Monday, August 4, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS—WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS…





Life has a way of handing out surprises, doesn't it? It’s part of living day to day. Experience has taught me when dealing with life’s ups and downs it’s all about attitude. The right attitude means we take things that happen in stride. By the way, when we stride it means moving (walking, pacing, and crawling—lol!) forward. In other words we don’t let life’s surprises and dilemmas stop us. It’s okay, in my opinion, to pause long enough to assimilate the whatever the issue is and look for the right path to take but never let it trap you in quickset concrete so you can’t move. I’m a firm believer in having good friends and lots of humor to help move you along. J

My funny bone decided to share a few recipes for lemons. Besides, making things with those lemons gives you something constructive to do while thinking things out. J

Lemonade
1gallon

2 cups sugar (l prefer about 1 ½ cups)
1cup hot water
2 cups of fresh lemon juice (4-6 lemons per cup of juice remove seeds but I leave the pulp)      
1 lemon sliced to float in the lemonade

In a gallon container, place sugar and add hot water, and stir until dissolved. Or if you’re one who likes to use simple syrup for your ice tea or lemonade:
In a small saucepan, bring a cup of water to a boil and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Allow it to cool. Can be stored, covered in the refrigerator a few days. 

Add fresh lemon juice and cold water to make up a gallon.

It’s easy to be creative and customize by adding pureed strawberries or raspberries. Or add a cup or two of cranberry juice to the gallon. Makes it pink but adds a refreshing taste to your lemonade.

Glazed Lemon Bread
1 loaf

4 ounces (1 stick) of softened butter
1 cup minus 1 tbsp of sugar
1 tbsp of honey
2 eggs at room temp (eggs rise better when at room temp)
1 tbsp of lemon zest
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of milk (I use whole milk)
1-½ cups of flour
½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
1 teaspoon of baking powder

Glaze:
¼ cup of lemon juice
1/3-cup sugar
1 tbsp honey

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.
2. Beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and honey; continue to beat until creamy, a few minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition to incorporate. On low speed, slowly beat the milk in. Do not worry if the mixture looks a little curdled. Mix in lemon zest.
3. Sift together the flour, salt, cardamom, baking powder. Add to the wet ingredients, beating until smooth.
4. Place batter in prepared pan and bake for 1 hour at 350°F.
5. While the lemon bread is baking, prepare the glaze. Heat the glaze ingredients - lemon juice, sugar, honey - in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved.
6. Once you have removed the bread from the oven, poke holes all over the top with a thin skewer (this will help the glaze penetrate). Spoon the glaze over it while the bread is still in the pan and is still hot. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and slicing to serve.



Have a great week!


18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great attitude, Sia!
I wonder how lemon bread would taste...?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex--The only thing we can control in life is our attitude, lol!

It's actually quite good if you like lemon goodies. Not too tart and the honey glaze makes it great!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, there's always ups and downs in life. Sometimes you do have to go through the hard feelings but then you need to focus on your attitude and move on.

Mason Canyon said...

Without that positive attitude we are doomed. The Glazed Lemon Bread sounds yummy and your photo of the lemonade looks so refreshing for a hot summer day.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for the ideas. I'm not a flavor of lemonade but put some cranberry or strawberry in it makes it much better.

Jo said...

Attitude is very important.

Kat Sheridan said...

So glad to see you back! Ummm lemons! I love them. The lemon bread sounds yummy and there are few things as refreshing as lemonade (especially if you add a shot of rum!) Hubs brought home lemon meringue pie yesterday from the store. It was exactly what I needed!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Natalie--Life hands out some real zingers and some are extremely painful issues. It's not one size fits all solution, by any means. Yes, we do have to work through the hard to deal with feelings and heartbreak and there is no quick fix and no one has the right to tell us how we should or shouldn't feel in those situations. We have to work through them at our own pace. But you're right, one does need to focus on the attitude and continue moving forward. And sometimes it's a dance of one step forward and three back and other times it feels like you're moving at a snails pace. But, still it's movement forward and it is a healing process and that's good.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Mason--the lemon bread or really a coffee cake is really good and not really all that hard to do. I have added things like rum to the glaze which gives it a great taste too.

Susan--cranberry makes it refreshing. I also like to the strawberries in as a puree and then add few floating berry slices. You can add almost any juices--lime, orange, peach and add a few slices of the fruit you choose to float in the lemonade--it's pretty and adds more flavor. You can also add some alcohol like rum, champagne, or even tequila.

Jo--yes ma'am it is. The older I get the more I realize the truth of that. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat--lol! Thanks. The battle of the computer took it's ever lovin sweet time. I had a loaner but it wasn't all that easy to use and since it was only supposed to be temporary, I didn't want to download a bunch of stuff or sites I normally used. I was off line for about everything but work and email.

To tell the truth, I enjoyed the time away and the freedom of the ball and chain, lol!

I LOVE a good thick meringue pie! I've actually made them from fresh lemons. Rum, champagne, and tequila are all good in lemonade especially with the added fruit. This is a great party recipe for lemonade.

This weekend was pretty stressful and hubs went out and bought me dark chocolate. Perfect :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia - life does throw us lemons occasionally .. but we can use them to good effect - as you've shown here.

I think the bread would be brilliant as an accompaniment to a piece of fish - salmon, or seafood, or any other - with a salad and some of your hot herby lemon bread - sounds a great idea ...

Cheers Hilary

Liza said...

That lemon bread sounds amazing!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I do firmly believe that life is about how we react to the things we encounter. Our reaction really determines everything doesn't it?? We don't have control over what happens, but we DO have control over our reaction.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Adding some raspberries sounds tasty!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hilary--Lemon Bread would go quite nicely with a fish main dish.

Liza--Not a hard recipe to follow and it IS good!

Diane--Raspberries are a nice touch to the lemonade.

Keith--yes, we can only control our attitude or reaction to things that happen. So long as we're breathing there will be adversities and trials. We can let them bury us or we can learn to tackle them in a way that we can still enjoy life.

Anne Gallagher said...

That lemon cake sounds fab! I copied the recipe. I'll try it when I get home from vacay.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Sia...

LOVE THIS... The lemonade looks so refreshing and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to bake.... What a cool sounding bread.

I MUST TRY it!

Thanks for the recipe!

cleemckenzie said...

Your timing is perfect, Sia! I'm watching my lemon tree fill up with tons of lemons. They're tiny now, but they'll give a bumper crop, the I can make some of that lemon bread. Yum.