You know the old adage, right?
When life hands you lemons…….
Ok, ok…I COULD make lemon-aide, and sometimes I do.
This time I made lemon bars. Because yum.
But that’s not the kind of lemons we are REALLY talking about anyway. We are talking about the kind that life sometimes gives you. The really sour ones. Like these:
Let me tell you about my friend James. James is a true southern gentleman with an infectious laugh and a smile that can light up a room. He has a natural way about him that makes you feel special and loved…Did I mention the killer southern accent that can disarm you completely? Luckily, he also has such a kind heart and the kind of warmth that only truly good people can have.
I’ve only known him a short time, but his easy nature makes me feel like I’ve known him my whole life. He’s like a brother from another mother. I love him dearly.
Life has given James lemons lately, and I am asking ALL OF YOU to help me make lemon-aide.
James has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As you can imagine, it can be difficult to stay positive, to keep the faith. To just be.
There is more wisdom in your bodies, than in your deepest philosophies—Friedrich Nietzsche
Because I believe so much in the power of the human mind, and its ability to heal the body, I want to bring as much love and light as I can to him on his journey. I am asking my readers to help!
If you are a person of faith, please pray for him. Pray for healing, pray for peace, pray for whatever is in your heart to seek for him. If you aren’t the prayerful sort, please send positive thoughts, healing energy, or whatever other uplifting thoughts you can offer.
Please share your prayers or encouragement with him (which I would LOVE for you to do, and is the whole point of my request), in the comments below.
Look at you!! That’s YOU, Making Lemon-Aide.
If you would like to send him a card, letter, or other words of encouragement, please send it to me at:
- For James
- C/O Christine Friesenhahn
- 406 Deer Creek
- Boerne, Texas 78006***
In return, I am sharing with you the only lemon bar recipe you will ever need. I got this from my parent’s church friend, Alpha Patterson when I was only 14. I didn’t even cook much yet, but they were so good I had to have the recipe. I have never tweaked it not even once, because you don’t mess with perfection.
You just don’t.
Lemon Bars For Jamie
Serves 12 or more
Preheat oven to 350*
- 2 sticks salted butter, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Combine the above well, until a soft dough comes together. Press into the bottom of a 13×9 baking pan which has been sprayed with non-stick spray (or use a non-stick pan). Bake for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, beat together:
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
Remove crust from oven, and pour the lemon mixture over it. Return to oven and bake for 20 more minutes. Dust with powdered sugar, and cool before cutting and serving.
These are quite rich—I usually cut into 20 squares.
**I know it is of questionable sense to post my address publicly. On the off-chance that you are a nut job, a word of caution: I have a big husband that is protective of my body, and a blood hound that will hunt you down. Also, I am licensed to carry a gun, and I do. I am a dead-eye shot.