What Would Holley Wear: Three Ways to Achieve the Ladylike Look

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, the definition of “ladylike” is:  Graceful, polite, and behaving in a way that is thought to be socially acceptable for a woman.  Three ways to achieve this look is with dresses, bows, and lace….oh my!

For a summer party, you can’t miss with a “ladylike” look.  A floral midi dress adorned with a wicker bag is ideal for a summer brunch.  If you have a summer wedding coming up, a floral tiered dress or skirt would be ideal. And the bonus….these beauties will definitely entice you to take a few twirls on the dance floor.

Sometimes I worry the “church dress” is becoming a thing of the past.  You too? For me, the ultimate church style is a dress or skirt draped with a jacket or coat….and of course, adorned with a pretty purse.  If you are like me and need to stretch your dollars, you can achieve this look with a sundress draped with a blue or white denim jacket. This will give your church style a casual vibe while remaining ladylike!

Speaking of the “church dress”, several years ago I wrote a church lady’s fashion gospel called “When Bad Clothes Happen to Good Christians”. Eventually, I gave it a designer-ish title and now call it “BCGC” (Bad Clothes/Good Christians). Like the New Testament, there are 27 chapter titles filled with humor and salvation- saving fashion tips!

I’m pretty sure the closest earthly accessory that compares to the stars you will receive in your heavenly crown is a Texas-size bow.  Show me a blouse, dress, or accessory enhanced with a beautiful bow, and I’ll show you a glimpse of heaven! We love how a blue off-the-shoulder blouse has been blessed with a saintly bow. And speaking of blessings….we think the “Bessie Bow Tote” by Loeffler Randall deserves an “Amen”!

“Pretty is as pretty does”….did your mother ever share this confusing advice with you?  Mine did…a lot! A pretty look I love is a lace dress. Just like a bright sunny day, you will shine in a lovely yellow lace dress.  We are also crushing on an array of eyelet and dotted Swiss tops paired with denim. From Zara’s dotted Swiss top shown on our Pinterest board with cargo pants to lace and eyelet worn with jeans….ladylike never looked so cool.

So here’s the blessing….from church dresses to pretty bows and lace, without fail, a “ladylike” look will have you behaving in a way that’s not only socially acceptable….but also salvation saving!   

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization, vacation attire, and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board.

Lemon Lavender Muffins

I hosted my church lady friends for a retreat recently and I pulled together a menu that was a departure from the tradition breakfast casserole.  I enlisted the help of my friend Pam and we created a “spa-inspired” menu that not only delighted the senses — bright colors in the fruit and vegetables, and the scent of lavender, citrus, mint and rosemary, but their taste buds, too.

Lavender is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.  I enjoy diffusing lavender while I am getting ready for work in the morning especially if I anticipate a busy day ahead.

Phoebe in an English Lavender Field

I found this recipe for Lemon Lavender muffins from A Pinch of Yum. I didn’t make the time to prepare these in advance to try them first, so I was a little nervous to experiment on a new recipe (Mother always said, “never serve your guests a recipe you haven’t tasted yourself first.”)  Hoorah, they were a success!  You could definitely smell and taste the blend of lemon and lavender.  They weren’t a fluffy muffin, more like tea bread consistency.  I think next time I might make them in a loaf pan rather than a muffin tin to see how they turn out.

I purchased organic lavender buds from Amazon.  You zest and juice a whole lemon then make a lemon-lavender infused sugar for the batter and to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins after they are iced.

A Pinch of Yum – Lemon Lavender Muffins:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender buds
  • 1 lemon – juice and zest 
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk (I used almond vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (more or less) Almond Milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pulse the sugar, lavender, and lemon zest in a food processor until smooth. The goal is to break down the lavender. Set 1/4 cup aside.
  3. Beat the 1/2 cup sugar, butter, and eggs until fluffy. Beat in honey, almond milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients gently until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a prepared muffin tin (I just greased mine, no liners). Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and the tops spring back when you touch them.
  5. Whisk ingredients together for glaze. Pour a spoonful over the top of each muffin and sprinkle with reserved sugar.

