Monday, March 10, 2014

Grapefruit Cake Bread + A Letter to Littlest

Happy 8 Months old day, Littlest!

Dear Kenny,

Today you are eight months old, and Daddy and I are so thankful that we get to be your parents. You are still a mellow baby, but you've started to develop quite a personality.  

Your favorite toys are not toys at all.  Instead you enjoy chewing on electrical cords, taking the heaviest books off of the book shelves, and holding onto as much tupperware as your chubby little hands can hold.

We can always make you laugh by making farting noises, and we love to play a game where we hide behind a counter or the fridge and then jump out at you.  It makes you shriek with glee. Daddy likes to flip you around and throw you around, which is fun for you, but you're getting too big for me to throw you around in the air; instead, we go for lots of stroller rides which you love.

You have developed a weird habit of shaking your fist when you are happy.  Daddy does an surprisingly accurate impression of you, and it is so funny to me.

Over the course of the last month, we think that you've started teething because you are a non stop drool factory.  You also had a few days where you did nothing but scream all evening long and then collapse into your crib at night.

You've really developed a taste for solid foods, and I take a lot of pleasure in feeding you every morning and with dinner.

Your mobility is still limited by the fact that you shriek every time we put you on your belly, even though you now push up to the crawling position.  When you see an electrical cord, you become an adept butt scooter, but other than that you pretty much stay in one place or roll around to get what you want.

Sometimes you still fall asleep in my arms as Daddy and I are praying for you, and it melts my heart.  Other times you just scream through the whole thing, and I am so thankful when we can put you in your crib so that you immediately conk out.

My words will never be able to express how much Daddy and I love you.

We love you so much in all the world,
Mommy and Daddy

PS May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious unto you.  May the Lord lift up the light of his countenance on you and give you peace.

PPS To celebrate we ate some of this delicious Grapefruit Cake Bread, but you like yogurt more!

Grapefruit Cake Bread

1/2 Grapefruit worth of zest
1/4 Grapefruit worth of juice
1.5C Granulated Sugar
1 Stick Butter Softened (8T Butter)
3 Eggs
1.75C All purpose Flour
1/2t Baking Powder
1/2t Salt
1/4C Milk

2C Confectioners Sugar
1/2 Grapefruit worth of Zest
3/4 Grapefruit worth of juice

1. Heat Oven to 325 and grease 8.5" by 4.5" bread pan
2. Beat zest, sugar and butter until well creamed (be sure your butter is softened as this step will be easier)
3. Add eggs (one at a time) and beat until well combined
4. Mix Flour, Salt and Baking Powder together until combined
5. Add juice and milk to butter mixture and combine (briefly)
6. Add Flour mixture (about one cup at a time) and fold it into the batter (fold rather than beat to keep the batter from becoming too stiff)
7. Once batter is complete, pour into bread pan
8. Start checking on cake at 55 minutes.  When a knife comes out cleanly, the bread is done (for me, on average this is 75 minutes, but I think our oven runs cold).
9. Allow bread to cool for a few minutes, then use a knife to release the bread from the sides of the baking pan.
10. Continue to allow to cool for a full hour.
11. To make the glaze, warm grapefruit juice for a few seconds in the microwave (until just above room temperature).
12. Whisk powdered sugar, grapefruit juice and zest (add more of any of these to taste).
13. Cut a few large slits (both vertically and horizontally) in the cake, so that the glaze gets absorbed into the cake.
14. Glaze liberally

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