It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, that I’m that I’m only beginning to let myself enjoy this crazy in love feeling.
I’m an expert optimist. The glass is always half full, and though I’ve seen it empty a few times in the last year… all of a sudden… it runneth over. ;)
The baking began yesterday… and continued on pretty late into the night.
Oh how Jenni bakes when she’s from the tip of her nose to the tip of her toes, beaming happy.
Marshmallows…sugar cookies: purely because I wanted to cut out hearts… lol… go ahead- gag… carrot cake cookies and granola and on and on and on…
All tied up in pretty red waxed ribbon, complete with my favorite vanilla bean caramels.
Joy makes me bake, sew… etc. My Mormon roots come screaming out and I turn into my favorite version of myself. The happy domestic goddess.
One of my oldest friends stopped by and surveyed the fruits of my inspiration.
M- Holy shit… you’re not fucking around, are you? You’re really serious about this guy. Caramels even… dammmnnnn Betty…I haven’t had those in years.
M- Lemon tarts? Lemon BARS? Ooooh coconut….
My kitchen is a veritable smorgasbord for the munchies crew… because I don’t eat any of it.
Weird, huh? I don’t touch it except making frosting and checking the sugar level.
I have a bowl of basil, romaine, grape tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with balsamic vinegar and sea salt, sitting in front of me.
I have a bakery-full of delicious baked things in my kitchen.
He brings out the girl in me that I love best. Jenni Crocker-Stewart.
I have a dozen things I’m knitting, and enough treats coming out of the kitchen that I’ll naturally appear to be succeeding at my diet because the rest of my friends and family will all put on weight due to my falling in love. It seems pretty win-win, if you ask me.
Nothing lets me smile and create at the same time, like being in the kitchen. ♥
He inspires me so delightfully, that I naturally occupy myself with the other things that make me happy, in his absence. I’m painting the kitchen…. and perhaps a bedroom. I’m sure all my friends will be wearing new hats by the time I leave, and I guarantee they will have ALL put on weight.
So here… because I can’t spoil all of you with cookies and caramels… I’ll share my recipe. Make them- they’re delicious…and use Meyer lemons if you can find them. ♥
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 4 large beaten eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup lemon or lime juice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime rind
For the base mix the butter into the flour and sugar.
Mix with hands until it clings together.
Press into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
For the filling, beat together eggs, sugar and lemon juice.
Sift together flour and baking powder.
Stir into egg mixture.
Pour over baked, cooled crust.
Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.
Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Cut into bars.
They’re amazing. Enjoy… and smile while you make them- it makes all the difference in the world.
Heels don’t hurt, either.