|Awkward Kitchenette: Lemon Pound Cake|
Every mom has the ultimate mom moment - the moment you know that you are truly an AH-mazing mother.
My moment was the culmination of several events, beginning with my little brother flying in from New York and allowing us to celebrate his birthday with him. I had offered my home as the venue, in exchange for only having to supply cake. I asked everyone to arrive around 5:00 pm.
At approximately 10:30 am that morning, (after exercising, but before a shower) my little brother called to say that he and his boyfriend would be arriving in no less than 30 minutes.
We had at some point apparently discussed his coming early to spend extra time with us. As I ran through the list of things that could not be skipped in the next 30 minutes (uh, shower) my lovely mother called to say that, surprise! she, my aunt, and uncle would also be early, arriving in about 45 minutes.
These two conversations are what sparked my amazingness into action: I grabbed all three kids and set (dropped?) them on the bed and began singing their nap time vocal arrangements, while actually getting them dressed for the day (whoops).
Then, while I continued to sing (badly), I put each one in their respective beds, tucked them in, turned on the shower, and managed to wash my hair and my self in two minutes flat. While this is incredibly impressive (I know), I also continued the high-volume lullabies while I cleaned up the entire living room, and got dressed and put on makeup in the process.
I may have also combed my hair, but we will never really know.
And there you have it. In thirty minutes and zero seconds I was able to: get 3 children under 3 dressed for the day and asleep in their beds; take a shower and get myself ready for the day; and clean my living room.
Are you super impressed? You should be.
So maybe this event has more to do with my multi-tasking skills than my mothering skills, but what mother doesn't find multi-tasking one of her most important skills? In fact, as I write this post, I'm actually finishing bedtime. And ignoring my husband. Ha.
So on this most fabulous of days, I also baked two lemon pound cakes, which turned out excellently, if I do say so myself.
I got this recipe from the food network website. I was searching around for something lemony (and cake-ish) and stumbled upon this recipe for Lemon Cake by the Barefoot Contessa.
Lemon Pound Cake
2 sticks butter
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
zest & juice of 3 lemons
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two bread pans. (I actually forgot to grease them and it still turned out ok).
Step 2: Put butter and *two cups* (not all of it) in the mixer and cream until fluffy.
Step 3: Add eggs, all of the lemon zest, about half of the lemon juice, and the vanilla, and continue mixing.
Step 5: Slowly add all flour mix to the butter bowl and mix until creamy. This can take a while.
Step 6: When it's all mixed, dump half into each bread pan, and cook for about 1 hour (mine took *slightly* longer) at 350 degrees. Stick a toothpick in the center to be sure it's done.
Step 7: While they're baking, dump the rest of the lemon juice and 1/2 cup of sugar in a sauce pan and heat on low until the sugar is melted.
Step 8: Take the cakes out of the oven (!) and pour the syrupy lemon juice over the tops. Then allow them to cool in the pans (otherwise that syrupy stuff will make a gigantic mess).
Mmmm more lemony goodness: