moving day.
excitement tainted with a stroke of anxiousness,
gloomy tones because
summer has slipped away.
flip flops are packed away & boots are racked in my closet.
sunburn fading fast as
the crickets croon a final chorus,

welcome to autumn
the gaslight anthem whispers
into the microphone.

The 4033
my friends’ new apartment
& a kickoff to our final beginning of the year
stories, jamming, laughs & drinks

I’m going to bake for the welcome,
something with the flavors of autumn
& with the celebration of senior year, beer bread: 


for the bread…
1-1/3 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon all-spice
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ stick butter
¼ cup sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup honey
6 ounces pale ale
½ cup chopped pecans

for lemon glaze…
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup lemon juice

what TO DO

in a small bowl…
mix flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt

in a large bowl…
cream butter, sugar & spices
(by hand or with a stand mixer)
add eggs, one at a time, mixing well
add lemon juice, mix well
add honey, mix well
add 1/3 of the flour, mix
add 1/3 of the beer, mix
repeat 2 more times
(the batter is very thin)

butter & flour a bread pan
pour in batter
top with chopped pecans

preheat oven to 350 F
bake for 50 min

mix powder sugar & lemon juice
let bread cool
spoon the frosting on top of the cake

enjoy with music, laughs & company
cheers to the beginning of the last!

& sometimes we make mistakes ... 
                                             such as forgetting baking powder... 
& sometimes those mistakes turn into 
                                                         a BEAUTIFUL (delicious) MESS

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