Pardon my language.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Pardon my language.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Recipe by: Barefoot Contessa
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 to 8 large lemons)
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
- 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the glaze:
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch) loaf pans. You may also line the bottom with parchment paper, if desired.
Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, and the lemon zest.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cakes are done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan; spoon the lemon syrup over them. Allow the cakes to cool completely.
For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the tops of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.
Monday, January 18, 2010
This is a picture at a family favorite vacation spot. My family loves to go to Pismo Beach to play in the sand, ride dirt bikes on the dunes, and tool around in our Jeep. Some ladies were driving their golf cart around and taking pictures for a local paper and asked us if we would be one of their "family" shots. They took one of us with their camera and then took another with our camera.
So head on over to I ♥ Faces to see all the other wonderful family photos. You won't be disappointed, in fact you will probably be inspired to pick up your camera and take more pictures.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
See her? That is Vapor, she adopted me about a year and a half ago. She is the sweetest kitty ever. She likes to supervise whatever I do when I am outside. So she supervised while I did the bulk of the planting.
Yep, here they are, all planted. There are about 96 of them. I even planted some Anaheim Peppers to make Chile Rellenos. Mmmm, mmmmm, good.
Trevor decided to help me at about the time I was finishing up. That's okay I don't mind a little help. Maybe my green thumb will rub off on him. Maybe he will be the next gardener and food preserver in the family.
My makeshift green house. Do you like it? Yes, a bit primitive, but it gets the job done. Maybe someday I will have my own real green house. A girl can hope right?
Many more have sprouted and I can't wait to get them in the ground. I just hope I am more successful this year in the transplants. Last year I killed off quite a few during the transplant. Have you figured out what they are? (No telling Julia!)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thanks honey and I love you,
Your dear loving wife
Friday, January 8, 2010
I have a post planned, I just haven't transferred the pictures from my camera, so it's a Friday Fill-In.
And...here we go! Tip of the hat to The Beatles this week :-)
1. There are places I long to go see.
2. Boys, go blow those clouds away.
3. Standing in the rain is refreshing.
4. Lions and tigers and bears, oh boy.
5. He went out tiger hunting and came home with a frog.
6. You keep my mind from wandering .
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the kids going to bed, tomorrow my plans include a strong coffee and Sunday, I want to go for a run!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I can't say I know how old this thing is, but it is old. My hubby used to run one of these on a daily basis. Now there doesn't seem to be much need for one on the construction sites. Since the economy took a dump the construction industry has slowed down tremendously. Luckily he is a go getter and seems to keep himself busy so that there is a steady stream of income.