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Squeeze lemony sunshine into dessert.

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When life hands you lemons you can:

  • Put them in your bra (cheaper and safer than implants)
  • Tap into your Feng Shui mood and arrange them in a vase or bowl
  • Slice them up and hunt down a bottle of Tequila
  • Bake a lemony sunshine into a cake

Bake Lemony Sunshine into a Cake

 

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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBSP. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
1 TBSP Mayonnaise (real Mayonnaise, not dressing)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 cup Lemon Club Soda
1 /4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 package of Lemon Jell-O
1 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature & cubed (if using salted butter, then eliminate the 1/2 tsp. salt)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F

Grease a 13 x 9 inch cake pan butter, then sprinkle a light layer of flour or spray the pan with non-stick spray, then line the pan with parchment paper. Whichever way you choose, ensure that the whole area of pan is coated.

In a stand mixer add: flour, baking powder, Jell-O, lemon rind and salt, then whisk well together, and set aside. (You can also do this with a whisk and bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer).

In a separate bowl beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla, and beat until mixture is creamy.

Slowly add sugar/egg mixture, club soda, lemon juice, mayo, and butter and turn up stand mixer to medium and mix for 3 minutes. Be careful not to over-mix, after three minutes, batter should look light and fluffy and smooth.

Pour batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for 30 – 35 minutes (or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs after inserting it into the middle of the cake).

Once baked, use a fork to poke holes all over the cake, and leave cake in the pan.

Pour the prepared icing mix (recipe below) all over the cake, cover the whole surface.

Once cooled, you can cover the cake and it will remain moist for up to four days. It’s a great cake to make ahead of time.

LEMON ICING GLAZE:

2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a bowl, simply mix the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth.

 

 

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Beat the Heat

Please join me in welcoming Sally Perkins to my blog as her timely post talks about beating the heat with summer deliciousness, and other tips.

How To Stay Cool & Beat the Heat

by Sally Perkins

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the weather is slowly yet surely warming up. The signs are all here: Summer is coming. While the season may signify a lot of different things to a lot of different people – swimming, sports, hiking, etc., it’s also prime time for picnics. Yet, while picnics on TV always seem so picturesque, in real life, they can oftentimes result in a hot mess! What can you do to keep both you and your refreshments cool?

Here are a few suggestions:

 

Squeeze Some Lemon

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We know there are certain fruits and vegetables that may turn brown when cut up and exposed to oxygen. Squeeze some lemon juice on sliced fruits before taking them out for some fun in the sun, and they will look much more appealing when it’s time to munch down! Fruit salads are another great way to keep your fruits fresh, as you can mix and match apples and pears with citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit – the latter of which will add some tanginess while effectively keeping your fruits looking their best.

 

Ayurvedic Principles

 

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Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicinal practice, and philosophy, states that there are both warming and cooling foods. When the temperatures rise, you want your food to keep you feeling light, energetic and cool rather than weighed down, tired and even more hot! According to Ayurvedic principles, fruits such as melons, grapes, pears, and mangoes are cooling, with spices and herbs like mint and cilantro also contributing to an overall cooling effect. Follow Ayurvedic principles and incorporate them into your summer picnics to stay refreshed!

 

Do-It-Yourself Coolers

 

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With certain drinks and sweet treats, especially chocolate, you may need a little more help to keep them cool and solid. This is when homemade ice comes in handy. Just fill up a Ziploc bag with some ice and put it at the bottom of a container, placing your sweet treats on top. Voila, a Do-It-Yourself cooler! You can do the same thing for drinks; just add some ice to a bag or Tupperware large enough to fit the bottle/carton, and place your drink in there. When settling down for your treats in the sun, you will be glad for any extra cooling touches!

So if you are excited about the warmer weather, you can now get excited about picnics as well. The tips mentioned above will keep you feeling cool and refreshed, and help you in beating the heat!

 

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