Monday, April 16, 2018

Lemon Bundt Cake

I had a bag of lemons on my counter that needed to be used up, so I went in search of a lemon recipe.

I found a lemon bundt cake recipe in a cookbook on my shelf. It is a fabulous cookbook called Scratch by Maria Rodale. Even though I can't eat this cake, Don can, and I'll find someone else who won't mind helping out. What I really like about this cake is that you can dump all the ingredients into the mixing bowl at once and it turns into a smooth and creamy batter. The same is true with the glaze.

Lemon Bundt Cake

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
2 T. finely grated lemon zest (about four lemons)
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. lemon extract

Grease a bundt pan with softened butter and dust with flour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Tap pan on the counter a few times to help the batter settle and make sure there are no bubbles in the mixture.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 10 minutes, then carefully invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with Lemon Glaze.

Lemon Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 T. heavy cream
1 T. finely grated lemon zest

In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Puppy Birthday

Roman and Lucy have a birthday on April 18! They will be one year old. To celebrate, Peter and Kendall drove to Indiana for a reunion. The puppies had not seen each other since Thanksgiving, and they didn't skip a beat. Within minutes they were rolling around on the ground as usual.

Katherine baked a banana, oatmeal and honey cake with peanut butter and dog biscuit frosting.

Look at those crazed eyes! I think they like it.

After opening their gifts, they got to experience their first grooming appointment together at Petsmart! What a birthday.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Summer Bucket List

Is it summer yet?

I know I'm dreaming, but here is my 2018 summer bucket list:

1. See a romantic movie with Don in the comfort of his car at the Autorama Twin Drive-In Theatre.

2. Take in the 65-foot high view on the Murch Canopy Walk at Holden Arboretum.

3. Spend a leisurely afternoon looking at books in the Cleveland Public Library.

4. Take a Lolly the Trolley Tour through Lake View Cemetary.

5. Tour the Christmas Story House.

6. Spend the morning shooting photos in and around Little Italy with Daniel.

7. Attend the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Class Photo - Third Grade

Could there really have been 47 students in my Third-grade class? My, times have changed.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chicken & Vegetable Pot

This is such an easy meal to make! The original recipe came from the book Fed & Fit by Cassy Joy Garcia.

Chicken & Vegetable Pot

Ingredients for the rub:
1 T. olive oil
1 T. chopped thyme
1 t. fine sea salt
1/2 t. black pepper

1 whole chicken (about 3 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
2 T. chilled salted butter cut into 8 pieces
10 small yellow or red potatoes cut in quarters
4 whole carrots, sliced into 2-inch chunks
2 large onions (optional)
3 lemons, quartered
1/2 t. fine sea salt
2 t. thyme, chopped for garnish

In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the rub.

Place all vegetables in bottom of an oval slow cooker.

I used multi-colored carrots and large chunks of onion.

Separate the skin on the breast of the chicken from the meat by gently inserting your hand between the two. Place four pieces of butter under the skin on one breast and the remaining four pieces of butter under the other breast. Using your hands, massage the thyme rub all over the chicken. (My chicken is 5 lbs.).

Insert two of the quartered lemons inside the cavity of the chicken and, using kitchen twine, tie the legs together. (I forgot to buy lemon this time).

Place the prepared chicken on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

The chicken will come out so tender it falls off the bone.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Protecting the Herd

Riley has a nice view outside our front windows. There are four of them plus the door to look out for strangers. He spends a lot of time running back and forth making sure his herd is protected.

Roman was visiting this weekend, and Riley showed him how to do it too.

Even though these two spent most of their time trying to establish who was the Alpha dog, when it came to protecting us, they forgot all about the macho stuff and joined forces.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Monday Morning Walk

Hoping this was the last snowy morning, but I have to admit it was beautiful!