I attempted to make Tina‘s Two-Ingredient pancake for breakfast today, but it didn’t end up looking much like hers.
It tasted okay (I forgot how sweet grilled banana is!), but I don’t think I’ll be making it again….I’d prefer a regular scrambled egg and banana on the side.
My coffee hit the spot today though. And still, it’s always fun to try something new.
Tried any new recipes lately?
On Sunday, my cousins from New Jersey were in town, so my parents hosted a bbq with a few other family members.
I said I wouldn’t post photos unless I told everyone they would be on the blog, so you’ll have to settle for a drinks photo (yes, they still drink soda…)
I baked cookie brownies and my mom made an amazingly delicious lemon-raspberry cake that I just had to share with all of you. If you like lemon desserts, you really should try this.
Lemon-Raspberry Cake (from Sunset Magazine, not my recipe, I just cut and pasted it here)
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup lemon curd
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 3/4 cups raspberries (about 18 oz.)
- 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter a 9- by 13-in. baking pan. In a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, salt, vanilla, yogurt, milk, and lemon curd until mostly blended.
- 2. Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder to bowl and beat until smooth. Spread half of batter in pan and scatter half of raspberries on top. Gently spread remaining batter over berries. Scatter remaining berries on top.
- 3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour; if cake begins to brown too quickly, tent with foil. Let cake cool about 1 hour, then dust lightly with powdered sugar.
I have three days left of staycation week.
Noooooo…….don’t ever end!! It’s been interesting being around all week and changing my normal routine—
Here are some things I’ve noticed from being off work and bumming around the City all week–
1) There are a LOT of people hanging out at coffee shops during the day and bumming around the city like me. Do they work? Work from home? Did they made a ton of money from a start-up and retire at age 25? Or are they just taking a few days off work like me? What’s their story…so curious.
2) I learned that not having to sit in the car for 2+ hours every day makes me incredibly less stressed. I start getting anxious just thinking about commuting. Ugh.
3) I learned that I wake up at 6:30am on the dot even when I don’t have to. And that a 20 minute nap int he middle of the day makes me feel amazing.
4) I learned that even when I’m not at work, I still get hungry for lunch at 11am.
5) Charlie sleeps a lot during the day (I mean, I always knew this, but I’m not usually around him for a full week 24/7.)
6) Wearing yoga pants or shorts all day every day is really, really nice.
7) Getting a haircut, manicure, or going to the gym is MUCH less crowded if you go at 1pm on weekday rather than after work or on the weekends. I guess that’s obvious, but it’s been so nice to experience this.
8) The house gets much more messy when I’m home all day. I already had to vaccum three times.
9) There’s really nothing on tv during the day.
10) Sometimes, it’s hard to fully relax. I found myself filling my day with all sorts of things and actually had to force myself to lay on the couch for most of the day and not think about anything.
Maybe most of these were obvious, just what’s going through my head on this Friday morning.
All in all, it’s been a wonderful week. Today’s plans include the beach and happy hour downtown (which I never get to do because of commuting and dinner out). We’re going down to LA for the day on Sunday, but sticking around Saturday and Monday.
Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the last weekend of summer!
– What’d you learn this week?
– Are you good at relaxing?
– Do you like lemon desserts? Any good recipes?
– Labor Day plans?