Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

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Have a Happy Easter! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blackberry Crumb Cake

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was fabulous! We have old, old, old friends know the kind that you have shared so many great adventures and times with that you just talk non-stop all the time and laugh so much by the time you go to bed at night your stomach hurts?

We have been baking and cooking up a storm. Yesterday we made this delicious Blackberry Crumb Cake, that I adapted from a Williams Sonoma recipe. I think it would be excellent with any fresh berry and an excellent addition your Easter brunch. 

Blackberry Crumb Cake
adapted from William Sonoma

For crumb Topping:

1 cup flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 stick of melted butter

For the cake:
13/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
1 cup of sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups of fresh blackberries


Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 10 inch springform pan. Or 3 small 3-4 inch pans and 1 6 inch pan. Set aside

To make crumb topping,  in small bowl mix flour, sugar and add melted butter. Stir until mixture resembles small crumbs. Set aside

For cake: In a small bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. 

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until well blended. Add to the flour mixture and beat until smooth, about two minutes. 

Spoon the batter into prepared pan(s). Cover evenly with blackberries, then sprinkle the topping over the berries.

Bake until topping is golden brown or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 38-40 minutes for 10 springform pan. And about 40-50 minutes for 6 inch pan. The 3-4 inch pans only need to bake about 25-30 minutes. 

Cool on wire wrack for 20 minutes, then remove sides of pan, serve warm or at room temperature. 

These little cakes are scrumptious! They are slightly sweet, moist, tender and filled with fresh berries. The addition of the buttery crumb topping makes this delicious accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee. 

The only thing that I would change is to make more crumb topping, (I cannot get enough of it) and to add more berries. 

I made this recipe in three 3-4 inch springform pans and one 6 inch pan. I did not have any spillage, but the little pans did look close to going over in my oven. The 6 inch pan does take longer to bake, but you have to be careful not to bake it too much, otherwise the outside gets very dark. 

I think my next recipe will be with raspberries which are a favorite. If you are searching for a coffee cake recipe than you should consider this or one of the many recipes from my post last week, follow the link HERE.

I am taking the rest of the week off to enjoy my friends, I hope you have a great week! Be safe in your travels and enjoy your day!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Silent Sunday

Enjoy your day!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Welcome to the Weekend: Friday Favorites

Wow! What a week, I have gone from freezing cold, snowy weather, to beautiful 70 degree days and now back to freezing cold, snowy weather. 

At the same time I have put away 5 Christmas trees, hundreds of ornaments and other holiday paraphernalia and now have Easter bunnies and chocolate chicks piled in baskets for my guests.

Although I am trying to be a good blogger I am falling behind on commenting on my favorite blogs, I have been out reading though and this week these are my favorite finds.

An excellent book recommendation, from History and Women, Above All Things by Tanis Rideout. 

An introduction to the fabulous photographer Brent Darby by The Zhush, you must visit his web page because his work is amazing, from interiors to travel and more. 

Brent Darby Photography Image from The Zhush

Spring is upon us and I know many of us have trips planned for the coming months. Marsha at Splenderosa has the perfect travel wardrobe featured this week. I love it all. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to paint your walls black? I have, the closest I have come so far is a powder room and it is hot chocolate brown. At La Maison Boheme, Sarah is getting ready to paint her office black and she had a great post this week filled with beautiful inspiration rooms. 

Image from Elle Decor

Speaking of beautiful rooms, at Little Emma English Home this week, a house tour of Anastasia Hutton-Summers' white cottage. It is lovely. 

For those of us that are experiencing a cold spell and unusual Spring weather, oh wait...I think that is all of us, here is a great list of soups to try from 101 Cookbooks.

Simple Tomato Soup Image Heidi Swanson from 101 Cookbooks

And finally 48 Ways to Get Your Life in Order from Successify. This is a great list of suggestions with everything from healthy eating to getting rid of clutter as a way to get your life in order. 

 What about you, do you have a favorite post that you read this week? 

I would love to hear about it as I am always curious to find new blogs, recipes and books. 

I wish you a warm, wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Decorating

Easter Table scape via Grandin Road

Good morning! I have finally put away the last Christmas decorations so to be honest, the last things I want to do is decorate for Easter. Perhaps I will just use fresh flowers and lots of chocolate?

Eddie Ross via Women's Day Magazine

There are so many great ideas if you want to decorate for the holiday, between the magazines and Pinterest you could find enough ideas for your house, as well as all of your neighbors. 

Easter bunny garland via Martha Stewart

I have found everything from traditional pastels and eggs, to blue and white, to chocolate and tulips. 

Easter bunnies via Wunderweib

Do you decorate for Easter? Do you use traditional pastels, grass and eggs? Or do you use flowers and branches?

Easter Egg Tree County Living Magazine

Easter Pastels from Ladies Home Journal

I love using what you have to decorate; cake plates, egg cups, moss from the garden or whatever else you have on hand. 

