Thursday, January 24, 2013

~ Lemon Pound Cake ~

Such an easy cake ~ and so moist and good!  I made this one for a young lady that works with my daughter.  She is quite the character and so much fun. Since her real Mom lives in Virginia, I told her I would adopt her and be her Texas mom!  She and my daughter both love, love lemon anything, especially this cake.

It's great anytime, especially with a cup of great coffee or tea.  

Hmmm, all that lemony goodness!  And below is the "baby" cake I made for my daughter.  The batter is really too much for most of my Bundt pans so there's always a small cake as a left over or extra gift.

Just practicing for Valentine's Day here with a heart shaped cake pan!

This is the same recipe I posted earlier here ~

Preheat oven to 350'

For the lemon cake I used:
1 box Lemon Flavored Cake Mix
3 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
1 c. water ~  I used 3/4 c. water and 1/4 c. lemon juice
Put all ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix well.  Right before you're ready to stop mixing, add 
1 can Lemon Frosting Mix (the tubs)
Just kinda fold it in or mix carefully and you're done with this part!

Pour batter into a greased & floured (Baker's Joy works well) Bundt pan.  Fill about 3/4 full ~ it
will overflow if you add more.  Don't ask how I know that!  :)  This is why I always use a small dish or pan for the remaining batter.

Bake about 40-50 min ~ depends on your oven and the size of your pan.  Check with a cake tester prior to removing from the oven.  Cool in the pans about 10 min and then turn out onto a cooling rack and leave until thoroughly cooled.  Place on your serving dish and drizzle a glaze over it.
For this cake, I used powdered sugar, a bit of vanilla extract and 1/2 & 1/2.  Mix until smooth and drizzle over the cake.  Of course, you could use lemon extract or lemon juice instead of vanilla.

I promise you'll love it!  I've tried many different flavors...and for my family the winners are the German Chocolate, this Lemon and the Confetti mixes that are offered around the various holidays. The grands get a kick out of those!

I've mentioned this before but thought I'd address it again.  My kitchen is tiny ~ a real, one butt affair!  :)  I just don't have the space to show a lot of ingredients or the various steps of a recipe. Many bloggers do and it's a pleasure to see I know.  

Try this recipe and let me know what you think, ok?

P.S.  I've received so many kind notes re: my eye problems.  I was supposed to go back today for a check-up, however, I woke up to a water leak in my laundry room and had to reschedule.  Do you think someone's put a pox on me?  ;-)   My eye is better and I'm so grateful!  I go in Monday.

Joining ~ 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

~ Questions for You! ~

I'd love to know your favorite brand of paint for furniture.  I know a ton of folks use ASCP but I can't/don't want to spend that much for a can of paint to do just one piece.  I realize a lot of you have multiple pieces you could use it on and that is a different ball of wax can of paint. :)  I really, really want a metallic paint!  I bought one of Martha's at Home Depot and it's a beautiful color ~ gold ~ but it does not cover.  Yes, I've tried several methods with it.  I want a paint that has the primer in it.  I like the freebies I got at Ace Hardware during the summer, however, the colors have not included a metallic.  I think I'll stop by there tomorrow and see if there's anything new.

Another recommendation I need is for a printer.  My printer is very old and the ink cartridges cost a fortune for it.  The color cartridge does not print "definitive" colors except for blue...and a very shallow shade of green.  No red or purple, etc.  :(  I'd love to have a new one that is capable of different functions.  I see a lot of talented peeps creating amazing projects with transfers, especially from The Graphics Fairy. Not me with this equipment from the dark ages!  :)

Thank you in advance!

P.S.  Going to the eye Dr. tomorrow and hoping/praying/wishing that this eye problem can be resolved. I can't spend much time on the computer or read for very long. TV is questionable. I miss catching up with everyone's blogs and all the fun things going on!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

~ Ramblings ~

Did you choose a word for the year?  
I did...I actually chose two ~  Love and Celebrate.  I want to show more love to others and to myself. I think if we continue to come from a place of love there can be many positive changes in our lives, in our communities and hopefully, in the world.

I just know that in the days when I was growing up (yes, it actually was A.D., not B.C.) ;-)  it was a kinder, gentler time.  Our kids are really not exposed to that...the freedom of being outside alone for extended periods of time with no concerns for the nut cases out there and being able to ride bikes or play with friends until twilight when everyone had to go home.

Perhaps if we start a "LOVE" and Kindness Revolution in our own homes, neighborhoods and communities, it will catch on!  And don't forget to show love to yourself ~ rest, take naps, read a good book, get a mani/pedi, have coffee with a friend, go to a movie or the library, forget the blogs and FB for awhile and just "be".

I also want to "celebrate" life every day!  Honestly, we have so much to be grateful for, let's share. I want to entertain more and celebrate the family and friends in my life. I want to be more aware of nature and all the beauty surrounding us. I want to be more "aware" of people around me or already in my life. I want to meet new friends and celebrate the fact that our paths crossed as we both walk the planet at the same time.

Last Saturday, the 18 year old son of a friend and former co-worker was found dead. He another young boy were apparently involved in drugs at the home of a 22 yr old young man.  Chase and Kyle both passed out. The 22 yr old just drug them into a bedroom and left them. The dad found them the next morning and called 911.  Officials seem to think that if the 22 yr old had called for help, the boys would have lived.  We don't know the intricate details of the situation and we don't need to.  The fact is, these incredible young men are gone and Chase's funeral is today.  It's heartbreaking and senseless.  Chase is survived by his parents, his twin sister and 2 older brothers.  A very close and loving family who are now depending on God and their faith to see them through. Oh yes, in addition to this tragedy, my friend/the mom, was to begin chemo and radiation this past week.  :(

Another precious reason to spread the love and celebrate every moment we have ~