Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

Nothing too exciting going on, but here are a few things happening and on my mind...

1. Pink Lemonade Layer Cake...YUM! Okay, really, Paula's Best Dishes shouldn't be on during the 6:00 time slot....Genius on the part of Food Network...bad for the home viewer. Yesterday she made a Pink Lemonade Layer Cake and it looked delicious...perfect for spring and summer. And it's pink!

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more, for coating pans
1 (18 1/4-ounce) box white cake mix
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sweetened pink lemonade drink powder
1 pound confectioners' sugar
5 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Prepare the cake batter according to the package directions. To the batter, stir in the lemon zest, vanilla, and pink lemonade powder. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting by beating together the confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 cup butter until fluffy. Beat in the remaining frosting ingredients until combined.

Transfer one cake to a cake stand or large platter. Using an offset spatula, spread the top of the cake with a layer of frosting. Place the second cake on top of the first. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of both layers.

via Foodnetwork.com

I looked for a picture of it, but couldn't find one...guess I'll just have to make one :)

2. I survived taking another group of third graders to our State House. I love field trips, but hate organizing them. I was in charge this year and quickly remembered how much goes into planning it. Now granted, I got out easy. In April we are going to the Charleston Aquarium for the first time and my fabulous teammate is planning that one. It is much more involved and she is a trooper for being the first one out of the gate organizing it.

I digress...

The weather wasn't great, but the rain did hold off...thank goodness! The kids had wonderful behavior and represented our school very well. We had a very knowledgeable, interesting, and patient tour guide...she was one of the best we have ever had. One of our senators came to speak to our group, the senator and representative spoke to another group, and our third group even ran into the governor. That was a first. A good time was had by all!

3. We have nothing to eat in our house and I greatly dislike grocery shopping. I wish you could grocery shop online...and I'm sure somewhere on the world wide web you can. I enjoy the Publix, but I'm convinced I spend much more there than I would other more no enjoyable grocery stores. Unless I want to continue eating buttered noodles and cereal for dinner, I think I need to get myself to the store.

4. I bought a cute skirt for some fun upcoming spring events...I heart Just the Thing. I bought the top one in green and pink. I love the bow, but they did not have that version. When I bought it I didn't know it was named the "Ashley"...guess it was meant to be.

Emma Graham Designs

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