Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 1 large egg white
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (8-ounce) carton lemon low-fat yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°.
Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 tablespoons flour and blueberries in a small bowl, and toss well. Combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in blueberry mixture and vanilla; pour cake batter into a 10-inch tube pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl; drizzle over warm cake.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday morning we woke to Hubby playing "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys which of course got us all in the mood to get our game face on and tackle the city. That is exactly what we did! We walked through TriBeCa then SoHo and finally made it over to the Lower East Side to our destination brunch location -Essex. It was my first time eating at Essex and I now know why it is known for being one of the best in the city. Delicious and affordable!!
After a long relaxing brunch we jumped on the subway and made our way to Midtown and did some shopping while the guys hung out up by the park. We of course joined them in the park and decided to play with a rabid raccoon.
We talked it out and came to agreement that it might not be the smartest idea to continue playing with this little guy. So we moved on to Time Square. We had a first-timer with us and so this was a must see. The temperature dropped significantly so we headed back to the apartment and revived by some hot showers. And then headed back out to the West Village for dinner to a little understated Italian restaurant named, Bar Pitti. (We were introduced to this spot by our small group leaders - we are lucky enough to come here Sunday nights after small group) The food is wonderful and real Italian. (You might also spot a celebrity or two) Since it's a great local place -there was an hour wait (even at 9PM) So we headed to the Blind Tiger for a drink next to the fireplace until it was time to eat (at 10PM) At 11:30 we were scooted out because there were still a few people waiting to eat. We were all so excited about our great food that we walked down Bleecker St and played some darts at Bleecker St Bar. Finally, came home to have another slumber party.