I've been low-carb/high-protein for almost a month and my clothes fit again.
SO WHY DID I CAVE????
A recipe with a stinkin' pretty picture of Starbucks Lemon Loaf. That pic above, that's MY PICTURE, and it's even better-looking than the one on Facebook (no insult intended, Facebook sharers).
It looked so.... (sigh, sigh, sigh....) Lemon-y. Springlike. Delicious.
So I made it. Ate a tiny sliver. And yes, it's good, it's got great cake texture but in all honesty I like the moister lemon cake recipe my mother passed down to me (you can find that picnic-style recipe HERE)
This cake does come out very much like Starbuck's Lemon Loaf and I think it's party-time friendly because it tastes great and LOOKS PERFECT-A-MUNDO.
That's so important for showers... weddings... book signings.... Mom's nights... and it's light enough to make people smile and not feel crushed by the Fat-Monster-Guilt-o-saurus. That's the FAT DINOSAUR, in case you're unfamiliar with dino-lingo.
1 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix dry ingredients together in bowl.
In separate mixing bowl cream together:
3 eggs room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup oil
zest of one lemon (if desired)
Mix together at medium speed. Add dry ingredients to wet. Mix. Add oil and lemon zest if used.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 5" loaf pan (I used the 8" x 4" and it came out fine)
Pour mix into loaf pan.
Bake for 38-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Remove from oven, cool slightly, remove from pan. Glaze while warm.
1 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Mix together well. Add a little extra milk if needed. Drizzle over loaf.
And this is what it looks like when done... and it disappeared quickly. And happily! While I ....
Ate broccoli slaw.
But when I went to Finance Boy's graduation for his MBA I got to wear that cool American Living Dress I got at Penney's this winter????
And it looked stinkin' nice!!!!
And Missy and I are having a pantyhose war.... I wear pantyhose because they slim you, they hide cellulite and they're a great bottom smoother under dresses... AND I have nasty veins on my legs after six kids, so I'm actually trying to do the unsuspecting public a FAVOR by wearing them.
Am I alone in this? Am I like the LAST PANTYHOSE WEARER IN THE FREE WORLD????
Inquiring minds want to know!