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February 28, 2018

Lemon Butter Cake | Embracing Citrus Season

What is it about January and citrus?!  I know that it is actually citrus season, but could that really make me crave it so intensely?  I've been thinking about this lemon cake for about 4 days when I picked up a bag of Meyer Lemons at the store.  While they are becoming easier to get during the entire year, I'm making a real effort to eat seasonally.  I feel like there is so much more to look forward to each season when we wait for seasonal foods and focus on what is best and fresh.  So, no heirloom tomato salads for me in February, and no strawberries until at least until late spring... or until we dip them in chocolate for Valentine's Day ; )  But, gosh, won't they taste good when we do have them.

It is January, and we will be making Lemon Cake (actually on the to-do list for today), Crispy Lemon Chicken, Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, Lemony Shrimp Scampi and Lemon Mousse.  Hopefully that extra hit of Vitaman C will help cure us of our sniffles, too.  Maybe that is why January is citrus season?


This post was written about 2 years ago during "citrus" season... or around it.

Lemon Butter Cake
makes 1 medium loaf size cake 

New! Printable Recipes, here.

1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 lemons, zested & juiced
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Cream together butter and sugar for 3 minutes.  Add eggs.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  In another separate bowl, combine milk, lemon juice, zest and vanilla.  Add half of the wet ingredients to the butter sugar mixture, mix for 5 seconds, then add half of the dry and mix for 5 seconds.  Repeat with second half, ending with dry ingredients.  Pour batter into loaf pan - I like to line mine with parchment paper (you can find here).  Bake for 35-40 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

For glaze, mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.  Pour over slightly warm cake.  Top with lemon zest.

I made some cupcakes for Emma - she helped with the glaze and did the sprinkles all by herself.

The JSH Spring Collection Preview | Launching Tomorrow, 8am Central

This year has been one of exciting moves for my business.  You all read about The School House that will by my business' new head quarters.  We're working to have it up and running next month!  Another new avenue I'm traveling down is offering more custom designed products.  I've been at this for a while now, and I find that the only time I'm really able to offer you exactly what I want is if I design it myself.    I'm moving to an almost entire store of completely custom collections designed by me, just for my store.   In the Spring Collection, you'll see some of my newest custom products and some classics.  

Not only am I interested in bringing you my custom designs, but I also want them made in a way that feels good.  I want the products that I offer to be made by someone that loves making them and that makes them in a way that they'll last forever.

I've partnered with a local service organization, Rightfully Sewn.  They seek out under-employed, and sometimes at-risk women and train them as seamstresses and pair them up with businesses like mine so they are able to work for themselves.  The custom designs and quality they've been able to offer me are beyond what I've had available before.  I feel so blessed to be one of their partners and have plans to help them to continue to grow with me.  You will be blown away at the quality of the stitching, zippers and hand-pressing of each item.  And look at my new cute tags!  It all feels very official.  And the entire process gives me the warm fuzzies, which is the entire idea - all the way around.  I want the entire process of my business from inspiration, to design, to production, to fulfillment to feel good and solid and right.

Here is a look at what will be in store tomorrow morning as The JSH Spring Collection launches at 8am central.

February 23, 2018

House & Kitchen Stationery Suites | New Card & Envelope Boxed Sets

I've added new Card & Envelope Boxed Sets to my House & Kitchen Stationery Suites.  Like the Tags and Tablets, they are printed on an extra thick creamy cardstock.  The envelopes are a creamy natural white with a luxe texture.  These card sets are just the thing to use as your "House Stationery," as in, your signature.  For our home, I'll use the Navy House Set for hostess gifts, thank you notes to friends or any occasion.  I'll use the Kitchen set (with the French green cooking pot icon, below) for anything that comes from our kitchen - dinner dropped off for a family with a new baby, cinnamon rolls for neighbors, or anything else.  

The Card & Envelops Sets come packaged in a navy blue box.  It is great for storage, or for a gift.

Of course, I love using LePens for these tablets and cards.  They've been restocked in sets of 4 or 12 in Grey, Navy & Black.  Shop LePens >

I also have my favorite Grocery List Tablet in the collection.  I can hardly go to the store without it - it has become such an essential for me.

February 21, 2018

Pre-Spring House Tour | Kitchen & Hearth

Last week I did a little Pre-Spring freshening around our house.  I can't bring myself to write "winter" but that is definitely the season we're still in, as I sit here looking at icicles outside of the window.  No, this is the pre-spring tour of our home.  My spring bulbs I'm forcing on our counter are sprouting up, feeling very promising.  I've switched out all of our pink velvet pillows from Valentine's Day.  Now they are covered in my favorite, classic Navy Block Prints.  

If you are new here, you can find all of the resources for our kitchen, here.  For this post, I'll focus on what is new for this Pre-Spring Tour.

This is such a hard angle to capture in our home, but one of my favorites.  I love the big chunky island, with the lanterns above, and all of the windows.  I've replaced my antique "warm" rug that I use during the Holidays with a fresh sisal runner for the warmers seasons.  

I replaced our velvet pillow covers with these classic navy block prints in two patterns.  

I use two Large (22") on the ends, then one Medium (20") and one Rectangle, mixing and matching Navy Hydrangea Print, and Navy Privet Berry Print Covers.

I have the new Narrow Antique Mat Boards in my Gold Frames with the new Classic Botanical Prints.  I love the dominance of the mat, and the smaller print.  These are the 14x11" frames.

I'm debating altering the square ottoman.  I don't love the color any longer.  I would like to have it reconfigured to have one solid cushion on top for which I could have a slipcover made.  

Thoughts?  Maybe a small stripe or check?  The medium brown just isn't doing it for me!

From the kitchen to the mudroom.

Another sign that winter is still around.  I'm considering moving this to the school house (our new project, read about it here!)- it seems more appropriate there.

Love watching these bulbs sprout up - hoping they have enough energy to bloom.

The cookie jar is full with the new Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies I made.

Pale Pink Hyacinth that are making the entire house smell like Spring : )

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