Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Thank you, God, for my friends

Hey ya'll!  Had a great, busy day getting ready for Bunco tonight! ..SO much fun!  I always have fun, but tonight was great.  We had good food-and dessert! Yum : )
Kids had another good day at VBS, and we remembered Clay's medicine, so he was better.  We dropped more clothes off at the church for some friends.  It feels SO good to see my dining room floor-that's what else Bunco is great my house!
Ches took the kids to eat at Chick-Fil-A and then to the movies to see Marmaduke.  It was crafty-family night, and they made the cutest little foam briefcase picture frames for Father's Day.  I am going to try to get some pictures printed at Wal-Mart for the kids to put in the frames.  So sweet.
Did I already tell you what we got Ches?  I will wait to tell you till Sunday afternoon-just in case he sees this! : )  We are being a little sneaky, and have a surprise for him.  Heehee  I just love surprises!
He told me what he wants for his next big birthday-a new Orbea bike!  I have to start saving now to buy it.  It's really I will start a new savings account.  If I save about $125-$150 a month, I'll have enough.  Whew.  He also reminded me I have a big one coming up-and asked what I want.  Umm..what do I want?  A baby.  Can you buy those?  Just kidding.
Well, the kitchen is clean, dishes washed, dishwasher finally shut down, kids to bed (at 11!), and we are all tired.  I love going to sleep in a clean house.
I had turned on the pool lights and the twinkly lights around the pergola and the water/deck jets.  I went out there to shut them off, and it was so beautiful and peaceful.  I just wanted to sleep out there!  That water splashing makes me sleepy (but calm).  I had planned to swim tonight, but I'm too tired.  Once we hit really hot days and nights, the water warms right up, and it's like bath water at night!  It won't be long.
I hope you have friends to eat with, play games with, and to make you laugh.  What precious gifts they are.  God sends them to say the sweetest things, and it just fills my soul with love.  Now I have to send out more nice things..I gotta pay it forward!
Praying you have a handful of friends, and sending you hugs tonight!

ps-here's my luscious lemon bars from tonight-they were AmAziNG! : )
pps-be sure to follow the commenter, GingerZin's, instructions and use extra lemon zest and juice (I did, and they were awesome!!).  This is what I used.  (website recipe calls for only 1 t. lemon zest and 1/3 c. fresh lemon juice).
ppps-Just 'cause I like ps'ing..heehee  I squeezed the lemons over a colander over a bowl, and so I didn't have to pick out seeds.  That could be VERY problematic.


  • 2 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2  cup  powdered sugar
  • 1  cup  cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 4  large eggs
  • 2  cups  granulated sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  lemon zest
  • 1/2  cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • Powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil or parchment paper, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.
2. Stir together 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
3. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
4. Meanwhile, whisk eggs in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in granulated sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir together baking powder and remaining 1/4 cup flour; whisk into egg mixture. Pour mixture over hot baked crust.
5. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until filling is set. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Lift from pan, using foil sides as handles. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Remove foil, and cut into bars; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Note: To make ahead, prepare as directed. Cover tightly, and freeze up to 1 month.
Cook's Note: Make them on a night that you'll have company or you'll eat them all.  heehee

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