Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all well. :) The 4th of July is just around the corner! What's everyone's plans? 
    For anyone that has been following the personal part of the blog posts, you might have known that before my wedding (which was on May 19th) that my little brother Jeremy joined the Army. He was at basic at the time of the wedding, but he graduates in Georgia on August 1st. He has already found out that he will be stationed at a base in Germany for the next 3 years. Also, the week after the wedding, my father left for Kuwait for 6 months, which is where he is now. He is due back home just in time for Christmas! 
     So with all that being said..I just want to throw out a huge THANK YOU to not only all of our brave troops fighting and sacrificing so much of the things in their lives to serve for our country... but also to the families of our soldiers. It's not easy when a family member is gone for so long, but knowing that they have the support of their loved ones is one of the biggest and best things for them. Families sacrifice so much to support their loved ones in the service... I know that all too well. So THANK YOU! 
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So here is my special post for the 4th of July. And did anyone here that I have something special coming for my Facebook fans? You might want to check that out. :<< Here's a hint. :) Hmmm.. 

Lemon Berry Pound Cake

Cake Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup flour + 1 Tbl
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries






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Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325. 
2. In bowl combine butter, sugar, eggs and lemon. Mix well

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3. Add 1 1/2 cup flour,baking powder, and salt. Then mix in milk. 
4. In seperate bowl, mix the blueberries with 1 Tbl flour, Then fold them into the batter. 

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Filling Ingredients
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
2 Tbl corn starch
1 Tbl sugar

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Directions
Over medium heat, place strawberries, corn starch and sugar in a saucepan. Use a fork or potato masher to smash the strawberries. (This may take a few minutes.) Bring the mix to a simmer and let cook for 1 minute. Continue to stir and smash so it doesn't burn.  When it is thick and slightly chunky take off the heat and set aside.

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Assembly
1. Spray a bunt pan with baking spray (or use the butter and flour trick). 
2. In the bottom of the pan, pour half the blueberry cake mix..

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3. Spoon your smashed strawberry mix into the middle of your cake, all the way around. But stay in the middle so it remains as a filling! (It's ok if you don't use all the filling)

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4. Pour on the remainder of your blueberry cake batter to seal in your filling. 
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and baked through. Don't forget to turn your pan halfway through the bake time!
6. Let cool, and make your glaze.

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Lemon Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
3 Tbl lemon juice

Directions: In a small bowl, use a fork to mix these ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over your cake. Enjoy! 

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If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below, or contact me through email or my facebook page! I look forward to hearing from you! 

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July! 

 





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