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Lemon Yogurt Cake

A Lemon Cake to Delight Lemon Lovers Something happens to my taste buds as soon as spring hits each year.  I start to crave lemon.  It seems like I can't stop thinking about lemon squares, lemon meringue pie, and lemon cake.  Does this happen to any of you?  It seems that my taste buds have seasons too!  Today I'm making a lemon yogurt cake to satisfy my desire for anything lemon and to use some of the slow cooker yogurt I have in the refrigerator. Lemon Yogurt Cake This is another Ina Garten recipe, from the Barefoot Contessa At Home.   It's a favorite because it is moist and lemony.  You'll like this recipe because it is really easy to make by hand.  No electric mixer is required.  So, when you are in the mood for a little sweet something you'll be able to whip this cake up in a snap. Lemon Yogurt Cake Printer Friendly Recipe Makes 1 loaf cake Ingredients Lemon Yogurt Cake Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking

Gates

Whenever I go anywhere these days I take my camera.  I take pictures of this, that and the other thing.  That means I have a lot of pictures of nothing in particular in my computer.  All those pictures need some organizing.  While flipping through the photos I found several of gates. Do you think I took pictures of gates for a reason?   Is there symbolism in these pictures of gates?   Hmmm...Maybe? If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.    Marilyn Ferguson Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.   Bertrand Russell I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.  Arthur W. Pinero     Go on thinking

Help for a Motivation Danger Zone

I've found myself in a motivation danger zone this week.  As a regular exerciser I try to complete at least five exercise sessions per week, but I've been dealing with a motivation gap this week.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think I have to feel motivated to exercise day in and day out.  It can be a good thing to take a little break.  After taking a break for a day or two I often feel renewed and am raring to go.  That's not the case this week.  I'm definitely in a motivation danger zone. I went looking for some some advice and suggestions for overcoming this lack of motivation from other exercisers.  Here are some suggestions from other exercisers that work for them.  Do any of these ideas work for you? 1.  Change it up.  Maybe you have gotten into an exercise rut by doing the same thing over and over.  Switch from the gym to outdoor exercise. Bike instead of running.  Join a class.  Start doing yoga.  Do you listen to music while you exercise?  Maybe

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Thinking about what to make for breakfast this weekend?  Do you want something healthy, but satisfying?  Perhaps you have some homemade yogurt you'd like to use?  This is a recipe for delicious blueberry muffins with a twist.  "What's the twist?" you ask. Blueberry Yogurt Muffins First, we can use some old-fashioned oatmeal in the mix, ground fine in a food processor.    Next we can add some of that yummy, fresh yogurt we made in our crock post this week.  Don't worry if you only have store bought yogurt.  That will work, too!  And finally, how about adding a little bit of lemon zest to brighten the flavor? Doesn't that sound yummy?  Well then, here you go.  This is THE blueberry muffin recipe for you to make this weekend. Blueberry Yogurt Muffins Printer Friendly Recipe Makes 12 1 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oatmeal, ground in a food processor 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar, or hone

Southwest Chipotle Pepper BBQ Sauce

I first tasted this Southwest Chipotle Pepper BBQ Sauce at a local restaurant.  It was served as part of a Southwest Chipotle Pepper Chicken dinner.  One taste and I fell in love.  Love, I tell you!  It has the kind of flavor that is a part of dreams.  Literally.  Memories of this delicious sauce will fill your head as you sleep and haunt you until you make it, again and again. Imagine my delight when I attended a cooking demonstration by the chef and owner of said restaurant, during which he demonstrated and shared the elusive recipe.  Oh, yeah baby, I was one happy camper!   Today I am sharing the recipe for this delicious barbecue sauce with you.  Make this for your friends and family and you will be a hero.  Your praises will be sung far and wide.  I kid you not! Let's go... The Chipotle BBQ Sauce Ingredients Chipotle Pepper BBQ Sauce Print Recipe 1/2 large red onion 1/4 pound bacon, raw chopped 1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic 1/8 cup olive oil 1 pound bro

Mad Hungry and Me

Are you familiar with Lucinda Scala Quinn who wrote a cookbook titled Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys ?  Mad Hungry Cookbook Lucinda hosts a daily cooking show on the Hallmark Channel and a blog  by the same name.  She is a delight to watch.  If you are a home cook, like me, you'll really like watching her. Her recipes are direct and uncomplicated and her approach to cooking is realistic.   If you are a mom, you'll like how she brings her sons into the kitchen to cook along with her.  As a mom you'll appreciate her gentle coaching as her sons do something not exactly the way mom would do it.  It makes me smile. I've been watching the show since is debuted last fall and when I can't watch I record it on TIVO.  Lucinda makes for good company when I can't sleep at 3:00 A.M., if you know what I mean!  I'm a follower of her blog and Facebook page as well, and last month she sent out a message asking for quick weeknight meal suggestions.  I had just

Making Yogurt at Home

I am a big fan of simple foods, made simply.  I was surprised to learn recently how easy it is to make delicious ricotta cheese at home.  While reading about how to make ricotta cheese I also found articles about making yogurt at home.  You can buy yogurt makers that are supposed to make the process very simple, but the directions using a crock pot seemed easy enough.   Making yogurt became another item on my list of things to do. I have a crock pot that gets infrequent use, so I was ready to go.  You only need two ingredients.  It's hard to believe making yogurt could be so simple, but I was game to try it.  I loved the ricotta cheese I made at home so much I was hopeful the yogurt would be as good. Here's what I did. Making Yogurt In A Crock Pot Ingredients: 1/2 gallon (8 cups) of milk 1/2 cup plain yogurt with live cultures Method: Turn a 4 quart crock pot on to low and pour in the milk. Heat the milk on the low setting for 2 ½ hours. After 2 ½ hours, turn the