Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Great Lemony Desset!

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
or it can be just Lemon Bundt Cake w/out adding blueberries!
(The cake my cute new polka dotted cake stand from Marshalls..true love!! Thank to my friend Jami Jill for "spotting" it for me!!)

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
    1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
    3 eggs
    2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 cup of blueberries sprinkled with flour
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Glaze ingredients:
    1 cup confectioners' sugar
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees .
  • Grease and flour a bundt pan. (So I way overdid this on this cake...last time I didn't do it enough and it stuck to the pan and was hideous...but still tasted great!! I was determined to get it out of the pan this afternoon...and I did!! Whew!!)
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.
  • Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter..mix well! 
  • Add blueberries and mix again.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean. I could have pulled it out about 5 minutes check it near the end of the baking time!
  • While cake is cooking, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
  • When the cake is done,  cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan.
  • While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.  (This makes the cake SUPER MOIST!!!!)
  • For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.
DELICOUS!!  Can't wait to have it tomorrow morning again for breakfast!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Peace, Prayers, and Blessings to Grandma Rose!

"Grandma Rose" (Cecero) Marchese
April 17, 1916-April 12, 2012
Rob's sweet Grandma passed away on Thursday morning....just after midnight!
She was the highlight of our trips to Rob's hometown of Batavia, New York!
It will never be the same without can tell by the obituary...The Marchese Family stays close to home...thank goodness Rob found a job in Austin after getting his masters from RIT (Rochester Institue of Technology)!!  Thank you Motorola/Freescale for hiring him....I am so lucky that he is a TEXAN now and never wants to go back!

Mrs. Rose (Cecero) Marchese, 95, of Batavia died Thursday (April 12, 2012) at United Memorial Medical Center following a short illness, just five days away from her 96th birthday.

She was born in Batavia April 17, 1916, a daughter of the late Vito and Anna Tenebruso Cecero. Mrs. Marchese was a member of Ascension Parish, the Altar and Rosary Society, St. Michael’s Society and the St. Joseph’s Table Committee which she helped to establish. She was also a member the St. Jerome Hospital Guild. Prior to her retirement Rose was employed by the NYS Department of Labor – Unemployment Office, Oliver’s Candies, Don’s Dinette and along with her husband they ran Batavia Washing Machine and Appliance Company.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Marchese in 1978, daughter, Joanne M. Monachino in 2003, daughter-in-law, Joan Koziel Marchese; brothers, Anthony, John, Michael and Dominic Cecero and two sisters Theresa and Mary Cecero.

She is survived by her beloved sons Francis G. Marchese and Victor C. (Fiancée Brenda Scalia) Marchese of Batavia; two grandsons, Paul (Sandra) Marchese of Batavia, Robert (Melayne) Marchese of Austin Texas; two great-grandsons Joseph and Michael Marchese of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Cecero and Joan Marchese of Batavia; brothers-in-law Steve (Rose) Marchese of California and Vincent March of Batavia who survive along with several nieces and nephews who loved Rose.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Catching Fire


Hunger Games    5+ Stars -- LOVED IT!
Catching Fire     4 1/2 Stars -- LIKED it pretty good!

I read The Hunger Games in less than 48 hours....I was so excited to read the next book (Catching Fire) in the Trilogy. It did take me about a month to finish this second book (not sure why??) started right where the other book left that made it a quick, easy transition...but I just couldn't get into it!  We saw The Hunger Games at the movie theater on Good Friday...and it motivated me to pick up this book again...once I did that I couldn't put it down!

After the first book, I was so intrigued by Peeta, Katniss, Gale, and Prim...I could hardly wait to see what happened next..... the author surprised me over and over again. What an imagination! Katniss had a huge heart and she loves her sister well as Peeta and Gale! My favorite part in both books was when they are actually in the arena trying to become is amazing all the obstacles they have to go through.....such brave, wounded souls! Action on every single page...and many unpredictable twists and turns!!

Catching Fire ended with a cliffhanger "Katniss, there is no District Twelve."......I am anxious to read the next book to see where she goes and what she does...but I am not ready yet! I think I will take a Hunger Games break......

The funny thing is..."My PGA Man" went with me to the movie and was quick to come home and download the first book and he is reading it now, too! I am curious to see if he reads through all the trilogy himself before I even start book #3??....he adored the movie almost as much as I did!

Team Gale? Team Peeta? Hmmmm.......I adore Gale.....but after the movie I joined Team Peeta!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter at Onion Creek Club

We had the best time at the annual Onion Creek Club Easter Egg Hunt.  Amy and the girls came with their baskets.......we had an amazing time!
 Taylor and Emily ready to hunt!
Last year Taylor had nothing to do with the Easter Bunny and this year she couldn't get enough hugs from her.....she didn't want to leave...she thought she might just stay with the Easter Bunny all day long!
 On your mark, Get set.....GO!!
Monica our club trainer...makes the best Easter Bunny....but I know it was hot in that costume!
 Checking out her Easter Eggs....
 Emily is ready for the hunt....the older kids all spotted the golden prize egg before they it was a mad dash for the GOLD. Emily still managed to get some year we hope they hide the golden egg a little better so everyone gets a better chance of finding it without the stampede!
Happy Easter 2012!!