Lemons lemons everywhere! After this weekend’s post on lemon inspiration, you knew where I was headed with it; didn’t you?
The lemons started in a wreath on the front door, then came in the foyer in the form of lemonade bottles in the jar and a lemonade candle.
Can you smell it? mmmm…
I put the green plaid pillows in the family room, and mixed them with some yellow pillows found recently at Homegoods.
Then the lemons showed up again in the jar on the mantel.
(And there are lemon drops in the jar on the coffee table.)
More lemons are in the jar atop the cabinet in the family room.
I found this cute gingham bucket in Michael’s over the weekend. Don’t you think it makes a perfect ice bucket for lemonade and water? I wrapped my mom’s gifts in kraft paper and tied them up with lemon yellow grosgrain ribbon.
Now let’s go in the dining room. Remember, I said I wanted to use lemons because they work so well with my new dishes? Well take a look. I used lemons for the “place cards” with a green leaf pinned on.
Here’s the whole table.
And now all the food…a salad of mixed greens with peaches, blueberries, almonds, and Vidalia onion, grilled lemon pepper chicken, rosemary roasted potatoes, sauteed squash and zucchini, and grilled garlic toast.
Of course I had to use that lemon inspiration in the kitchen. There’s a recipe for lemonade on the chalkboard by the desk.
And now for desserts…
I made lemon squares early in the morning, and they were fine, but I was hoping our best dessert would be a good old Southern Lemon Cheese Cake – not to be confused with cheesecake. This is totally different. This is a layer cake with a lemon curd-like filling and icing. The layers did not rise as much as I had hoped they would, but that wasn’t the biggest problem. The lemon filling (which is also the icing) just would not thicken. My husband worked and worked on it, and after adding cornstarch, he finally gave up and left it alone. I did my best to “frost” the cake with it, but as you can see, it turned out quite…ugly. I even tried garnishing it with lemon slices hoping that would help, but it was useless.
Such a sad cake…
But even though the lemon filling never thickened, it tasted delicious.
And one last room before I call this post finished. The porch also had its share of lemon yellow and green for Mother’s Day weekend.
I hope your Mother’s Day was a wonderful day for you. This was the first time we have had none of our children here for it. All three of them called early in the day, and we even Skyped with our daughter while her grandparents were here for lunch. The boys are hiking in Zion National Park, so I was amazed to even hear from them! Our daughter finishes her Disney internship this week and will be home next weekend. Yippee!
Hope your week is off to a great start.