Tastes almost like LAUSD coffee cake

I didn’t attend the L.A. Unified School District when I was little. I went to Catholic School for elementary, middle school and high school. So I didn’t have a chance to grow up eating an LAUSD coffee cake. I actually didn’t even get to try one until I was an adult, 2016 to be exact.

I heard all about this coffee cake from my friends that attended LAUSD. They said it was the best coffee cake ever. When they were little, they always looked forward to the days that they got to eat one at school. They even ask their kids who go to LAUSD now to bring one home for them (but that usually doesn’t happen).

One of my co-workers duplicated the recipe and brought some LAUSD coffee cake to work. That was the first time that I tried it (back in 2016) and I can see why it’s addicting.

I did a google search for the LAUSD coffee cake recipe and there are so many different ones out there. None of them being the same. The one I chose involved buttermilk or dry milk. I used buttermilk. It also involved a water and vinegar mixture and alternating mixing that with the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. I’m assuming this is to create bubbles in batter. I researched and discovered that vinegar in the batter helps the cake rise. There is a scientific reaction between the vinegar and baking soda and when they combine together, they release carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide gas helps the cake to rise.

The end result was a very delicious coffee cake. I personally don’t think it tastes like an LAUSD coffee cake but it tastes almost like an LAUSD coffee cake. Either way, my son and I enjoyed it.

Here is a link to the recipe that I used:

There are lots of recipes out there for LAUSD coffee cake. I might try other ones until I find my go-to coffee cake recipe.

Happy Baking!


Simplicity 9101- a 90’s vibe dress

This dress reminds me of a dress that I had in the 90’s. I wore it so often that I actually wore it out. It was so comfortable. There are a few differences such as the fabric was a little more lightweight, the tie went to the back and the dress length was a little longer. But for the most part, it looks just like it. I can’t believe that I accidentally recreated it!

Simplicity 9101 is a pullover dress which comes in two lengths. There is a choice between a drawstring waist or a front wrap tie belt. I made view C but instead of having the skirt a little shorter in the front, I made it all one length.

Fabric choices include chambray, challis, cotton or cotton blends, gingham, linen, and silky types. I chose a tropical suiting gingham for my fabric which is described as a lightweight woven material which is perfect for summer dresses.

You will also need 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape. The bias tape is used to finish the neckline. I really like the way the neckline turned out. I made sure to press after each step. I also didn’t skip the understitching. I see how much of a difference that makes. The neckline came out so smooth and clean.

I don’t see myself wearing this dress anytime soon but I’m happy that I made it. The accidental recreation of my dress from the 90’s gave me the idea to look at some of my old photos to recreate my favorite dresses. We will see how that goes! 🙂

Until then, Happy Sewing!

My Gratitude Journal

My August 2020 Gratitude List- It’s the Little Things

Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will realize they were the big things.

There are a few little things that I miss from before quarantine. They really do seem like the big things now. But I realize that they have been replaced with new little things!

My new little things:

  • walking around the backyard to take a break from work and to enjoy the sun and fresh air.
  • sitting with my feet in the pool and feeling the heat of the sun on my skin and face and the coolness of the water on my feet and legs.
  • watching my son play on his scooter, penny board and skateboard or play with his little puppy.
  • Listening to my son share stories or music from his favorite show or videos.
  • Texting with my family and group texts with my friends.
  • My morning coffee and my afternoon tea.
  • Going swimming in the blistering heat.
  • My puppy- He’s a little thing but he’s a big thing to be thankful for. Puppies are a lot of work, but I’ve always been thankful for having him in my life. I am even more thankful for him especially now since quarantine. He is a source of comfort and another being to nurture. I don’t know what I would do without him.
Meet Pepper, my little chorkie puppy