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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Cookies of Christmas Past

I was just looking over my Facebook photos of Christmas' past and came across trays of cookies that I made.
Over the years my cousin Jessica has also joined in the fun, and together we now put together a very nice assortment to share with our family, friends and co-workers.

I thought I'd share them over here for fun. I have pictures starting from 2008. In 2007 my older daughter was just 3 months old so I didn't make cookies that year and before that, I don't think I was even on Facebook!

2008
The recipe for those rum truffles above is coming this week.
I'm making them for one of our many holiday lunches at work.


2009
This is the year Jessica started making cookies with me.
The shortbread with cherries on the right is one of my favourites.

This is the platter I made for daycare that year.

2010 
You can see I was spritz happy last year.

Jessica is now a tart expert.
She adds tarts to our platters for every occasion.

And finally, I tried making a yule log last year. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself!
And there's Nutella rolled up in there!
The outside is cream with shaved chocolate, toasted almonds and powdered sugar. I only wish I could remember what recipes I used.
My mom has hedges in the back so I went and snipped a few branches to use on the plate. The cranberries really made it pretty with their bright red colour.

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