My oldest daughter just graduated from high school.
It's a crazy thing to have your children reach a huge milestone. Very exciting and scary at the same time. I wanted to make something for her that she could take with her to college and have when she got homesick (which I'm sure she will :). It took many hours but they were fun-filled hours.
I've used them before in my home as you can see here and here. And anytime I see some pretty plates I have a difficult time turning them down. So when I saw this beautiful arrangement from my favorite store, Anthropologie, I immediately wanted to share.
Since it's Spring I was in the mood for something lemony. This "Lemon Loaf" is perfect for your lemon craving. The lemon extract gives it the flavor that most lemon recipes lack. I found the recipe on Pinterest.
List of Ingredients
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t baking powder 1/2 t salt 3 eggs 1 c granulated sugar 2 T butter, softened 1 t vanilla extract 1 t lemon extract 1/3 c lemon juice 1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c plus 1 T powdered sugar 2 T whole milk 1/2 t lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt in a large bowl.
an electric mixer to blend together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon
extract & lemon juice in a medium bowl. Pour wet ingredient into
dry ingredients & blend until smooth.
Add oil & mix
well. Pour ingredients into a well-greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake for
45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center of the cake comes
out clean. Make the lemon icing by combining ingredients in a small bowl
with electric mixer on low speed.
When the lemon loaf is cool,
remove it from the pan & frost the top with the lemon icing. When
the icing has set up, slice the loaf into eight 1-inch-thick slices.
I've taken a little blogging break for the past few months. It has been kinda nice but I've missed it and I've missed all of you. I wanted to blog but everytime I would try to think of a good blog post I would get really over-whelmed with all the many creative things on the internet. With Pinterest and all the amazing blogs out there I felt like I was redundant. I may have had a creative block. Or maybe it was because I got hooked on "The Walking Dead". But I'm feeling the juices flowing again! (And it's not just because the season is over:)
Here is a project I just finished for a friend...
I found a dictionary at a thrift store and used the page that had her soon-to-be last name on it.