Monday, April 9, 2012

5 Things & Citrus Poppy Seed Quick Bread

We leave for our trip to Seattle in a few days so I am Spring cleaning. By that of course I mean I am cleaning then taking a mini break, cleaning a little more then surfing the internet. I am not a fan of cleaning, but the idea of returning to a messy apartment after our trip is unappealing enough to motivate me.

While I clean I often listen to the Joy the Baker Podcast, if I can't be baking at least I can listen to Joy&Tracy talk about baking. This week they challenged listeners to share five favorites. So- before I tackle the bedroom/closet- here are five things I am in love with right now... ready-set--go!

 I wish every morning could include chilled champagne, tangy orange juice and frozen berries.

When I want bread, I want it fast. With citrus zest, poppy seeds and a few cups of coffee.

I unabashedly love Les Mills classes. Don't judge. 

 This man's voice is beautiful, but in a totally masculine way. I hum this song constantly because (1) it is addictive and (2) I don't really know all the words so humming is safer.

A pretty picture of where I work. The kitchen is on the top floor, somewhere behind the sparkly tree.

Petite Citrus Poppy Seed Quick Bread

(makes one small loaf)
 1/4 c butter softened (1/2 stick)
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon combined lemon and grapefruit zest
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 c AP flour
1/8 c + 1 Tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

 -Follow basic creaming method, folding in poppy seeds by hand before transferring batter to a well greased loaf pan/tin.

-Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, when the center of  the bread springs back to your touch it is ready!


  1. Mimosas! Nice choice - though I am always partial to bellinis myself!

    1. Thanks! I haven't had a Bellini in a long time, that will be next on my list of drinks to make!

  2. Oooo where do you work? Its very pretty :)

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    2. Thanks Alison! I work in downtown Raleigh, NC for a catering company at the convention center.

  3. I love mimosas, too! Your place of work looks so pretty!

  4. bodypump is awesome. are we not cool for liking it???

    1. We are very cool for liking it. I think coolness and strong quads from all the squats are byproducts of going to bodypump.