Lemon Week 2012

home sweet home...tomorrow: lemon week

I’m so pleased to announce that I will be blogging another Lemon Week! I figure I might as well squeeze as much out of those lemons as I can while I still live here! Ha ha. Pun intended. Anyway, I’ve got a couple new recipes and a couple of old ones and hopefully I can put something new up all week. We’ll see.

You know what’s cool about Lemon Week around here? We’ve made such a big deal about it in the past that now my kid gets really excited about it. It’s like a festival in our own house. We even dress up for it:

freshly showered and dressed for lemon week!

Here I am freshly showered, in my lemon week shirt and full of enthusiasm (and coffee probably).

My lemon week shirt.

I even took an Instagram of my shirt I was so excited about the whole event.

dressed for lemon week acessories

Bug dressed up in her finery which included yellow and orange accessories. We were ready!

da lemons!

Bring on the lemons!

Lemon Week: lemon bars!

So first we made lemon bars which I’ve made a zillion times and blogged about. The recipe calls for extra zest so they are extra zingy and delicious. (faster more direct link) I love them. Swoon! Swoon! Swoon! I could eat them all day until I popped.

freshly baked lemon loaf

Then we made lemon loaf which is sort of like what they serve at Starbucks but without the hard candy icing on the top. It has a sugary lemon juice that you pour on top that I think is even yummier, personally. It’s my Great Grandma’s recipe.

You’d like the recipe? Well let me share!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups of sugar
• 1 1/2 sticks of melted butter
• 4 eggs
• 1 cup of milk
• 3 cups of flour
• 4 tsp baking powder (that seems like a lot to me but it tastes fine, shows you what I know)
• 1 tsp salt
• Grated rind of 2 lemons

For glaze
• Juice of 2 lemons
• 1 1/2 tbs sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 355º F

2. Mix sugar, butter, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt and lemon rind

3. Pour into two loaf pans

4. Bake for 45 minutes

5. Mix together juice of two lemons and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar

6. Pour lemon mixture over piping hot loaves and serve!

zesting

It’s a pretty simple recipe. I love that when I typed it up originally I typed “flower” instead of flour. I guess that means it was passed onto me a long time ago when I was even worse at spelling than I am now. Which I guess could technically be yesterday but I know it was a really long time ago because my great grandma died a long time ago and I’m pretty sure she passed it onto me when she was still alive. So I must have been a teenager or younger. I remember eating it in her little condominium kitchen at her little metal table with the aluminum sides. I remember that and the awful disgusting pepper slaw she always used to make. Funny how things like that stick with you.

zested, juiced

Anyway, it was fun to make and think about her making this back in the olden days. I wasn’t super fond of her in her last days. She was a crotchety old bitter woman but here and there I see clues that she had a kinder loving side. I think her lemon bread definitely spoke to that.

lemon juice over the top

Especially the lemon juice topping. I think you should all rush out and make some and then come back here and reminisce with me in the comments about your Grandma. Did she make lemon bread for you? Was it better than Starbucks?

Tomorrow: Lemon Pickle! I’m so excited! You’re gonna LOVE it.

Lemon Season is Here Early!

lemonade first pick

Bug has been begging me to pick lemons for weeks now. I was putting it off because once you start picking, you have to process the lemons right away. You can’t just let them sit around on your table looking pretty for weeks and weeks. They can sit around on the tree for months and months however. But the draw of fresh lemons was strong so I finally gave in and let Bug pick a bushel when Anna was here visiting. We had to treat our out-of-towner to something special after all.

it's lemon week! squeezer girl

So we squeezed them and made lemonade.

sangria delicioso!

Anna taught me how to make sangria with lemonade. I had no idea that was the a way to make it and here I’ve had a lemon tree at my beck and call all this time. The sangria is made with just one part orange juice, one part lemonade and one part cheap red wine with lots of fruit thrown in for the pretty. It was delicious.

lemon bar very pretty goober
I made some lemon bars too because that’s just what you do when you have guests and a whole lotta lemons!

All photos by Anna.