I have come to the forgone conclusion that we are the most disliked people in our neighborhood.
Not by the neighbors, mind you…. by the HOA. The association seems to have issues with us, starting with the motorcycles parked in the driveway. Apparently that’s against regulations.
Really? A motorcycle parked in your own driveway? I mean, these are nice motorcycles, not broken down junkers with the tires removed, parked on blocks, leaking oil and creating an eyesore, a la “Sanford and Son”. So after we received several not-so-nice notices where legal action was threatened if we didn’t move them out of sight, J put them into the garage and we were technically “in compliance” once again.
With the bikes, anyway.
Yesterday, I received a notice that we are once again violating their perfect community because our trash can was visible from the street.
I (we, really) am counting the days until the ranch house is complete………
Chocolate Chip Crumb Pound Cake – adapted from Bake or Break
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
For the cake:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 & 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
To make the crumb topping:
Combine flour, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter until the mixture is moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.
To make the cake:
Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs in 3 portions, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla and almond extract.
Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
Transfer half of the batter to prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the crumb mixture evenly over the batter. Top with remaining cake batter. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top of cake batter and press gently into the batter.
Bake 1 hour 35 minutes, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool cake completely in pan on a wire rack.