Lemon Bars For Jamie

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

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.


— Friedrich Nietzsche

There is more wisdom in your body 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.




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20 Comments on “Lemon Bars For Jamie”

  1. 2014/04/11 at 12:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  2. 2014/04/11 at 12:36 pm #

    those are making my stomach growl! Yum!

  3. 2014/04/11 at 12:50 pm #

    wanna have some 😀 !!

  4. 2014/04/11 at 1:33 pm #

    Learning that you have pancreatic cancer is never good news, but it sometimes holds better results than one might think. I hope that will be true for Jamie as be begins his battle. May his faith and our prayers give him strength. Oh, your lemon bars may help, too.

  5. 2014/04/11 at 2:20 pm #

    Praying. Hard.

  6. Matthew
    2014/04/11 at 4:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue.

  7. 2014/04/11 at 5:37 pm #

    Love and light to you, Jamie. I hope you are well soon.

  8. 2014/04/12 at 1:18 am #

    they look really good! 🙂

  9. 2014/04/12 at 5:55 pm #

    Love and luscious lemon bars CAN bring about health. Hope and prayers to Jamie.

  10. 2014/04/12 at 10:26 pm #

    Prayers going out for Jamie! I do hope he does have a miraculous recovery! It is not going to be an easy road he is on, but with god divine intervention all will go well for him! Thank you for sharing and being such a wonderful friend to Jamie! The Lemon bars are just an extra delicious plus! I’m sure my family and friends will enjoy them!

  11. Robert
    2014/04/14 at 11:29 am #

    I pray that God brings healing to James, if it is his will. It is certainly in his power. I also pray for peace and love for James, that he is comforted by the knowledge that physical death is not the end, and that something greater awaitas him.

  12. 2014/04/14 at 5:46 pm #


  13. 2014/04/17 at 5:55 am #

    Get well card for Jamie sent! Also lemon bar looks fab, just cannot make it as too much sugar for my current diet 🙂

    • 2014/04/17 at 8:48 am #

      Thank you so much!

      • 2014/06/14 at 8:31 am #

        How is Jamie doing? And just how many cards did he receive??

      • 2014/06/15 at 8:56 pm #

        He received about 50 cards, letters and gifts from all over the world. His spirits are up and he’s feeling pretty good thus far.

      • 2014/06/17 at 2:49 pm #

        That’s excellent news! Thanks for the update 🙂

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