Friday Favorites

I’m not going to lie – I’m kind of a ball of anxiety right now.  This whole not knowing when you’re going into labor is freaking me out a little bit.  Mostly because I have this fear of not getting to the hospital in time.  But it’s all going to be okay.  Women have been giving birth for thousands of years – I’m not the first or the last.  Obviously we aren’t making lots of plans these days but we are hoping to go out to dinner tonight for one last night out before babe.  Big Guy has a few things to get done on Saturday and then hopefully Sunday will be spent relaxing.  We said that last weekend and well, it didn’t really happen.  Here are my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Carbs and Cheese:  Creamy French Onion Soup Dip in a Bread Bowl.  This looks insane and perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.

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Favorite Decadent:  Peppermint Brownies for Two.  This is the perfect dessert for February 14th.

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Favorite Splurge:  The Felize.  These shoes aren’t cheap.  But I’ve heard over and over again that they are like butter on your feet.  I’m lusting over them in the “latte” color.

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Favorite Read:  “The Last Days of Pregnancy:  A Place of In-Betweens.”  So many truths!  The last days of pregnancy — sometimes stretching to agonizing weeks — are a distinct place, time, event, stage. It is a time of in between. Neither here nor there. Your old self and your new self, balanced on the edge of a pregnancy. One foot in your old world, one foot in a new world.

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Favorite Game Day:  Slow Cooker Chipotle BBQ Meatballs with Garlic Toast.  I’ve got meatballs on my mind.  (And tator tots, too.)  But these look yummy and one-bite snacks are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.

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Favorite Snack:  No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls.  This past week I stocked the freezer with a few snacks for post-baby.  And now these are being added to list of snacks to have on hand.

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Favorite Outfit:  Dressing for Comfort.  Loving this outfit.  Put together yet comfortable.  Though I can’t get on board with the shoes…but those driving shoes above would look fantastic with this.  (wink wink)

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Favorite No Waste:  Whole Orange Bundt Cake.  This cake utilizes the entire orange – peel and all.  And it’s in these cold winter months that I crave the brightness of citrus.  Plus it’s in season and I love a good bundt cake.

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Favorite Clean Living:  5 Things to Know About Cleaning with Vinegar.  It’s natural and cheap and a great way to “clean up” your house.

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Favorite Mocktail:  Sparkling Orange, Strawberry and Ginger Juice.  I have a glass of real sparkling wine in my near future but this sipper looks incredibly refreshing and could be perfect to have on hand – to sip alone or with your poison of choice.

 

Cheers!

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Lemon Buttermilk Cake

I was very uninspired by the internet this week.  Well, minus finding out that George Clooney’s wife is having twins.  George > Beyonce.  End of story.

But I was inspired by an excess of lemons and some leftover buttermilk in the fridge.  And with that inspiration, I baked a cake.  If there was ever a cake that deserves to be eaten at breakfast, this is it.  It’s light and bright and slightly sweet.

Does anyone else get a little anxiety when you pull a bundt cake out of the oven?  I mean, I pray to the bundt gods that it comes out beautifully while holding my breath and turning the pan.

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And I always do a little bundt dance when it comes out perfect.

This weekend is rather low-key for us.  No real plans except a precious birthday party for our favorite one year old boy on Saturday afternoon.  But the weather is going to be GORGEOUS so I see a couple of long walks in my future and perhaps an adult beverage on the back deck.  I hope you have the best weekend ever – make it a little sweeter and bake a cake!

Cheers!

Death by Chocolate Bundt Cake

We were originally supposed to have guests in town this past weekend.  Armed with my menu and ingredients, I was going to bake a chocolate bundt cake.  Unfortunately, our guests had to cancel (although we missed them dearly).  We had already completed our shopping for the weekend, so I continued on, baking and cooking everything I had originally planned.  Including the chocolate cake.

I picked this recipe because it utilizes a few ingredients that don’t need prepping.  For example, a boxed mix is used as the base instead of sugar and flour.  When I’m cooking multiple recipes, I don’t mind a little help wherever I can get it.

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Once all the ingredients are mixed together (notice the only change I made was using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream) the cake is baked to perfection.

I’ve become obsessed with bundt cakes.  They always turn out looking pretty.

Did you know that the bundt pan was made popular in the U.S. in the ’50s and ’60s.  So retro.

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Every time I hear the word bundt cake I can’t help but think of the movie “Just Friends.”  Kat is probably the only one that understands.

Anyways, back to the cake.

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