I Swear I’ve Done This Before

20140405-075410.jpgI believe I have just made my most expensive travel mistake, so far…hopefully ever. At 6am this morning I landed bleary eyed but full of beans in London and hopped on a coach to transfer between airports and fly on to Madrid. While I dozed on the bus, inwardly I was congratulating myself for packing light for a change (only one carry on! only two pairs of shoes!) and for feeling so comfortable navigating through my solo travels. Silly me. Continue reading…

Tasty Traveling [Spiced Date Lemon Cake]

I’m going to Barcelona this weekend! I’ve heard so many great things, I’m very excited to explore the city.  I’m a bit of a grazer and like to have snacks on hand while I’m running in between activities.  Because I don’t want to get hangry (hungry + angry, for those of you who don’t ever get that way) when I travel either, I always have a granola bar or something in my purse.  I’m flying with Ryanair this weekend, and while it seems true that their prices are unbeatable, I’ve heard that there is no way they give out snacks on those flights so I’m making sure to pack my own! This dense, moist cake will be accompanying me on my way to Barca. Que rico!

With the excitement of finally getting an oven in our apartment, I headed out to get some basic baking supplies.  I was fairly successful but things like pure vanilla extract or 100% cocoa powder seemed way out of my price range and I could not for the life of me find measuring spoons, so I figured I would have to become good at guesstimating and making use of what I have! I had some dates already and modified a few recipes I found online t to come up with this really simple and really tasty spiced date lemon cake with almonds.  This cake requires only a few main ingredients and doesn’t use any butter, which excited me because I’m getting frugal like that. Spiced Date Lemon Cake