Monday, September 21, 2009

Our Birthdays & Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Patrick & I were born only 5 days apart, my birthday is the 15th and Patrick's is on the 20th. This year on my birthday I made this awesome Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake to bring to work and then later that night I went to my cousin Jolene's to have dinner with her and my aunt Rosie and another one of my cousin's Frannie. It was nice to see Jolene's new place and catch up.

On Saturday, we celebrated both our birthday by going to dinner at Cowboy Jack's a new restaurant near our house. We have talked about going there a few times, but we rarely eat out, so we thought this would be a good opportunity. It was such a beautiful night out and the restaurant is just across Rockford Rd., so we walked there.

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
Adapted from Cooking Light

2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour (about 13 1/2 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
grated zest & juice of one lemon, divided
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16-ounce) container reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, grease a 12-cup Bundt pan and dust it with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Set aside.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, butter, and rind in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition (about 4 minutes total). Beat in vanilla, lemon juice, sour cream and buttermilk. Add all but 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture; beat at medium speed just until combined. Toss blueberries in reserved dry ingredients; gently fold into the batter. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional).

Source: The Kitchen Sink

Patrick's B-Day Present

On Sunday, Patrick got to wear his brand new Packer jersey. Since Brett Favre is now a Viking, Packer fans are no longer satisfied with their old Packer gear and neither is Patrick, so he got a new jersey for his birthday. We also went to church and I had my first day as a helper in the K-3 Children's Church. It went fast, but boy it takes a lot to keep those kids focused for more than a couple minutes.

For Patrick's birthday dinner, I made potstickers from scratch and fried rice, hopefully I will get to posting that soon.

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