The City Chicks

The life and times of a couple of urban farmgirls!

Make-It or Bake-It Monday August 30, 2010

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I always have so many things that I want to share with you all that I get overwhelmed and end up not posting a gosh darn thing.  So to keep me on track with my posts a little bit I have decided to make Monday’s  Make-It or a Bake-It day.  So to get it off to a start I will share with you a recipe for Raspberry Bread.    It is really easy and only takes me a few minutes to whip together.  Enjoy!


Raspberry Bread


1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour

1 tsp. kosher or sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup fresh raspberries, halved

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

5 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/2 a lemon juiced


Preheat oven to 350º F.  Lightly grease your bread pan.

Stir together flour and the next three ingredients.  Gently stir in the raspberries.

In another bowl whisk together sugar and the next 5 ingredients until they are mixed thoroughly.  Add the flour mixture, stirring until it is just blended.  There may be a little flour still stuck to the berries but it is ok.  You don’t want to over mix it.  Pour the batter into your prepared bread pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester or wooden pick comes out clean from the center.  Let cool on a wire rack for 12 minutes before removing it from the pan.  Remove from pan and carefully place it on the wire rack to cool  completely. 



Finally a freshman August 27, 2010

Filed under: Family — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 10:07 am

Well I guess I really am starting to age a little bit.  My baby is finally a freshman in high school.  It is hard to believe that time has passed by so quickly.  In honor of him starting high school he willingly decided to “bless” me with his presence for a whole day.  You know boys are just too busy for their mom’s these days.  So we went to dinner and movie.  It was a great day for both of us.  Although, that movie The Other Guys could have been better.  He liked it though and that was what was important.

Really? Do you have to take a picture of everything?!

 Now that he has started school I have discovered just how busy my own schedule is going to be…between running him back and forth to marching band practice twice a week, and to the games each week on top of my own commitments it feels like I am running non-stop. Right now that’s just for marching band.  I wonder when we have to start running back and forth for jazz band, JROTC and possibly cross-country track practices and meets? Oh well that’s why I am blessed to be a stay-at-home mama!  I wouldn’t want to miss a minute of it all. 

May you and your youngster have a great start to the new school year!



Visit from a little prince

Filed under: Family — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 9:14 am

Time here at the U.H. has been flying by like crazy.  So it was nice to take a little break a couple of weeks ago so I could have a little visit from my sister and her family.  My sister and her husband had our families newest little prince Ryder in January of this year and this was our first time seeing him in person.  He is absolutely one of the sweetest babies ever and we wish that we could see him more often (as well as his mom and dad) but distance and schedules keep us apart most of the year.  After all i don’t think I have seen my own mother in nearly a year.

taken by Ashley

The weather was cooperative and we had a nice meal.  Todd had Ryder laughing as he danced around doing some beat box thing with him in his hands.  It was hilarious! 🙂 Plus, Ryder seemed to like our little homestead and he couldn’t take his eyes off all the little critters.  Especially the birds!  Maybe I will have to make a special trip up so I can bring him a little house bird of his own.  Hummm.  Not so sure his parents would like that though.  Hopefully when he is a bit older he can come stay with us for a long weekend now and again ’cause I’m betting he is going to be a true blue city boy and his aunt and uncle may just have to show him how to work a small little urban homestead.  Chicks and all.  I even have the perfect little tire horse picked out to hang on the tree when he is big enough to sit on it.  


The winner is… August 12, 2010

Filed under: From our Kitchen — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 6:02 am

Whoopsie, I forgot to pick the winner of the summer give away on Tuesday.  The winner is Denise!!  Denise please email me your mailing address so I can get your package sent off to you.

Hugs~ Christina