Lemon-Blueberry Bundt Cake

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I just made this recipe from All You Magazine.  It looked wicked good, and uses blueberries and lemon flavor, mmmmm.  Last week, Handy Boy and I picked blueberries with Magdalena and niece.  Magdalena and niece had picked before, but this was our first time picking blueberries, can you believe that?

This is the picture of the cake from All You Magazine:

Doesn’t that look pretty?  Needless to say, my cake did NOT come out looking like this.  Forget about the garnishes, my cake didn’t look nearly as nice, and of course my glaze didn’t look that nice, either!  However, it was still sooooo good. If you like any kind of blueberry dessert, or desserts with glaze, you have to try this one.

I cut it up and sent most of it to work with Handy Man, so we wouldn’t devour the whole thing ourselves.  Here’s what one single piece of my cake looked like:

Here’s the recipe.  It has a lot of ingredients, so look it over carefully.  And of course, you’ll need a bundt pan.  I was looking for an excuse to make a bundt cake anyway, I hadn’t touched our bundt pan in ages!  You’ll need a sifter as well.

Lemon-Blueberry Bundt Cake

CAKE:
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 cup lemon juice
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup buttermilk
– 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
– 2 cups sugar
– 2 tsp grated lemon zest
– 4 large eggs, at room temperature
– 2 cups blueberries

GLAZE:
– 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 1 tablespoon buttermilk
– 2 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a Bundt pan with melted butter.

Sift 3 cups of flour with baking powder and salt into a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, vanilla and buttermilk.

In a second large bowl, beat butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add about 1/4 of flour mixture, followed by 1/4 of buttermilk mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Repeat, alternating dry and liquid ingredients, until batter is thoroughly combined. Gently fold in blueberries. Transfer batter to pan, spreading evenly.

Bake until a tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. (My oven runs hot and I baked only for 50 minutes.) Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then unmold cake.

Make glaze: Mix confectioners’ sugar, buttermilk and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Glaze should be pourable; if it’s too thick, add lemon juice, 1 tsp at a time, until it reaches desired consistency. Pour half of glaze over warm cake. Let cool for 1 hour, then pour remaining glaze over cake and serve.

This cake has a lot of ingredients, but it was well worth it!

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Stairway Remodel, Before & After

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I recently came across some photos of our stairway renovation.  I can’t believe this was completed in fall of 2007.  It seems like we just did it!

Some of these photos are so embarrassing!  Oh well.   There used to be drywall on the left of the stairs, and a low, odd looking piece of wood trim.  To the right, there was a WALL that we demolished.  Yes, a whole wall.  We pulled that down, to make the two rooms at the front of our house more open.

You can see Handy Man’s legs and feet here, ha ha!

What a mess it was, knocking down that wall.  I guess I didn’t take any photos of that part of the project.  There was drywall dust everywhere!  Then we took a break from renovations and I had to look at this ugly, carpeted staircase for a while.  Yuck!

It’s not that I hate carpet, but this was all dirty and worn out, and we just prefer wood floors and stairs.

Handy man started working on the treads.  I was getting so excited at this point!

I painted the risers with a glossy white paint.

There was a lot of drywall patching and painting to do on this side.

And then…the handrails…Didn’t Handy Man do a great job?  This would have cost a fortune if we hired someone to do it.  Although the materials for this weren’t cheap, at least we didn’t have to add labor costs.

Hey, you can see our Christmas tree in the background in this one!  We finished it in fall 2007, but it wasn’t until December that I realized that I needed to take finished photos.

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Decluttering Challenge for a Monday – Spices

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When I was cooking last week, I decided that my bin with spices needed some help.  I previously organized them by putting small labels on the top of each jar.  (I used a Word document, and just cut the labels out and taped them on…don’t laugh, this was before I had my label maker!)

I never liked the idea of having a whole drawer taken up with spices, like those specialty drawers…so I didn’t ask Handy Man to make one for me.  We’ve been using this cheap plastic bin for years, and it works for us.  The only problem was that it was difficult to figure out which spice was which; we had to lift each one up to see what it was. It drove me crazy after a while, which is why I added the paper labels.

I looked through this bin again last week and, yeeeesh! It needed help.  I tossed out some spices that were expired, added a few more labels, washed out the container, and put them all back.

The little plastic bags in the back are spices from a friend’s garden.  She put labels on them before she sent them to me.

This is much better! I just slide the bin into a small cabinet, and it doesn’t take up much space.

Do you have some spices that need cleaning up?  This is a small project that won’t take long.  If you store your spices upright like this, it’s worth labeling the tops so you can find what you need quickly.

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Men and Their Tools

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A few weekends ago, we were in Lowe’s.  While walking through the aisles, I saw this HUGE tool box and had to take a picture of it.

Then I noticed that there were stereo speakers in this tool box!  Speakers…really?

I saw another tool box that actually had a mini fridge in it, too!  What is it with men and their tools?  Handy Man has lots of tools and tool boxes, but he doesn’t have anything like this…yet.

Here he is, picking up a ladder stabilizer.  This was to help him build the roof on the garage.  He already had a large ladder, but needed a stabilizer for it.  I managed to push him out of the store before he could buy anything else.

In the meantime, I’m really having a fun time finding other decorating and organizing blogs. I posted my sink organizing post over on Organize and Decorate Everything.  I’m getting really addicted to other organizing blogs.  I need to stop reading all these blogs and do some more organizing of my own!

New Stone Pathway

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After a lot of digging:

…and sweaty, heavy work…(on Hady Man’s part, of course)

The new stone pathway is complete!

You can follow the steps in the projects by following these links:

Stone Pathway, Part 1

Stone Pathway, Part 2

Stone Pathway, Part 3

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