Note from Mrs. Twist:  This batter is super thin and chunky from the butter.  This worried me because I am used to a batter consistency that is thicker.  But, it didn’t seem to affect the outcome so push forward.

These muffins would be lovely wrapped up in cellphane with a sprig of lavender and a ribbon to give as a gift or lovely gesture.

I’ll share the other recipes in a follow up post — Fruit gazpacho with pureed cantalope, peaches and mango, and an egg-spinach bake in sweet bell pepper cups.

The Longest Commandment — Rest

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A few years ago my small group at church studied Max Lucado’s Traveling Light.  It breaks down the promise from the twenty-third Psalm, the popular scripture in the Bible mostly associated with funerals that starts with “The Lord is my shepherd.”  I am learning that this story God unfolds is not associated with sadness, but in the joy God promises and the burdens He wants to bear for us.

Here’s a little backstory…

When you think of a shepherd, you think of sheep, right?  Can’t sleep, count sheep.  Sheep shall safely graze. But, here’s something interesting Max discusses in the book, “for sheep to sleep, everything must be just right. No predators.  No tension in the flock. No bugs in the air.  No hunger in the belly.  Everything has to be just so.  Unfortunately, sheep cannot find safe pasture, nor can they spray insecticide, deal with the frictions, or find food. They need help.  They need a shepherd to lead them and help them ‘lie down in green pastures.’  Without a shepherd they can’t rest.  Without a shepherd, neither can we.

Max further points to the Ten Commandments.  First, did you know what commandment in which God tells us to rest?  It’s the fourth commandment. Did you also know it’s the longest commandment?  “God needed only five English words to condemn adultery and four to denounce thievery and murder.  But, when it comes to the topic of rest, one sentence would not suffice.” Six days you will labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord.  You shall do no work.  Rest comes on the seventh day.

Okay, so I bring all this to you because this is the time of year when we need to find it within ourselves for that last surge of energy to get through final exams, year-end teacher gifts, planning a graduation celebration, volunteering for field day or school parties, the solutions for what’s for dinner, I’m hungry, what can I have for a snack, I need a different color binder, you signed up to bring snacks for soccer tonight, the teacher needs you to call her, did you sign that form, have you mailed the invitations, did you pick out my photo proofs, did you pick up my dry cleaning, did you proof read my speech, and so on…

Take a moment.   Maybe it’s not actually on Sunday.  Times have changed and Sunday may have to be a day of work for some.  We go shopping on Sunday (remember Blue Laws where nothing was open on Sunday).  But, imagine the shepherd and how delighted he would be to see his flock resting in an open field without a care just one day, or a few half days, or maybe just an hour.

On Sunday, I was sitting on the patio enjoying this mild Texas breeze.  I am always moved to be thankful when I am outside.  I looked over at my latest issue of Life:Beautiful magazine and the front cover stared back at me:

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“In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  God’s message is plain:  If creation didn’t crash when I rested, it won’t crash when you do.”

Rest doesn’t have to be in the literal sense — it could be taking the time to read, watch your favorite television program, play a round of golf, sipping coffee at Starbucks or maybe it is a literal two hour honest to goodness nap. But, during whatever time you can set aside for just you, God would delight in your acknowledgement that He moved you to just be.  “His pasture is His gift to us.”  How can you repay Him?

Homemade Mango Salsa

I love this time of the year when produce is beginning to hit the stands and sprout in our own gardens.  We were a little late putting in our vegetable garden this year due to the late frost and rainy spring (I am definitely NOT complaining, because Texas heat is coming).  I look forward to our hot and sweet peppers making their appearance.  Be sure to check back to see our “Galvanized Garden” we are putting the finishing touches on thanks to my friends at Jabo’s Ace Hardware – my offical HWT blog sponsor. You can check out the first video we made on how to prepare for proper drainage in your containers on my Home with a Twist YouTube Channel hereBig favor — if you could please subscribe to my channel it allows me to have very own YouTube address for my blog rather than just a series of letters and numbers.

