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Orange Cake for Easter April 21, 2014

Filed under: Baking,Recipes — itsrebekahlyn @ 9:30 AM
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I was in the grocery store this weekend, forgetting how crazy the stores are the day before a holiday. I’m a precision shopper. I know what I want and 98% of the time I know exactly where it is so I can get in and out quickly. Unfortunately, most of the other shoppers I encountered on Saturday had no idea what they wanted and they clogged the aisles as they read labels or studied the shelves. I waited patiently behind one woman whose cart was parked on one side of the aisle while she stood in the middle of the aisle reading the label on a bottle of maple syrup. Then two other women came flying past, nearly running over the label reader and narrowly missing a large stock cart.

 

Every aisle was like a lane of traffic during rush hour, carts parked or crawling at turtle-like speeds. All of the chaos made me forget the only two ingredients, buttermilk and orange extract, I actually needed to make the mini Bundt cakes I had planned to make for Easter. Fortunately, I was able to stop at a less crowded store and pick up the buttermilk and I managed to make fresh squeezed orange juice work for the orange extract. Knowing the stores would be closed on Sunday in honor of Easter was the only thing that made all of the congestion bearable. I’m happy to support businesses that recognize the importance of honoring such an important day.

 

With my family all out of state, I was grateful to be invited over to a friends’ house for dinner to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. My small contribution to the meal was dessert, Orange Mini Bundt Cakes from the May/June issue of Tea Time.

 

 

Orange Mini Bundt Cakes

Makes 10-18 cakes

Depending on the size of your pans

 

1½ cps plus 3 tablespoons sifted cake flour

Orange Mini Bundt Cakes with Confectioners' Sugar

Orange Mini Bundt Cakes with Confectioners’ Sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup salted butter, softened

1 ¼ cups sugar

¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons fresh orange zest

1 teaspoon orange extract

½ cup whole buttermilk

Garnish: Confectioners’ sugar

 

*Preheat oven to 325 degrees

*Spray 2 (12 well) mini Bundt cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour

(I used two 6 well pans and the batter filled 10)

*In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda, whisking well. Set aside.

*In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Add orange zest and orange extract, beating to combine.

*Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternately with buttermilk, beating at low speed until incorporated. Divide batter evenly among wells of prepared pans. Tap pans on countertop to level batter and reduce air bubbles.

*Bake unit cakes are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, approximately 20 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling racks, and let cool completely.

*Before service, garnish cakes with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

 

6 well mini Bundt pan

6 well mini Bundt pan

Make-ahead tip: Cakes can be made a week in advance and frozen in an airtight container. Let thaw completely before garnishing and serving.

 

Fire Sale! October 20, 2013

books A Fire Graphic

Many of you who have followed this blog for a while know that I write Christian fiction. For six days I will be moving out of my comfortable niche and participating in a sale with a  number of authors representing a wide variety of genres. It’s a great opportunity to reach a whole new group of readers. 

The Books-a-Fire authors are back with more fabulous deals and NEW books to buy. There are no gimmicks or hoops to jump through, only incredible prices on every single book. Just point, click, and buy books in every genre for just 99 cents each.

YES!  All 46 books on the page are priced at 99 cents to make your shopping easy and affordable.  For less than the price of a dinner out, you could buy every single book on the page.

To make it really easy, we’ve also created categories.  Click your favorite category at the top of the page and see all the books that are on sale in that category.  Load your Kindle with all 46 books and enjoy a quiet read now that the kids are back in school.  You’ve had a hectic summer so treat yourself to a good book today!  Go to www.booksafire.com

 

Happy Birthday Mom! August 24, 2012

Filed under: Family — itsrebekahlyn @ 11:57 AM
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You may remember just two weeks ago we celebrated my dad’s birthday. Today it is all about mom. This year is a milestone for her, but I won’t tell you which one. We are spending the weekend in Atlanta shopping till we drop. Yesterday we went to Ikea and then discovered this very cool store called Mega Mart.

 

Mega Mart is the size of a Macy’s or Dilliard’s with one floor of clothes, furniture, housewares, and jewelry, and one floor that is all grocery. Mom & I both love exploring the foods of other cultures. When we visited Cozumel, Mexico a few years ago we went to the Mega Superstorenot far from the port and brought home some home some Svelte, a Mexican powdered milk product. When we were in St. Maarten, the French side, a friend told us to Zangs, where we got French baguettes and passion fruit juice concentrate. So stumbling upon Mega Mart in Atlanta was a real treat for us. We easily spent an hour wandering the aisles trying to figure out what so many of the food items were. I was astounding to see how much dried seafood they had, everything from dried kelp to dried anchovies.

 

Today, we are going to Mall of Georgia and the nearby Tanger Outlet. What woman wouldn’t be thrilled to spend the entire day shopping? I am so happy I was able to get time off work to spend this time with my mom. These are the memories that will keep me company when she is off enjoying retirement.

Happy birthday mom! I love you a bushel and a peck.

Tea Selection at Mega Mart

 

Mega Mart Atlanta

 

My Love for Barnes & Noble August 3, 2012

Filed under: Books,Recipes,Tea — itsrebekahlyn @ 12:04 PM
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Rebekah Lyn's bookcaseI’m a Barnes & Noble girl.  From the first time I pulled open those colonial green doors, breathed in the welcoming aroma of fresh brewed coffee, and my gaze fell upon the evenly spaced rows of dark stained bookcases filled with new adventures waiting to be opened, I was in love.   Gathering a pile of books and collapsing into a comfy chair to decide which treasures would go home with me, was the highlight of many a college weekend.

 

Now, I’ve noticed most of the stores have removed those wonderful chairs, leaving only the hard, straight-backed seats in the café for respite from scouring the aisles.  I guess that is the corporate office’s attempt to discourage loitering and reading without purchasing.  In a way I can understand the change, but at the same time I miss the leisurely feel they added, like I was visiting a friend’s home library and being invited to take all the time I needed to choose the books I was interested in.

 

One of the stores near me is two stories with several large tables on the second level overlooking the main floor.  I don’t get to this location as often as I would like, but some summer afternoons, I am content to purchase a trenta Passion Tea Lemonade from the Starbucks café, ride the escalator to the second floor, and sit at one of these tables, watching the people below weave through the aisles.  Some move with purpose directly to their intended section, but most wander aimlessly, pulling a book out to scan its cover or simply touching a beautiful cover.  Maybe one day I will meet my future husband on one of these lazy afternoons and we will talk of all the good books still waiting to be discovered.  Until then, I think I will mix up my own Passion Tea Lemonade and take a break in the backyard to soak up a few rays.  If you want to make your own drink and join me in the sun here’s the recipe I used.

 

 
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