French Lemon Yogurt Cake

We are currently sitting in the waiting room at the Cleveland Clinic anxiously waiting for my sister to have her baby, so I thought this was a pretty good time to right this post. My sister and brother-in-law read the book, Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman during her pregnancy. It’s all about her life as an American mom in France and how well behaved the French children are.

Druckermann talks about how the children in France bake almost every weekend, which teaches them patience and structure. There is a yogurt cake that most French children are taught to bake and her friend’s 3 year old daughter can bake the cake all by herself.

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My sister had made the yogurt cake from the book, but didn’t like it very much so found a similar recipe. We made this French lemon yogurt cake and it was absolutely amazing. I normally like rich desserts with chocolate and peanut butter, but this French cake is now in my top 5. It’s perfectly light and sweet. We enjoyed a slice that night and another with tea the next morning! It was so delicious I had to share the recipe with you all. We found this recipe online but changed a few things to make it a little healthier and our own!

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French Lemon Yogurt Cake

INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • grated lemon zest, from 1 medium-size lemon
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup (1½ jars) of powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray and line bottom of pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, and eggs until well blended.
-Next add flour, baking powder, salt and zest. Mix until just combined.
-Add the oil and vanilla and stir well. Keep stirring until smooth, may take a little while.
-Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then flip out of pan onto the rack.
-For the icing, combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl and stir until smooth. With a pastry brush, gently brush the all of the glaze onto the cake.  Some of it will drip off, but most of it will soak in. Allow cake to cool completely.                                        -Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Now I’m back to waiting for baby… 👶

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Here are some of the essentials from this post:

Bringing Up Bébé Book

Top Rated Cooling Rack

Wilton 2 Piece 9-inch Pan Set

Silicone Basting Pastry Brush

Mason Jar Vase (16oz, clear)

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Gimme Some Sugar {Cookies}

When it comes to Valentine’s Day and gifts I’m a big fan of keeping things simple. While it’s nice to do extravagant things for your loved ones every now and then, there is something to be said for a small box of chocolates. Or better yet a batch of sugar cookies.

These heart shaped sugar cookies are a small gesture to show someone just how much you care. Not to mention they are super soft and delicious. I could’ve had about ten of these if I didn’t stop myself.

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Valentine Heart Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

-Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla.

-Add egg and water. Beat until fluffy.

-Combine baking powder, salt, and flour separately. Then slowly combine to wet mixture.

-Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Then roll out with flour and use cookie cutter to cut into hearts.

-Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Do not let the edges turn brown 🙂

Icing:

Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Then stir in 1 teaspoon of milk at a time to reach your desired consistency. Also, add a drop or two of pink food coloring to the icing and spread on cookies!

These cookies didn’t even last one day in my house, but if by some chance they do last, they’ll also go great with coffee the next morning! Here are most of the letters of this World Market mug: A, B, C, D,  E,  G,  H,  J, K,  L, M,  N,  P,  R,  S,  T

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Sending everyone lots of love this Valentine’s Day! I hope your day has been filled with flowers, chocolates and now lots of sugar cookies… enjoy 🙂

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You can find my other kitchen supplies here:

Gimme Some Sugar Apron

Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set

Pink Silicone Rolling Pin

Cooling Rack

Wilton Gel Food Color Set, Primary

Be Mine

Just because I don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean I can’t dress up for it! And when I say dress up I mean dress down because this casual look is everything to me right now.

ILY Couture not only makes adorable graphic tees and sweatshirts for every holiday, but they also make the most comfortable clothes ever. This tee is so soft I’ve worn it more days in a row than I care to admit. I’m also hoping the more I wear it, the more guys I’ll get asking me to be their Valentine. Just kidding about that last part…kind of.

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So whether you’ve got a hot date this Valentine’s Day or you’re just lounging on your couch eating a whole box of chocolates alone…you won’t regret getting one of these soft and adorable shirts from ILYCouture! Trust me on this one.

You guys can shop my look here:

Top Shop Jeans

Kiss Kiss Tee Shirt

Heart on Sleeve Sweatshirt

Heart Sweatshirt

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No Turning Back

2017 has already been a huge year for me. Even though I was only in LA for less than a year, this past weekend, I packed up my apartment in Santa Monica and drove the U-haul back to the Bay Area. Sadly yes, that means no more Alfred coffee or tea… 😦

When I first moved to LA and people would ask me why, I would say I needed a change. But after living there for a few months I realized it wasn’t the place that needed to change, it was me. Ya see, I have learned that I have a tendency to self sabotage. Whether it was when I was in school or recently with my career. Heck I even do it with some of my relationships.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with what it means to self sabotage. I’ll give you the simplest explanation. I am constantly getting in the way of my own success. And as much as I hate to admit it, this most likely stems from fear. Fear of failing. Fear of being unhappy. Fear of disappointing the people I love. Whatever the reason, I’m sick of living in this la la land and I’m finally going to do something about it. I refuse to let fear control my life.

I may be moving back home but I couldn’t be happier. A place can’t determine my happiness and success, only I can. And in 2017, I’m going all in. In all aspects of my life, whether it’s with my career or falling in love, I am choosing to succeed. I am choosing to be happy.

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What are you guys doing to better yourselves this year? I’d love to hear!

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Like my outfit? Find it here:

Fringe Sweater

J. Brand Jeans

Steve Madden Booties

Kate Spade Purse

 

Chocolate Football Cookies

I know that people love the Superbowl for the game and the commercials but I love it for the snacks. And since the Raiders didn’t make this year I’ll definitely be sitting at the food table all Sunday long. If you’re anything like me and live for the snacks or you just need something to bring to the party, you’re going to love these chocolate football cookies!

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These chocolate cookies are not only super cute and perfect for the super bowl but they are also chewy and delicious! You might want to double the batch because they’ll be gone before the halftime show. Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Football Cookies:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Mix together butter, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed until smooth.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Form a ball with the cookie dough and roll it out.
  • Cut into football shapes using a Football Cookie Cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Cool the cookies before moving or icing.
  • I used melted white chocolate to frost but you can use regular icing as well.

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I hope everyone has a blast this Superbowl Sunday and be sure to share this delicious recipe with your friends!

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