Anyway, since grilling season is also here, homemade savory and sweet salsas always make an apperance for dinner.  I love this recipe from My Turn for Us blog because it’s not too hot.  You could always add in heat, but if you like a milder salsa, this one packs its punch with fresh mango!

  • 1 Mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion. chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (I used 2)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
1. Combine all ingredients, cover and chill in fridge until ready to serve
We served it with grilled salmon, but think fish or breakfast tacos, pork tenderloin and shrimp.  Oh, my.  Summer is coming folks!

What Would Holley Wear: Style has no Size

We all come in different shapes and sizes…right?  So this week, I’m highlighting fashion on the curvy side.  And here’s the good news….style has no size!

A great look for every size is a maxi skirt or dress.  Looking for something to wear to a summer wedding? We are loving a pink floral wrap dress from Nordstrom’s.  Another Nordstrom dress that’s perfect for a summer wedding is a floaty floral chiffon with an empire waist. We think both dresses are the perfect toast to the bride and groom!

Maxi skirts are perfect for daytime as well….no special occasion needed for this stylish look.  A few Pinterest board looks I adore show a maxi skirt paired with a denim shirt, either tucked or tied at the waist.  BTW…tying a shirt at the waist is my signature look and flattering on every body type!

A denim jacket worn with a skirt or dress is ideal for summer layering.  A floral front-button maxi skirt worn with a gray t-shirt and topped with a light blue denim jacket will take you anywhere.  And show me a ruffled maxi skirt, white t-shirt, and a denim jacket, and I’ll show you an adorable summer trio!

Not convinced you can wear the exact same outfit your skinny bestie wears? Then be sure to take a look at some side-by-side photos of blogger Katie Shurino’s celebrity copies.  She started blogging in 2015 after she realized there was very little online fashion inspiration for curvier women.

My favorites are her Meagan Markle copies….she calls them “royal shake-ups”. She looks just as royal as Meagan in a navy shift dress topped with a white coat and beret.  And a bright yellow dress looks ultra-classy on both of them. Katie’s motto is: “It’s not about who wore it better, but all about….anyone can wear anything”!

Two Peas in Prada” bloggers, Ashley and Emily, have been best friends since high school.  Even though they live in separate cities, wear different sizes, and have different styles….their passion for fashion is their bond.  I love how they each style their jeans. Emily wears a gray t-shirt topped with an army green jacket. Ashley wears her distressed denim with a white blouse and black blazer…a dynamic duo for sure!  

Isn’t it exciting when major retailers finally get the big picture….joining the curvy band wagon?  March 2019, Anthropologie announced their plus-size launch! And Walmart recently introduced their Sofia Vergara line of denim. The “Stylish-Sassy-Classy” blogger gives them a test run and says they will definitely make you feel confident in your curves. Alexa Webb shares “Seven Plus Size Launches to Know” here.

I don’t know about you, but looking stylish and fabulous in any size makes me so happy!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization, vacation attire, and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board.

What Would Holley Wear: In Neutral

Sometimes I like to take a “neutral” position when it comes to fashion. From tans to khakis….neutral hues are the perfect in-between seasonal look and transition so well into summertime!

Interested in creating the ultimate spring/summer capsule wardrobe?  Then neutral is the way to go. Start with a tan blazer, add white pants or jeans, and top off with an on-trend wicker or wooden bag.  Hmmm….looks like you have an ultra-chic look! Wearing neutral hues will also give your style an expensive look. So think about draping a camel blazer over a white t-shirt and white crops.

Mixing textures like crochet, fringe, linen, raffia, and straw always keep things interesting and also gives a chic vibe. Speaking of chic, Cult Gaia offers a variety of wooden and beaded handbags. Their Coco wooden tote is one of my new favs! And their beaded bags lined in linen are summertime perfection!  

