Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Simply Summer

There's something about summer that calls for being simple. Simple in the way we dress, eat and adorn. Here's to being simple and carefree for the remainder of these warm summer days, even if it just appears that way. A few of our favorite summer things.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

lemon-y goodness cupcakes

Wow. Has it really been 2 months? Let's not let that happen again, shall we?

Now that that's out of the way.... on to the cupcakes!

Baking for us is therapeutic and especially appropriate given it was one of our grandmother's many gifts. And so, for the festive fourth, we baked up a little something lemon-y and patriotic - complete with homemade lemon icing, blueberries and strawberries. Yum!



  1. 4.5 cups all purpose flour
  2. 3 cups granulated sugar
  3. 1.5 cups solid shortening
  4. 1.5 cups milk
  5. 6 eggs
  6. 5 teaspoons double acting baking powder
  7. 1.5 Tablespoons lemon juice
  8. 1 Tablespoon lemon rind

You can substitute 2 teaspoons lemon extract for the lemon juice and rind if you prefer

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Grease cupcake pans or line with papers.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all ingredients. Mix at low, then at high as flower becomes moistened. Beat until batter is creamy, about 2 minutes. Spoon batter into cups about 3/4 full.

Bake for appox. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and dry. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool before icing.

Yield 48 Cupcakes


  1. 1 pound ( 4 loosely packed cups) confectioners sugar
  2. 1 cup solid shortening
  3. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  4. 3 Tablespoons milk
  5. 1 Tablespoon water
  6. 2 Tablespoons lemon extract
  7. Rind of one lemon, grated
  8. Pinch of salt

To ice: Fit a pastry bag with a tip. Fill pastry bag with icing and in a circular motion spread icing over the tops of the cupcakes until... whenever you think it looks yummy!

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