Bourbon Orange Pound Cake

I’m so confused right now.

Today totally felt like Monday, so I keep forgetting that it’s actually Wednesday. My suitcase is still packed from this weekend and laundry needs to be done.

And, even though I’m trying to tell you guys about this bourbon orange pound cake, all I can think about is strawberries.

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I went out tonight to pick strawberries for the first time in a week. Blame the travel, blame a little bit of laziness, blame the rain, blame whatever you want, but it had been too long. I even brought 2 huge bowls with me because I figured there would be a ton….but I think we’re hitting the end of our berries, which put me in a bad mood.

I’m not ready for our berries to be done! I still have to wait another month and a half for figs and raspberries. I wanted more pie! More jam! More berries in our freezer! Can someone please just come take my day job away from me so I can plant an acre of berries and just be a farm girl already?

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Since I’ve been working on freezing and jamming and inhaling strawberries lately, I’m backed up on recipe posts and haven’t even posted anything with strawberries yet! Such a shame. But those are coming soon, I promise.

Before I get to the strawberry recipes, I have to share this pound cake. Remember that pound cake phase I went through last year? Well, it had been long enough. I needed either a sponge cake or pound cake for a recipe I was testing a few weeks ago and I figured, this is the perfect time to make another pound cake for myself!

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i cannot stop watching this video – have you seen it?
 

 
in other news, i’m still recovering from my weekend in austin with 500+ bloggers. recipe coming soon!

BlogHer Food ‘13, Part 2

The one bad thing about being so busy at these conferences is that I never get all the pictures I want. When I’m there, I feel like I’m taking pictures all the time, but as soon as I go to put them into a post, I realize just how much I missed!

After the Stonyfield reception, the rest of the weekend went by like a blur. I spent a few hours each day with the fabulous Stonyfield and Organic Valley girls at the booth, talking to bloggers and eating my weight in yogurt and string cheese.

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Stonyfield and Organic Valley had also set up different times during the days to feature recipes from Liz, Amelia, and me – I’ll have to get all the recipes to make them at home and post them here because Amelia’s parfaits and Liz’s dips were great! It’s always nice to have new ways to use yogurt – especially in savory dishes.

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For their “cookie and milk” break, they used my almond no bake cookies and some chocolate cookies that I’ll be making and posting soon.

The other bad (but kind of great) thing about these conferences? There is food everywhere. Not even just at meal times, but there’s always food out for snack breaks, plus at the booths, and then just around in the city, too.

But I could definitely get used to having a cookies and milk break every afternoon. Can we build that into a normal workday? Maybe at least once a week?

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After a few days of non-stop conference action, we had a smaller yogurt-topping bar get together to end the weekend and it was just perfect. A handful of people – all good friends now – Stonyfield greek yogurt and all kinds of toppings plus a lot of laughs.

Even though I’m back home, I already miss all my blogger friends. It’s always bittersweet because these are some of the only times I get to see other bloggers and my friends from Stonyfield. But I can’t wait until next year! Who knows what new flavors Stonyfield might have by then…and it’ll be fun to share that with all of you.

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PS: If you haven’t tried their Pineapple greek yogurt, put it on your list – I think it’s officially my favorite now!

A big thanks to Stonyfield for sponsoring my trip – it’s always a fun time!

BlogHer Food ‘13, Part 2

The one bad thing about being so busy at these conferences is that I never get all the pictures I want. When I’m there, I feel like I’m taking pictures all the time, but as soon as I go to put them into a post, I realize just how much I missed!

After the Stonyfield reception, the rest of the weekend went by like a blur. I spent a few hours each day with the fabulous Stonyfield and Organic Valley girls at the booth, talking to bloggers and eating my weight in yogurt and string cheese.

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Stonyfield and Organic Valley had also set up different times during the days to feature recipes from Liz, Amelia, and me – I’ll have to get all the recipes to make them at home and post them here because Amelia’s parfaits and Liz’s dips were great! It’s always nice to have new ways to use yogurt – especially in savory dishes.

Hello from steamy Austin, Texas! And why didn’t anyone tell me how hot it is here this early in the summer? I don’t think I could ever be a Texas girl. I walked 2 blocks the other morning to CVS and it looked like my face was melting off. At 10:30 in the morning. Not the best look for me.

The city is currently being taken over by food bloggers, flooding instagram with taco and pedi-cab pics, and it’s been fun so far.

I’m here at BlogHer Food with Stonyfield again and I couldn’t be happier – they have such a great group of girls here representing them. If you’re here, come see us! If you’re not here this year, I hope you can make it to the next one! It’s pretty crazy when hundreds of foodies take over a city.

The other night, Stonyfield and Organic Valley held a cocktail reception at Parkside in Austin, and, well, I basically want to move in there. It was such a neat space and we had fantastic food – all made with either Stonyfield yogurt or Organic Valley milk.

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I was there co-hosting with my friends Amelia from Eating Made Easy and Liz from The Lemon Bowl, plus the fabulous Stonyfield and Organic Valley team. Also…one city with tons of ladies and their cute outfits? Now all I want to do is shop.

Double Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Posting smoothie recipes always feels like such a cop-out to me. It’s a smoothie. If you’re anything like me, you just throw things in the blender, turn it on, and hope that it turns out good. Right?

But sometimes, they turn out pretty good. So I make them a few more times, taking time to measure the ingredients, and field test them for weekday breakfasts or afternoon snacks, just to make sure they’re worth putting up here.

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Chocolate and cherries isn’t anything new. I remember when there was a huge craze online a few years ago for something similar to this but with spinach mixed in. This is not that.

You could definitely add spinach to this (I have – you can’t even tell it’s in there), but it’s nice to see a smoothie recipe every now and then that doesn’t call for 4 cups of greens.

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Even without the spinach, this smoothie is a pretty healthy way to start your day.

I’ve tried something similar with vanilla almond milk and with non-flavored, but the chocolate milk and the cocoa powder really make this one special with the tart frozen cherries.

And…you can never go wrong with extra chocolate. Especially for breakfast.