Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Search is OVER!!!

My sister in law, Annette sent me this recipe. Steve made it for Mother's Day, they were TO DIE FOR!!! Enjoy!!!

Lemon Bars
For crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
6 ounces (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted, butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For filling:
6 large eggs
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For garnishing:
About 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

To make the crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until mixed. Add butter and continue to mix until butter is the size of small peas. The mixture will be very dry. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

To make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and then the flour. Pour filling on top of crust.
Bake until lemon filling is set, about 40-50 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and then put in the refrigerator for 1 hour or keep at room temperature for 3 hours before cutting. Cut into squares and dust the tops with confectioners’ sugar.

It was still a bit jiggly at the end of the baking time, so we turned off the oven and left them in with the door closed for another 30 minutes or so. They were delicious, he did a great job!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Banana, fanna, fo...

I'm crocheting another chemo cap, in a beautiful luscious silk bamboo blend. I'm a little surprised at the emotions I'm feeling while I make it....after all, I don't even know the recipient....don't even know her first name. She is a friend of my sister in law, Linda...Stage 4 breast cancer...treatable, not curable.

It takes me back to the last chemo cap I made...for Linda's husband, Chuck...and all the tears that fell while I made it. And I feel blessed that he is now cancer free. The beautiful colors of purple also take me back to another time cancer affected someone I love, someone who lost her sweet mommy to breast cancer...and I will name this hat Alice......alice, alice, bo balice, banana fanna fo....ummmmm.....PHALLIS!

In an attempt to make this hat a little more feminine than the one I made for Chuck, I am using this pattern. I hope she likes it...I hope it keeps her warm through the long treatments she will have to endure.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pre-birthday Fun

Had a little pre-birthday french toast with a couple of friends today....

I've always been a little jealous of Darilyn's birthday week. She gets little gifts and does fun stuff the whole week, but lets face it, she's not married to Steve. And as far as Steve is concerned, he will barely survive the one why drag it out.

SOOOOOOO, if this is my way of dragging out my own birthday, I'd say it's a pretty good stuff and gifts all rolled into one package.

Look at the cool thing Paula made me...I know I'm weird...but I don't just LOVE it, it actually makes me quite giddy. It will be my new warning on my crabby days (Paula's idea)