Travel: Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe – San Antonio,TX -Home of the 3 Pound Cinnamon Roll!

When I decided to go to Texas to attend Fiesta Week; I knew I had to visit Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe. I’d never heard of Lulu’s until I watched an episode of Man vs. Food, where the host, Adam, was touring San Antonio. When I saw that 3 pound Cinnamon Roll… I knew I had to have one!   SONY DSCSONY DSCWhen I drove into the parking lot, I was a little surprised to see an … “older” looking building. No worries, some of my favorite places to eat are little hole-in-the-wall joints! I waited in the car for a bit, you see, I was meeting a sweet friend from high school… a friend I had not seen since graduation! After she arrived, and we hugged and dried our tears, we went into Lulu’s. I also had my cousin with me- we were ready to see what all the fuss was about! SONY DSC SONY DSCIf you like diners, you’ll love Lulu’s! I could tell there were a few regulars there… locals who knew the menu by heart. Lulu’s sells your typical American diner food, chicken fried steak, burgers, etc. But we were there for one thing & one thing only! When our waitress asked what we wanted to eat, the answer was simple, “I want the Cinnamon Roll, please!” I also ordered a glass of chocolate milk, because I’m a dairy freak! After placing our order, we sat back and enjoyed great conversation. Lulu’s is a fantastic place to reconnect with an old friend. Then, we saw it! It was a sight to behold! You know what they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas!” That’s my cell phone, next to the Cinnamon Roll!SONY DSCSONY DSC We spent the first 5-10 minutes just looking at our roll in amazement! We could not get over how big it was, I’d never seen anything like it! It was a work of art (foodie art!), and I debated on whether or not to eat it. But it smelled So Good, I knew what needed to be done! Take a couple more pics before cutting into it! (Hey, you know I love photography!) SONY DSCSONY DSC The moment of truth was upon us, time to cut into it and see if it tastes as good as it looks… and smells! SONY DSC SONY DSCThis was my slice! It was delicious! I was concerned that the flavor might not be there, because it was so big. One bite and I knew I had nothing to worry about. You see all that cinnamon? The flavor was on point, no complaints! We each ate a little of it, and then I had it wrapped up so I could take it with me. (What? Did you think I was gonna eat the whole thing?) I ate off of that roll for the next few days. Every night, I would cut off a chunk and heat it up in the microwave… and every night it was delicious! SONY DSCSONY DSC If you’d like to visit Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe, it’s located at 918 N. Main St in San Antonio, TX.

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, I was NOT paid to write it. I just wanted to share Lulu’s with my readers.

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American Icons, here’s to the Red, White & Blue!

Do you have a favorite American Icon? Who comes to mind? John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe? Or maybe it’s not a person at all, maybe it’s a food. To me, nothing is more American than Apple Pie! The Everywhere Society invited me to Macy’s for their big American Icon celebration. SONY DSC First up was a cooking demo in the Macy’s Cellar, with KitchenAid culinary expert, Debbie Slater. SONY DSC Being a foodie, this was right up my alley. I don’t have a KitchenAid Mixer, so you know I was drooling over her blue one! SONY DSCSONY DSC Right before our eyes, Debbie made Mini Macaroni Pasta! Right there, on the spot, while we watched! I couldn’t believe how easy it was, she added the Pasta Press attachment to the front of the mixer, added her dough and the mixer did the rest. It was a thing of beauty!SONY DSC Here’s the pasta, right after it came out of the machine: SONY DSC I wanna make my own pasta, how about you?! I gotta get that KitchenAid Mixer!!! She then went on to make a beautiful pasta salad, the Red, White & Blue Pasta Salad:SONY DSC That’s blueberries in there, with grape tomatoes & blue cheese- it was so good! Debbie didn’t stop there, oh no! She used that KitchenAid Mixer to pump out two more patriotic delights. Here’s the Red, White & Blue Coleslaw: SONY DSC and the Red, White & Blue Vanilla Wafer Cheesecake Tartlets: SONY DSC Yes, those are vanilla wafers as the base, great for a party or get-together… bite size! Before the demo was over, Debbie told us about the gorgeous, hand-painted, red, white & blue Artisan KitchenAid Mixer that is going to be given away. She reminded us to enter the giveaway and you know I was first in line filling out that entry form! Look at this: SONY DSC If I win, I’ll let you know! Next stop on the Macy’s Celebration was upstairs for the Timex Launch Party, to see what the latest trends in watches are. SONY DSC If you’re like me, you know Timex takes a licking & keeps on ticking, right? Well, they have come a long way & have so many stylish options available, I was very impressed. This crisp white one, below, is going to be very popular this summer, trust me! SONY DSC  Style & fashion editors from San Francisco’s 7X7 Magazine, were on hand to share a few fashion tips with the crowd. Here’s a little snippet for you:

