Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lemon Pound Cake

I was looking for something light and fresh to make for Easter and found this delicious lemon pound cake recipe from Food & Wine. What made this cake intriguing was the use of grapefruit juice and yogurt. The recipe calls for a glass loaf pan which I didn't have so I used my regular metal one instead. I think the results would have been better with the glass pan. I felt like the edges on mine were a little over-done.

This cake is simple to make, but does take a while since there is a 50 minute bake time followed by the lemon syrup coating and then the glaze. I'm pretty sure the boys felt like this cake was never going to be ready. Thankfully, it turned out to be well worth the wait.

Clockwise: Floured loaf pan, dry ingredients, sugar and butter, yogurt and grapefruit mix and lemon ready to zest.

Cake Batter Ready to Bake

Baked Ready for the Glaze

Final Cake Ready to Eat

Monday, April 23, 2012

Affo - What???

I am in love with Affogato! It's all my favorite things - delicious, creamy gelato with a shot of expresso poured over top. Of course, quality makes a huge difference and we are lucky to have the awesome Pitango Gelato not far from our house. Pitango focuses on the freshest ingredients and locally grown as much as possible. The gelato at Pitango is actually better than a lot of what we had in Rome so this is the real deal!

I pretty much can't make it anywhere near Pitango without stopping in for an affogato. I love that you can also try different flavor combinations. My favorites are the Bourbon Vanilla and Stracciatella (Vanilla with Chocolate Chips). Get creative and give one a try!

Affogato at Pitango Gelato

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Nautical Details: Flip Flops

I found these awesome flip flops on sale at the J. Crew outlet over Easter weekend. They are super comfortable and didn't require the normal breaking-in period that most other flip flops require. Best of all they look great with pretty much all of my casual spring / summer wear and have cute anchor details to boot!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hunger Games

Thanks to Suzanne Collins, I am ahead of schedule on my reading list. I started reading The Hunger Games in March and quickly got sucked into the story. In two weeks, I completed The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mocking Jay.

This series is really intense and I think as an adult you look a lot deeper at the struggles that the characters face. Throughout the series, you see the terrible things that humans are capable of - which is not too far of a stretch from many of the things that occur in our world today.

Throughout it all, you see the resiliency of the human spirit and our potential to overcome.

                                                                             Source: via Katie on Pinterest

March Madness

Between my husband's birthday, our vacation in Athens and Rome, a busy few weeks at work, I wasn't able to to find much time over the past 6 weeks for blogging. I am trying to catch up with a vengeance. I find that balancing priorities and time is a constant challenge lately.

On the positive side, I have a wealth of material just waiting to be posted. I am excited to get back into the routine and share all the things I have been working on of late.
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