I had a sneaky little feeling last summer that rattan would be making a fierce comeback.  So I purchased a pair of St. Agni rattan slides trimmed in black. My intuition was correct, and now I’m seriously eyeing a few of the rattan totes on our Pinterest board.  In the late 60s, my mom and grandmother taught me how to crochet! So when I saw Oscar de la Renta’s 2019 crochet collection strut down the runway…it was a walk down memory lane for me!  BTW….who can still crochet a granny square?  

Shoes are another way to incorporate neutral colors into a sophisticated wardrobe.  We think a pair of Tory Burch color block espadrilles are ideal for hanging out on Joe T’s patio.  Also, Loeffle Randall’s woven leather mules are so chic. Looking for a steal? Amazon Fashion has an amazing copy of Golden Goose sneakers with a major savings…..$36 vs. $300!  

Show me a pair of paper bag or belted pants, and I’ll show you a super cool and relaxed summer-look.  A Pinterest look I adore pairs a tan short-sleeve shirt with crops, a long belt, and a wicker bag. Another idea is to wear a scarf as a belt with your paper bag pants…all great looks for your everyday neutral style!

Looking for a summer style that will take you from church to happy hour?  A khaki skirt is the answer! A stylish church-look on our board features a khaki skirt with a short-sleeve ruffled black top and a pair of heels.  And it’s so easy to style it casually with a pair of slides or sandals. For happy hour, wear your tan skirt with an off the shoulder top! Don’t you just love how making just a few changes can give you so many options?

So what position is your style taking this summer?  From casual to luxe, a neutral look will definitely give you a luxe feel!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization, vacation attire, and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board.

Sit here please. Be bold with fabric!

I have a thing for rescuing and restoring chairs.  And, I love to use bold fabrics when I reupholster.  It’s the perfect way to showcase your personality.  Here are a few of my co-stars…

This navy velvet stunner belonged to Mother’s best friend Miss Margaret. Her precious daughter Pegie gave it to me as a token of their friendship and I love having it.  It was covered in a beautiful green silk, but I put the twist with a bold navy fabric.

This cutie is in my office at home.  It belonged to Mother and was dark burgandy, then I recovered it in a brown and white Ikat pattern.  When I moved it to its final place in my office (it’s the perfect reading chair), I wanted something bold.  Mother loved birds and she also made the peacock curtains hanging in my office. I added a turquoise ottoman and it’s the perfect pop of sunshine.

I shared this little gal on Instagram recently.  She was a castaway I found on the side of the road with cigarette burns.  I freshened her up with a chinoiserie fabric in colors of pink, red, green, soft blue and navy.  It’s the perfect chair in Miss Bee’s room.  I made sure my upholstery guy replecated the ruching on the arms and tufted back just like the original version.

I bought this chair on Craig’s List.  It was a nice navy and white fabric, but I had animal print in mind.  I mixed an orange animal print with a geometric fabric in the same shade.  I love how we did the arms and backside of the chair in geometric and animal print on the seat and front of the chair.  Don’t be afraid to mix your patterns.  This chair resides in my ladies lounge where I keep all my cookbooks and dishware on open shelves.  The pop of color from the pillow is another addition of mixing patterns.

In my opinion you always need at least one pair of neutral chairs that you can mix with any color if your tastes change.  I bought a set of these chairs at World Market a few years ago.  They are light weight so I can easily move them all over the house.  They have cute covered buttons in the tufts.  I can change the look with a throw or pillows.

I purchase my fabric on Etsy and Hobby Lobby.  If you are in Fort Worth and you are looking for an upholstery guy, I highly recommend Alfonso who is the owner of Teocal’s Upholstery, 5260 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76133, (817) 423-0355.  He is very reasonable, meticulous about how he matches the fabric and has a super fast turnaround.  I can stop by with a photo of something I want recovered and he tells me the price and how much fabric I need to order.  He does not deliver or pick up so you will need to make arrangements to drop your furniture off.

