Lemon Lilt Cake

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Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “lilt” as “a pleasant, gentle accent,” and perfectly describes the flavor of Lemon Lilt Cake. While I contend that the more lemon flavor a dish has, the better it tastes, I realize that not everyone enjoys such a robust twang. Lemon Lilt Cake is for those who want a gentle flavor of lemon instead of one that is overpowering. 

Following the same recipe skeleton as my Chocolate Chip Pound Cake, Lemon Lilt Cake is a super simple cake to make. Start with a box of Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix.

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Add in a box of Jello Lemon Pudding.

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Find a darling preteen girl who loves to bake, and get her to do the stirring for you.

Mixer Lemon Lilt Cake

Mix in half a cup of water, a cup of oil, 4 eggs, an 8 oz container of sour cream, and a tablespoon of vanilla. Find another cutie to help mix it all together.

stir Lemon Lilt Cake

Pour into a bunt pan sprayed with baking spray, while the littlest cutie looks on with great anticipation.

Sister Lemon Lilt Cake

Bake at 325 degrees for an hour. Remove from oven and turn onto a cake plate to cool for a few hours.

While the cake is cooling, make the glaze to pour over the top. Melt a stick of butter and mix in two cups of confectioner’s sugar and three tablespoons of lemon juice. When cake is cool, pour glaze over top. Slice and serve.

recipe title Lemon Lilt Cake
Lemon Lilt Cake
recipe title Lemon Lilt Cake
A sweet, slightly tangy cake with a lovely lilt of lemon.
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Cake
  1. One box of Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
  2. One box of Jello Lemon Pudding
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 8 oz. sour cream
  5. 1/2 cup water
  6. 1 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Glaze
  1. 1 stick melted butter
  2. 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. This is a super easy recipe. Just mix all cake ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Spray a bunt pan with baking spray, and bake in 325 degree oven for an hour. When done, turn onto cake plate and let cool for a couple of hours.
  2. To make glaze, mix melted butter, confectioner's sugar, and leon juice together until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.
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Educating Kids During Summer

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A long school year will soon be coming to a close. While kids are predictably excited, many parents are left wondering how to keep their children engaged in learning over the summer. As a homeschooling mom, I am often asked how parents can continue educating kids during summer, while at the same time giving kids a break from the pressures of school.

School isn’t easy. Children today are under more pressure to perform academically than at any time in history. Mountains of testing and homework promise to deliver academically superlative kids, but children often emerge from the school year burned out and hating school. My best advice to parents just beginning their summer – allow kids some time and space to decompress from the pressure of school. Take a break from the busy pace and allow kids time to play outside with friends, swim at the neighborhood pool, and have sleep-overs. This approach might not look like a traditional education, but maintaining a slower pace allows kids to be kids, which is one of the primary way they learn life skills like effective communication, creativity, and problem-solving.

Sometimes as parents, we think learning only happens if kids are in a classroom or have their noses stuck in a workbook. But learning happens all day every day as children explore the world and their place in it. When parents think outside the box of traditional educational methods, they allow children to learn through play, adventure, living life beside their parents, and experiencing new things. A trip to the grocery store becomes a lesson in math as they learn to shop for the best bargain, a lesson in science as they learn how to determine whether fruit is ripe, and a lesson in hospitality as they plan the menu for a sleep-over. Reading a fairy tale with your child allows them to visit other worlds and expand their imagination. A visit to the hair salon teaches them how to communicate with adults and how to use polite manners. All of these are necessary life skills that aren’t necessarily learned from a textbook, and the slow pace of summer provides rich teaching time in these areas.

When parents want to create more intentional, purposeful educational opportunities for their children, the two ways I find to be most effective are travel and service projects. When children travel, especially to cultures different that what they grow up in, their views of the world change. They see that the way they live isn’t the only right way. They experience new ideas that expand their way of thinking. They learn to celebrate people’s difference for adding richness to life.

Service projects can have similar effects on children. Seeing people in need softens children’s hearts to the world around them. They learn that not everyone is as blessed as they are. Serving others teaches children to see other people as fellow human beings, each with their own story of struggle and triumph. It gives kids a sense of responsibility to care for each other. It gives them a tangible way to live out their call from God to care for the poor and give help to those in need.

Summer can be a wonderful time of learning and growing for children. Even though it might not look like a traditional education, parents can play an active role in continuing their children’s learning, even during the off months.

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