Friday, December 14, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

1 ¾ c all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
½ t kosher salt
2 eggs
¾ c granulated sugar
½ c canola oil
1 t vanilla extract
6 oz lemon yogurt
1 T poppy seeds
2 t lemon zest

Heat oven to 350˚ F. Coat an 8 ½ in. by 4 ½ in. loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil, and poppy seeds.

Gradually add the flour mixture into the egg mixture, stirring until just mixed.

Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (55 – 65 minutes).  Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the bread cools, prepare the glaze. Combine ¾ c confectioners sugar and 2 T lemon juice. Spoon the glaze over the top while the bread is still warm on the rack.

Friday, December 7, 2012


With six people in the family, we have a lot of laundry to do! (Especially when one of them is Elliot.)  We found a DIY laundry soap recipe that we like that we would like to share with you from

1 bar Fels-Naptha soap
1 c Borax
1 c washing soda

Grate the bar soap with a cheese grater. If you value your knuckles, you can use the food processor! Make sure you chop it a bit first, though. Then add the Borax and washing soda until it is a fine mixture. That was easy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Birthday Cupcakes

December is chalk full of birthdays at the Youngs! On Sunday, we celebrated mine. For my birthday, I made chocolate cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting and a chocolate covered strawberry on top. Dad's rating? "Awesome!"

Frosting the cupcakes
While looking for a recipe, I discovered a great cooking blog! The blog has lots of good recipes and ideas, including my cupcake recipe! I recommend you check it out. Click here to see the recipe I used and her other wonderful concoctions.