Have fun with fabric.  Life it too short to be neutral.  Go bold!  Your furniture will thank you for the new life you are giving it.

What Would Holley Wear: Style Has No Age

First, a quote from a client’s 20 year old daughter:  “Mom…just because you can wear something, doesn’t mean you should.”  So here’s the deal…you can basically wear anything, but the trick is to style your outfit to complement you, your age, and your lifestyle!

Sometimes with age, we get wiser…right?  And with shoes, the great news is we don’t have to wear high heels to look or feel young anymore.  Show me a pair of kitten or block heels, and I’ll show you ageless style! For an on-trend look, wear them with your jeans. Flats, espadrilles, and sneakers go with everything from jeans to dresses. Perfect for your lifestyle….right?

If you don’t own a pair of cropped jeans or pants….you need to.  They are a great replacement for capris and will definitely up your style game.  We love how German lifestyle blogger, Bibi Horst, shares her impeccable taste, wearing white cropped pants with an animal print blouse.  Nothing is stopping this fashion trailblazer!

And because I adore Bibi’s style so much, I just have to share a few more of her fabulous looks.  For example, I love how she styles a simple white blouse and jeans ensemble with a spring floral bomber jacket and strappy flats.  And she looks so put together wearing a yellow sweater and white blouse with camel slacks….styled to perfection!

Wide leg pants and crops are another way to keep current with fashion. Plus, they make for a comfy outfit when you are hanging out with your grandchildren.  To dress up a pair of white crops, add block heels and a wicker bag. For a case of less is more, think about styling a white blouse with white pants….ultra-classy!  

Show me one of today’s “it” bags, and I’ll show you a way to impress your daughter!  From Staud’s translucent bags to their bucket bags…get ready to make a statement! Danse Lente and Boyy’s contemporary bags stole the show at New York Fashion Week.  Trust me on this one….add these names to your fashion vocabulary, and next thing you know, you’ll be on your daughter’s cool register!


Print Mixing definitely proves that style has no age.   To accomplish this ageless look, think about pairing a printed skirt with a leopard print sweater tied around your waist.  My Pinterest board fav features a printed skirt paired with a leopard print clutch and sandals. How fun and ageless does that sound?   And I have to admit, I’m going gaga over how a mother and daughter style a head to toe mix of print and color….a dynamic duo for sure!

So point proven….style really doesn’t have an age!  Though it is up to you to move fashion forward. And if you need a little help…just message me!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board.

The FriYay Fit – Outfit of the Day

I’ve got your outfit inspiration for this beautiful Friday.  Remember Holley’s travel post here from last week, well this outfit would be perfect for you weekend warriors headed out antiquing or taking bluebonnet photos.  Casual and hip with a vintage vibe on the jeans and leather backback. Add a fedora and a stack of bangles and you will look fetch!

Target A New Day Blouse xs $8

Free People Jeans size 6 $22

Tory Burch Thora Thongs size 6 $45

Patricia Nash Backpack $68

Call the store if you want to hold or purchase items over the phone (they do not ship items).  (817) 731-3443, 4636 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth 76109 located in Overton Park Plaza.  Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. most days. Be sure to tell them Home with a Twist sent you!

Hosting a Baby Shower with a Twist

My sweet little niece is expecting twin boys in June and our family is so excited!  My summer is set aside to cuddle these sweet bundles.  Until then, I had to make do with hosting her baby shower to prepare for their arrival.

Two things that are a must for any good hostess — one, have a good caterer as your friend and two, when a friend offers to help – let them!

I am not a big “theme” shower person.  I believe a baby shower should be a time for the mother-to-be to feel pampered with delicious food.  I relied on my good friend Karen McCann with Applause Food Show and Catering to make my job easier. I have used Karen both personally and professionally for many occassions.  I told her I wanted crudite and a charcuterie tray and she worked her magic.

