This last Christmas I missed sharing posts from around the house and in the kitchen. I mostly slept over the holidays, and with snow arriving late this year, I wasn't much in the holiday spirit. Those who have followed this blog for awhile have seen some of my home decorating and culinary adventures. It's a great joy for me, and one of the ways I like to spend my downtime. Writing, publishing, and running businesses take a lot of mental energy, and while I love it all, I find that in order to do those things, I must embrace other joys and hobbies with gusto.
Hence, the baking, decorating, and taking lots of pictures.
This delicious recipe is from Entertain & Celebrate magazine Easter 2019, pg 121. Not a single thing in this recipe was modified, which is rare in my kitchen, and why I won't be copying the recipe in this post. Almost every recipe I try gets modified to some degree, but so far every recipe I've tried from Entertain & Celebrate magazines has come out great.
Yes, I know, it's not Easter, but this recipe is so good any time of the year. It makes for a light and tasty treat whenever you want a punch of flavor. I like making mini loaves because they freeze really well and can be defrosted at room temperate, sliced, and taste just as good as the first day.
What goes better with a delicious pound cake than a cup of tea and fresh fruit? More pound cake?
When we decorate up a table in my house, even for small settings, it's a fun affair, and flowers are always a must.
There's a little contest with this post. I've had a heck of a time trying to find the pottery mark on these dishes. As you can see below, it looks like it would be a queen bee, or something similar, but I've had no luck with searches, reverse or otherwise. Maybe it's a moth, though why I couldn't guess. I bought these at a consignment shop, and no one there knew anything. If any of you out there are pottery mark gurus, please let me know if it looks familiar. There's a prize for the first one who emails me with the answer to this mystery.
Whether for two or a whole house of guests, setting a table can be a lot of fun. I like to mix and match dishes and glasses that didn't come with a set yet still complement each other.
Flowers during the winter months often consist of fresh and silk since we don't have gardens from which to pick an abundance.
And what better way to enjoy the pound cake and tea than with a bit of reading.
Now that there's fresh pound cake in the larder, I can get back to work. The Gallaghers in Briarwood are awaiting my return, but first I have rewrites to finish for the next McKenna Grey book. I tossed out a whole story line and am now filling in the gaps. This has happened only once before, with Blackwood Crossing, and it's one of the things that makes writing such an interesting occupation.
Be well, be kind, and try to make someone smile today.
About MK's Kitchen: I love to be in the kitchen. Once upon a time I was going to be a pastry chef, and though my life took a different path, my love for baking and cooking has never faded. It's not just me behind the scenes. My love of cooking, baking, and home decorating stems from my mother, whose talents know no limits. You can find more on my Recipes page.