Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lemon Curd Coffee Cake

I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine about a year ago and gave it a try. We all loved it! It is so yummy!  I was going to make it for a women’s brunch at church earlier this month but the night before I ended up getting a migraine. The next morning I was still feeling sick to my stomach from it so I slept in and ended up making something else. Since I still had the ingredients I went ahead and made it for breakfast this morning. I doubled this recipe for our family. The recipe is from Taste of Home’s website and a link to the coffee cake is at the bottom of the recipe (their picture is much better than mine). Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
  • 12 Servings
  • Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd

  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in coconut; set aside.
  • For batter, in a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, peel, egg and egg yolk; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened (batter will be stiff).
  • Spread 2 cups batter in a greased 9-in. springform pan; sprinkle with 3/4 cup of coconut mixture. Drop 1/2 teaspoonfuls of lemon curd over the top to within 1/2 in. of edge. Carefully spoon remaining batter over lemon curd; sprinkle with remaining coconut mixture.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 362 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 347 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Lemon Curd Coffee Cake published in Taste of Home February/March 2003, p27



Monday, March 21, 2011

Hello again…

     I am not sure why, but I haven’t felt like blogging lately. Not because I don’t have anything to say, because there have been lots of things that I thought I should blog about but then never got around to doing. Maybe it is because we haven’t been doing that much away from home since our kids have been sick off and on since the end of January. I think there have only been a few times when everyone has been well and healthy enough to go do things, but  then someone gets sick again. We’ve gone through fevers, chills, sore throats, coughing and runny noses, to throwing up, ear infections, eye colds, and even hives (which were caused from stress from being sick. I thought they were always from an allergic reaction, but apparently not). We have missed a lot of church lately and since we teach the 4th through 6th grade class on Wednesday nights Austin has stayed home to watch the other kids a lot too.

   With the kids being sick a lot we have gotten a little behind in our school work so we are not taking a spring break this year. That way we can get caught up again and not have to do school into summer. Other than being a little behind school is going well. We have been reading some interesting books and doing some fun projects.

    Austin is now in a junior high and high school homeschool group and has been able to do some fun things with them. This last month he went to a movie night and ice skating. When we took him to go ice skating our other kids wanted to go as well especially Ethan. I didn’t think I would be able to help both he and Brendan at the same time so I told the kids we would have to come back on one of Jacob’s days off so he could help too. When we came home and I gave Ethan his nap the first thing he said when he woke up was “Can we go ice skating now?” I explained to him that we had to wait until one of Jacob’s days off, and until the day we went he asked me the same question every time he woke up in the morning, and every time he woke up from his nap in the afternoon. I have a few pictures from ice skating that I will post on here (when I find my camera). We also took a few videos of the kids skating but they are pretty shaky so Jake and I and maybe grandmas and grandpas will be the only ones who would appreciate them so I won’t post those.  Smile


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mid week laughs

No Parking
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large
city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space
with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper
that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't
park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer
along with this note: "I've circled this block for 10 years.
If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. 'Lead us not
into temptation.'"
Received from Larry.



100% Chance
A man who has been very sick is visiting his doctor to get the
results of a battery of tests. "What are my chances of recovering,
Doc?" he asks.
"One hundred percent," the doctor assures him.
"That's a relief," the patient says. "But how can you be so sure?"
"Well," the doctor says, "statistics show that nine out of every 10
patients with your disease will die. Yours is the 10th case I've
treated. The others have all died. So you are bound to get well."

From Colorado Comments



The Best Part Of Being A Policeman
A salesman, tired of his job, gave it up to become a policeman.
Several months later, a friend asked him how he liked his new role.
"Well," he replied, "the pay is good and the hours aren't bad, but
what I like best is that the customer is always wrong."

From AcraMax Jokes


The Jury

A prosecuting attorney just could not believe that a jury had found the defendant not guilty.
Astonished, he asked the jury foreman, "How could you possibly have found this man innocent?"
The foreman replied, "Insanity."
The perplexed prosecutor asked, "All twelve of you?"

From AcraMax Jokes



If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

I'm not bossy. I just know what you should be doing.

Two guys were working for city public works department. One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in. They worked up one side of the street, then down the other, then moved on to the next street, working furiously all day without rest, one man digging a hole, the other filling it in again.
An onlooker was amazed at their hard work, but couldn't understand what they were doing. So he asked the hole digger, "I'm impressed by the effort you two are putting in to your work, but I don't get it -- why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind and fill it up again?"
The hole digger wiped his brow and sighed, "Well, I suppose it probably looks odd because we're normally a three-person team. But today the guy who plants the trees called in sick."
[forwarded by Val Arends]


  "Congress is proposing a bill that would give President Obama a kill switch that he could use to freeze all activity on the Internet if there were a national emergency. The kill switch goes by the top secret name 'Microsoft Windows'."  (Conan O'Brien)

"A flight attendant was fired from Virgin Airlines for placing a baby in the overhead compartment. To be fair, the baby did not fit under the seat."  (Conan O'Brien)


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lots of good laugh’s

An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried.
The dispatcher said, "Stay calm. An officer is on the way."
A few minutes later, the officer radios in: "Disregard," he says. "She got in the back seat by  mistake."
[forwarded by JR Whitby]

Buffet is actually French for get it yourself.

