Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Hello friends.  I hope you all had a lovely Easter.  

We finally finished with the repairs of the plaster ceiling in our living room.  What a job that was.... Cleaning all the fine dust after all the sanding was a huge task. Everything had to be dusted.  And I mean everything on the first floor.  But I am so glad that it is finally done.  It truly looks amazing. Such a big difference.  Now it is on to giving the living room a little makeover.  I am so excited about it to.  

And the repairs all took place Easter week.  So much to do before the holiday.  I was totally exhausted the Saturday before Easter but I somehow managed to cook for the family on Easter Sunday.  I don't know where I got the last bit of energy to pull it off but I did.

I also want to take a minute to apologize for been a bit absent from the blog and from visiting you all but I have so many things going on in our home right now.  I also have family visiting from other parts of the country so my time has been very limited.

Today, I want to share this delicious recipe for lemon pound cake which celebrates all the flavors of spring and summer.  I found this yummy recipe on Pinterest....What would we do without Pinterest today right??  So so many recipes to be found yet.

Please enjoy with a nice cup of coffee or tea.  






















Recipe


LEMON CAKE
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Yield: 12 slices
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2-1/2 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • Lemon Glaze
  • 6 tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In large bowl, add flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Add oil, egg yolks, lemon juice, water and lemon zest; whisk until well combined. In large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold ⅓ of whipped egg whites into the batter to lighten. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until mixture is combined; do not over mix or batter will deflate. Pour into ungreased pan; tap gently on counter to release air pockets.
  3. Bake 50-60 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Invert pan immediately after removing from oven and allow to cool completely. Run knife around the sides and center of cake to loosen.
  4. For glaze, combine butter, zest, powdered sugar, juice and vanilla in medium bowl; stir until smooth. Pour over cooled cake and spread with spatula. Glaze will set hard within 30 minutes.


The original recipe was for a bundt pan but I actually used two loaf pans to bake the cakes.




Thank you for stopping by today.  Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.


Janet



Here's a little view of the ceiling...









Friday, March 18, 2016

Moss and Faux Flower Egg Tutorial

I have been working on decorating our home for the upcoming Easter holiday.  We are expecting family from Florida, California and Puerto Rico this spring so I have been putting my efforts into early spring cleaning and organizing. 

There is also the living room ceiling repairs that need to be completed before the family arrives.  Our ceiling is plaster and that is one messy job to complete.  But I am happy that it is finally getting done since I have been wanting to do a makeover in our living room for a while now and could not until the ceiling was repaired.

As we all now, decorating for each season can be expensive so I am always looking for easy and inexpensive ways to make my own seasonal designs to decorate our home.  Being handy with a glue gun surely offers a solution and plenty of possibilities if you are a bit creative.  One of the crafts projects that I came up with this year are these sweet and darling foam eggs covered with moss and faux spring flowers.  Easy to do and perfect for Easter or spring.

Below is my tutorial.  I hope it is easy for you to follow. 













SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Tacky Spray
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Ribbon
  • Moss
  • Floral 
  • Foam Eggs
  • Glue gun











Begin by covering your table or work surface.  Moss is very messy.  Now start spraying the foam egg with tacky glue and cover with moss.  Do small sections at a time so glue does not dry.  Continue until you have the entire egg covered with moss.  Press moss firmly to ensure that it is well adhered to the foam egg.




Wrap egg with ribbon of your choice, tie at center to and make bow.  I used two ribbons for this project.






Now begin to glue flowers on top of egg.  Place larger pieces on the bottom and work your way around the bow,  Finish by putting your prettiest and/or accent flowers on the center of the bow. Check for any empty spaces but do not over do it.  And know you are done.  So easy and beautiful isn't.  









Now use your little masterpieces to decorate your table or home for Easter.  These are also great for your spring decorating, spring gatherings and even bridal showers.

Thank you for your visit friends.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Janet



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Easter Table Setting Inspiration

Hello to you all and happy Sunday.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  March is such a wonderful month isn't? It brings the first day of spring, family gatherings, pretty flowers and the promise of warmer days.  And with Easter just a few weeks away, it is a good time to start planning our menus, getting our homes ready for guests, and decorating for the holiday.

And if you are hosting Easter dinner this year too, I am happy to share a little inspiration for your table this year.  And there are a ton of different ways to style a table for Easter but after the grey days of winter, I think we all crave a bit of color - think vibrant colors and spring accents.  

Since Easter marks the beginning of beautiful weather and pretty blooms, I created a table celebrating nature.  Natural textures, cheery colors and cute furry bunnies add unexpected whimsy to table



I love these adorable bunny accent plates from Pier 1 Imports and linen napkins from Terrain.  They add a pop of color and rustic charm to the table.  


















This adorable moss bunny and egg add a whimsical and natural touch to my table.  In fact, I made the moss eggs.  An inexpensive and sweet project that I will be sharing this week.

 





So glad you stopped by today.  I hope you were inspired today.  No matter what your decorating style is, I think you can all take something from this table to style your own.  Just remember to have fun and to be creative.  

Have a wonderful week.

