Treat Yourself Like Your BFF!

Many New Year’s Resolutions have been made and probably already broken in the past week. Resolutions to change money, dieting, and exercising habits. Promises relating to work, school, and personal changes. It seems every newspaper and magazine in December and January are filled with tips on becoming a better you.

In an article in one of those magazines, I read a simple sentence written by a contributor in which she said her resolution for 2015 was to treat herself like she treats her friends.

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That one caught my attention. Not the usual learn to manage the clutter or run a marathon or pay off my credit cards. Treat ourselves like our friends, sounds simple, but what a good idea.

So how do you go about treating yourself like your friend?

Quickly forgive and make up.

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. ~Bernard Meltzer

Love you, no matter what. 

Accept you as you are. A friend is someone who understand your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are. Do this for yourself. ~Unknown

Remind you of your greatness.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Henry Ford

And finally:

  • Make time for you. Make yourself a priority.

  • Believe in having fun.

  • See your positive side.

Treat yourself like your BFF.

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Pound Cake of the Month: Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

IMG_2574This pan started my obsession with pound cakes. Sure, I’ve always enjoyed eating them, and I’d tried making them, but everything changed when I received this pan as a gift from Meghan. Why? Because now I could make a cake that LOOKED like those pictured in Southern Living. No more picking stuck pieces of cake from the pan!

I’ve baked three or fours pound cakes each year since unwrapping this gift, but this year one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to bake a pound cake every month – twelve different recipes. I know that may seem to contradict the resolution to lose five more pounds to reach my final weight lose goal, but I’ve also learned the secrets of freezing cake so there’s no need to eat the whole cake. And of course, I can always share with others.

When the February edition of Southern Living arrived earlier this month, with a Lemon-Lime Pound Cake pictured on the cover, I knew this was more than a subtle reminder to get started on my resolution. So last Sunday I flipped through the magazine, studied the recipe, and made a list of ingredients to pick up after church. The surprise ingredient: lemon-lime soda, I used Sprite.

Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used Swans Down cake flour. 3 cups + 6 Tbsp.)
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soft drink (I used Sprite.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat at medium speed 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at at time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in lemon zest and extracts.
  2. Add flour to butter mixture alternately with lemon-lime soft drink, beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased (with shortening) and flour 10-inch Bundt pan. (I just sprayed the pan with Baking Pam. That’s why I love this pan!)
  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, shielding with aluminum foil after 45 to 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. (At 1 hour and 5 minutes, my cake was done! I’ll check at 1 hour next time. I guess my oven cooks hot.)
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove cake from pan to wire rack.
  5. Spoon Lemon-Lime Glaze over warm or room temperature cake.

Lemon-Lime Glaze

Whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp. lemon zest, 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice in a bowl until blended and smooth. (I used Realemon brand lemon and lime juice instead of squeezing fresh.)

For a thinner glaze stir in an additional 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. at a time, if desired.

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Southern Living posts the recipes featured in their magazine on their website, but you won’t find the Lemon-Lime Pound Cake recipe yet. I did find a recipe for a Red Velvet Marble Pound Cake that may make a future Pound Cake of the Month. I’d also love to try your favorite pound cake recipe…so share!

 

 

Happy 2014!

A new year…some traditions to follow!

First, it’s time to make a New Year’s Resolution. While I don’t believe the first day of the year is the only day to make resolutions, I’ll be making some today.

  1. Read at least 30 minutes daily.
  2. Don’t work during lunch. In fact, if I read during lunch, I can take care of two resolutions at once.
  3. Write in my journal at least weekly, hopefully daily.
  4. Maintain 2013 weight.

    First read of the new year.
    First read of the new year.

Second, last year we started the year at a state park for a “First Day Hike” at Payne’s Prairie’s LaChua Trail. This year we’ll head to Rainbow Springs State Park for a “First Day Hike”.

First Day Hike 2013 - LaChua Sink
First Day Hike 2013 – LaChua Sink

Finally, today’s the day to establish our 14 in 14 list. Can’t wait to sit down with John to compare our lists for the new year. I wonder where the list will take us.

