On the note of 'taking risks': I attempted to make a lemon loaf today! Well, I didn't just attempt, I actually did it (with I.S. standing in for the electric mixer that we don't have =p)! The house is filled with lemon-y goodness and I can't wait to eat it! It reminds me of the cake that my mom used to make from the store-bought cake mixes. The inspiration for my first attempt at baking from scratch (1st time in the last 18 years, that is) was Starbucks' lemon loaf.
mmm... I can't wait for my lemon-y goodness to cool so I can glaze & set & slice! It is going to be divine. I will post pictures when I finish mine!