I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lemon Dimples

This weekend I made some small tea cookies. They are called lemon dimples.  They taste like lemon bars, but easier to eat (not so messy ). 

Look at that lemon curd.  Maybe some scones are in the baking future.

Lemon Dimples
1 1/2 sticks(3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for dusting
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 scant cup prepared lemon curd

1. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla.  On low speed, beat in baking powder, then flour, until incorporated.  Cover; chill dough 1 hour.  Place lemon curd into a small ziptop food-storage bag; seal bag.

2. Heat oven to 350 degree F.  You'll need baking sheets lined with nonstick foil, liners or parchment.  Shape scant tablespoonsful of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on prepared sheets.  With index finger, make a deep indentation in center of each.  Snip a tiny corner of ziptop bag and pipe lemon curd into dough indentationsl to fill completely (about 1 tsp per cookie).

3. Bake 15 minutes or until cookie edges just begin to lightly brown.  Cool completely on baking sheet on wire rack.  Dust cookie edges with confectioners, sugar before serving.

Per cookie 93 cal, 1 g car, 0g fiber, 4 g fat (2 g sat fat), 20 mg chol,  20 mg sod
Makes 40 cookies  active: 15 min Total 1 hr 15 min (includes chilling dough)

Hope you enjoy!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spring Flowers

I went to visit my mom the first week in February. While my sister went on a fourteen day cruise to the Amazon River.  I shopped for groceries and cooked meals large enough for mom to freeze into small meals that are easy to heat up in the microwave.  We took rides to see how our home town has grown in 65 years.  I took her for a ride to see the house I lived in when I was three years old.  It is still standing.  Some things never change.  I bought this bouquet of tulips for the kitchen table to cheer us up since we have had so much rain this winter.  I just love the tulips the growers are developing for the mass market now. 
I was out picking some lemons in my mom's back yard to take home and  I found this strange looking lemon growing on the tree.  It looks like three lemons have grown together.  I just had to take a picture. Has anyone ever seen a lemon grow like this?
Just another look at those beautiful tulips.  

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine card making is just great fun.  I made two cards like this one for my older granddaughters.  I also included money and a piece of gum in each card.  The gum is a tradition since they were small and they love it.
The four younger granddaughters received these cards. 

On another note!!  Today my honey and I are celebrating the anniversary of our engagement of 50 years.  We were married on July 17, 1960. in Santa Clara, CA.  About ten years ago we started celebrating Valentines Day at home.  We have Lobster for dinner and dance in our kitchen.  Our favorite music is Steve Tyrell's A New Standard.  It is very romantic.


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