Lemon Pound Cake

fullsizeoutput_1295

So about this packing thing.

fullsizeoutput_128c

We’re two days in and I think I’m over it.

fullsizeoutput_128d

I mean, not that I’m helping. But my supervisory role is really weighing on me.

fullsizeoutput_128f

I’ll remind you we are possibly months away from moving. With that, I’d personally only like to pack things we don’t use often or that aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Enter my knick knacks and wall hangings. Do I use them everyday? Not in a practical sense, no. Do they bring me joy and make our house a home? Most definitely. I turn my back for one second and this man packs ALL my knick knacks and starts taking down my wall hangings. Is he out of his mind?! Apparently.

fullsizeoutput_1291

He also tried to convince me to get rid of my books and get a Kindle. Again, I’m not sure we’re going to make it through this.

 

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: A family of two for about an afternoon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of lemon extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 2.5 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • dd butter + sugar to a mixer, cream together
  • Add in vanilla + lemon extract, mix
  • In another bowl, combine flour + baking powder + S
  • With the mixer on low, add flour mixture a little at a time until it combines with butter + sugar
  • Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice in a measuring glass + add almond milk, mix + let sit for a couple of minutes
  • Pour in the milk to the other ingredients + combine
  • Fold in lemon zest
  • Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray + add batter
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Remove + cover with foil, bake another 20 minutes
  • While the cake cools, combine powdered sugar + remaining lemon juice
  • Once completely cool, pour on glaze
  • Serve at any time of day + try not to eat entire loaf in one sitting, I suggest serving slices to neighbors to ensure self-control

 

Adapted from here!

Blueberry Swirl Bread

fullsizeoutput_125d

I have…run out of things to talk about….

fullsizeoutput_1251

I usually have a funny or at least borderline entertaining anecdote to share after the weekend.

fullsizeoutput_1252

But when you do the same thing four weekends in a row, it all starts to blur.

fullsizeoutput_1253

I finished a puzzle. We watched Ozark. I’m reading a book. Sometimes I nap. It’s getting wild up in here, is what I’m trying to say. I really just feel like a worthless bump on a leg, quite honestly. I’d prefer to feel a little more useful while in quarantine but I have no skills. I can’t sew masks for hospital workers, I can’t provide any services to those in need. What am I good for, seriously? Do you all know of any way I can contribute to society from the comforts of my home? I need to do SOMETHING.

fullsizeoutput_125e

I can’t keep making bread, I’m going to actually explode.

 

 

Time: 3 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of plain almond milk
  • 6 3/4 tsp. of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 5 tbsp. of vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of blueberry jam

How to:

  • Warm the milk in a sauce pan to 98.6-113 degrees
  • Turn off heat, stir in yeast + 1 tbsp. of sugar, let activate for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine flour + remaining sugar + S in a bowl
  • Stir in yeast mixture + softened butter
  • Mix with your hands until combined + knead for 8-10 minutes or until a dough forms
  • Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover with a dish towel + let rise for an hour
  • Place on a lightly floured surface + knead for a while longer until air is out
  • Roll out the dough to a rectangle
  • Spread with blueberry jam
  • Roll up the dough taco style (long ways)
  • Transfer to a greased baking dish
  • Obvio, it won’t fit like this, so just smash it all around, folding the dough in on top of itself, this is gonna give you your swirls
  • Cover with a dish towel + let rest another 45 minutes
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 355
  • Brush loaf with a lil more milk
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool more
  • Serve warm or room temp
  • Slather a slice with a lil vegan butter + slap on face, repeat with remaining slices until totally covered in bread

 

Adapted from here!

Spiced Poppyseed Shortbread Cookies

fullsizeoutput_ff7

I have a greatness hangover.

fullsizeoutput_1026

From breathing the same air as Celine Dion two nights ago.

fullsizeoutput_102a

Never again in the rest of my ever loving life will I ever be in the same room as someone better.

fullsizeoutput_102b

Since I was 6 years old, this woman has been my literal everything. What she did, I did in the mirror 10x over until I had it JUST right. I about FAINTED when she used a mic with a cord the entire night. If you don’t think I learned to twirl a mic with a cord and catch it at just the right moment like Celine does, you are MISTAKEN. & her ARMS. The paparazzi make it seem like she’s too thin or something. I am here to tell you this woman is a BEAST. Her arms rival Michelle Obama’s, there I said it. So strong, so graceful, so much power! She was doing, like, lunges and backbends and let us remember she is 51. I cannot. Don’t even get me started on her performance of My Heart Will Go On. She came out of the darkness in a giant ball gown & the Titanic music was playing & I just sobbed and sobbed until I was exhausted & my mascara was everywhere.

fullsizeoutput_ffa

& I tried to convince the arena attendants our VIP passes meant we actually got to meet her and I went through three levels of people until I was told to please leave.

 

Time; 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of chopped coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp. of poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 cup of plant-based butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of flax seed

How to:

  • In a small bowl, combine flax + 2.5 tbsp. of warm water, set aside
  • In a bowl, combine flours + coconut + poppy seeds + nutmeg + ginger + baking powder + a pinch of salt
  • In a mixer, combine butter + sugar until creamed together
  • Add vanilla + oil, beat on low
  • Once combined, add egg, + beat until combined
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients until everything is combined + it’s formed in a ball
  • Turn the bowl upside down on a large piece of parchment paper
  • Cover with another piece of parchment paper + roll into a thin rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick
  • Refrigerate for an hour
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Remove the top parchment paper sheet + cut using a sharp knife into lil squares, placing on parchment paper lined cookie sheets
  • Bake 10-12 minutes
  • Remove + place cookies on a wire rack to cool
  • Eat 18 for an after dinner snack

 

 

Adapted from here!