Happy Monday! I'm hoping everyone enjoyed their weekends. Mine was nice and productive/relaxing. We did have some great eats on Friday night and Saturday morning though!
Friday night, we met my sister and our friends, Mary and Gary, at the Iberian Pigin Decatur. We ordered everything on the menu- from Bacon-Wrapped Dates, to Pork Cheek and Truffled Eggs, to Wild Boar Sausage Meatballs. It was all extremely delicious! No pictures...sorry. I forgot my camera :(
Saturday morning, we met for brunch at Rosebud. It's the same place where Jeff and I had brunch on Easter morning.
Again, we ordered a ton of stuff. For starters, we got the Homemade Pimento Cheese. So good.
My sister and I split the Nasty Royale(ham, brie, truffled scrambled eggs and truffled honey mustard on a french baguette).....
(check out that brie!)
And the special, Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes...
I also got an All Natural Black Cherry Soda. Odd craving, I know.
Other items ordered were the Kobe Beef Burger...
Southern Fried Chicken with Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Coleslaw...
And the Cobb Salad...
Hands down my favorite brunch place in Atlanta. Or anywhere, for that matter.
The rest of the weekend was spent writing a 28 page paper until 11 pm on Saturday night (not joking), and then Sunday was spent cleaning, doing laundry, walking, and a lot of quality time with my sewing machine. I made our daughter her first homemade dress!
I bought the pattern from Etsy (Owly Baby is the Vendor), and had the fabric already. So essentially, it was free. Yahoo! I pressed and pressed the seams, hoping to make it look store bought.
I think I'll add some ribbon to the top next time, and a pocket just for fun.
For my first attempt, it wasn't too bad. I can't wait to get some cute and colorful fabric!
Ok, on to this cake. It's really good. It's another Ina Garten recipe, and it's delicious. The batter is similar to any other pound cake batter, except it has a ton of vanilla and some honey in it. First, you cream your sugar and butter, and add in your wet ingredients.
Then sift together the dry ingredients...
Slowly add your eggs to the wet ingredients, one at a time. Then slowly combine the wet and dry.
Bake for about 55 minutes at 350 - delish.
Pound cake is probably the ONLY cake I like. Crazy, eh?
Trust me, you'll like this one, too.
INA GARTEN'S HONEY-VANILLA POUND CAKE
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 cups sifted cake flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Grease the bottom of an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan.Line the bottom with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes, until light.Meanwhile, put the eggs, honey, vanilla, and lemon zest in a glass measuring cup but do not combine.With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the egg mixture, one egg at a time, scraping down the bowl and allowing each egg to become incorporated before adding the next egg.
- Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.With the mixer on low speed, add it slowly to the batter until just combined.Finish mixing the batter with a rubber spatula and pour it into the prepared pan. Smooth the top.Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Cool for 15 minutes, turn out onto a baking rack, and cool completely.