a plethora of construction paper in her bins, so I just wrote out the “Menu” and “M-F” (although I wish it looked nicer). It’s THAT easy, folks! Feel free to use cuter paper or print out the words. I just might do that tomorrow ;) Plus, now you have my weekly menu. Looks boring, but the recipes are spectacular!

2.) Dish Soap Bottle (right) - THIS easy, peasy creation was inspired by my fabulous uncle Kris. ALL you need is a wine bottle and cute stopper! Once you drink the wine, just soak it in warm, soapy water and rinse well. Then scrub off the label (it’s easy after a long soak). I found my stopper at World Market for about $5. Cute, right!? I love it ;) As for sweet looking bottles, I prefer the clear look and this particular bottle is (err was…) a Sofia Rose, which I recommend.

3.) Painted Vases (below)-  I picked up each vase at Goodwill for no more than a buck a piece! All shapes and sizes, they’re awesome! As for the paint and applique, Michaels baby! Some Gloss Enamel paint and some clean vases is all you need for this great project. Just make sure they’re clean and FULLY DRY. Derr, right? Then you put the paint on the INSIDE of the vase and cover! I used 1 and 1/2 bottles for each aqua vase. I mixed the aqua with some white. You need to make sure you have enough paint for larger vases.

I hope to share much  more of my projects with you soon, I have a laundry list of shit to do SOON with the hubs.

Enchilada Pie

6 Aug

I love cookies and cakes, but I’m also pretty good and coming up with tasty dinners! We had Enchilada Pie the other night and it was fantastic! There were many reasons I decided on a “pie” form, but the main reason was my baking dish (13×9) was already holding my Texas Sheet Cake.

Recipe

1 lb ground turkey
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1- 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
Shredded cheese, I used a Mexican blend
12 White corn tortillas

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Brown ground turkey and add seasoning as the packet suggests.

Lightly grease the bottom of your pie pan (I used a 9″). Cut 8 tortillas in half, this makes it easier to line the pie pan. In medium bowl combine red enchilada sauce and sour cream. Now it’s time to start your layers!

Layer one – tortillas, I used the halves on the outside and one full in the middle
Layer two – enchilada sauce mixture (about 1/4 cup)
Layer three – ground turkey mixture
Layer four – cheese

REPEAT

I had three layers of each, with the final layer being the sauce, meat and EXTRA cheese layer. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is nice and crispy! The hubs LOVED it, which is always a plus!

Texas Sheet Cake

5 Aug

Texas Sheet CakeIt was just a few days ago I randomly started craving Texas Sheet Cake. I’ve been asked many times, “what is it? Why is it special?” Well, I don’t really know how to answer that. I don’t know how the recipe got started, all I know is it’s a childhood favorite of mine and I’m so very happy my mom shared her recipe with me!

Recipe

2 sticks butter
1 cup water
4 T. cocoa
2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp. baking soda

In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, and salt; set aside. In a small sauce pan bring butter, water, and cocoa to a boil. Remove from head and add to dry ingredients; mix well. Add in sour cream, eggs, and soda; mix well until blended. Pour batter in a 17 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 1″ sheet pan that you have oiled and floured (greased). Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. **I did not have a sheet pan (FAIL!), so I used a regular 13×9 pan and it baked in the same amount of time.

Icing

1 stick butter
4 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. milk
1 box powdered sugar, or 1 lb.
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I love walnuts)

Combine butter, cocoa, and milk in small sauce pan and bring to boil. Mix with sugar, vanilla, and nuts until well blended. Spread over cake as soon as it comes out of oven! Let cool and DIVULGE IN THIS GLORIOUS CAKE!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t day dreaming of this right now, it’s currently in my fridge….. and I may or may not have already had 3 slices today.

 

Chocolate and Peanut Butter NO BAKE Oatmeal Cookies

5 Aug

Chocolate NO BAKE Oatmeal cookies with Peanut Butter and Honey Drizzle

During the summer, who wants to run their oven at 350 degrees? Not me! Especially living in the desert! I remember way back in the day, my mom would make oatmeal cookies with chocolate and a hint of peanut butter. Then as I got older, I realized just how simple the sweet treats were! No bake just settled the score, I had to make them!

Recipe

1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
4 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Vanilla
4.5 Cup Oats

1/2 Cup peanut butter with honey (I used KROGER brand), warmed

Add butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa in a large sauce pan and bring to low boil; hold for one minute. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter, then vanilla. Mix in oats and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.

Take the 1/2 cup honey/PB and warm in microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Drizzle over cookies. Let cool and ENJOY! **I like them after they’ve been refrigerated. It’s a personal preference, but I recommend it :)

They look messy and they can be, but I am a firm believer in “the messier the fingers, the better it will taste!”

Art …it’s From the Heart

3 Aug

Making Masterpieces in True Princess Form

I’ve mentioned before that I am sharing my homemade secrets and traditions with my daughter, we’ll call her little Red. Well, here she is in true princess form creating masterpieces with chalk. I can’t just give her scissors and glue right now, as she’s only 2.5, but unsupervised art projects happen often and I am always so pleased with the outcome. Plus! Parent bonus, these little projects keep her entertained for a long time!

Little Red is fascinated with arts and crafts, and recently started drawing dinosaurs and the chevron pattern (aka her “m’s”). The light in her eyes when she’s done with her pictures is priceless and I’m so happy she has a love for art. She’s an imaginative little genius and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to teach her new things.

… and you better believe that Little Red provides every gift and special occasions card with a little art project. Family eats that shit up :)

Her Dinosaurs (I see bears…)

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one sweet recipe at a time

The Sugarlump

A collection of the sweet morsels in my life

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