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Almond Coffee Cake and weekend visits

This weekend Sten's mom came to see our new place! It was so fun to show her around and explore our new town together. If there is one thing I know about Meredith it is that she loves anything almond-y. In fact, the Christmas Almond cookies I made are her specialty and I owe her all the credit for those Christmas cookie staples.
I googled "Almond Coffee Cake" and came across a few different recipes. I really wanted to make it in a cake pan instead of a bundt and so I kind of improvised and made my own version adapted from this blog as the cake base. It turned out great! the cake part was very moist and flavorful- I would totally make this again.

Here is the recipe I used:
1 C Butter
1 C Sugar
3 Eggs
2 1/2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Salt
1 C Sour Cream
1 tsp Almond extract
Cinnamon Sugar/ Brown Sugar
1/4 C Butter
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Slivered almonds
1 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, sour cream and almond extract. Mix together dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture. Pour half the batter into a greased 9x12 baking dish.
 Sprinkle with cinn/sugar and brown sugar.
 Top with remaining batter.

Mix all the topping ingredients together then sprinkle on top. Bake for 35 mins. ENJOY! We sure did!

Other than eating Almond Coffee Cake we really jammed a lot into a weekend! Meredith got here Friday just in time for dinner. After a quick tour of the house, we headed to the river to dine at Jake's Supper Club:
Saturday we spent the morning on the deck basking in the sunshine and enjoying the birds before we hit the downtown strip and looked at a lot of antique stores. I think I found a dresser for the baby room!
We ended at Legacy Chocolates in downtown Menomonie and did a little chocolate tasting.

 After Legacy we decided to check out this little winery Sten had seen advertised around town called "Cottage Winery" it is just past our church and you would think you are in a fairy tale when walking up. I can't wait to go back for a tasting after the baby is born! It was so quaint and looked like the perfect spot to bring friends on a fall day.
Last night we made grilled pizza and sat on the patio until dusk. The perfect way to end a perfect weekend.
It was so fun having Meredith here. We love having visitors! It is great to be right off 94 so people can pop in on their way to and fro Chicago- Minnesota! This week, Kristy, one of the band members/good friends from Batavia came through town as well as Lee and Becky from our small group! It was great to catch up with friends and share this next chapter of our lives with those we love!



  1. the almond coffee cake looks delicious!
    how nice that your mother-in-law could spend time with you guys in your new place! chocolate tasting sounds fun :)


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