Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lemon dreams

I must have had lemon dreams last night as I woke up this morning with lemon on my mind. Of all things... lemon!

Photo courtesy of Country Living Magazine

Yes, I woke up and thought of so many wonderful ways that a lemon can turn any dessert into something light and fabulous. Sure, lemon chicken sounds pretty good. But I have a soft spot for desserts and that's the path I'll be taking you on today. Ready?

It all began with visions of a lemon meringue pie...

But then these cute-as-can-be lemon creme cupcakes came along and reminded me of why cupcakes can turn any ordinary into a party.

Speaking of a party, doesn't this cake look delicious?

But maybe you're one of those strange people who couldn't care less for cake. Do you think a lemon bread pudding topped with whipped cream might be just the right thing for you?

Oooh, aaah, that bread pudding looks like such a great dessert! It's unpretentious and doesn't have to look pretty. But if pretty is what you're looking for, can I tempt you with these lovely tea cookies?

Or these adorable tassies?

And for a yummy partner to a morning glass of orange juice, I think we should seriously consider these lemon poppy seed muffins.

I probably would make them in a regular muffin pan but mini muffins look so cute, dont' they?!

Now if it wasn't for a lack of time, inclination or proper occasion (all right, it's mostly the lack of talent I'll admit!), I might attempt this Martha Stewart lemon experiment...

But I'm seriously scared to! I'm sure it's absolutely delicious but it's so out of my league it's not even funny. And would you believe that all of the other scrumptious desserts I've shared with you today can be found in one simple place? Can you guess where?

Ta-da! They're all on Betty Crocker's website which you can go to by clicking here. Yes, they're all Betty's recipes and you know what that means? It means they're right up my alley!

Now, I'd love to have you share with me which of these treats is calling your name. Make yourself comfy and I'll pour us some ice cold lemonade. I just made it! ;)

Would you care for a lemon ball to go with your lemonade?

Or a lemon bar?

I say try them both, life is short!

Well, thank you so much for visiting me today and for letting me share my lemon dreams with you. I hope you won't be surprised if you start craving lemon desserts too!

{Hugs} to each of you and sweet blessings to you and yours!


Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

That was fun, so bright and cheerful! Have a great weekend!

Mrs. D said...

Melody, what a dream! I've been on Weight Watchers for a month and I've dreamed of all kind of desserts, but those lemon bars are my favorites. That would probably eat up half my daily points. I'll stick to the diet right now, but someday...........

Lib said...

A great post!
Have a great wk.end!

Gretchen said...

You make them all look good! The yellow makes me yearn even harder for spring.

Funny: my word verification word is: diner

Sort of appropriate!

Tea Time With Melody said...

I love lemon too. This was great. Now your homework for tonight is to dream about Strawberries! :)

Carolyne said...

Oh, my! My mouth is watering for a tart, delicious lemony something right *now*.
Thank for stopping by my's nice to visit.
((hugs)) C.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Mmm, I love lemons and almost anything lemon! I made some yummy lemon cordial yesterday.

Hope you have a blessed Sunday, my friend. :o)

Love and hugs,


Anonymous said...

Oh yum! They all look good.

KathyB. said...

Lovely blog, and I want to have a cup of tea with you! The lemonade and tea cookies look especially tasty, but the cupcakes are mighty tempting too. Hmmm, I'll take a little of everything!

Mother Mayhem said...

When life hands you lemons... Hehehe

Lemon is my FAVORITE. Being that I am hopeless in the kitchen, I LOVE the lemon pie from Bob Evans. MMM

(Checking out Betty!)

Stacey said...

Good Morning Melody! Thank you for coming by and telling me that you didn't know what those "math" words meant either. :) I just love it when my kids make me feel like I don't have a clue.

Your lemon post is beautiful! Lemons are so refreshing in any form. Looks summery.

Janeen said...

I lurve lemons! This is weird, we are on the same wave of lemon dreams. Yesterday I made homemade lemonade.. sooooo good! AND right now I'm still coming up with ideas to decorate my table with lemons for an upcoming tea party at church we're having next month. I picked lemons because they are free from where I'll get them and they are just classic. So far, I've got an elegant theme with the lemons thus far so now I have to get my stuff together. Lemon bars are on my list to make! By the way, I'll draw names on Tuesday evening for Oopsy's next travel destination, so I'll let you know then.

Elena said...

Hands down the dessert calling my name are the lemon bars. In fact they are in my fridge right now! I made them last Sunday for dessert. I added a new twist by putting a cream cheese topping on it and baking it with the lemon filling. Man oh, man was that good. Your dream was right down my alley. Thank you for all the lovely pictures and ideas! Have a wonderful day.

The Victorian Parlor said...

Yummm!!! I love lemons! My favorite dessert is lemon marangue pie! I just made a pot of Darjeeling tea-what time is dessert?