There was a Scottish tradesman, a painter called Jack, who was very interested in making a pound where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time.
Eventually the Presbyterian Church decided to do a big restoration job on one of their biggest churches. Jack put in a painting bid and because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he set to, with a right good will, erecting the trestles and putting up the planks, and buying the paint and...yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with the turpentine.
Well, Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened and the rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church and knocking Jock fair off the scaffold to land on the lawn.
Now, Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?"
And from the thunder, a mighty Voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"




Aliens - No matter where they came from, their entire planet has learned how to live in peace and they have but one culture, one language, one style of clothing, etc.

Bombs - Every single bomb has a digital display showing exactly when it will go off.

Cars - No one ever locks their car upon exiting it.

Car Chases - No matter where you are, there will be a Korean grocer with his vegetables out on the sidewalk for display in easily smashable wooden crates.

Family meal? Someone will get upset after a few bites and storm away from the table.

Fights - If you're supposed to win in the end, you will lose the first round. Every time.

Health - Have a cough? You'll be dead or declared terminal by the end of the reel.

Locks - All doors can be opened or lock-picked with a credit card or hairpin.

Radio/TV - Everything you need to know is heard or seen within moments of turning the set on. You then immediately turn it back off.

Soldiers - If a soldier shows a buddy a picture of his small-town sweetheart, he will die soon. If a soldier talks about his dream vacation, he will die soon. If a soldier talks about what he wants to do when he gets out of the service, he will---well, you get the idea.

Technology - From any computer or smartphone, you can access the files of the villain's corporation. All video screens, no matter the size or model, will show a crystal clear 3-D reproduction of the image. Every single person knows how to type very quickly.

[selected from caryn.com, with my thanks and respect]



A small girl who had spent most of the day playing outside came up to her Mommy late one afternoon and said, "Mommy, my tummy hurts."

"That's because it's empty," Mom replied. "You have to put something in it." So she fixed up a nice warm bowl of soup with crackers for her daughter.

Later that week their pastor and his wife came over for dinner and during the after dinner conversation, the pastor winced, touched his hand to his head and explained that he'd had a terrible headache all day and his head was still hurting.

And right on cue, the little girl piped up and said, "That's because it's empty. You have to put something in it."

[with thanks again to Pastor Tim's CleanLaugh]



Tired of waiting for their overdue baby to arrive, my very pregnant daughter and her husband decided to take in a movie one night.

My daughter went inside to find seats while my son-in-law bought popcorn and drinks at the concession stand.

While paying for his tall glass of soda, my son-in-law accidentally knocked it over, spilling it everywhere. A couple of clerks hurried to mop it up and wipe down the counter, while another refilled the cup and my son-in-law headed off to his theater, thoroughly rattled.

Once inside, he was dramatically describing his embarrassing episode to my daughter, when one of his expressive hand gestures knocked the bucket of popcorn out of her hand, spilling it all over the floor. He hung his head, picked up the bucket, and sheepishly headed back to the lobby.

When he was gone, the woman sitting behind my daughter leaned forward and said, "You're not going to let him hold the baby, are you?"

[The Good Clean Funnies List via Randy Walker's Humor]



Every morning during our coffee break, we listened to the culinary challenges (and disasters) from one of our newlywed colleagues. We usually tried to share helpful hints and tips from our own recipes.

One day she actually broke down crying, explaining that sweet potatoes were her husband's favorite dish and she just couldn't get them right. "I've finally been able to make them sweet," she sobbed, "but how do you make them orange?"

[Joe's Clean Laffs via Ed Peacher's Laughter for a Saturday]




New in town
"I'm new around here," said a man to a little boy, "Will you please
direct me to the bank?"
"I will, but it'll cost you ten dollars." Answered the boy.
"Why should I pay you so much?" Argued the man.
"Because bank directors are always highly paid."
From Clean-Hewmor



Hospital Visit

A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a
hospital for several years and felt very ignorant about all the new
A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large,
intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials.
"Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said.
"So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor-cleaning machine."

From Mary's Funnies


Ice Cream
An elderly couple was watching television one evening. The
wife said, "I am going to get a dish of ice cream now."
Kindly, the husband offered to get the ice cream for his
wife. "I'll write it down so you don't forget," she said.
"I won't forget," the old gent said.
"But I want chocolate syrup and nuts on it, so I'll write it
down," she replied.
"I will get you the ice cream. Don't you worry," replied the
A few minutes later, the old man returned with bacon and
eggs. His wife said, "See, I should have written it down
because you forgot the toast."
Received from ArcaMax Jokes.


Chldren's Sermon
In church this past Sunday, we celebrated Communion. During the
"children's sermon", the minister was talking about Communion and what
it is all about.
"The Bible talks of Holy Communion being a 'joyful feast'. What does
that mean?
Well, 'joyful' means happy, right? And a feast is a meal. So a 'joyful
feast' is a happy meal. And what are the three things we need for a
happy meal?"
My son blurted out, "Hamburger, fries, and a regular soft drink?"

From Mary's Funnies


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