Thursday, November 18, 2010

… Mistletoe Make & Bake 2010 - day 4

Welcome to day 4 of the Mistletoe Make & Bake blog hop! (the font sizing for my blogger page has been a bit finicky as I'm posting. . . so I apologize if it's a bit wonky today!)


. . . I don't know about you. . . but I'm really feeling the Christmas season spirit growing day by day! I also want to thank you all for your comments. . . so many I'm not able to answer them!. . . but please know that so many of you made me smile with your fun comments. . . (& it's good to know I'd have some company in the corner at the cocktail party!)




Todays topic is our go-to book for Christmas. . .  & for the past few years - ever since I discovered the wonderful designer, Tone Finnanger ,  & her delightful books - this book, Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle, has been the book that I go to for the decorations that I am slowly (but surely) making for my home. If I had the time - I would make each & every one! . . . & there are so many wonderful gift ideas as well!


The other book that is definitely my go-to book - is my Bible. I read the history & the stories that surround 'the reason for the season' - over & over, from the mention of the events in the Old Testament books - to telling of the nativity from the four disciples in the Gospels. What a wonder. . . & what good news. (!) What is your favorite go-to book at Christmas-time?


I'm thinking that todays cookie recipe is perfect for the Mistletoe Make & Bake. . . as it is full of pucker-power! . . . It's Lemon Bars! These yummy cookie/bars are delicate & just the right amount of sweet & tart. . . (just make sure the lemon juice is fresh. . . not the kind in a bottle. . .)



(click on recipe card for a pdf version you can download.)

Be sure to visit all of the Mistletoe  Make & Bake designers blogs for more fun recipes (you can find them all listed here . . . & especially todays featured designers for their very special holiday projects as well!

Today's featured designers are:


Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa
Julie Stewart of Quilts 4 Julie
Happy blog hopping!  (. . . & don't forget to practice your pucker!)
Bren

61 comments:

JessicaSews said...

Lemon Bars...my all-time favorite!

Thank you for sharing!

We keep Ina's cookbook out, every year we have a cooking contest and the kids have be come quite the cooks because of it!
Have a great day!

Gwen said...

Thank you for sharing your lemon bar recipe, my family are not lemon fans, but it is one of my favorites, so I may have to treat myself and make a batch to share with my friends that do enjoy the pucker of lemons.
I usually pull out my collection
of holiday cookbooks and see what
strikes my fancy.

Texana said...

Oh, YEA! Lemon bars are the best!

Joanna said...

I don't have one book that I go to for ideas, but too many books with too many ideas! I used to read Dickens' A Christmas Carol every year, and I also have Charlie Brown's Christmas which I love. And, yes, I too read the Bible and the different versions of the Nativity. It's why we celebrate.

Christie said...

Did you hear me sigh when I saw your recipe??? Yummmmmmm! I will have to make these right away - but better run to the store for some lemons! The Gospel of St. Luke, my favorite Christmas book! Jesus is the reason for the season! Thank you so much for sharing. HUGS... and stitches

Jen said...

I love lemon bars! Thanks so much!

Karen said...

Lemon bars and the Bible. Now there's a great combination. The story of Jesus coming to earth is what Christmas is all about! The Bible Study group that meets at our house loves it when I make lemon bars.

BobbiD said...

A family favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Martina said...

So great! Love lemon and definitely will try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.
Be blessed
Martina

Carolyn said...

I love to pucker.....especially, for lemon bars. Thanks for sharing and reminding me how I've missed that special pucker. LOL! carolyn marzstars@msn.com

Louise said...

I count Lemon Bars among my favorites as well, love lemon and have been making them for years!
My favorite book in this upcoming season would have to be one called, Advent of the Savior. It is a commentary on the Infancy Narratives of Jesus. We did a study group with this one a number of years ago and it is still one I cherish.

bairdmtn said...

The family better pucker up because I'm making these TODAY!! YUM!!! Thank you for the recipe!!

deb said...

Love all the recipes that you have given Can't wait to try Thank You for taking the time to do the hop It was great

Wendy said...

Lemon bars are an absolute favorite of mine :) Thank you for sharing ... I also love your choice of Christmas time go-to book. Can never go wrong with the Book, whatever time of year! Thanks!

Cynthia said...

I think we've struck gold - LOVE lemon bars...& I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for a good recipe (it was a sad, sad time when Krustez box mix was the only kind I made..LOL!). Can't wait to try yours....thanks for sharing!
Am I doing something wrong, because when I click the recipe, just a jpg pops up?

little acorns said...

Thanks for the heads-up Cynthia!. . . I fixed the pdf 'issue!
xo, Bren

gill said...

My favourite recipe so far
Gill

Pat said...

Lemon bars are so good.

Sewn With Grace said...

