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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Pound of Cake

     We leave for the beach in the Outer Banks in T-Minus 17 days and I still have 11 pounds of baby weight hanging out with me. I'm just like the next girl and I stress about my weight and jean size just like the next girl. I don't know what I was thinking when I agreed to the beach vacation being planned so close to having a baby! {I really did miscalculate the timing...I even bought CA the cutest yellow-polka dotted bathing suit that is going to be way too big for her}
     So, ever since I got the go ahead from my doc, I've been attempting to exercise. haha! Mostly I've been walking at least 2+ miles most everyday, sometimes pushing 70 pounds of pure preciousness. I think I've done about a gazillion lunges. I gained about 22 pounds while I was pregnant, you can do the math...
     So with D-day quickly approaching. (That's the day I have to actually get the bathing suit out and try it on, just to make sure I can squeeze it all in, I wonder if they make any suits out of Spanx?). I've incorporated the help of my sweet neighbor, Virginia, and my very ripped and focused husband to help me.
     However, neither of these people are being very much help! I'll elaborate...
     Virginia's great, she and I have been walking together all week, but she enjoys my love for Creative Cake Cupcakes just like me!!! Enough said!
     And Jim....OH MY WORD!!!!  He tried to teach me how to do a pull-up. But I think that bar in the closet is much better used as an extension to my clothes rack! I can't even do half a pull-up! I do good just to hold on! He told me if I would do those I would get ripped! RIGHT!!!! I'm sure he is right, but seriously. Tonight I asked him if he would help me work on my abs. He mentioned the number 500....500 what hun? Okay, we'll just do half.
     Then the nerve, oh the nerve....we got up off the floor and my sweet husband asks...Hey, we got the stuff to make that pound cake? Jim burns like 8,000 calories a day with all his running and all the other stuff he does. Eating a piece or two of pound cake right before he goes to bed can only help him! Me on the other hand, not only have no self control, I have no full factor since I've been nursing CA...I am always hungry! And the SUPERWIFE that I am, of course, I'm going to make him whatever he wants....because if I don't, he'll get my cookbook out and attempt to make it himself.
     He was hilarious! He smelled it when it was done baking. You should have seen his face when he saw it sitting on the counter. He made a beeline straight for it. That smile left real quick when I told him he had to wait 10 minutes. You would've thought he had gotten a bad time in a race. He was like a little kid. He walked around and around the kitchen island waiting for the thing to cool! He got the strawberries out and cut them up. Started to defrost the cool whip. He swung his arms back and forth. Like a kid at Christmas waiting for the grown-ups to stop talking and get on with the ripping open of gifts!
     The Pound Cake was surprisingly easy to make. All you have to have is:
1 1/2 cup     All-Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp         Baking Powder
1/8 tsp         Baking Soda
1/2 cup       Sour Cream
1/2 cup        butter
1 cup           sugar
1/2 tsp         vanilla
3                 eggs
Allow the butter, eggs and sour cream to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.  In a mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder and baking soda, until well blended. In a separate bowl, blend the butter at medium-high speed for 30 seconds.  Slowly add the sugar. Continue blending until light and fluffy {about 10 minutes}.
Blend in vanilla.
Blend in eggs, 1 at a time, blending mixture for 1 minute after each. Scrape sides of bowl frequently.
Alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream, mixing at medium-low speed, just until combined. 
Pour into a floured loaf pan.
Bake for 60-75 minutes at 325 degrees or until the toothpick comes out clean. 
Let cool for ten minutes, remove from pan, cool.
Yes, I used a paper plate....this was a super simple dessert that needed a super simple plate...and was 10:00 p.m. by the time Jim got to eat it!!!
 I love you hun!!!!


  1. I feel your pain sister and mine is 2 1/2 and I still have 10 extra lbs. I just strated Jillian Michaels 30 day shred video this week and Oh My Word it is kicking my booty! It is only ten dollars at Target and it is only 20 minutes of exercise but still hard. Supposed to lose 20 lb in 30 days if you do it plus I suppose leave out the pound cake ;)

  2. Girl, RUN!! I promise you will lose the weight. I mean, look at your husband. He has NO fat on his body AND he can eat cake. LOL!

    Anyway, Ryan would be so jealous. He loves pound cake and I haven't made one in awhile. I think I'm going to make him one for Father's Day. ;)

  3. Candise you should really write a book or something...I love reading your blog. I wish I could run too...I think it's that initial 'getting over the hump' factor that is so hard. Plus when you have giant boom booms from nursing, it's a daunting task! LOL (but you don't have giant boom booms...I'm self reflecting there). You look great, regardless of 10 lingering lbs. Puh-lease! I've got 14 more lbs plus another 20 that I should've gotten rid of before getting pregnant!

  4. Enjoyed the post! You are doing great! You will get there - I know! Bible Study starts May 26, are you going to be able to come? Hope so!

  5. I love your blog. You truly have a gift. Glad you are the mother of some of my parent's adopted grandkids :-)

    PS. Yes, Spanx makes swim wear :-)


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