Monday, April 20, 2009

Mission Impossible

I've wanted to make this Lemon Meringue Cake since I saw the recipe in the Tartine Bakery cookbook. It was planned for my birthday. Sadly, that was a month ago. I'm ready to declare my own holiday. Hey, if the pot-heads can have 4-20, I can have Lemon Meringue Day. It will happen. I've been blessed with 2 dozen "real" eggs from "real" chickens - Mom and Dad have a co-worker who raises laying hens and they brought me a couple dozen eggs. What better way to pay tribute to those chickens! I will begin prepping it this week and finish it by Saturday. We will celebrate my new holiday - National Lemon Dessert Day - this Saturday, 4/25. I will post pictures of my final product. I hope it tastes as good as it looks, because it looks pretty good!
And I may have to complete my "Lemon Meringue" apron for the occasion. Just because I can and should.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Apron obsession

Obsession confession. I *heart* retro aprons. I love sewing them. It's getting out of hand though. Here's what I have. Actually, there should be one more up there - it just needs a little extra something before it's wearable.

And then there are, let me see, about 6 more in the works. I can't help it. I love to bake. I love to look relatively cute. The two can go hand in hand. It doesn't hurt the marriage relationship either - Aaron has a bit of a fetish now too (for entirely different reasons!).

It gets worse. I've passed it on to Laurel. She has 4 aprons. And her dolls have 2, so far. We'll be sewing more this summer. Will also has one, but he's happy with just the one. Not me. The more, the better, I say.

If only I could get excited about vacuuming in my heels and pearls.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Tribute to my Favorite Color

How random is this? My favorite things, in my favorite color:

daffodils - we've been seeing them all over and it just makes the winter worth it

Tweety bird - had a t-shirt, had a stuffed animal - oh yeah, Tweety rocks

Spatulas - because you can never have too many

My Julia Child rosebush - the one that Laurel prays will come back - really, she does ask Heavenly Father to bless Mommy's rose bush

Poached eggs on buttered toast

Yellow cake with chocolate icing - yummmmm!


My Dream Kitchen

Beverage of choice - lemonade (or lemolade, as Laurel puts it)

Lemons - so perfect in so many things like . . .

Lemon Tart
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Loaf - making this tonight

Lemon drops!

Le Creuset in Citron - I know I would braise better if I had one of these

Ah, butter! Not exactly yellow, but closer to yellow than white


I hope you enjoyed my little tribute. I'm working on remembering the things that make me happy. And yellow things make me very happy. I couldn't find pictures of everything yellow that I love. But I found enough!

Happy spring!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cheesecake and Martha Stewart

I still haven't gotten to make the cake I want for my birthday. I suppose it's a little late now. I did get to make this on Sunday:

A gorgeous lemon curd cheesecake - recipe courtesy of Oh my was it delicious!

And, bless her heart, I'd love to hate her but I can't! Martha has a new cookbook coming out and I'm pre-ordering my copy. The trouble is, I have to wait until June to get it. Argh! But then that gives me the summer to plan for fall birthday parties. Well, that's my theory anyway. But I will send it back with a little nasty-gram if there are any poo-frosting cupcakes in there. Somehow I doubt there will be. She's good - and very aware of how things look.

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