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7 In food/ Lemon Poppyseed bread/ Recipes

Joanna Gaines’ Lemon Poppyseed Bread Recipe

Joanna Gaines' lemon poppyseed bread recipe from Magnolia Table

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So for those who didn’t know, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal. I love her classic style, her effortless take on design and entertaining, her family values, her cute relationship with Chip, her kids names (I mean we almost named our son Duke), and pretty much everything about her. So naturally when she came out with her own cookbook I read every page cover to cover in one night, tagging all the pages I wanted to try.  (Side note – if you haven’t already checked out Magnolia Table, Joanna Gaines’ cookbook, do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy!)

Now let me give you a little back story.  I absolutely love to cook. There’s something so therapeutic about being in the kitchen with some music playing and just throwing in some random flavors and watching it come together and the looks on everyone’s faces as they dig into your masterpiece.  However, my family will be the first ones’ to tell you I’m no baker.  I mean I once made chocolate chip cookies from scratch, we ran out of vanilla extract so I threw a little anise in. (Why not?) Well, the end result was absolutely repulsive, they tasted like black licorice! And then there was the time I made a cheesecake for my sister’s birthday and it was stuck to the pan, we pretty much had to scoop it out.

So when I told my family I was going to make Joanna Gaines’ lemon poppyseed bread they just gave me a look.  So there I was, just me and my apron in the kitchen in all my glory ready to prove my family wrong when I realized the recipe called for vanilla extract and there was none to be found in my spice cabinet. The dude was taking a nap so I couldn’t run out to the store, but I saw a tiny bottle of almond extract in the back. This tiny voice inside my head told me I’d been down that road before and hadn’t I learned my lesson but I thought why not I can use almond instead right?

Well my friends, I am renaming this Nicolle’s Victory Loaf  because let me tell you, the combo of lemon and almond is just so perfectly fresh and sweet!

Here’s my spin on Joanna Gaine’s lemon poppyseed bread

Joanna Gaines' lemon poppyseed bread recipe from Magnolia Table

Ingredients:

Lemon Poppyseed Bread 
Vegetable oil spray
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups milk
1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond extract (Jo’s calls for vanilla here)

Lemon Drizzle 
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with vegetable oil.

2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, poppyseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3.) In another bowl combine sugar, milk, eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and almond extract stirring until all combined. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture and stir together.

4.) Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake in the center of the rack in your oven for about one hour. (I test by inserting a butter knife or toothpick into the middle and when it comes out clean you know it’s done).

5.) Let cool on a baking rack before taking the loaf out of the pan.

6.) While the loaf is cooling prepare the lemon drizzle. Sift the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add the lemon zest and stir together. Stir in 1 tablespoon of water and as much of the lemon juice as necessary to make a pourable icing.

7.) Drizzle over the loaf either warm or at room temp.

Joanna Gaines' lemon poppyseed bread recipe from Magnolia Table

Let me know which version you made, Jo’s or mine and how you liked it!!!

3 In food/ holidays/ Recipes/ St Patricks Day

The Ultimate Chocolate Guinness Milkshake

drink recipes, guinness milkshake

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! I’m not Irish but isn’t everyone on St Patrick’s Day? Today I wanted to share with you all my recipe for these delicious, Ultimate Boozy Chocolate Guinness Milkshakes.  This is the best adult milkshake that has ever touched my lips!

drink recipe guinness milkshake

In college, beer was never my drink of choice, lets just say I was more of a Captain and Diet Coke kinda girl.  I remember the night I was out at the bar with Rick, he was drinking a Guinness and he said “take a sip, it tastes like a chocolate milkshake.”  I don’t know what kind of chocolate milkshake this kid was referring to but it was far from that creamy chocolatey goodness I was all too familiar with.  So in the spirit of the holiday of my husband’s Irish ancestors I decided to make my own Chocolate Guinness Milkshake.

The combo of Guinness and chocolate is delicious, making these go down way too easy!

chocolate guinness milkshake


Ingredients:
4 cups of chocolate ice cream
1 can of Guinness
2 shots of Jameson
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream

Directions:
1.) In a blender blend together chocolate ice cream, Guinness and Jameson until frothy.
2.) In a pint glass drizzle some chocolate syrup.
3.) Pour contents of blender into glass.
4.) Top with some whipped cream.
5.) Get a fancy straw and slurp these babies down.

chocolate guinness milkshake

What’s your favorite St Patrick’s Day drink?

0 In food/ healthy/ Recipes

Build your own Spring Nourish Bowl

spring nourish bowl

Spring is in the air, I can feel it! And with these warmer temps its got me craving all things fresh and spring flavors.  Bowl recipes are all the rage right now (smoothie bowls, burritto bowls, Buddha bowls). So I’ve created this fresh power packed Spring Nourish Bowl.

nourish bowl

So what exactly is a nourish bowl? It’s a big bowl of all stuff that is healthy and good for you, made with fresh ingredients, packed with flavor and color and super quick to assemble.  I always make an honest effort to eat healthy, (except on the weekends, that’s where I cheat – balance people!) And I usually turn to my trusty old go-to salad. Well after about 3 days, I’m bored with it and fall off the wagon. So here is a fun way to keep myself eating good and mix it up a bit!

1.) Start with a leafy base and some veggies
2.) Add some protein
3.) Sprinkle in some grain
4.) Top off with some healthy fats, a little extra crunch or some fruit

The combinations are endless!

 Here’s what’s in my Spring Nourish Bowl:
Sauteed Kale
Couscous
Spinach
Beans
Peppers
Carrots
Grilled Chicken
Hummus
(I like to drizzle a lemon-dijon vinegarette on top!)

What are some of your favorite combos that you’ve created?

0 In food/ holidays/ Recipes

Pumpkin cheesecake swirl cookie bars

pumpkin cheesecake swirl cookie bars

Warm pumpkin swirled with creamy cheesecake, if you’re looking for a last minute Thanksgiving dessert I got you covered friends! These cookie bars are super easy to make and are so festive for this time of the year. And your little helpers will enjoy helping too!

Ingredients

6 tablespoons of butter melted
1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 can of pureed pumpkin
1 3/4 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
dash of pumpkin pie spice
1 8oz package of cream cheese

Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2.) Grease a 13×9 casserole dish
3.) In a large mixing bowl mix together butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar until smooth. Mix in pumpkin and 2 eggs.

pumpkin cheesecake swirl cookie bars

4.) In a separate mixing bowl mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Mix into the large bowl containing pumpkin, sugar and butter mixture utnil there are no more clumps.

5.) Spread evenly into greased casserole dish.
6.) With an electric mixer or kitchen aid beat together cream cheese with 1 egg and 1/4 cup of sugar until creamy and smooth.
7.) With a teaspoon, drop dollops of cream cheese mixture on top of the pumpkin batter. Gently swirl with a butter knife.

pumpkin cheesecake swirl cookie bars

 

8.) Bake in oven for 30 minutes then let cool before cutting and serving.

pumpkin cheesecake swirl cookie bars

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! Pin this recipe for later with the image below

pumpkin cheesecake swirl cookie bars