Homemaking · My world

My Lemon Bars

My wonderful Lemon bars are easy to make and a big hit with everyone.

For a 9″x13″ pan:

For shell:
2 sticks (8 ounces) butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 325°.

Blend butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until a smooth paste.

Press into ungreased 9″x13″ baking pan.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Or until set not brown.

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon Lemon zest (optional)

Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, and lemon juice until light and frothy.
Pour over hot shell sprinkle with lemon zest.  Return to oven – bake at 325° for 20 minutes.  While hot dust with powdered sugar.  Cool, cut into bars.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook – July 7

the Simple Woman’s Daybook
is hosted by Peggy at the Simple Woman.
Thank you Peggy, this is so much fun!

FOR TODAY July 7, 2008
I really have to laugh at myself.  I thought I had this all nicely formatted and ready to go and then I looked at it and I had saved it all funny.  One of these days I might be able to function WHILE my coffee is brewing.  🙂   Today is obviously NOT that day.

Outside My Window…  The sun is just starting to rise and there is a soft cool breeze blowing the dampness from the grass through the window.  We have had intense weather this summer, very cold, then hot, some good thunder storms.  Today is normal,  dew on the grass, little bit of a marine layers that will burn off as soon as the sun is up full. 
I am thinking… I have so much to do this week.  I need to go to the library, shop for the trip, make sure we have everything set to go, pack, load the car.  But I am also very excited to be taking the kids camping.
I am thankful for…So many kind people at our parish.  The camping trip is with the homeschool group and people have been so helpful.  We have even been loaned a bike rack so I can bring the children’s bikes.  Kyle can’t come down for a couple day after I leave and there have been offers from the guys who will be there — I know the tent will get up at least.
From the kitchen…I did some baking over the weekend for the forth. The children decorated cupcakes
I am wearing…  Pink sweater and brown capris.  Bare feet, I usually have bare feet inside, either that or my soft, blue slippers.  I think that is part of why I failed flylady. The whole “dress to the shoes” thing made the petulant girl in me stick out my tongue and say “Oh, yeah, that’s stupid”.   Though I do have to laugh.  When I first saw her “thing” it included putting on shoes AND make-up.  Since I own a grand total of one lipstick you can imagine how seriously I took it all.
I am creating… The Camping List.  I have the basic list done, the one that I check off that we actually own enough sleeping bags and such.  This list needs to be the packing list, I need the menu list.  I love lists.  My dad taught me the usefulness of lists when I was a child.  He is a grand master list maker… I am a novice compared to him.
I am going…  Camping this weekend.  This is the first time in years that I have been tent camping and I am looking forward to it.  (did you guess that yet?)
I am reading…  Laundry, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell and It’s All Too Much.  A new book has made its way to the list this week: George Will’s, One Man’s America.  I was thrilled to see the Anchoress recommending him the same time the book finally got to me (I had it on hold at the library) I love the video she has of George Will & Stephen Colbert, in fact that was what inspired me to get the book in the first place.
I am hoping…  That I don’t start stressing out the next few days.
I am hearing…  There is a bird squawking.  I think it is one of the birds nesting in our tree in the yard.
Around the house… I have camping gear everywhere.  It is starting to get to me.  I am tripping over stuff and that increases the stressed feeling that I won’t get it all in the mini-van.
One of my favorite things… My great grandfather’s ice-cream churn.  I still have it and it still works, but it  needs a little work. Where does one get a 1928 ice-cream churn worked on?
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:  The camping thing woo hoo.   Yeah, I know I have been going on about it.  I know though that the second I leave the city limits I will relax and have fun.  Till then I am trying to enjoy the moment, watching the kids get a bit more excited every day and just glad to have the chance to do this sort of thing.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Hannah at the park when she was very small
Those are band-aids on her forehead covering the stitches from the time she ran smack into the corner of the doorway leading into the kitchen.  I thought is might slow her down, make her more cautious… no…..