lemon cake with candied lemon slices

Parts one & two

Part Three:

When we last left our heroine she had tested fate by putting an offer on a "the house" on Friday the Thirteenth. She then went to do battle with the innocent looking but in actuality a sadistic evil whore dental hygienist. (Our heroine lost the battle) When she and her husband came home there was package at the door.

---And now back to our regularly scheduled program---

"What did you buy? You know we're suppose to be saving money!" Rich asked but it wasn't really asked more like it stated in an accusatory tone.

"Dude, I didn't buy anything." I cringe because I actually did say dude. It's like the 80's valley girl in me WILL. NOT. DIE. It pops out in moments of extreme stress.

Rich and I stared at the box suspiciously with neither of us making the move to pick it up. I didn't order anything and he didn't order anything, where in the heck did this come from? I bent down to look at the tag and sure enough it was addressed to me.

"Great. He's never going to believe I didn't order something." I thought while picking up the box and bringing it inside.

When I sat the box on the table you would have thought it was Christmas morning in my kids eyes. "Open it, Mom... Open it."

Someone ran and got me an exacto knife to open the box.

"What is it?"

"Yeah, what is it?

Opening the big brown box revealed another box, a white box tied with a white satin ribbon. Tucked between the box and ribbon was a white card. When I opened the card it said

"Martha want you to have this cake stand
The sous chefs want you to fill it with all things wonderful
The {fill in the blank} sends her love and hope for the right house."

I gasped after I read those words out loud. I slowly pulled on one end of the ribbon to open the box. I knew there was a cake stand in there but I felt like Pandora. Was it bad luck to get the cake stand first or would this be a good luck charm albeit a rather large one?

I put the ribbon aside, lifted the top of the box and there it was... a cake stand. White, simple, perfect.

The boys were puzzled but the girls understood the symbolism immediately. Rich didn't understand why I was crying over a cake stand until Katie sat him down at the computer and forced him to read my post about finding a home and my wish for a cake stand. He was quite for a long while after reading it. He got up and wiped his eyes and said "Wow, this is a sign."

On Thursday, two days after the cake stand arrived and six days after we put in the offer our favorite realtor called and said we got the house.

Welcome home...

If everything goes well it should close on April 20th. Yup, that soon. I'm hyperventilating as I type.

Come on in...

and make yourself comfortable.

The dining room and a glimpse into the kitchen.

Every time I see the kitchen, I want to run around like a crazed chihuahua and yell "SQUEEE!"

That's no ordinary oven stove top it has a grill/griddle and a convection oven and Katie would say I would be remiss in telling you that the vent comes up from the stove top. There's a Sub Zero fridge. And on your left hand side, see that opening? That can hide a blender and Kitchen Aid mixer, or a small child. Rich will probably stuff me in there because I have not shut up about the kitchen.


and a breakfast nook!!!

I don't want to bore you with more pictures of the bedrooms and whatnot. So we will leave it at this for now.

The first thing I baked was a Lemon Cake by Martha Stewart to go on my Martha Stewart cake stand. Would you have it any other way?

Lemon Cake w/ Candied Lemons: Martha Stewart

1 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs plus 3 large egg whites
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Line bottom with parchment cut to fit, and butter parchment. Dust with flour, and tap out excess.

Combine yogurt, vanilla, zest, and juice. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream mixture. Reduce speed to low, and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Transfer to pan, and smooth top.

Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn out cake onto rack to cool completely. (Cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature overnight.) Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar and place a candied lemon slice on top.

Candied Lemon Slices:

1 cup granulated sugar
2 large lemons, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon slices. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until the peel is slightly translucent.

Remove from the heat and let the lemon slices cool in the syrup.

Save syrup for cocktails or iced tea.

Tasting Notes: "SQUEE!"


SaintTigerlily said...

Wait...what? You are magic! Many many MANY congratulations. I am awash with a curious mixture of happiness for my internet friend and good old fashioned pea-green envy.


Angie Andriot said...

Beautiful house. Congratulations!

Julia said...

Congratulations!! Beautiful home and great kitchen!

And I'm glad you found time to make a cake with all the excitement abounding.

Thomas said...

Congratulations! That house is gorgeous.... the wife and I are still paying down student loans... still haven't even BEGUN to save for a down payment. :(

The kitchen is beautiful, but the installed shelving and cabinetry in the dining room and nook are WONDERFUL! I worked in a cabinet shop for several years, so I have very good taste. You can ask my wife. ;)

Anonymous said...


I love Craftsman Bungelows! Love the built ins! Love the kitchen! Love how I can see you reflected in the glass of the front door!

And lemon cake (on the perfect cake plate) on top of everything else? Priceless!


Mayberry Magpie said...

I'm weeping.

You say Dude under stress. I weep when joyous. It was the door that made me do it. When I saw that beautiful oak door and all it represents symbolically, I couldn't hold back.

I'm so, so happy for you.

