Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Poppyseed Bread_2 Some things just scream Spring. You know, like pumpkins in Fall and cinnamon in Winter. Well, Spring always has me dreaming of and craving all things yellow and green, especially lemons and cucumbers. From fish and salads to infused water and muffins, these items make their way into just about everything in my home (including the linen - check out these fantastic dish towels! There's a matching table runner and tablecloth, if you're so inclined.) But when we want something on the sweeter side, it's all about the lemon poppy seed bread. This stuff is magic. Incredibly rich (thank you, buttermilk), each bite melts in your mouth. We call it bread, but it is probably more closely related to cake. For a treat, try nuking a slice in the microwave for a few seconds and then layering on a good helping of cream cheese. I believe this is called heaven. I've never been so I can neither confirm nor deny, but it's gotta be close. I can usually only manage one slice before the sweetness overwhelms, but it is a fantastic treat. After a long day, a slice of this and a glass of bubbly makes sliding out of "work mode" and into "summer days mode" a piece of cake (pun intended). The best part about this whole endeavor is that all I have to do is toss all the ingredients into my trusty bread machine and a few hours later - lemon poppy seed bread. No joke. It's like a slow cooker that caters to my carb addiction. Brilliant. *** Sips champagne, eats lemon poppy seed bread, and licks fingers. *** Lemon Poppyseed Bread_1 Lemon Poppyseed Bread_5 Lemon Poppyseed Bread_3

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait_edited I am a morning person. I love the quiet of the early hours before the city (and the family) wakes up. I curl up with my coffee and laptop knowing that the day is completely in my control. Except breakfast. I really do not like making breakfast in the morning. It goes against the entire reason I get up early - to have a peaceful and quiet hour to myself. So why, then, would I disrupt it by making a mess in the kitchen? By the time I prep, cook, eat, and clean, the little man is up, the dog needs to be fed, I have to get to the gym, and the realities of the day set in. So, most mornings I wait to eat anything until after I get home from the gym. This could be anywhere between 8am and 12pm. By this time, starvation has taken over and I usually end up eating a balanced meal of goldfish crackers and a spoonful of peanut butter. Much like I combat poor mid-afternoon snack choices with pre-made hummus and veggie cups, I decided to give myself a leg up in the morning with ready-made fruit and yogurt parfaits. Not only are they delicious, but they are also really pretty! It makes me want to eat them. This one I made in a cup, but they are really cute in mason jars. You could make a bunch for the week and leave them at the office. Knowing a yummy breakfast awaits just might make that commute a little less terrible! For this one, I used strawberries because that is what I had, but feel free to mix it up: mango and pineapple, berry medley, papaya and kiwi. I even like to stir a little lemon zest into the yogurt for an extra zing in the morning. What's your favorite parfait combination? PS: Ever since I mastered the art of homemade granola, I haven't given the stuff at the store a second look. One batch takes about an hour to make from start to finish and you get to control exactly what is in it. If you don't already have a favorite, give my Best Ever Granola a try. If you have a favorite, please share! Fruit & Yogurt Parfait_3_edited Fruit & Yogurt Parfait_5_edited

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

  • 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 8 strawberries, sliced or chopped
  • 1 whole strawberry for garnish
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey

Layer 1/3 of the yogurt on at the bottom of the glass.

Sprinkle 1/2 of the granola on top of the yogurt.

Lay 1/2 of the strawberries on top of the granola.

Repeat steps 1 - 3.

Put the last of the yogurt on top.

Arrange the banana slices on top of the final layer of yogurt.

Drip honey over the banana and then the chia seeds

Finish with the chia seeds.

Garnish with a whole strawberry.

*If using a mason jar, close the lid and store in the fridge, otherwise, enjoy!

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