Friday, January 30, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gluten Free Recipe// Lemon Poke Cake


I promised you the recipe, and here it is! Such a moist, lemony cake that's not too sweet. Plus, you don't have to worry about gluten intolerances. Believe me, even wheat-eaters will devour this cake!

For the cake, I was inspired by this recipe. Of course, I tweaked it a bit according to what I had on hand.

Lemon Poke Cake Recipe

6 eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup milk, almond milk, coconut milk or your choice of milk replacer
6 Tbls raw sugar or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut flour

1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and grease your pan.
2. Whisk together first four ingredients, making sure eggs are well incorporated.
3. Whisk in the coconut oil and lemon juice and zest.
4. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, sift together the last three ingredients.
5. Spoon batter into prepared pan, smooth top of batter if necessary.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

While your cake is baking, you can prepare your lemon syrup and frosting.

Lemon Syrup
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 Tbls raw sugar or honey

1. Heat ingredients over low heat, just until sugar is dissolved. 
2. When cake is done baking, poke holes in it with a fork. 
3. Drizzle lemon syrup over and let cake cool.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting
1 1lb box Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 Tbls lemon juice
2 Tbls heavy cream, optional
lemon zest to garnish

1. Whip butter until fluffy.
2. Add sugar and lemon juice alternately.
3. Add in heavy cream if frosting is too thick for your liking.
4. Frost cake when cooled and garnish with zest if desired.


Viola! 
There you have a delicious cake for your next celebration! But heck, who says there has to be a special occasion for cake? Every day is a special occasion!
Love from,
Layla

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What She Wore// Purple & Red

Here's an outfit I never posted from this time last year...


 This winter has been pretty mild compared to last winter. We've hardly had any snow, but as you can see in these pictures, we had loads of it last year!

 Not to mention, huge icicles as well!

-What She Wore-
white shirt-from a friend
hooded cardigan- thrifted $10
scarf- Christmas gift
pants- Walmart $13
coat- from a friend
boots- Army Navy Surplus $30
hat- knitted by me

Not bad for a cozy outfit with lots of layers, eh?
I hope you are staying cozy this winter!
Love from,
Layla

Liam// 82 Days Old

This post will be mostly pictures.
They speak for themselves...

 Man, he's just such a cutie! 
He's been giggling a lot, and already loves his tummy-time!


















I can't believe he's already almost three months but at the same time, can't believe he isn't older! He's a chunker!



Here is a little video I took of him the other night. Enjoy!
Love,
Hagen


Life// Eli's Birthday


 As you may have noticed, Eli is quite crazy. I can't seem to capture a moment where he is at all serious. I guess that just might be because he never really is....

  He turned six on the 20th, where does the time go?

 He couldn't choose whether he wanted to eat cake first or open presents first, so he did both.

 Amazing Batman attire, made by Layla.



 Horse wood-burning, made by Gabe.
 The birthday cake was scrumptious, a soft chocolate cake topped with whipped coconut cream.

It was quite a day!
Eli is always the one to make us laugh when we are down and always looks on the bright side.  I am so thankful to have him as my brother!
Love,
Hagen

Life// Matilda's Birthday

On the 11th of this month, our sister Matilda turned 9!

Hagen and I woke- up extra early to decorate. We decorated the house with pink balloons and ribbons. Hagen whipped up an adorable little bunting, too!

About to blow out the candles!
Look at those happy faces...
A pair of girly wristlets.
A craft box made by Hagen. (I feel a tutorial coming soon!)
Her dream is to be a potter, so our parents bought her some pottery clay!
She requested a lemon cake this year and I must say, it turned out terrific! 
I will be posting my recipe for this cake very soon!



Matilda is such a sweet, smart and crafty girl. Not to mention, she has a great sense of humor! She's spunky, yet girly. She's special and we love her!

Hope you are having a great weekend!
Love from,
Layla

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Here we are with January almost over and we are only just now doing a Christmas post....
My, what a whirlwind it has been! But the wind has started to cease and the excitement of the Holidays has started to fade.







         
















Layla, showing off the apron I made her...            ...and me, showing off the crocheted goods she made me.

Of course we can't forget about the food!
I must confess, I was too much of a pig to photograph the dinner, but I slowed down long enough to get a shot of Mama's Almond Pie. It was so scrumptious!

The best gift of all,of course, is The Gift. The Reason that we have Christmas at all...  

Looking back, it was quite a day, filled with joy and laughter and love! And naps...
Love,
Hagen