Category Archives: Vacation

Brown Sugar Blackberry Bundt Cake

I’m baaackk!!

Wowowowow! I had a great family reunion and Stuart’s and Jane’s (Kellen’s brother and now sister) wedding was amazing! Portland is absolutely beautiful and it was such a bummer coming back to such hot and humid weather.  It’s 112 degrees here today, can you believe that?!  It’s hell…literally!

I’m just going to do what I did when I went to New York and let the pictures I took describe the trip because words can’t do it justice. *Warning: This is a picture heavy post.

Chicago: 

Had to do it!  The Bean in Millennium Park.  P.S. My cousin just played there!

Portland:

All of the pictures so far have been taken at Jane’s parents’ beautiful home.
At the coast!

My poor attempt at a heart.

Yakuza Lounge… where I had the BEST burger of my life.
Not even exaggerating.

Original Pancake House!

VOODOO!!

Demolished.
Candy seeds?? Awesome!

Completely homemade.

My favorite picture. Such a ridiculously good looking family.

Anyway, like I said, I had an awesome time in Chicago with family and my aunt did a great job setting up and preparing everything for us.  It was so good to see all of my family that I haven’t seen in such a long time!  I couldn’t have asked for a better time in Portland.  The scenery is beautiful and we were so lucky to have been able to see the best of Portland right in Jane’s backyard.  The wedding ceremony was breathtaking, the weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, and the hospitality was outstanding.  I can’t use enough positive adjectives to describe the time we had.

Buuttt, that was vacation and vacation always ends, so here I am!  I’m happy to be back and baking, though, especially since I have something so yummy to share with you all.  This recipe turned out awesome!  I wasn’t expecting the best of it because it’s one of those “I have too much of something, so I need to get rid of it” kind of recipes.  I had a surplus of blackberries just sitting in the freezer, so I decided that I’d make blackberry budnt cake.  I didn’t have any eggs, so I used flax eggs and the cake came out a little dense, but the taste is phenomenal!  I was pleasantly surprised at how great this tastes.  A+!

Brown Sugar Blackberry Bundt Cake
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream, room temperature
2 eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease and flour a 9″ bundt pan. 

2. Place blackberries in a small bowl and toss with 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp lemon juice.
3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time; stir in sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir it into the butter mixture until well blended; gently fold in your “floured” blackberries.  Carefully pour or spoon the batter into your prepared bundt pan.
4. Bake the cake for 55 to 60 minutes in a preheated oven. (I took mine out at 50 because a toothpick came out clean, but it could have stayed in a little longer; the center ended up being a little gooey.)  
5. Cool cake (in the pan) on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a cake plate.  
*I added a lemon glaze on top of mine!

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Chicago

(google images)
I’m in the transition between my Chicago vacation and my Portland vacation.I
The trip to Chicago was short, but completely worth it; filled with family, food, and sight-seeing.  The drive there was long, but I rode with my sister and two nieces and they made the time go by quickly.  We walked around Millenium Park and Michigan Avenue and took the Yellow Line to get there.  I liked the train, but I definitely preferred the Subway in New York.  It took about an hour to get from Evanston to Chicago and it felt like forever!  Once we got there though, it was pretty cool!
That night we went to my aunts house and she went all out!!  She had the road blocked off, huge speakers set up for music, table and chairs in the street, big, pretty lanterns in the trees, lots and lots of good food, etc. etc.  I got to see all of my family I haven’t since for about 10 years and it was really nice to catch up with all of them.  I also got to meet my little cousins who are dolls!  One of my aunts brought a wishing lantern.  I’d never heard of it before, but it’s just a paper lantern that everyone writes their wishes on and when you light it and send it into the air, your wish comes true.  Well, my cousin wrote “to be a fairy” and then today she called me and told me “My wish is coming true! I’m growing wings!!” So cute!
Anyway, I don’t have any pictures to post yet, but I will when I get back from Portland! 
Do you have any cute little kid stories?
The Bean! (google images)