Saturday, April 25, 2020

Berry Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Breaking my really long blogging fast with this Berry Buttermilk Cake recipe!!

This berry buttermilk cake is light and tender, with jammy berries, a crunchy top, and all the flavors of spring. 
Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 25 mins Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: One 9-inch cake
·       4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
·         2/3 cup granulated sugar
·         1 large egg
·         1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
·         1 cup all-purpose flour
·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 cup buttermilk*
·         1 heaping cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
·         1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar , for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously grease a 9-inch round cake pan, line with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat softened butter and sugar together with a hand mixer or stand mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. This will take longer than you think it should - keep going until it's quite pale in color.
Beat in the egg at medium speed until fully combined, then beat in almond extract and lemon zest.
Add dry ingredients. Mix just until combined each time - don't over mix. The batter will be thick.
Scoop the batter into the cake pan, and spread it out evenly. Arrange the berries evenly scattered over top of the batter. Sprinkle the 1 1/2 tablespoons of granulated sugar over top. Don't skip this step - it produces a lovely crunch when baked!
Bake until cake is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 22-25 minutes. Mine needed 25 - watch carefully, as my toothpick came out wet at 23 minutes but clean at 25!
Cool for 20 minutes in pan, then run a knife along the edges and invert onto a cooling rack or plate to cool completely. Note you'll actually have to invert it 2 times - once upside-down onto a rack, and then back upright again onto another rack or plate.
Serve cooled cake dusted with powdered sugar or topped with whipped cream!
*If you don't have buttermilk on hand, just put 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar into a measuring cup, and add regular milk until it measures 1/2 cup.  Stir and let sit for 5 minutes - homemade buttermilk!
Adapted from Gourmet magazine via Epicurious.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A Year Of Lexi

So it's been about a year since I've posted anything so I figured since Lexi is 15 months old today now is as good as any to do a post with her monthly (or as close to monthly as I'm going to get) pictures from her 1st year. Here is newborn through 15 months. :)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Our Rainbow

It's recently dawned on me (multiple times) that I haven't posted on here in a REALLY long time. In fact, I've neglected to even mention a very important thing that has happened to us... Our home grew by two feet (a whole body actualy) ;-) 

Meet our rainbow - Alexis Joy. She was born on April 2nd of this year at a whopping 5 lbs and 9 ounces, 20 inches long. 

Let me tell you, pregnancy after infant loss and heart failure is not for the faint of heart. It was a stressful pregnancy full of so many doctor's appointments. So.Worth.It. She is an absolute doll and has brought so much joy to our lives. 

Let's start by just sharing a few (ok, a million - we were there 3 full days!) hospital photos and then I'll do a couple more posts with current pictures since she's already grown a ton!!


Wrapping Daddy around her finger.... <3

Meeting Big Brother

Grandma's came to visit!


And Pappy!







Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Gingerbread People Recipe

This year we got a little adventurous with our cookie making and tried some new recipes. One of those recipes was for gingerbread cookies. Little did we know how delicious these cookies would be! I’m pretty sure they ended up being everyone’s favorite cookie this year. Anytime I asked Levi what kind of cookie he wanted he would say “a Christmas cookie” which meant a gingerbread cookie. And I’m pretty sure Mike shed a tear when he found out the last cookie had been eaten. We will definitely be making these for years to come! 

While I do hate rolling out any type of cookie dough I found that if you roll this out between cling wrap that it was tolerable. The more I rolled the more I got the hang of it. The same goes for decorating the cookies. This was a new territory for me. I’ve never made or used royal icing. At first I was scared of it but the longer I decorated the more I got into it and the more I wanted to do. 

This turned into me rushing to finish so Levi and I would get to church on time (Mike had left early for a meeting). I rushed around, icing the final cookies, washing dishes, eating icing (opps!!) and getting Levi ready. I told him we were going to be late for church and kept telling him to hurry up. We took our time driving sped down the road as quickly as traffic would allow and when we got to church there were hardly any cars there. I was confused because we were having our candlelight service. I dropped Levi off at his class (the teachers hadn’t even turned on the light yet) and went into the church (which was empty). At this point it finally dawned on me that we had arrived at church 30 minutes early… at least we weren’t late…  

Enough rambling - on to the recipe. I’m sure you aren’t going to make these anytime soon (unless you have a gingerbread cookie craving) but seriously I will be sharing these again closer to Christmas just in case you’ve forgotten and need reminded that they are a MUST MAKE!!

Gingerbread People Recipe (from my Williams Sonoma Baking Book)


·         1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
·         1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
·         1/2 cup granulated sugar
·         1 cup molasses
·         1 egg
·         5 cups all-purpose flour
·         1 tsp. baking soda
·         1 Tbs. ground ginger
·         1 tsp. ground cinnamon
·         1/2 tsp. ground cloves
·         1/2 tsp. salt


In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter on high speed until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until the mixture is no longer gritty when rubbed between your finger and thumb. Reduce the speed to low and gradually beat in the molasses. Add the egg and beat until the mixture is blended.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt together. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed or stirring with a wooden spoon until well blended.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and, with floured hands, form into a large, smooth mound. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions, shape into disks and wrap each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.

Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out the dough between your sheet of cling wrap to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Using gingerbread cookie cutters 3 to 5 inches tall, cut out figures. Transfer the cookies to a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough portions, then gather up the scraps and reroll them. If the scraps of dough have become sticky, refrigerate them for 10 minutes before rerolling. For best results, do not roll the same piece of dough more than twice.

Bake the gingerbread figures until lightly browned on the bottom, about 6 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks and let cool completely. Dress up the cooled gingerbread figures with the royal icing, sugars and other decorations. Makes 2 to 5 dozen cookies, depending on size.

Royal Icing (by Alton Brown)


·         2 egg whites
·         1 tsp. of vanilla extract
·         4 cups of confectioners' sugar


1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla extract until frothy.

2. Add confectioners' sugar slowly on a low speed, once all combined, turn speed up to high and beat until mixture turns stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Note: If you want to flood your cookie with icing, thin the icing with a teaspoon of water at a time until you get your icing to correct consistency.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hershey Park Happy June 2017

June started by our family heading out to Hershey Park. Levi has been to Chocolate World oddles of times but has only been in the Park once, which was over Christmas last year. As you can tell from the pictures he didn't have any fun. ;-) 

First find out you are the height of a Reese Peanut Butter Cup! And then let the rides begin!! Levi and I hung out for a large part of the day and let Daddy and Uncle Ben ride roller coasters. We met up later and rode rides together. 

Sometimes we rode the same ride over and over and just picked a different vehicle... 

Hershey Park Entertainment...

Despite the fact that they both look bored to death, Levi was thrilled to be able to ride multiple rides with Uncle Ben!! 

Who had more fun Levi or Mommy?! 

All in all, the perfect Hershey Park Happy Day!!

Levi hung on for half of the ride home but finally feel asleep with his blanket over his head!