Janet 


Monday, March 7, 2016

Refreshing Orange And Pineapple Julep

Hello friends.  Today I am sharing a simple but very refreshing recipe for a beverage for all to enjoy. A non-alcoholic version of the ever popular mint julep using fresh orange juice, pineapple, ginger ale and mint.

















Orange And Pineapple Juice Julep
Yield: 1 beverage
Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1 teaspoon mint, crushed or finely chopped
  • Sprig of mint, for garnish
  • orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add ice to tall glass. Pour in pineapple and orange juice. Top with ginger ale and stir in mint leaves. Garnish with a sprig of mint and orange peels, if desired. Serve immediately.



Keep in touch sweet friends.  Thank you for visiting.



Fondly,


Janet

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Favorite Spaces ~ My Reading Room

Hello friends.  The weekend is finally here and so are the routine household tasks the put put off during the week.  And may I say, we had snow again this morning.  Oh I am so ready for spring.  In fact, I spent most of the morning digging up my Easter decorations from the basement and making a few crafts.  Come Saturday mornings however, the first thing that I love to do before any housework gets done, is to sit in my favorite room of the house to enjoy a nice cup of hot coffee (because I do need my caffeine in the mornings) reading my favorite magazines.

I call this my reading room.  It is a lovely bright room full of natural light due to the eight windows that wrap around the entire room.  My favorite feature are the french doors that give me privacy in an instant.  

When we first purchased the home, this room was decorated in dark tones.  I have since brighten the space by painting the room in a much lighter color.  The decor has also been toned down and soften. In fact, I have decorated the room with many of my favorite things.  A comfy big chair and ottoman, painted furniture, floral window treatments, chandelier, antiques, linens, and all of my favorite books.  
This room makes me happy.  It is a room that feels good.  A room that feels peaceful and one that I can count on whenever I am in need of a quiet moment.  And if there was any one place that captures my soul, it is this one.  That is all I really need.














































I hope you enjoyed the tour... Wishing you a weekend full of smiles, hugs and cherished moments.


Hugs,

Janet

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Behind The Blog ~ Meet Blogger Vibeke of Vibeke Design

Continuing with my new blog series "Behind The Blog", it is my pleasure and honor to introduce you to Vibeke Svenningsen of the much loved and admired blog Vibeke Design 

Vibeke is the voice and creative force behind Vibeke Design from Norway.  Her style is a combination of rustic, vintage pieces, old world romance and Swedish design.  She loves to incorporate nature and worn pieces into her decor.  She has an incredible eye for detail, color and design.  And may I add, her photography is magazine worthy.  A true master at making everyday items into art.  She is a wealth of inspiration and talent.  It is no wonder why her blog is so popular on Pinterest and Instagram.  

I invite you to read my interview of Vibeke below to get a glimpse into her world, creative mind, and beautiful work.




Take a look at these photos, aren't they stunning?  


































Q)  Tell us a bit about yourself?  My name is Vibeke and I live in Norway.  I live in a big house we built in 2001 with my husband and two daughters.


(Q)  When did you begin blogging and why?    I began blogging in 2011.  I began blogging because I enjoy painting and being creative.  So I started my blog to reach out to people with my art. Today the blog has taken another direction.  It is more about interior decor.

(Q)  What is your favorite part about blogging?   My favorite part about blogging is sharing my pictures, thoughts, and interests with my followers.  It is always nice to read my visitors opinions and comments.


(Q)  Is Blogging your full-time job?   No.  I work almost full-time in kindergarten, so blogging is just something I do on my free time.


Q)  You have a unique style and an incredible eye for detail.  How would you  
describe your style?  I am a country girl and I have always loved bringing vintage style into our home.  I think it gives the home soul and a cozy warm feel.  Old Swedish style is also a big inspiration to my interior.


(Q)  What inspires you?  Nature inspires me most.  I love to bring nature into our home.  On my daily walks with our dog Nure, I always bring something home home with me. In the summer, I pick flowers and in autumn I pick leaves or branches...  there are so many uses for these items in the home.  Perfect for decorations.  I also love old houses and find them very inspiring. I have always admired old things and the soul that shines through them.


(Q)  In your opinion, what has been key for getting your blog noticed?  I have done very little for getting my blog noticed and have to give Pinterest a BIG "THANK YOU"!   I think Pinterest has made it possible to reach audiences around the world with my blog. Most of my followers are from the USA, and I think that it is wonderful. Through the blog I have made some beautiful friendships in the states and around the world.


(Q)  With all the gorgeous images that you share on your blog, how do you
choose the ones that make it on the blog?  I am a very spontaneous person so I blog about what inspires me... sometimes it is flowers, beautiful colours or old furniture that I give a "makeover" to.


(Q)  How do you balance work, blogging and family life?  Blogging takes a lot of time and since my girls are grown up now, I can use my free time for it.  I find it inspiring, relaxing and creative so I am going to pursue blogging and I hope that it becomes full-time.  Blogging and interior decorating.


(Q)  And lastly, what one piece of advice would you give other bloggers?  I think you should be true to your style and blog with joy and happiness in your heart.


You can see more of Vibeke's work on her blog Vibeke Design and follow her Pinterest and Instagram to be inspired by all the beauty she shares.



Thank you for taking the time to stop by today.  Wishing you a great week.

Janet