Lemon-Blueberry Bundt Cake


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

– 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

– 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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Wicked Good Brownies

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We had a quiet Memorial Day today, and just hung around the house.  My sister-in-law Magdalena made these brownies recently, and I had to get the recipe.  I made these today.  Yummmm!

Wicked Good Brownies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease an 8×8 pan. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat and place in a bowl. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. *Do not over mix this batter.*

Spread batter into 8×8 prepared pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Now eat the Best. Brownies. Ever.

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Wicked Good Salad Recipe

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We went to Scott and Magdalena’s house recently, and my sister-in-law made a wicked good salad with a wicked good dressing that I wanted to share. Yum! Even Handy Boy ate it (we just recently got him to eat salad!)

mixed spring greens
red peppers


1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1-2 lemon wedges
salt and pepper (to taste)

The dressing was nice and tangy and flavorful!

Wicked Simple Christmas Decorations

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It turns out that I have a very Crafty Sister-in-Law!  Magdalena is Crafty in different ways than I am: she can sew for one; I can’t even sew a button on straight!  I KNEW she would love scrapbooking, and I showed her how to scrapbook.  Her scrapbooks are great, too!

Magdalena decorated her home for Christmas in some very Crafty and inexpensive ways.   I know it’s after Christmas now, but you could also use these ideas for winter decorating as well.

My sister-in-law and her family have a Christmas tree and a Nativity set up for Christmas, but I loved the other simple decorations she made.  She used some pine branches, a ribbon, a votive and some pine cones from our yard to make an arrangement on the dresser in their entryway:

More pine branches in a simple vase she already had, in the guest bathroom:

A simple votive holder, inside a little glass dish with little red decorative stones from a discount store:

Cute, huh?  I have pine trees all around our house, yet I never thought to use them this way.  Have you made any home made decorations using nature?

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