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday!

(boy, I'm hungry all of a sudden)



Linda said...

My mouth actually watered looking at all those lucious deserts.
I'm a chocolate lover, but I really do love the taste of lemon too.
The tarts look sooo good.
I'll be right over.

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you. I really enjoyed my visit especially since I love lemmon too. Happy Sunday :>)

Susan B said...

You are making me very hungry! lol! Everything looks delicious! I love any desert with lemon. Thank you for sharing all those lovely pictures! I will have to check out Betty's website.

Brenda said...

My mouth is watering! And I haven't a lemon in the house. What to do? ;)

Salute said...

Wow! They all looks so good and delicious.

Farrah said...

Okay, now I'm starving! I have begun using much more lemon zest and my family love the vibrant color and flavor.

Have a blessed week!

Jess said...

lovely dreams!!!!

sewtakeahike said...

now I'm seriously hungry! and not just anything will do. it must be lemon!

valerie said...


I love a good lemon all by itself (well, with a little salt)!

Thanks for sharing.

Susanne said...

My mouth is just watering! I loooove lemon desserts and they're always my first choice, if given the choice! Yum!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love lemons. Love the pie, the smell, the taste! Beautiful pictures!!

Cathy said...

I love lemon anything--especially bars! I have a recipe for a yummy lemon cake, too! (Thanks for visiting -- it's nice to meet you!)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Loved all the pictures of lemon but my favorite is nothing else but lemon meringue pie, yum!! Thank you for sharing , and thank you for taking the tme to come by for a visit and for leaving such a sweet comment. I wish for you and your family a very blessed and Happy Easter.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Oh, you have me hungry for lemons now! Have a blessed Easter. blessings,Kathleen

Elizabethd said...

Naughty...I want to eat all of them!
I love a lemon mousse, so light and summery.

susan said...

My first visit to your blog should not have been at night--now I'm hungry! Thanks for visiting and I'll be back!

ceekay said...

Thanks for visiting. Wow, your lemon treats look fantastic. Lemon is one of my favorites! Happy Easter!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Mmmm, this post just makes my mouth water! I love just about anything that is lemon! I also love the colors of lemon things - yellow!

I scrolled down to see more of your blog, I really like the tea for one tea sets!


viera said...

Everything looks so yummy. I will try to bake lemon tart. Thanks for inspiration.

once in a blue moon... said...

umm lemons are always on my mind~

Kelly said...

My mouth is watering!!!!!


WendyBee said...

I'm so excited to discover your blog! I came because of your sweet comment on my blog and I want to thank you for dropping by and commenting. I'm new at this and it means a lot to me.....and in the meantime----Lemons! Oh my gosh, pretty much the only thing that can drive me to the kitchen is lemon bars! You gave us the whole lemon-y gamut of yummy recipes to try! Makes me pucker up and drool just looking at them.

June said...

Yuuuummmm! Thank you so much for stoppin gby my blog and leaving a comment. I'm so happy to meet you.

Helen said...

The Voice of Melody ... what a lovely name for your blog. Thanks for taking a look at the wonderfully wacky art. Have a beautiful weekend.

Chari said...

Hello Melody...

Just wanted to stop by to say thank you for coming by my place for a visit and to take a peek at my Easter brunch tablescape...thank you so much for your sweet comments too!!!

My friend, it is nearly midnight here at my place and after looking at all of those scrumptious lemon delights, I bet I dream about lemons...hehe!!! Not to mention, that thanks to you...I'm now hungry and will probably end up going for a midnight snack! Hehe!!! Thanks for including the link to the Betty Crocker site...that's going to come in handy!

Sending you and your family my very best wishes and blessings for a Happy Easter!!!


Pat said...

You got me on the word lemon! Oh my goodness those look so yummmy, and lemon is my favorite!
I'd say that dreaming of lemons is
"a good thing"!
thanks for stopping by my blog, you are always welcome!

Anonymous said...

R U Trying to make me dream lemons..ha ha Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comment about our baby doelings... You have a lovely blog here I must say

Toby Parsons said...

Hi Melody! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello.

Mmmm, all the lemon desserts look scrumptious! I love lemon things. My husband does not. I can't imagine!

I just left an Easter story cookie recipe on my blog. Be sure to check it out if you have any young people in your life. Although, it is not a 'lemon' recipe, it is certainly a 'worthy' recipe. :)

Have a blessed Easter!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melody, these look DIVINE!


SHeila :-)

Catherine Holman said...

What a great post! You've really revved up my appetite! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

Tori said...

I love lemon!!! Actually made some lemon cookies this week.
Loved all the photos! Have a great week!

Brenda said...

How funny - every now and then I get a mad craving for a lemon dessert!

You've left my mouth watering!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Num! not only does it look nummy here but I am now hungry and must make something lemon!

A wonderful day to you Melody!
Kathi :)