Easter Flowers Martha Stewart

After all the holiday is about more than the decorations but it is always nice to make our family and friends feel special. 

Easter for Two via Wunderweib

Easter Eggs Country Living Magazine

 I cannot decide which I like the best. 

Easter Tulips Martha Stewart

If you had to choose, which is your favorite room? 

Easter tablescape via Wunderweib

Easter Dinner Better Homes and Gardens

I think my favorite is this last image below, I love the branches, the blue and white service, the little chocolate bunnies, and the rest. 

Easter Tablescape via Wunderweib

I hope that you have a great day. Stay warm and safe, I think more snow is on the way for some, and for others unseasonably warm temperatures.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Easter Egg Breakfast Ideas

"The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements  in harmony with each other. " 
~ Arthur Rubenstein ~

Ranchero Tostada from The Sprouted Kitchen via Bon Appetit

Good morning! Happy Spring! Can you believe that it is the first day of Spring? Although the calendar says its Spring I think that Mother nature is not ready to let go of her grip on the weather or Winter. 

Amish Breakfast Casserole by Key Ingredient

No matter the weather time is forging ahead and that means that Easter is just around the corner. 

Image from la la loosh Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

I experimented yesterday with two of the coffee cakes I featured, as well as, a double chocolate chip cookie recipe, they were all excellent and I will share them later this week in case you want to try them yourself. 

Breakfast Mac and Cheese by Dinner and Dessert

For now I am researching breakfast casseroles and more substantial fare. So far, my favorite find is the breakfast macaroni and cheese. I have never had it before and I think it might be something I will be making. 

Cheesy Spinach Sausage Casserole from Brown Eyed Baker 

I have to be honest I am not a huge fan of "the incredible edible egg" so finding recipes that incorporate them is always a plus for me. After all a person needs their protein.

Breakfast Pizza from The Smitten Kitchen

What do you think of these recipes? Have you made any of these casseroles? Does your family have another favorite?

Breakfast Burger by Pass the Sushi

If you find something here and you try it please come back and let us know. I think they all look scrumptious and I raise my hat to these talented bloggers, not only for the recipe ideas but the beautiful photos. 

Breakfast Tacos from Annie Eats

I wish you a wonderful day, enjoy the first day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Coffee Cake Ideas

Image of  Blackberry Sour cream coffee cake made by Tide and Thyme

Good morning! Can you believe it is almost Spring? I am finding it hard to believe quite honestly; in one day the weather dropped 35 degrees here, the sunny skies turned grey and ugly and it has been raining non-stop. 

Blueberry Coffee Cake made by Pine Cones and Acorns

As I mentioned yesterday I have been searching for some breakfast ideas for the upcoming holidays. Eggs and bacon and those sorts of things are easy but I wanted something that I could make ahead and have for people who do not like typical breakfast food. 

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Coffee made by Pine Cones and Acorns

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Image from Mother Thyme Blog

As I often do I turned to Pinterest, and it did not disappoint. 

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake from A Cup of Mascarpone Blog

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod Blog

I have found everything from traditional cinnamon struesel coffee cake, to cream cheese to fruit filled. 

Buttery Bream Cheese Coffee Cake from Kitchen Lab Project

Today in fact I will be trying out a couple of these recipes so I will let you know how they are, just in case you are home for the holidays and are looking for something to try. 

Raspberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Annie's Eats

Are you a coffee cake fan? Do you prefer fruit filled, struesel topped or something else? Typically I go for traditional cinnamon struesel, but I am open to trying something new like perhaps the chocolate chip coffee cake below. 

Chocolate Coffeecake by The Keenan Cookbook Blog

I am also going to explore a few of the suggestions that you emailed to me, thank you!

Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake made by Pine Cones and Acorns

I hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Getting Ready for Easter and Give Away Winner

Good morning! I hope that you enjoyed your St.Patrick's Day weekend. Did you have a glass of stout and perhaps some corned beef and cabbage?

Sadly, I did not celebrate. Truth be told I actually spent the weekend taking down my Christmas decorations. Yes, I did say Christmas. My only excuse is that because of work, family commitments and travel I have been unable to get it done until now. 

Now that I have finished that task, I am frantically getting ready for guests who arrive on Saturday and will be staying until after Easter. I am searching for recipes for Easter breakfast and dinner. Any ideas?

Do you have any recipes to share? Muffins, coffee cake, breakfast casserole? 

Or some side dishes for Easter lunch/dinner? I am having a hard time coming up with something new.

I love traditional Easter fare but I feel like a little change, so any suggestions and links to recipes are more than welcome. 

Oh before I forget, the winner of the Paris Flea Market Style book is..... Cheri! Congratulations! The book is fabulous I think you will love it. Please send me your address at

Enjoy your day!