Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Simple and Delicious Mini Lemon Pound Cake Bites

These little morsels of deliciousness are very simple and cheap to make.  They only require a few ingredients that most people have in the fridge or pantry already.

Ingredients (Makes about 24 depending on the mold):
-A Mini Pan Mold (I used my petite four pan or Madeline mold would work well)
-Zest of a Medium Lemon
-4 Eggs
-2/3 Cup of White Sugar
-1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
-1/2 Cup of Butter (i.e. 1 Stick of Butter)
-2 Pinches of Salt
-1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

Preheat your oven to 375 F.  Butter you pan and set aside.

Melt the stick of butter.  I just melted it in the microwave (the easy and lazy way of doing it). Allow the butter to cool to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, and salt at high speed until thoroughly mixed and the batter is light.  Then, gradually add the sugar while continually beating the mixture at a high speed.  Beat the mixture until it is thick and pale (about 10-15 minutes). Yes, it's a very long time to beat the mixture.  I thought my arm was going to fall off before I got to taste my yummy creations!

After you have beat the mixture to death, sift 1/3 of the flour at a time into the mixture.  I actually own a sifter, so this step was fairly easy for me.  You can also sift it through a fine sieved strainer. Gently fold the flour into the mixture after each addition.

Add the lemon zest and pour the melted butter into the mixture.  Quickly (but gently) fold the butter and lemon zest into the batter.

Pour the batter into the molds.  I used a small teaspoon for assistance.  Isn't my mold soooo pretty!

Bake the cakes for about 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown.  Use a butter knife to gently lift the cakes out of the mold while they are still warm.  Immediately, sprinkle a little more granulated white sugar on the top for taste and extra crunch. 

Look at these beauties!  So good!
These mini bites of heaven are perfect for your morning cup of coffee, afternoon tea, or for a "just because" snack.  They are not too sweet or lemon-y.  Hope you like these as much as I did!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Domesticated Diva's Ready in 15 Minutes Pan Fried Pork Chops

I absolutely adore The Pioneer Woman!  She is the new, younger, and better Paula Deen (in my opinion).  We bought some boneless pork chops at the store, and I had no idea what to do with it.  I saw a great recipe on Simple Pan Fried Pork Chops from The Pioneer Woman website.  So I wanted to give it a shot with a Domesticated Diva twist.

Here's the recipe:
-2 Pork Chops (If thick, use a mallet to thin it out to about 1/2-3/4" thick)
-1/4 Cup of Flour
-Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Cayenne Pepper to season the flour and pork chops
-A Small Sweet Yellow Onion (sliced into 1/4" strips)
-2 Tablespoons of Light Butter
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil (need enough to cover the bottom of your pan)

Heat your pan to medium high.  Add the extra virgin olive oil.

Mix the flour along with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.  I eyeball the measurements to taste. 

Season the pork chops with a little salt and pepper.

Lightly dredge the pork chops in the flour mixture.  Shake off the excess flour.

Add the light butter to the pan. 

Once the butter is melted, add the pork chops to the pan.  Add the onions to the part of the pan not covered by the pork chop.

Continue to stir the onions, so they do not burn.  Turn the pork chops after 5 minutes.

Continue to cook pork chops until the other side is brown (about another 4 minutes).

We served the pork chops with a brown and wild rice medley. 


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Little Domesticated Sister's Invite

After a long awaited day, my little sister is finally hitched!  It was such a wonderful event/weekend!  I couldn't be happier for them.  I have been DYING to show off her wedding invitations, which I helped in designing :)

Here they are...

Most of the print material was sourced from Cards and Pockets.  Their prices and selection are great!  My sister used a local print shop in San Antonio to print off the invitations.

My little sissy hand addressed each envelope.  She used a metallic pen and did an amazing job! 

I absolutely loved how they turned out.  I got inspiration from Etsy and Pinterest :)  I hope you enjoyed them!