What a great way to start 2014!

Happy New Year!

Weigh-In Wednesday – Week 1

Like many Americans my New Year’s Resolution for 2013 – lose weight. I’ve never gained much weight in any one year, but even a couple of pounds a year add up. Instead of any grand plan to join a health club, or to make severe changes in my diet, or to lose weight quickly, I’m approaching weight loss as a yearlong process.

I plan to take baby steps. Each week I’ll make one small change – one change per week on which to focus. This seems so logical. I just hope logic is the way to weight loss.

The plan for week one is simple. Stop holiday eating. No daily consumption of cookies, fudge, cake, or other sweets. No holiday parties with endless spreads of food. Step one: Get back to a regular eating plan. This goal should be easy to meet since I’m back at work and back on a normal schedule.

I remember my doctor asking how I gained six pounds in one month when I went for my regularly scheduled January obstetric appointment when I was pregnant with Meghan. My answer – fudge. He laughed, told me I couldn’t continue to gain six pounds a month throughout the pregnancy, and then admitted he’d gained five pounds. Well, this only happened once – the result of holiday eating. The good news – I didn’t gain six pounds this holiday, but I did gain two. It’s time to stop the holiday eating and start making progress toward my weight loss goal.

Resolutions? You’ve got to be kidding!

Yesterday I encouraged you to make a resolution for the New Year. Today I want to share some not so serious resolutions I found on the Internet. If you’re like me, you can probably even think of some people you know who should make some of these.

  1. Start washing my hands after I use the restroom.
  2. Stop drinking orange juice after I brush my teeth.
  3. Stop licking frozen flagpoles.
  4. Spend less than $1825 for coffee at Starbucks.
  5. Watch more cute and cuddly kitten videos on You Tube.
  6. Start using Facebook for something other than Farmville.
  7. Avoid fingertip soreness by learning to play “Rock Band” instead of a real guitar.
  8. Stop buttering my doughnuts.
  9. Eat more fruit…roll ups.
  10. 10. Quit walking off with people’s pens.

Add your own to the list. I’m sure you’ve heard some good ones!

Happy New Year!

NewYears

Well it’s that time of year again. A new year symbolizes a time for a new start and the time honored tradition of making a New Year’s resolution.

This practice of making resolutions to start the year has been around for centuries. The Babylonians started the practice but probably resolved to return borrowed farm equipment instead of getting more exercise. The Romans continued the practice looking for forgiveness from their enemies – not a bad resolution even today.

I’ve made resolutions through the years with various degrees of success. Some years I’ve made ten or twelve resolutions, which is not a good idea. Basically, I resolved to become a new person and who can be successful trying to accomplish a complete make over? Other years I’ve made no resolutions or more likely, “My resolution this year is to make no resolutions.” Isn’t that creative?

I can’t count how many years I’ve resolved to stop biting my fingernails, obviously with no success; but I have had successful ones as well. For example, I’ve resolved to use fewer paper products. This may seem lame, but it makes a small difference. I’ve also resolved to drink less soda. Notice I didn’t say, “drink NO soda”. That’s just setting myself up for failure. Other successful resolutions have been to read more, watch less television, let my hair grow, spend more time with my mom. I can still improve on most of these, but I’ve made progress.

Making resolutions don’t have to be made at the beginning of the year. In fact, my Mom’s Monday Memo resolution, a successful one, was made in May after Mother’s Day. However, a new year symbolizes a new start so it’s a good time to think about a change you’d like to make.

This year, my resolution is to lose weight. I’m sending each of you an email with my goal so you can hold me accountable – since I’ve failed to do this in the past. Next year when we get together at Christmas, I’ll weigh in and hopefully we can celebrate my success.

I hope you’ll make one resolution for 2013. There’s no reason to share it unless you feel it will motivate you. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect everyday. I know I’ll gain weight some weeks, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse to give up. It’s just a set back, not a blown resolution. I’ll start new the next day. Change doesn’t come easy, but with conscious effort, you can make your resolution a part of a new you.

Happy New Year!

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