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{RECIPE} Quick and Zesty Lemon Cake Perfect for a Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert

We needed a quick dessert to take to my husband's family tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and since lemon cake is his favorite dessert, and my mother-in-law's too, and we have a gorgeous lemon tree in our backyard with way too many lemons, we decided to make a lemon cake.

It turned out wonderfully! It's zesty and sweet and easy, what a perfect combination! I can't wait to share it tomorrow with his family.

QUICK AND ZESTY LEMON CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 yolks
  • Zest of two medium lemons, or one large lemon - about 2-3 loose tablespoons
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar for decoration
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the bottom of a 9" round or 8" square cake pan. Grease the parchment and sides with a little butter.

Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a mixing bowl. Stir and set aside.

Add the butter (room temperature), sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl. If you like sweeter cakes, you can add an extra 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat on high with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the buttermilk.

Mix in the dry ingredients in 2-3 batches. Stir until just it just comes together; you don't want to over mix.

Pour the batter into the pan, and cook for 30 minutes. Test with a toothpick, and take it out of the oven when it comes out clean.

Let it cool for 10 minutes, then flip it over onto a wire rack. If you are going to frost it, let it cool completely.

If you want something with that extra lemony punch, this cake goes great with a lemon glaze. All you need is 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a tablespoon of hot water. Whisk together and drizzle over the cake. You can add additional water or sugar to adjust the consistency.

I wanted to try something more decorative, so I pulled out my Cricut Mini and cut out a flower shape to use with powdered sugar.

I placed it on the cake.

Sprinkled powered sugar on top.

Removed the paper flower and added just a touch more powered sugar. I loved how it turned out.

And here's the cake ready to eat!

And the first piece!

I wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!! I can't wait to see what you do. Please add your celebrations to our site so I can show them off.

And here's our lemon tree. Told ya we had a lot of lemons. Any recommendations for recipes we should try?

My Favorite Thanksgiving Treats From our Site

What more can I say but... wow and yum! Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving treats. Just click on the photo to see what party they come from.

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, take a look at these all these Thanksgiving celebrations from our site. Also, see all our free Thanksgiving printables collections.

 

{GIVEAWAY} Win a Cricut Mini + Holiday Deluxe Rental Bundle Worth $129.99

Just in time for the holidays, we're giving away another Cricut Mini (if you read my blog, you know the Mini is my Cricut of choice) plus a holiday deluxe rental bundle of 1,200 layered images for all your holiday crafting needs,  worth $129.99.

You will seriously be able to make anything for the holidays with this!!

To enter the giveaway just click on the buttons below and "follow" Cricut and Catch My Party on Pinterest , then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it! Easy!

If you want to buy your own Circut Mini + Holiday Deluxe Rental Bundle at the special price of $99.99 instead of $129.99, head here: Circut Mini Holiday Bundle.

And if you want to be inspired, check out all the crafting ideas in the Cricut Project Centerand

We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, November 30th at 10:00 PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify the winner by email. Good luck! Open to US residents only.

10 Collections of FREE Thanksgiving Printables Perfect for Your Celebrations!

Want to add that extra special something to your Thanksgiving table? Then browse through these 10 collections of free printables we have on our site to help you decorate.

Plus, many of the collections have kids' activity sheets to keep your young ones busy during the meal so check them out.

FREE Thanksgiving Printables from WCC Designs

If you want to add a modern autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving celebration, definitely check out this collection of FREE Thanksgiving printables Wanessa from WCC Designs created for us. I especially love the "thankful" note cards and the beautiful invitations.

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, drink wraps, "thankful" notes, tented cards, and a "Happy Thanksgiving" banner.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here's the whole collection...

And here are the individual files...

 

Thank you, Wanessa. This collection makes me want to go outside and jump in the leaves! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, take a look at these all these Thanksgiving celebrations from our site. Also, see all our free Thanksgiving printables collections.

{DIY} How to Make Beautiful Felt Acorns

My friend, Nicole, and the creative mind behind Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras is one of our newest Catch My Party contributors, welcome Nicole!

