Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lazy Days, Luscious Lemon Blossoms and Lots More:)

what summer would be FUN without lemons?
that sour fruit has been the source of some real
summer fun
for generations.

so today is all about those lemons.
i'm talking lemon bars, lemonade stands, lemon cookies, lemon cake
 and more........
good stuff like that.

first up, lemonade stands.
nothing says summer like kids sitting by their lemonade stands.
my girls and their friends did this for hours every summer and
it was always a big hit. 
 of course the boys came and tried to steal the lemonade.....
but that's part of the fun, right?
simply make a pitcher of lemonade,
set up a card table or a picnic table.
if you have a lemonade stand, great! 
personally, i love the rustic lemonade stand.....

you could have a PINK lemonade stand.
and maybe even have the proceeds go to a favorite charity.

that REALLY gets people to buy the lemonade and is a good
teaching moments for kids.

and don't forget the yummy treats.
now, you don't have to do this......
but it will be a big hit if you do.
that is, IF the kiddos don't eat them all, 
which has happened to me:)
but if you do feel like baking, check these out from Itty Bitty Bakery......

Lemon Melting Moments,
and they will melt in your mouth! 

 now, some of these ideas may be too much for a lemonade stand,
 but there are
so many great ideas out there, i had to share:)
like this recipe from Paula Deen for
Lemon Blossoms
bring them to a family picnic and they'll be gone in no time! 

Lemon Blossoms

  • 18½-ounce package yellow cake mix
  • 3½-ounce package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray miniature muffin tins with vegetable oil cooking spray. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and oil and blend well with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour a small amount of batter, filling each muffin tin half way. (Filling more than half will have batter spilling above the top of the cups, which tend to break apart when turned out from the pans. ) Bake for 12 minutes. Turn out onto a clean dish towel.To make the glaze, sift the sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, oil, and 3 tablespoons water. Mix with a spoon until smooth.With fingers, dip the cupcakes into the glaze while they're still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible, or spoon the glaze over the warm cupcakes, turning them to completely coat. Place on wire racks with waxed paper underneath to catch any drips. Let the glaze set 
thoroughly, about 1 hour, before storing in containers with tight-fitting lids.

let's see..what else...
lemon bars are ALWAYS good.....
but Lemon Cheesecake Bars by Leigh Anne are
Lemony Luscious!

i haven't been able to track this next baker down but maybe the 
picture will inspire some of you:)
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

is your mouth watering yet?
the last cool idea i want to share, and you have probably seen this but
here we go anyway,
is a lemonade stand in a pail.

how cute is this idea from giggles galore?

great for having your own lemonade stand or a really cute gift to take to a friends house
as a thank you for a playdate or maybe even a thank you for dinner.
i swear, there are some crazy talented people out there!
so go visit:)

well, i guess that's it my friends.
hope this gets you inspired for some lemony 

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