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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

Christmas 2012

Christmas is really my favourite time of year. I can't believe it's over! I love Christmas so much!

My family is pretty small, but my generation has been expanding our family pretty rapidly over the past few years. It was so nice to have 7 small children at Christmas this year. There were years when we didn't have any children at Christmas. Up until 5 years ago when I had my first daughter, the youngest person in our family was about 15.

When I was small, I remember every year a different person would host Christmas. The host would cook the main dishes like the turkey, and everyone else would bring something. Everyone had their speciality, too. People would put in their requests for others to make certain items - some of which we only got to eat once a year!

Life is full of ups and downs for everyone, and as time went on, my mom ended up having Christmas at her place every year. This has been going on for about 10 years now I think. And over the years I became in charge of desserts and appetisers. The past 2 years though, my cousin Jessica has taken over some of the cookies and appetisers. As a result we always have way TOO MUCH FOOD.

As I said, my family is small. Most of the extended family like great aunts, uncles and cousins have their own dinners on Christmas Eve. We were only 11 adults and 7 children this year, and I think most of us were already full from eating dips by the time the dinner was ready. But because so much time and effort goes into making such a big feast, we had to gobble it up anyway, no matter how tight our pants got.

Every year we say we're going to cut back. Actually, my mom did cut back this year (when I say this year I mean last year - it's 2013 now). She usually makes a giant pot of Kapusta (that's a Polish sauerkraut and kielbasa dish that she cooks for days), and even though it's not my favourite, it was kind of weird not seeing it on the table. She even threatened to make stuffed chicken breasts instead of turkey, but lucky for me, she found a turkey on sale and I got my turkey in the end! It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without the turkey and all the other things we've gotten used to making.

This year we made too many cookies. We brought some to work and we gave them to all our family members to take home. I thought we should have had a bake sale with all those cookies. Maybe next year!

Here are some pictures of what we made this year. There were 3 of us. My cousin Jessica, our friend Pavlina (who I consider part of our family) and myself. Many of the recipes we used are listed on my blog, including Pavlina's Christmas Cake and the no-bake cheesecake

Christmas Cookies.

Here's the feast. Turkey, Rouladen, Cabbage Rolls, Stuffing, Meatloaf, an assortment of veggies, Macaroni salad, cranberry sauce and of course gravy.

Me on the left and Pavlina on the right. Baking the Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Chip cookies.

The girls set the table for what we like to call Persian Christmas.
As my side of the family has always celebrated with a big feast on Christmas Eve, we use Christmas Day or Boxing Day to celebrate with my husband's side of the family.
They're from Iran so Christmas was not really something that they celebrated. We've been celebrating together since 2002. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, take the time to celebrate all the holidays and events with the people that you love.
The girls put a little candy cane on everyone's plate. I served up a roast with a giant mountain of mashed potatoes and gravy along with Pavlina's Broccoli Salad and cheddar biscuits (but I forgot to add the cheddar).

I got this fun idea from Pinterest. I saw a tiny gingerbread house cookie set on the side of a mug, so I thought I'd try it with a star.

We served up a gingerbread man for Santa, too.
Here you see the elves waiting for Santa to pick them up on Christmas Eve.

A few days before Christmas, the elves made doughnuts out of cereal.

I saw these on Pinterest too. All you do is either dip cereal in melted chocolate (or Nutella) and add a few sprinkles. The pink is frosting from a tube. You can use any O shaped cereal. These were Apple Jacks because that's the only O cereal I had at the time.


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