Hi Brenda! I have this book and love it too. Currently I am doing Jan Pateks Christmas 101 pattern in your beautiful Celebration fabric (perfect for celebrating our Savior's birth!). Im so enjoying the Mistletoe Make & Bake!

Diane Pruitt said...

Always looking for "date" recipes.
Thanks

Kathy O said...

Jesus is the reason for the season. Thank you helping to remind us.

Madame Samm said...

I also have this book...in fact I think I have all of Tilda's books..they are simple, well illustrated and lots of pink....and speaking of pink...I do make lemon squares and I make them pink..still taste lemony but pink...thanks for the pretty tasty post...and no I did not lick the screen lol

baukje said...

I have no favorite Christmas book, maybe my recipe bundle..... Love the lemonbars, I adore lemom cookies, lemon cheesecake and so on.

gmp said...

Lemon bars are my favroite too! Can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing. My go to books would be Martha Stewart, America's Test Kitchen, Ina Garten. They all have terrific recipes.

DutchQuilter said...

Hi Bren,
Thank you so much for the lemon bar recipe. I love all things lemony!

kerrynjane said...

I love lemon bars!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Cindi said...

Lemon bars - so good! Thanks for sharing!

ally said...

Lemon bars are my husbands favorite, thank you so much won't have to bake them from a box anymore

Marilyn said...

Your bars looks so good - I may have to head for the kitchen and start baking - or should I quilt?

Pat said...

Lemon Bars are my favorite. Thanks so much. I especially love the ones that make you pucker.

Thankful~Threads said...

Lemon Bars are my favorite! This is a great recipe and project hop. ~Kathleen

JANET said...

I really love lemon so I'll have to definately make these

MIss Sherry said...

Lemon bars are such a nice respite from all the super sweet desserts. Love them all, but variety is good. Emmanuel:God with us! Unbelievable!!

Patti said...

Lemon bars.....YUM! My mouth is watering thinking about them.

Karen said...

We will be reading the Nativity story to our grandchildren (who live with us) many times through out the next seven weeks. It never gets old!
Thank you for the Lemon Bar recipe. I meet friends to go to Tea at a local Tea House and this is one of our favorite treats!

Barb said...

Mmmm, lemon bars! I'm drooling and have that back of the mouth 'oh that was sour' feeling lol.
It is so easy to forget the reason for the season. One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was to help my mom set up the nativity set.

Gretchen said...

I love lemon bars! Thanks for the great recipe!!

Grandma Shell said...

Lemon bars are delish to the max!! That's one thing my non-sweettooth dh does like!

Christie said...

Had to stop back in & let you know that I made your snickerdoodles today and my husband loved them. My two year old GS called them Mr. Noodles (I guess there is a character on Sesame Street). So thanks for the great recipes! HUGS... and stitches

Lina said...

My daughter's favorite. Guess I'll have to make some for her.

mascanlon said...

Always a favorite, and I love these bars on my holiday table, a bit of relief from all the richness and chocolate!

MJ said...

Thank you! I'm a big fan of Lemon Bars!!

Liz said...

Thanks for the recipe!

michelle said...

Lemon Bars have to be my faavorite cookie/bar! Yours is made differently from the one I use. Can't wait to try yours!!

Suzanne said...

lemon bars!!
I will make these for the holidays for sure!!!

schmidt1016 said...

I love all the Tilda books(Tone Finnanger.) It must be that Scandinavian design sense. Everything is so simple and sweet. Thanks for the lemon bar recipe. Love, love, love them!

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Lisa Marie Mosley said...

Nice site, I will be back

Marcia said...

I love extra lemon lemon bars. Thanks for the recipe.

Mrs. DillyDally said...

I have never come across the Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle book before ... I am definitely going to put it on my list to buy! And I love lemon bars! Thanks!

Beth said...

oh ! Lovely lemon bars! I always enjoy remembering my Dad's huge hand cradling his well-used Bible as he read the Christmas story from the book of Luke to us before bed on Christmas Eve.

Darlene B said...

Thanks for the great recipe. I've never made lemon bars before, so I need to try these.

Sharen said...

Bren-Thanks so much for sharing the darling ornament pattern with us. And....your cookie recipes all sound wonderful. They will enhance my cookie plates this year, for sure.
Happy Holidays!
Sharen J

Cecilia said...

I love lemon bars. Thanks for the recipe.

Sharon W said...

I love lemon bars. I have to get these made.

Cindy said...

Yum. Thanks for the recipe!

MoeWest said...

Great recipe choice! Thanks.

Nana Jo said...

I love lemon bars too!

Steph said...

Awesome bars...Thanks!

Carol in E TN said...

Lemon Bars.........yes!!!

ytsmom said...

Thanks for the great lemon bar recipe.

Judy said...

Lemon Bars, yum. What do they say about dessert firts. thank you. Judy S.

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