Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why I blog

blog why, why you ask me? (yoda voice) 
picture from our first date - its in our bathroom and has a lot of water damage 
Recently I have been questioning why do I/we blog???
 Blogging is stressful and just one more thing to remember on our already hectic and busy lives here at the cali cooking couple household. Kevin and I decided to do a blog because we needed a goal and project to do together. I think every couple should always have a common goal they are doing together. It is amazing how our lives can be spent together but yet also so far apart.  On this quest to thinking of what we could do i realized that we found ourselves in the kitchen together every night. Just like we had done on our first date. 
Cooking was a passion that Kevin had. I had a desire to eat. I also thought that if this is something that I get to do every night, I want to be good at it. I was going to wear the suit to get the job. Thus our blog was born. Over the past few months our posts have become less frequent and i have been frustrated about how to market and get our name out there. How to share our love with all of you. 
But..........  recently  i took a step back and remembered why. AND NOW I must say I am so proud of myself. Ourselves. We might not look like a top blogger who has the followers or the stats or even is very consistent with their posts- but we are a much happier couple. Who has grown a ton from this blog. It is doing what it was intended to do. 
So kevin I love you and I love that we have been sharing this adventure together. This has brought me 100 times the amount of blessings that I thought it would, or ever could.
We hope that you can bring the joy of food into your lives and that you can also go after your dreams but to always remember to keep in perspective the big picture. 
and yes more recipes are coming..... we are still eating yummy and taking pictures, but my babies are louder {and cuter} than the blog about tending to them. :) 

Lots of love - 
cali cooking couple 
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

lemon blueberry coffee cake

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake 
Every year I try to have a thanksgiving brunch, but this year that got put on hold because of baby. 
 I had an Easter Brunch instead. 
As always, I stress over what I should make for such an occasion. I love blueberry's and cake. I was going to make a blueberry/raspberry jiffy coffee cake ( which is very good) but I wanted a little more homemade for this occasion. I stumbled across a blog which caught my eye...probably because of the name :)  She had this recipe on here that I had to try. It was delicious. But even more important, I had a great time feeding and chatting with my friends.   

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest 
  • 3/4 cup and 1 T sugar 
  • 1 T sugar (set aside)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour 
  • 1/4 cup flour (set aside) 
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  1. Heat oven to 350 
  2. Zest lemon 
  3. Rinse blueberries and mix with 1/4 c flour 
  4. Cream butter, zested lemon, and 3/4 + 1 T sugar until light and fluffy 
  5. Add eggs and Vanilla 
  6. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt 
  7. Mix in buttermilk 
  8. Fold in blueberry mixture. 
  9. Sprinkle 1 T Sugar on top 
  10. Bake in 8x8 or 9x9 pan for 30-40 minutes 

* tossing the blueberries in the flour coats the berries so they incorporate evenly and don't just fall to the bottom. 

Adopted from alexandra cooks  check her out, she has a wonderful name and some great recipes 
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