Sweet heart-shaped crackers add the perfect touch

Crudite is a French term for appetizers consisting of sliced or whole raw vegetables which are typically dipped in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. My sweet friend Shannon had just gifted me with her mother’s party dishes and Karen thought the punch cups would be perfect vessels for the dip and nesting the vegetables (Twist #1).  They were the perfect size for people to pick up and place on their glass plate.

We nestled the crudite cups on a wooden two-tiered tray.  I spread out a blue and white checked table cloth on my dining table and we set all of the food on top in a casual display. For a centerpiece, I kept it simple.  I bought four bunches of white and blue hydrangeas at Trader Joe’s and placed them inside two blue and white ginger jars.

Pro-tip:  About 20 years ago I bought glass salad plates at an estate sale and everytime I see them at garage sales I add them to my collection.  Shannon’s mother also had some she shared with me so I can easily say I have well over 100 glass plates to use for any occassion.  They go with everything!

A charcuterie tray is a French word for smoked, dry-cured or cooked meats. Karen prepared a tray of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, spreads and other savory treats.

Wonton cups filled with peat and mint pesto and goat cheese
Phyllo cups filled with cream cheese, sundried tomatoes and orange jam

And any good southern party is not complete without deviled eggs.  The twist on these is Karen prepared them in beet juice (Twist #2) so they had the slightest tinge of pink then she garnished them with capers and parseley.

Deviled eggs with dill and capers

Mr. Bee made his famous pizzas, only for a ladies party we made mini margarhita pizzas with carmelized onions, basil, tomatoes, mozarella cheese and basil. We walked around serving these to guests from platters.

Mini margarhita pizzas

Then, it was time for dessert.  Enter Twist #3.  My party dishes included glass parfait dishes.  Growing up I remember how fun it was when my Sister Lady made parfaits with jello and whipped cream.  My version was poundcake, berries and homemade whipped cream!  Sister’s friend Kay offered to help and I enlisted her to make the mother-to-be’s favorite dessert lemon pound cake.  Kay was up for the challenge and after three recipe attempts found a recipe from Southern Living magazine that we have now deemed Kay’s Lemon Poundcake (recipe at the end of the story).  We set up a make your own parfait bar and it was yummy!

Cubed lemon poundcake

And one last treat, a grown up S’More.  I first made these when I visited Sister Lady in her home in New Mexico.  They are Twist #4.  Butter baguette slices and lightly toast.  Spread with Marshmallow cream and toast until just a golden brown. Top with pieces of milk and dark chocolate (buy the giant bars from Trader Joe’s for $3.99) then place back in the oven (we used our Fontana Forni outdoor pizza oven since it was already hot from the pizza) until the chocolate is soft.  Then top with a raspberry and vanilla sea salt.

Grown up S’More

We washed everything down with peach minted iced tea and ice cold glasses of Almond Creek Prosecco I found at Trader Joe’s.

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for…Kay’s Lemon Poundcake.  It is out of this world.  Moist and freezes well. Be sure to call your cardiologist first…it has 5 sticks of butter!

Kay’s Lemon Pound Cake (original source Southern Living)

5 sticks (2 1/2 cups) *unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/4 fresh lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
3 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt (*I have used salted butter and added 1 teaspoon kosher salt.)
Powdered sugar for garnish.

1. Preheat oven to 350*, generously mist a 10 cup fluted cake pan with non- stock spray, dust with flour.
2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together on medium speed until pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
4. Scrape the bottom and sides of mixing bowl, add lemon extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.
5. Add flour and salt, mixing on medium speed until barely incorporated.
6. Transfer batter to prepared pan, bake for 75-85 minutes, or until a bamboo skewer inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
7. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then place on wire rack to cool completely.
8. Dust with powdered sugar for garnish.

Please contact Karen McCann through her Facebook page Applause Food Show and Catering, (815) 520-2069 and [email protected] to book her for your next party.  And visit her retail store in Aledo (600 E. West Oak Drive, 76008) for quick meals, coffees and desserts.  Karen also offers a weekly chef-prepared meal service.