meyer lemon cake


Citrus is one of my favorite things!

and this cake is AMAZING!

I made it in 3 layers as the added height gives presence!

and I love presence!

Meyer lemon cake:

3 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 c sugar

1 c butter, softened

5 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 c meyer lemon juice

3/4 c milk

zest from meyer lemon

In stand mixer add all dry ingredients and blend for a few mins to lighten up. Add softened butter and mix until just mixed. Add vanilla to milk & juice and add a little liquid then egg and rotate ending with milk mixture.

Put in greased & floured cake pans. Bake 350 for 35-45mins

Meyer Lemon Cream Frosting:
1 8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 stick butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1 T orange juice

zest from 1 lemon

4 to 6 c powdered sugar

Cream all ingredients except sugar with mixer and slowly add sugar 1/2 c at a time.

*Clementine, orange, lime any citrus  may be substituted for meyer lemon what ever you have on hand.

ENJOY!! Mama Bird


Bunko Dinner Party {Greek Theme}

May is my month to host Bunko! I wanted to do it once it was warm (hopefully not TOO warm!) so that we could sit out by the pool! I have been thinking about what I wanted to do. With my new healthier lifestyle I wanted to still make a YUMMY  dinner but have it be easy on the waistline! My plan started with

Al’s Famous Greek Dip  w/Pita Chips

Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken breasts, pounded thin and cut into 1 in strips
2 cloves fresh minced garlic 
1 t fresh oregano 
2 t fresh flat leaf parsley
juice from 1 lemon
1/4 c olive oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Marinate overnight. Place on skewers and grill.

Roasted Vegetables

I toss the veggies with the same marinade I use for the chicken.
cut, marinate and wrap in foil with 2 ice cubes and toss on grill for apx 30 mins (crisp/tender)

Greek Salad

6 T olive oil 
6 T lemon juice 
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
fresh oregano
Salt & pepper

2 heads Boston or mixed lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces 
4 small cucumbers, sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in 1/2
1 cup pitted ripe olives 
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Whisk together dressing ingredients & add salt & pepper to taste. Set dressing aside. Toss lettuce & remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing just before serving.

Tzatziki Sauce

cheated and bought it at Trader Joes!

Pop back by to see pics of the food and the tablescape along with the dessert table!!
Fan-tab Meal!!!


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