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Awww Krysta I'm so happy for you. That's not a house, it's a home, even empty, you can see it. The woodwork is gorgeous! Can't wait to hear that your all moved in and at home.

Warmest Congratulations.

tamilyn said...

What a gorgeous place! I love all the details in the built-ins! See, dreams do come true-I'm so happy that yours did!

Oh, and I'm totally jealous over that cake stand, that is the kind I would like too :)


katie said...

I am so happy for you! Congratulations, and your cake stand is beautiful. You really deserve all of this, good for you.

Melissa said...

Tasting Notes: "SQUEE!"

I grinned from ear to ear with tears in my eyes when I read that last line. Just when I thought I couldn't love you more.

I am exploding with happiness for you, Rich, Katie, Drew, Will and Nancy (I actually almost wrote Goat). It's BEEEAUUUTIFUL and I'm beyond excited at the possibilities that lie within.

P.S. I say dude all the time. And I didn't grow up here! My mom hates it when I call her that on the phone hahah.

MichelleB said...

Well, all I can say is SQUEE! It looks fabulous! I want to live there. Congratulations. And yes, please bore us with more pictures! A wonderful story and a wonderful ending.

michael, claudia and sierra said...

way to go
i'm so happy for you

place looks beautiful
mazel tov...

Kristin @ Going Country said...

SQUEEEEE indeed. That house looks fantastic. I love the wood all over. And your new kitchen is WAY nicer than mine. Then again, your food is way nicer than mine, too, so it's only fair.

Good luck with the move! Make sure to pack that magic cake stand very very carefully . . .

Lisa said...

SQUEEE! Wow! That is so fun!

Congratulations on the house. It is beautiful!

And those lemon slices sound good too.

Mama Goose said...

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. SQUEEEEE!!

Eva said...


KitchenKiki said...

The house is a work of art. I LOVE craftsman houses.
If I had any disposable income I would buy you a subscription to Old House Journal (NOT This Old House). OHJ is the best resource for owning an old house & working on it (yes, they always need something. With an old house you don't need a hobby)

Good Luck with your house. It is beautiful and I know that you will fill it with happiness!

Louise at Livin Local said...

Oh, tears of joy for you and your family. This is a beautiful house that your little sous chefs will always know as home.

noble pig said...

You did it! It's beautiful with all it's details.

I wish you many happy years there and the kitchen is marvelous.

Sweet Bird said...

Wow! What a beautiful home. Congratulations! I must admit sitting here in my tiny rental that I am quite green with envy...

The Yummy Mummy said...

Congratulations! This is amazing news. And what a gorgeous house! I'm so happy for you!

Oh, and are your pictures getting even better lately? I am enjoying them almost as much as your writing.

One other thing - I never got to leave a comment but that you included Sam Elliott in your post awhile back was like the coolest thing I've ever seen in the blogosphere. Sex on a horse. And that voice!


ntsc said...

Great house.

Phoo-D said...

Absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad it worked out for you and I LOVE the house.

Magpie said...

Wow - that house is awesome! Congratulations and good luck.

LilSis said...

Congratulations on the house! The woodwork is beautiful and what a nice bright kitchen! The lemon cake looks awesome, too!

Neen said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! I love it! And, frankly, it has a TON of character -- my fav photos is the one of the dining room just peaking into the kitchen. SO JEALOUS!

krysta said...

thank you everybody. you cannot believe how much your well wishes mean to all of us. who said there were bad people in the world?

NEEN!!!! omg... i'm so happy to hear from you! i wasn't sure if i should email you being that smartypants in school that you are!
how's school? how was chez panisse? how are you liking berkeley?

Undomestic Diva said...

I LOVE IT!!! It's so charming and has character and is amazing!!! Congrats. I want a house like that. Also? Your purse looks exactly like mine. WEIRD.

White on Rice Couple said...

All I can say is "Fuck Ya!!!!!!!!!" No censoring or polite restraining of enthusiasm. We are so happy and excited for you guys we can't contain it. Congratulations!!!!!! So exciting!!!!! Todd

RecipeGirl said...

GREAT story... with such a happy ending! LOVE the house, and I wish you congratulations. May you create many wonderful things in that fabulous new kitchen of yours!

auntjone said...

Your house and cake stand are fabulous. Congratulations!!

Stacey Snacks said...

This house is GORGEOUS!
A real craftsman bungalow!
and they left all the great details in tact. Lucky you.

Mrs. L said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE that house, more photos!

Laufa said...

Congrats on your beautiful house and cake stand!!!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful home. Congratulations.
Someday, we will find a home like that.
Yeah for you!

Lisa said...

What a pretty house! I would die to have a kitchen like that. And the fireplace! Fingers crossed that everything goes well!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I am leaving the post up on the computer for my Hubbie to see. You house in my dream home. How gorgeous.

Oh, and I mixed typing on the other comment I just left on the October post. Duh. LOL

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