Nicole is not only a gifted pastry chef, but also makes some of the most inventive crafts. Here she is sharing how she made these beautiful felted acorns that would be perfect for the coming seasons. 

Acorns made from felted wool balls are simple to create, and add a perfect autumnal touch to gifts, crafts, and fall decor.

Materials:

  • Wool Roving (I bought mine at a local yarn store, but it's easy to find online if you don't have a nearby supply)
  • A bowl of soapy water
  • Acorn caps (I bought mine from an Etsy seller -- there are many)
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
To make a felt acorn, you must first make a felted wool ball.   You can buy specialty equipment to do needle felting, but to make a felt ball, all you really need is soapy water and your hands.

First, pull off a chunk of your wool roving.  What's that, you ask?  Not being an avid knitter/textiles person, I had no clue, either. Wool roving is wool that has been cleaned, combed, and twisted ever so slightly into a big, fluffy rope.  Textile artists use this material to spin into yarn.  I use it to make fun gnome and Santa beards. And felt balls.

Wrap the fluffy wool into a loose ball.  Make it several times larger than you want your finished ball to be, because it will compress a lot.

Dip the fluffy wool ball into water with a few drops of dish-washing soap.  Roll between the palms of your hands.  The wool ball with compress, and the fibers will bind together, creating a much more solid, smaller felt ball.

Sometimes, I end up with cracks and crevasses in my felt ball, not exactly a nice ball shape.  When this happens, I simply take a very small, wispy piece of wool roving and wrap it around the outside of the ball.  Dip in the soapy water and continue rolling the ball with your hands.  The new layer of wool felts onto the surface of the ball and covers any imperfections that might have been there.

Squeeze out any excess water, and let dry overnight.

Once the felt balls have dried out completely, it's a simple matter to glue the acorn caps to the felt balls.  If you want to paint the acorn caps, it's best to do so before gluing the felt balls in place.  I used spray paint, but I think they'd be spectacular with glittered caps.  Something to remember for next fall!

And look how much they add to favor boxes, table settings, and fall decor.
 
Thank you, Nicole, the felt acorns are just exquisite... and so easy!!
 
To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.

FREE Thanksgiving Printables from The Party Bakery

What fun! This collection of FREE "Gobble Til You Wobble" Thanksgiving printables from Candy at The Party Bakery have such a great retro vibe. If you're looking for something a little more playful this year, especially if you've go kids (because there's a printable activity page), this is the set for you!

The collection includes: an invitation, party circles, menu cards, a kids' activity sheet (love this!), tented cards, a "Gobble Gobble" banner, candy bar wrappers, and water bottle wrappers.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here's the whole collection...

 

And here are some of the individual files...

Thanks, Candy, for such an adorable collection, although I hope I don't "gobble til I wobble" this year. :)

To learn more about Candy and The Party Bakery check out her Etsy shop and Facebook page.

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, take a look at these all these Thanksgiving celebrations from our site. Also, see all our free Thanksgiving printables collections here.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Fun and Inexpensive Ideas for a Thanksgiving Kids' Table

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, and our budget party contributor, is back with some ideas on how to create a fun and inexpensive kids' table for Thanksgiving, something we all need! 

Happy Holidays to you all out there. Getting ready for Thanksgiving I assume? This Party Gal celebrated early this year with our BFF’s who came into town (during our power outage from Sandy, no less).

One of my fondest memories as a child during the holidays was the “kids' table." WE ALWAYS had to sit at a fold out card table.  My cousins, sister, and I would gather round that table to partake in the feast.  As an adult and a mom of 4, I now understand the reason behind it!  LOL

Today I wanted to share with you some ideas that are SUPER easy for your Thanksgiving Kids' Table.

Table Setting – Let’s start with this.  Keeping the children busy while their plates are prepared is KEY.  Otherwise they get up and go back to playing and you are spending another 10 mins getting them back to the table!

