This past Sunday was absolutely gorgeous as the sun was out, it was in the high 30's, and there was a fresh pile of soft wet snow on the ground. We walked about a mile through the park, shuffling in our heavy snow boots through the slush, and trying to get as close as we could to the many geese whom we thought of as our little friends. Although the ground was cold and wet, the sun was warm. After our noses and cheeks became red and our hands felt like icicles we stopped at a cafe for cider and tea, grinning and smiling because sometimes, winter can be pretty after all. shirt - express // necklace - vintage // blanket cardigan - anthropologie; available in gray here // jeans - marshalls (old); I like these // bag - urbanoutfitters; in another post here as reversed side // snow boots - sorel
For Valentine's Day this weekend I wanted to make something sweet for Kyle. He had told me he was making a special dinner for me so I offered to make dessert! I've made this vanilla cake before and it is so simple to make yet so delicious. It is also a great base recipe and could be easily altered to make a different flavor/kind of cake. Later, I topped the cake with fresh raspberries so it would look more like a valentine cake (as if the pink paper roses weren't enough!).
I was pretty spoiled this weekend because in addition to Kyle making us an amazing meal, he surprised me with Broadway tickets to see one of my favorite shows--Phantom of the Opera!! :) It was an AMAZING show and an incredible Valentine weekend spent with each other. (It was also special because it was our 8th valentine's spent together! : D
Easy Vanilla Cake
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cup flour
- 1-3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 cup milk
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9x9 inch pan. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat each egg in one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to wet mix. Stir in milk until batter is smooth. Pour batter into pan. Bake in oven for 25-35 minutes.
Note: I made this in a 9x9 inch pan but then cut out two smaller circles to make a more petite, 2-person serving!