Well I thought maybe I'd give this blogging thing another go. I had such great intentions last year but then COVID hit and priorities changed. Although I feel like I've been blogging so to speak on Instagram, many of you have asked for sources, recipes, etc so I felt the need to revisit this page that I have neglected for so long to give a place of reflection, resources, and reminders.
So on to today's post...my snow day snack. Whenever it's a snow day aka trapped at home with the weather, I feel the need to bake something yummy. Today I decided on the traditional French yogurt cake partly because I had to throw out my measuring cups the other day and this recipe is super easy to make with a simple yogurt pot as my measuring tool.
This cake is sometimes called gateaux de mamie because it was the afternoon sweet snack that the kiddos would get from their nanas when they came home from school for gouter (aka snack). It was also easy to make because of using the pot as a measuring tool. 3 pots of flour, 2 pots of sugar, 1 pot of yogurt, half a pot of oil. Easy peasy.
Think of a moist pound cake texture. I love it as is with a cup of tea or sometimes with some fresh preserves. The hubby likes to slap clotted cream & jam and make a mini victoria sponge. It's also good with a citrus glaze. So many options for such a simple cake. Hope you enjoy!
French Yogurt Cake
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 c whole milk yogurt- I use la fermiere. Orange blossom honey is my personal favorite.
1/2 c sunflower oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp flavoring (you can do an extract or in this case I used orange blossom water)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Oil your baking pan. You can use a cake pan, loaf pan or a bundt whichever you prefer. In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs and yogurt until smooth. Then add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) mix until blended and no lumps. Add in flavoring and stir. Then add the oil. Mix until completely blended. Pour into your greased baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes but check at 20 min with a toothpick. if the toothpick is dry, it's done. Cool in the pan for 10 mins then turn out cake on a drying rack for about an hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or your favorite glaze.
Today starts day 1 in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge. I was super excited and a bit freaked out when the approved me as a guest participant for this year. I really didn't think my application would get accepted so of course I pick our master bedroom as the feature. Well ta-da...they picked me so no turning back now.
As with all projects, I like to start with a mood board. This is usually a collaboration of inspiration pics of other rooms, items I hope to use in the room and other items that I have already to use. So as you can see below, I've stuck to my signature blue & white color palette. I wanted to room to feel calm, cozy & dreamy. A place that we could retreat to each night and rest peacefully. I swear neither of have slept well in this room because it's been in disarray since day 1. I only found dressers to re-do for this room a few months ago so everything has been in baskets and boxes since April of last year. That all changes starting today!
The team at the One Room Challenge asked us to be very creative with our projects due to the current circumstances. Most states have stay-at-home orders (ours is one of them) so the goal was to try and complete this room with stuff we had on hand or that we could get with very minimal shopping. This way we are all staying safe during this process.
So my design started with digging in my fabric finds. I was inspired by some vintage fabric that I had bought while thrifting BC (before covid). I found my favorite blue stripe grainsack that I'm going to turn into a body pillow and soft ivory applique quilt that I'm making into euro pillow covers. I also realized I had leftover beadboard wallpaper which has popped up in various spots in the cottage and that was the jumping off point.
As you can see, there is nothing super great about this room. But it does have it's challenges. The window above the bed is off center, the closet was added at a later date and takes up most of the room, 3 of the 4 walls have baseboard heating which makes the room smaller when you add in furniture to name a few. But the goal is to overcome these challenges and create a beautiful oasis for me and my husband to enjoy!
So our week 1 will be about tackling the walls! We will be doing a feature wall to distract from the off center window and then all the walls, trim & ceiling will get painted. You can follow me on Instagram to see our progress and tune in here to see more of the behind the scenes and resources.
Thanks so much for following along!