i tried this recipe for the first time last night, and it’s definitely worth passing on. the batter was so light & fluffy, and the sour cream really seems to give it a little something extra. enjoy!
1 stick butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1 ¾ cup ap flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ cup sour cream
1 cup [or more] bananas, mashed
½ cup nuts [optional]
4 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder6 tablespoons sugar1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar3 teaspoon vanilla extract3 1/2 cups heavy cream6 oz semi sweet chocolate6 tablespoons espresso3/4 teaspoon cinnamon2 1/2 boxes nabisco chocolate wafers2 tablespoons cocoa powder
this weekend in a nutshell: no plans < plans
my best friend jennifer [and partner in crime] called after work friday reminding me of the annual girls ‘spring fling’ party at a mutual friends house. so i ditched my workout plans, and instead spent the evening surrounded with friends, food and nonstop laughs. we all ended up parading over to our local watering hole and staying entirely too late. i saw so many old friends, and it was one of those nights you just couldn’t plan if you tried.
needless to say, i was in no shape to participate in my saturday morning group workout, so i stayed in bed until it was time to meet jamie for lunch. we had such a nice time catching up on each others lives and it was long overdue.
i got a call from my sisters in wilmington after lunch, suggesting i drive down for our friend cody’s birthday. after mulling it over for a minute, i ran home, threw some clothes in a bag, and arrived just in time for his hawaiian themed birthday party. we chowed down on grilled wings and jello shots, bahama mama’s and a jello shot ‘cake’, had karaoke in the garage and a campfire in the back yard, took pictures of our famous ‘i’m shy’ pose and shared so many laughs my cheeks hurt.
we were in bed by midnight and up by nine to grab breakfast at bojangles before marta headed off to work. em & i painted our nails on the deck and read trashy magazines before meeting cody at our favorite mexican restaurant for cinco de mayo beers and the best food around.
i headed home later on, and a ‘quick stop’ to see my guy on the way home ended up being an overnight visit and early to bed sharing our weekend stories. and while i woke up exhausted this morning, i can say without a doubt that it’s some of the most fun i’ve had in a long time.
moral of the story? when life gives you opportunity to be spontaneous and spend time with those you care about most, drop all the excuses and just go.—
there is no love sincerer than the love of food.
last night, natasha cooked an authentic cuban meal for all of us — and it was the jam. she is an amazing cook! we had pork empanadas, fried plantains, and rice+beans. it was all so delicious.
grace brought dessert — a light, fluffy cheesecake with strawberries — that had us all [i know i wasn’t the only one…] going back for seconds.
throw in a few bottles of wine, great stories, and lots of laughs and you have yourself a perfect night. thanks, ladies, for being the highlight of my week! you’re fabulous.
these gals, they’re my gals. [through & through]
a lazy friday evening with rhyan, where all we did was eat dinner & catch up on our dvr’d shows from the week.
saturday followed with a tough morning workout with my trainer, an hour long nap & some basketball at the local park. [rhyan headed over to his dads so i could have him this weekend when we visit my dad & bobbi]
i made my way to the goat for drink[s] with the always entertaining & lovable leah, and the impromptu meeting of rob. many laughs, and perhaps a heart to heart were had before i found myself in the company of my guy … who was in the mood for moonlight pizza & beer before snuggles on the couch watching snl.
we were completely unmotivated to run sunday morning, but somehow managed to get out the door and dug deep for a five mile jaunt on the trails. which of course earned a reward of freshly brewed coffee, homemade steak & eggs, with sauteed onions & fresh avocados … and a nap afterwards.
it was a do-nothing kinda weekend, one i most certainly enjoyed.