Sunday, March 2, 2014

~Marching Along~

Goodness- March already upon us! 
Today is my mother's birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!)- the first of six March birthdays for our family. Yes, March is a busy month around here.

This is her present and I was so pleased with how the wrapping turned out that I thought I'd share it with you. :) 
(oops! There's the timer for the oven- let me dash off a moment! Okay, I'm back- had some baking to take care of- more on that in a bit) 
Isn't the little clip-on birdy cute? I think he makes the gift!

And so, March is here and where did February go? Well . . .
part of it was spent with both boys sick and me fighting off their germs. The Younger missed three days of school in a row . . . and after three days I was missing a bit of my sanity if you know what I mean.

Yup- cute, but oh-so cranky. Though, aren't we all when we're not feeling well?

Below is what is left of another of February's events: a friend's bridal shower. That lovely bouquet is one of the five we had festooning the party. I was lucky enough to get to take this one home with me. Everything turned out so beautifully- from the food and drinks to the decorations and games- if only there had been time to take pictures!


I also got a little crafting in last month- the kind that's just for me (funny how infrequently that happens). Below is the little entry way to our basement right off the kitchen. I set up a little wintry vignette at the beginning of the month . . .

and I made these simple wall hangings from materials I had lying around.

The borders are chalkboard paint which allows me to change the quotes bordering the images . . . though, I haven't changed a thing yet. It was especially fun to find fitting quotes that would fit the parameters of the hanging. The two I settled on are:

"In seed-time learn; in harvest teach; in winter enjoy" 
- William Blake
and . . .
In a way Winter is the real Spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.
- O'Brian


And speaking of Spring . . . I actually got out in the garden last week! We had a gorgeous sunny day and I took advantage for some cutting back and clearing. You can see one tiny spot of the garden is all ready for Spring . . . and the rest will have to wait as we've had lots of rain and cold cold temperatures since. 'In like a lion' you know.

The most exciting part of visiting the garden had to be the tulips pushing their way through the mud. I planted these last Fall and it looks like they actually made it! I found only one dug up and fallen pray to some pesky squirrel. The rest are getting ready for their April display!

So- you may remember I had to run off to the kitchen at the beginning of this post . . . 

And here is the reason why . . . Lemon Squares!
These particular bits of yumminess come from my childhood days . . . my mother used to have Tupperware and Avon parties and these are what she would make. Lucy Lemon Squares. (the 'Lucy' part comes from them being a part of a 'Peanuts' cookbook) I don't think she could've ever made these often enough.

In my mind these are the cream of the crop when it comes to lemon bars . . . incredible shortbread-like crust, zesty lemon filling that isn't too over-powering and a dusting of powder sugar to make it that much better.


So if you are so inclined as to welcome March with some lemon-y goodness, here is the recipe:

~Lucy Lemon Squares~

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup powder sugar

Sift flour and sugar into bowl. With fingers mix in butter (I am lazy and just use the mixer and add the butter in little bits until it all comes together)

Spread and flatten dough into greased 8x8 inch pan. 
Bake at 350 for 30 min.

Meanwhile . . . beat together:
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
dash of salt

Pour over baked crust and bake at 350 another 20 mins or so.
Sift powder sugar over top and let it cool- slice into squares and enjoy!

Cheers!

9 comments:

  1. Actually looks like early spring there. We still have 30 inches of snow and 5-10 foot snow banks!

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  2. Oh my goodness ..... those lemon squares look delish, I shall have to make some very soon, thank you.
    Glad your boys are feeling better and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your mom and everyone one else who has a March B'day with you!
    love Jooles x x x

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I did, indeed, have a great birthday...still having it...he he!

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  3. Pretty early springtime pics and yummy looking lemon bars (I LOVE lemon anything:)
    Sorry about your boys having the icky's. Hopefully, it will go away soon.

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    1. Why, thank you!
      It was a gift of a day. No less because of my endearing family and clever daughter!

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  5. everything looks so lovely, friend! that bouquet is gorgeous! and i love the little winter vignette you made - so sweet!! i'll have to try making those lemon squares - they look delicious! sorry i've been mia lately - i'll email you soon! (thanks so much for the etsy order, by the way! it's shipping out tomorrow. :) ) hugs, lora

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  6. The bird on my birthday package is the crowning touch! The colors, textures and shapes just turned out perfect. I am really enjoying it! Thank you SO much, sweetie.
    That sickie is such a beautiful little bloke. Love that picture!
    Ah, Lucy Lemon Squares...I once knew the recipe by heart. I think I started making those on a regular basis sometime in the early 70's. Brownies-my grandmother's recipe- and lemon squares were my go-to goodies for get togethers of all types. Quick, easy and delicious. If only my GI tract could still handle the sugar and lemon and... *sigh*

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  7. We have two birthdays in March, one of my sisters and then hubby.

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