A few days a week I wake up at 4:45 with Matt. While he is getting ready for work, I make his coffee in a to-go up and pack his lunch. I have come to enjoy the alone time after he leaves and before the kids wake up. I have a few hours to do a couple small chores, like start laundry and unload the dishwasher, and then I am able to watch TV and putter around.
If it is below 50 degrees outside I will start a fire for me and the kids so it is warm when they come downstairs. We keep the heat at 65 and that can feel really cold, especially first thing in the morning before you get moving.
I have just started a new project, a cross stitch sample called My Sweetie Pie ABC’s, designed by Alicia Paulsen. I downloaded the pattern to my iPad, and really enjoy doing it on that, as I can zoom in. I have not gotten very far.
It will be for the new baby’s room. The kids are really interested in it and squeeze next to me while I am working on it, even though you would think it would be very boring to watch.
I wanted to save here a recipe we made that we always enjoy. It is called Golden Lemon Bread and is from my Taste of Home cookbook. It tastes like a pound cake with a lemon glaze. The kids love it. It is great for snacks, breakfast for me, or be to packed in a lunchbox for a light dessert.
It is good to have a little helper pull up a chair and try to eat all the lemons.
Golden Lemon Bread, via Taste of Home, by Marjorie Rose
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 0r 3 T. lemon juice
- Beat shortening and sugar in electric mixer with paddle attachment. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk
- Pour into greased loaf pan bake at 350 for 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Place pan on wire rack to cool.
- Make the glaze and immediately pour over warm bread. Cool completely before removing from pan.