Monday, May 3, 2010

The Weekend

Good afternoon friends, I hope your weekend was swell.
Mine wasn't too shabby, thanks for asking.

Our weekend went a little something like this...
Art borrowed a friend's lens for the weekend.
Mainly to take some "behind the scenes" of the photo shoot on Friday.
I think he had ulterior motives though.
He's trying to convince me that we have to buy a new lens for our camera so that I can take better pictures for my blog.
I've been playing with it all weekend and quite frankly I don't see much of a difference.
And I'm certainly not going to carry around a behemoth like this:
Can you say overkill?  Could you imagine me showing up at a 5 year old birthday party with this thing?  Please!  My bicep is sore just thinking about it.  Men and their toys.

On another note, we finally got around to repairing and painting the kid's rockers and table & chairs set we found at the flea market 6 months ago.  The paint is still drying, but when they're done I'll post pictures here.
Did I mention Lea from AZ was in town?  She is always my eating partner in crime and her skillz in the kitchen rival my own, so we did a little cooking and whipped up these salmon cakes.  
I will forewarn you, they call for canned salmon, so if you're not a fan bypass this message.
But if you're open to trying new things and love crab cakes, this is the dish for you.  They were delicious!  Please note that the recipe is "flawed" according to Lea.  She said several times, "This recipe is flawed, I'm going to write a review!  I never do that, but this time I'm going to!  That Melissa D'Arabian.  How did she win anyhow?" (she was the Next Food Network Star Winner last year)  Boy was she in a huff.  You just need to add about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs to the mixture so that you can form them into patties.  Or else they're too goopy to work with.

And lastly, although it technically is no longer the weekend. I baked this cake at 7 am, so close enough right?  I haven't had this cake since my grandmother passed away in 2001.  She was famous for this lemon cake.  Lately I have been craving it something fierce.
We're going to a friend's house for dinner tonight for smoked pork and chicken, so to offset the heavy meal I thought this would be perfect.  I had to sample a taste, you know, just to make sure, and oh my is it as divine as I remember it.  Thank you Grandma Tita for always making us this special cake.  It was the only cake we ever had for our birthdays.  So simple and so delicious.

If you'd like to make your own Grandma Tita's Lemon Cake, pay close attention because it is complicated.

Grandma Tita's Lemon Cake:
1 box of lemon cake mix, any brand
Bake as directed and keep in the pan

For the Glaze:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1.5-2 lemons juiced
Mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together and pour right on top

This is the perfect cake for the spring and summer when you feel like something sweet and cakey, but don't want the heavy frosting.


  1. That is one bad-ass lens! On another note, in answer to your question about twinkle toes shoes - yes, the girls both say they are comfortable. One of my kids is a whiner and totally obsessed with anything not comfortable. She was happy in them (still wearing them). The other kid is a total perfectionist and won't choose a shoe unless it is perfect (translation: it takes all day to find a pair of shoes). She also said they are totally comfortable. The twinkle toes club remains happy with their mascot! :)

  2. I am making that lemon cake this week. It looks SO good.

    Love ya!

  3. oh, it's not just men...i drool over L-series glass :). Not sure which lense that is, but the 24-70/f 2.8 is an awesome lense. not quite as big and heavy and less conspicuous since it's black. on the cheaper end for L-series, too.

  4. WOW - that lens looks like a weapon :D I don't know that I would want to lugg that thing around either. I am impressed though, that your hubby is pushing for a new lens - mine is always dragging his feet :D

  5. Mary, that is the exact same lens Art wants. Do you have it? How do you like it? We made an offer on one last night on Craigslist.

  6. Yep, got it on sale during the holidays last year. It's a great lense and for the most part the only lense I really use, not that I have that many. If you don't end up getting the one on Craigslist, you are more than welcome to borrow mine if you want to play around with it.


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