A night turns to a day, a street I've never walked on
I was never here. I'm just a faint reflection
The day turns to a month, a second of affection
I was never here. I'm just a faint reflection
Sleepwalking - The Birthday Massacre
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[ january 14th 2022 @ 2:37pm ]

it's lemon season~
[mood| hungry]
[tunes| the birthday massacre]
It's lemon season! Did you know we can grow lemons here in the mojave? Our house came with a nice and large lemon tree. The tree has produced hundreds of lemons for us in the last 2 years.

The lemons take like an entire year to grow. My tree already has some brand new lemon blossoms, but the bulk of the flowers won't start until spring. The bees love it! I always assumed that lemons were a summer fruit.. but they do not ripen until December!

I am swimming in lemons and I'm not sure what to do with them all. So far this season I have given roughly 50 lemons to my fiances co-workers, and I've easily juiced more than 50 for lemonade.

Fresh squeezed lemonade is simply the best

My fiance's favorite thing to bake with our lemons is a moist lemon loaf cake. We use the recipe from Plated Cravings.

for the lemon pound cake
1½ cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp lemon zest
½ tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk

for the lemon syrup
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tbsp powdered sugar

for the lemon icing
1 cup powder sugar, sifted
1½ tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9x5-inch (or 8x4-inch) loaf pan.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using an electric mixer), cream the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4-6 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. With the mixer running on low-speed, add the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla extract and lemon juice. Beat on medium-high speed until combined.

  5. With the mixer on low, add about one-third of the flour mixture and mix until almost combined, then add half the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Repeat with another third of flour mixture and then the last half of the buttermilk, ending with the last third of the flour. Beat until just incorporated.

  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out mostly clean with only a couple moist crumbs. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours.

  7. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes in the pan. Stir together the lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar for the lemon syrup. Carefully invert the loaf pan, and transfer the cake to a cooling rack, then brush the syrup on the cake while it’s still warm. Allow cake to cool completely.

  8. When the cake is cooled, combine all the icing ingredients, start with 1 tbsp lemon juice and milk and add the remaining lemon juice as needed. The icing should be thick and not runny. Pour icing over cake and let dry before serving.

[ september 4th 2021 @ 11:55pm ]

pumpkin spice and everything nice
[mood| full]
[tunes| adore delano]
I made my first pumpkin spice cake of the season. Technically.. my first pumpkin spice cake ever! Fun fact.. I just tried pumpkin pie for the very first time in 2020! Why did I let my tastebuds go without this cultural staple for so many decades?!

I used my new skeleton loaf pan from Nordicware. I purchased the pan at Target yesterday. I knew I had to grab it before everyone bought up the stock. Baking supplies seem to be a hot item (I also purchased the spiderweb waffle maker).

The cake slid out of the pan super easily with just a little bit of butter and flour. The skeleton design was bold, but I am not delicate nor skilled enough to decorate him properly. I just threw some cream cheese frosting on the top. The frosting to cake ratio needs to be worked on, but other than that.. it was really thick and moist!

Who says you need to wait for cooler weather to enjoy autumn activities?? It was 100°F here today!

I used this recipe from savingdessert.com.

½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
¾ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
⅓ cup buttermilk, well shaken
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the sides and bottom of an 8 ½ by 4 inch loaf pan. Set aside.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, eggs and vegetable oil until smooth.

  3. Add the pumpkin puree, buttermilk and vanilla to the egg mixture and whisk until combined.

  4. Place a fine mesh sieve / sifter over the bowl with the egg and buttermilk mixture. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and spice to the sieve and sift over the bowl with the egg mixture. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg and buttermilk mixture. Blend until smooth.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if using.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 55 minutes or until the center is set and firm to the touch, and the cake is lightly browned and cracked down the middle.

  7. Remove and allow the cake to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool. Drizzle with icing if desired.

[ august 29th 2021 ]

[mood| confused]
[tunes| waterparks]

Have you ever dealt with phantosmia or olfactory hallucinations?

I have been haunted by a phantom smell for the last several days, and this isn't the first time it's happened.

In 2019, I lived in an apartment complex and just told myself that the smell was one of our many neighbors who happened to be a smoker.

It happened again last year. We had already moved into our own house. My boyfriend and I were both cigarette smokers in the past, and were currently vaping at this point. I kept asking my boyfriend if he could smell the smoke, and he said no. I was convinced it had to do with the coils in the electronic cigarette devices. I made him vape outside. I quit all together (go me~)

The smell has returned. Once again, I am the only one who can smell it. No one has smoked cigarettes in our house that we know of. It's so strong to me. Overwhelming. Nauseating. Distracting. Last night I went to sleep with my nose in a container of fruity pebble wax melts to try to mask the scent.

I looked on the internet for some answers, and got everything from depression and sinus infections to schizophrenia and brain tumors.

Some websites said that it could be the sign of a ghost visiting you. My mom was a heavy smoker. Is that you mom? You stink. :(

Another one said it was the "smoke of hell"!!!!! Very very reassuring..... O_O

Has this ever happened to you?

I'm trying to not freak myself out, lol.

[ august 12th 2021 ]

Vaccine Advice from a Needlephobic
[mood| sympathetic]
[tunes| alexz johnson]

Tomorrow I go in for my 2nd Covid-19 vaccine. I never thought I would be excited for a shot. I've suffered from debilitating needle/doctor/dentist phobia my entire life. That's more than 3 decades! What a difference having a compassionate medical team makes.

Are you scared of needles too? Here's how I got through it!:

Here are some other tips I've learned from being in needle phobia groups the last few weeks:

Please please PLEASE get vaccinated, convince your friends and family to get vaccinated! It truly saves lives! You don't want your entire family to die! It happened to my little brothers friend :( Wear your masks, social distance, be smart and responsible! We can get through this, but only if we all work together!

[ july 29th 2021 ]

girl in the graveyard review
[mood| rejuvenated]
[tunes| slayyyter]

The other day I signed into Instagram and saw a sponsored ad that caught my eye. It was brightly colored Halloween themed body products from Girl in the Graveyard

I checked out her shop and spent the whole day thinking about how badly I wanted to make a purchase.

I settled on the Strange and Unusual collection, although I also have Monster Mash and Zombie on my wishlist along with the other new items she’s dropped since the weekend.

I have tried out the foaming sugar scrub and it smells soo good. Like skittles or some other candy. It’s very familiar but I can’t quite name them.

Scent Profile: Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange, a blend of berry and cherry with leafy green accents and a base of vanilla.

I’m really happy I found this shop. It’s vegan, ethically sourced, cruelty free, cute, colorful and spooky all in one. This is the first time I’ve ever bought something off a sponsored ad and I’m not disappointed.

Check her out if you’re looking for yourself or wanna buy me more 🤣

@girl.in.the.graveyard 👻 // Girl in the Graveyard // https://girlinthegraveyard.shop

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