We took a spur of the moment trip to Boston on Wednesday. We woke up and were hanging out, and it was just one of those mornings with cranky, fussy kids, you know the kind, where no matter what you do, nobody is happy? So my hubs says “lets just get out of here, lets hop on the train to Boston for the day”. In my head, I’m going “ya ya, okay” (we’ve said these things to each other in desperate times before!) But within minutes, he had me checking train schedules and booking a hotel. We packed and off we went.
I was hesitant at first, and even called my mom planning to ask if she wanted to watch our 3 month old..it seemed like a lot of work to go down with a newborn. But when I got on the phone with her, I decided against it and thought it would be fun with both our kids no matter what..it ended up being the best time ever! The boys were SO good and so well behaved. It was an easy, peazy, breezy, blast! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
We stayed right downtown and walked everywhere. We ate lots of delicious sweets…(I know I was doing a sugar free march, but c’mon, you’d give it up 5 days early too..right?) let our little guy run all around outside Quincy Market, took them to the aquarium, stayed up late, played games, and had an all around great time. He was in complete awe of everything..he’s 22 months old and at such a great stage, he is just amazed by the world. Everything is always “wowww” or “awwww” I love watching his excitement! Maybe Ill do a mini iPhone photos post later…my dslr photos would take me days to go through..with kids I have to take 25 pictures of the same thing to get one good one, which usually results in hundreds of photos 🙂
Moving onto this incredible Coconut Grapefruit Loaf Cake. Holy smokes people, this baby is the bomb. (I feel like a teenager saying that) but seriously, I’m not sure that I should admit that the entire cake was eaten in one day. The day I made it, with the exception of cutting off a a few slices to leave home for my hubs, I brought the whole thing to my moms..you know, hoping I wouldn’t just sit at home snacking on it all.day.long. Yah, about that. I brought it there, and my mom, grandma, and I, (and my son) snacked on the whole thing. Zero self control I tell you.
This cake is heavenly. The toasted coconut combined with the citrus grapefruit is the ultimate perfection. I let the syrup soak in overnight in the pan, you don’t have to do that, but it was late and I was being lazy. But I was glad I did. It was so completely moist, but definitely not soggy, the next morning. Then topped with the grapefruit glaze, and toasted coconut..lord help me. We demolished it. There were many, many oohs and aahs..you should make this for Easter. Your family will thank you. Really, you should make this anytime and all the time.
Loaf Base Adapted From: Ina Garten