So I recommend using a roll of brown craft paper to use as their table covering. Put out some markers or crayons. (I pulled out NEW crayons that I had saved from my Back to School purchases – isn’t everything more fun with NEW sharp crayons?)  Now they can draw and play tic tac toe until their plates arrive.  Cost $ 1.00 for roll of craft paper at the dollar store. Makes for EZ clean up also!

BONUS TIP:  Target Dollar Spot also had paper place mats with activities on them set of 4 for $ 1.00

Snacks – Now you might be wondering snacks?  Um they are going to eat in a minute…

Well, if they are anything like my children, eating keeps them busy and out of my kitchen while I am preparing food!  I am not talking a full blown buffet of snacks, but just some popcorn, trail mix, or carrots with dip in the middle of their table to share.  Just enough to get them through until the meal arrives.  I used little individual snack cups that I purchased at Target. I put popcorn in them – reminds me of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie. They gobbled that up and ate everything on their plates!

A Favor/Treat – This year I made two “treats” for the kids to take home with them.  One was SO easy your kids can help with it. Using toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls, I put some tootsie rolls inside of them and wrapped them up with some dollar store paper and some jute around the ends. They looked SO cute on the table and the kids had fun ripping them open to get to their prize inside.

The other item was candy corn tubes. I took plastic tubes and filled  them with a gum ball at each end with candy corn sandwiched in the middle. They took these with them. Added a pop of color to the table and yummy later!

As an added bonus, the children each received their own Mayflower Place Card Boats.  These name place cards doubled as a snack boat with some fishy crackers and a few candy corns hidden inside.  I used my Silhouette SD machine to cut them out, put them together with glue stick and then added the sticker (using WORD and AVERY Stickers).  I added the cute blue fringe at the bottom for the "ocean" effect.  The fringe can be found at Party On Designs.

Crafts – The last piece to the Kids' Table puzzle is a craft for AFTER dinner.  After you have cleaned up but BEFORE dessert I like to have a simple craft for them. (Our kids seem to think that dessert is followed within seconds of clearing their plate.) This year I had purchased fall magnets for them to color and take home with them.  This activity kept them busy while I cleared the adult table and prepared desserts.

Well there you have it – my Kiddie Table for Thanksgiving on a budget.  I hope you walked away with something you can incorporate into your holiday!  Until December – Party on Friends!

Thanks, Melissa, love the before dessert craft idea... brilliant! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.

FREE "Giving Thanks" Printable Food Tags and Labels from Nickwilljack

If you like to create food gifts for friends, family, and neighbors, then wrap them up pretty this Thanksgiving with these FREE "giving thanks" printable food tags and labels designed by Jenn at Nickwilljack.

Jenn created the circle tags to fit 2" or 3" circle punches. And the food labels have text boxes where you can type in your own text like "banana bread" or "cookies."  All the printables come in four colors: yellow, orange, red, and brown.

Plus, she included three bonus pages that say "Happy Holidays" so that you can use these for your winter holiday gifts as well.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here are some sample files...

And here's a sample of the "happy holidays" tags...

Jenn, thanks for letting us give these away to our readers. They really do add that extra special touch!

To learn more about Jenn, visit her at Nickwilljack, Facebook, and Etsy.

FREE Thanksgiving Printables from Three Little Monkeys Studio

How great would these FREE Thanksgiving printables, designed by Gretchen from Three Little Monkeys Studio, look on your Thanksgiving table! They can work for both classic and modern celebrations.

The collection includes: a "Give Thanks" banner, a menu card (that you can type in your menu before printing), party circles, recipe cards, tented cards, a place mat, straw flags, and favor tags.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE:

Here are the different printable files to take a look at...

Thanks, Gretchen, for designing such a warm, "autumn-y" collection. The place mats and recipe cards are my favorites.

To learn more about Gretchen and Three Little Monkeys Studio check out her blogEtsy shopandFacebook page.

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, take a look at these all these Thanksgiving celebrations from our site. Also, see all our free Thanksgiving printables collections here.

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