“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
I love this sentiment, though I’m not exactly sure why. Perhaps it’s because life is full of a lot of lemons, right? It’s not even problems, it’s the unexpected stuff, the detours, the drift, the messiness of life: I include all of this stuff as the lemons of life.
When I started writing stories, the beautiful mess is a theme dear to my heart. I don’t like stories where are all the characters are picture perfect or do everything right or have everything turn out right. Give me a mess and let’s creatively seek how redemption comes!
How has your 2016 gone so far? Has it been what you expected or has life thrown some curve balls? Personally, I had high hopes for a more productive writing year, but I chose to stop writing the current novel for a few months to turn my attention to some other things. It feels good to be writing again, though I was mentally kicking myself for stopping. Some years are just like that, right? I hope your year is going well, even though it seems to be flying by at the speed of light.
Here are my life lessons so far for the year.
Lesson #1 You can make big goals, but sometimes they fall flat. Lemon.
Lesson #2: You can always pick yourself up and start going. Lemonade.
Lesson #3: It’s a beautiful time of year for lemons and all things lemon desserts. Lemonade.
So more lemonade than lemons, not bad, huh?
Since I was mulling on how I was going to turn the lemons of the first half of the year into lemonade, I decided to pull out some lemon recipes and spend the summer posting all the ones I make. Note: they may not be state fair winners and I’ll give you my opinion on them as I create them.
This first recipe is one of my favorite lemon bars by nurse I worked with in one of my first jobs as a nurse. I mentioned her on the previous post. These lemon bars taste like lemons. There are lots of lemon bars that taste like a bar, but not necessarily very lemony. This drives me absolutely crazy. I want my lemon desserts to have that delightful blend of tangy and sweet.
Another reason I love a bar recipe is because they are easy to travel with. Besides being travel friendly, I can make them a full day ahead of time with I think they might taste better the second day.
Home bakers note: If you make these bars ahead of time, I would hold off on cutting them until you’re ready to serve (or a few hours ahead of time).