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Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake

Frankly speaking, my cranberry of choice comes out of a can, lines and all. Save your fresh cranberries on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ll take mine out of the can. Thanks.

I think there is something about the lemon, sugar and buttermilk, that takes some of the tartness out of the cranberries and makes it blend so perfectly in the morning with a cup of coffee….and yes I eat cake for breakfast.

Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake


Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake

As we move away from pumpkin everything and toward cranberry and other seasonal tastes I thought it would be a good time to share this recipe with you.

So, here goes a true story. I made a mistake and added baking soda instead of baking powder, then I decided to not make two pans and tried to get a way with one and the cake crumbled.

I tried this silicone pan in place of my good ole trusty bread pans that I usually flour but didn’t, cause silicone. The cake stuck.

So sorry I don’t have a Pinterest worthy image to insert here.

Don’t be like me. Make two cakes out of the mixture and flour your cake pans. It is so rich that it will do better in two batches unless you love ugly crumbled cake. In that case go for it.

It’ll still taste good.

{ Please note, I captured these photos before the middle of the cake sunk in}

Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake
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  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp of Lemon Zest
  • 2Tbsp of Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 21/2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1 3/4 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla
  • 1 Cup of Butter
  • 3/4 Cup of Buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Mix the butter, sugar and lemon zest together
  3. Add in eggs one at a time. Make sure one is fully mixed in before you add the others
  4. Add in vanilla and lemon juice
  5. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking powder
  6. Alternate adding in the dry mix with the buttermilk ( so a little dry mix, a little buttermilk…….)
  7. Gently fold the cranberries into the mixture
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes


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Food Living Recipes

Chewy Ginger Snaps

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Days full of chaos and ripping and running just blend into one other until one week turns into two and into three and before you know it another month is upon you. We are in the middle of October already when it seems like we were just all pumpkin spice everything. Now the holidays will be upon us, and we’ll be scratching our heads wondering where 2017 went like tomorrow.

I’m trying to slow down a bit and savor the moments. I’ve been limiting my time on social media in the evenings and I have implemented a wind down routine at least once a week that includes a warm cup of tea and watching This Is Us with my son.

On a recent trip to Walmart I picked up Bigelow Decaffinated Green Tea along with a new mug, cause I like pretty mugs.

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Bigelow Green Tea

Bigelow Tea

One day my son wanted to bake some goodies and pulled out my mom’s big book of recipes and he landed on chewy ginger snaps. We made them and made them again, and they are a tasty companion to my green tea in the evenings.Bigelow has a great line of teas that are suitable for a number of occasions. To make things even more convenient for you, click the tea on the photo to conveniently order it online!

The thing with regular ginger snaps is they are like bricks, but not these. They are softer, still thin and wafer like but think soft batch in texture.

They taste so incredibly good and the spice is just right for the holidays.


Chewy Ginger Snaps
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Serves: 3 dozen…ish
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup of shortening
  • Parchment Paper
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream shortening and sugar with a hand or bowl mixer
  3. Add in egg and molasses, mix until it is just combined
  4. Follow with flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger (mix in well but don’t over beat)
  5. Place the dough on parchment paper. Please use parchment paper or a non stick pan. TRUST ME
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes
  7. Allow them to cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transport to a plate or cooling rack


Bigelow Tea

Before the crazy of the end of the year sets in, I encourage you to find a wind down routine that allows you to decompress from the long days of shopping and partying and entertaining that are to come. Something as small as looking forward to that warm cup of tea, or dessert or television show does wonders for getting you through the day.

sweet potato cornbread
Food Recipes

Sweet Potato Cornbread

Seeing as how Thanksgiving is not the time to pull new recipes out of your hat, if you are looking to add something new to the Thanksgiving spread now would be the time to start experimenting.

This sweet potato cornbread is really good. It’s sweeter and  “cakier” than regular cornbread so I don’t recommend substituting it for the jiffy/Grandma’s corn meal special but it deserves a seat at the table. I have made this a few times and will say I enjoyed it better when I baked the sweet potato instead of boiling it.

Again, perfect it before you bring it to Thanksgiving. I don’t want the discussion about who made the sweet potato cornbread to go unfavorably on my watch.

Although I haven’t tried it, I think this would taste really good with melted honey butter.

Sweet Potato Cornbread
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1/2 cup of cooked sweet potato (roughly 1 large sweet potato. Should weigh around 1/2 lb)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups of yellow cornmeal ( if in a rush Jiffy can be used, but cornmeal is better)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 TBSP of canola or vegetable oil
  • Separate 1/2 TBSP of oil for skillet
  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Peel, cube and boil or bake sweet potato(es)
  3. Oil the inside of your pan, (I recommend a cast iron skillet) and place in the preheated oven
  4. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Mash boiled or baked sweet potatoes.
  6. Mix the mashed sweet potatoes with milk. Once the mixture is mixed well add in eggs and whisk until well blended
  7. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix well. It is fine if it is a little lumpy. Take care not to over beat the mixture.
  8. Pour mixture into hot skillet.
  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Please note the top may crack.


Sweet Potato Cornbread


So what’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Our plans are up in the air. I’m kind of looking to go to someone else’s house and eat in exchange for doing the dishes. My inbox is open for Atlanta area invites!

Breakfast Hero
Food Recipes

Quick Back to School Breakfast Idea + Giveaway

 Thank you Revolution Foods for sponsoring this post. My kids like pancakes and I need quick options!

The re-entry period back into the hustle and bustle of back to school is brutal. I think adrenaline and excitement pushed us last week. It was short lived,  this week the 5a alarm has been introduced to the snooze button and everybody is starting to drag in the mornings.

We’re just a week in folks. Just a week in.

The awesome part about re-entry is you can add something back into the routine weekly to ease the transition. This week, extracurricular activities are being reintroduced and next week I am getting back to batching things during the weekend to make our mornings less hectic.

One of the best time saving activities that I have done in the past is cooking breakfast for the week and simply reheating in the morning. I’ve shared my make ahead breakfast sandwiches, however they require a little more work, cooking and clean up time than I would like for days that I am in a hurry. When I just want to get it done pancakes are the move.

Breakfast Hero by Revolution Foods makes light work of making pancakes in a hurry. I can grab a pre-filled carton out of the freezer, let it thaw and pour. With decent sized pancakes I can easily get 15 pancakes out of one carton, enough for a week’s worth of breakfast. A 15 second reheat in the morning beats cooking every morning hands down.


Breakfast Hero


The first week of school, my daughter’s teacher sent a note home specifying their lunch time and mentioning they are hungry before then and feel free to send in a snack. While I do send an additional snack, my goal is to make sure they walk out of here having eaten a healthy breakfast, and with 12-14 grams of whole grains, six grams of protein per serving, and no artificial colors or flavors Breakfast Hero meets the criteria in a variety of offerings.

Breakfast Hero

To effectively store your pre-made pancakes you will need:

Plastic or Glass Storage Container with Airtight Lid

Plastic Wrap or Aluminum Foil


Once I’ve cooked all of the pancakes, I let them cool, wrap them in plastic wrap and insert them into a container with an airtight lid. In the mornings, I either reheat them in the oven or wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for about 10 sec.

Breakfast Hero

Our schedule this year involves activities in the evenings Monday – Thursday. Being able to eat and snack with minimal effort in minimal time is the goal. Revolution Foods offers a variety of meal options that are  perfect for on-the-go nutrition for school, work or play and quick meal solutions from breakfast to dinnerThey are hosting a fun Giveaway that will provide you with month’s supply of Revolution Foods to help ease the re-entry transition to back to school.

Enter to win the Revolution Foods Giveaway here!

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