Wouldn’t be an American Icon Celebration without a fashion show, right? These lovely models showcased great looks by Calvin Klein, Levi’s & Tommy Hilfiger. SONY DSCSONY DSC  Macy’s puts on the best events, if you haven’t been to one yet, you are definitely missing out. These events are always open to the public, so check with your local Macy’s to see what events they have planned.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society, and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own, thank you!

Blueberry Dump Cake …

A few days ago, I purchased a 2 lb tub of organic blueberries-they were on sale & I could not pass them up. I am a very frugal shopper…so the moment I saw the SALE sign, I knew I was going to buy them! But I digress… I got them home and as I was putting them in the fridge, I remembered the last time I had purchased blueberries…we did not use them all in time and some went bad and had to be thrown away. I do not like throwing anything away, especially food. Food is way too expensive, particularly organic food, to be thrown away. I decided this time would be different. I immediately started thinking of ways to use the blueberries…pancakes was the first thing that popped into my head. The next morning, I was in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of Blueberry Pancakes! I filled each pancake with blueberries, but could tell I would have to make pancakes 24/7 in oder to use up all the blueberries I had…and that was not an option! So, I started looking for blueberry recipes, something I had never made before…that’s how I stumbled across this recipe for Blueberry Dump Cake. What could be easier than a dump cake, you are literally just dumping ingredients into a baking dish and putting it in the oven. Mama likes! I reviewed the recipe I found and realized I had all the ingredients on hand, well, almost all of them…more on that later!  😉 Here is the recipe:

3 C. Blueberries
1 (20 oz.) Can Pineapple tidbits in juice
1/2 C. Sugar
1 box  Butter Recipe Cake Mix (can use yellow or lemon cake mix)
1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine, melted
1 C. Walnuts or nuts of your choice
 
Rinse blueberries and place into bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan.  Pour pineapple tidbits and juice over the blueberries.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Sprinkle cake mix over the fruit mixture. (You can use a spoon to spread it out evenly) Sprinkle walnuts over the dry cake mix.  Drizzle the melted butter over everything.  DO NOT STIR.  Bake in preheated 350* oven for 35 to 40 minutes until top is brown and cake is bubbly. 
I followed the recipe above, Except I did not have Pineapple tidbits on hand & I did not feel like driving to the store to buy them…so I improvised! I knew I needed some liquid to make the dessert, and I knew I had O.J. in the fridge, so that’s what I used! I measured out about 16 oz. of juice and poured it over the blueberries, then I proceeded with the rest of the ingredients. I also did not add walnuts or any other nut to the dish, I wanted Blueberries-period! I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out, but was pleasantly surprised with the finished product! It was fantastic! The family loved it, could not get enough of it and is already asking for more! It tasted nice and sweet and was a good consistency, not runny at all, which is what I was concerned with. Tastes great with ice cream on the side, or by itself-like I had it! 
I hope you will try this Blueberry Dump Cake recipe-it really hits the spot!
Y’all take care & keep on Cooking,
The Cookin’ Mama  🙂