Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tea and Lemon Bars

With all the April showers we've been having, 
I've been staying inside doing a little cooking. 

I recently found a delicious recipe for
 Double Lemon Cheesecake Bars.

I am happy to say that these little morsels of goodness will put a smile on your face! 

They have a vanilla wafer cookie crust,
 a lemon cheesecake filling, 
and a wonderful lemon glaze on top.

I added some frozen raspberries
and lemon zest to make them pretty. 

Here, have a bite! 

 Now isn't that delicious? 

Let me pour you a cup of tea....

I just picked the last of my daffodils.

The tea pot was a Mother's Day gift
from my daughters two years ago. 

They took me to the most beautiful restaurant for a
 Mother's Day Tea

In the Gift Shop
I was told to choose a sweet gift.

I chose this tea pot, (which you can see on the shelf  in the 6th photo of the link).

It is a nearly perfect color match to my vintage Franciscan ware.

I am always looking for pieces to add to my collection,
new and vintage.

We are having Green Tea, today.

The Quimper Ware honey pot and tiny flower basket toothpick holder
were gifts from my Dear Mother.

These small gifts represented the start of our 'new life' given
at a time when we were 'roughing it' on raw land,
building our homes.

We had given up most of our household furnishings
 and possessions to live in a 32 foot trailer while building.

A small gift of hope.
So very dear.

We are expecting a couple more days of rainy weather,

but the middle of next week is promising to be warm and sunny.

As the sun was setting last night,
we saw this universal sign of hope.

A double!

A beautiful end to a rainy day!

Wishing you rainbows, tea and lemon bars on your rainy days, too!


"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
- C.S. Lewis -

"Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

"So the small things came into their own:
small acts of helping others, if one could;
small ways of making one's own life better:
acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter.
Clever people might laugh at such simplicity,
but, she asked herself,
what was their own solution?"
-Alexander McCall Smith-
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive


  1. Lemon cheesecake is my favourite so I would love these but not the lemon tea, for some reason I like lemon juice on most things but dislike it in tea.

  2. You had me a "Lemon Bars". :o) They are one of my favourite desserts. I also enjoy a good cup of tea and the tea quotes were just perfect. How wonderful you have special treasures from your daughters and mother. It's great that you use and enjoy them too.

  3. What a nice greeting in today's post -- lovely treasure set and decorations.. it's such a welcome sight.. Yummy, too


  4. What a wonderful post, Beatrice. That lemon dessert looks just delightfully good! I could probably eat the whole pan (shhh-that's OUR secret) lol I was going to ask you what kind of dishes those were. They are gorgeous and the color reminds me of some dime store plates my mother had when I was quite Little. She also had thick coffee cups/mugs that matched and they had a squared off handle on top (isn't it funny what we remember?)
    That pot is a gorgeous piece that your daughter gifted you with. I don't suppose she would like to adopt a second mother?;.) Hope you have a wonderful nights. All the restless natives here are snuggled in bed now- whew! xo Diana

  5. Linda decoración Bearitece querida ,,, y se muy rico ese pastel ,,,Que tengas un óptimo domingo

  6. I am a lemon girl all the way so this one is being bookmarked for sure!!! They look delicious Karen! How lovely to have had a Mother's Day tea with your girls! I love that teapot! And the gifts from your mother are just so heart warming.... Just to hear the story behind them made my eyes tear up. Signs of hope like that rainbow are such a gift! Wishing you clear skies in the coming week!!! Happy day to you friend! Nicole xoxo

  7. Ohhh I truly enjoy your beautiful page! Thank you, so glad I found it! Bless you. I have a friend in Wa state, near Selah, WA

    1. Thank you, Reeree for your sweet visit! I hope you come to visit again sometime! xo Karen

  8. Lemon bars make me happy, they look delicious, but your pretty dishes in that beautiful sweet green makes me smile also. It seems you have asugar bowl from Brittany, how funnny!

  9. I never try this cake before but it looks just so good!
    I adore the tea pot - it so adorable.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful word and pictures my favorite part is the rainbow.
    Blessing to you Mrs Karen :)

  10. Hi Karen,

    How delicious the lemon bars look and love your green teapot - love the beautiful sage green colour.
    Love the pretty rainbow.
    Have a happy Sunday

  11. Beautiful post Karen as always.The lemon cheesecake looks so does your beautiful tea cups & tea pot...Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos...the rainbow is amazing.. Have a happy week ahead... Hugs May x x ( Thank you for the recipe....)

  12. Karen, it's been such a long time since I saw a rainbow.
    seeing those dishes, makes me remember a tea set I had of celedon.

  13. That was delicious - thanks for the tea and lemon bars! I love your beautiful tea pot and am amazed at how well the color matches your vintage dishes!

  14. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy day- the lemon bars look scrumptious. I love your pretty tea pot too. Have a beautiful Sunday!

  15. the lemon bars look so good! i like that teapot, too. :)

  16. Thanks so much! I truly enjoyed my afternoon tea with you! You sure are the greatest hostess! Greetings all the way from England

  17. I love anything lemon and these lemon bars look and sound delicious.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  18. Lemon bars - indeed, anything made with lemon - are popular in this house, and yours sound delicious. I do like the quote about the tea - that's how I feel at the end of every cup!

  19. Your tea looks lovely with the Franciscan china that you have. Such a pretty soft green. The lemon squares look so tasty. What a beautiful rainbow photo! I wish you a wonderful week. Pam

  20. Hi Karen,
    Oh, those lemon bars look just scrumptious! And I love all the quotes on tea ...
    I hope you are doing fine again, after having said farewell to the dear family after Easter ... I know the feeling of "an empty house" ... and the blue mood a few days after - missing them already so much! At the same time, the warmt of the momenst spend together is a great gift ...
    Yet, in the meantime - tea is always a great help ...I'd love to join your tea party one day :-)

  21. Lemon cheesecake bars and tea? Black tea for me, please! I had a big cup this afternoon after a morning at church, quick sandwich lunch with husband, then off to see sis while she was visiting mom. A relaxing bit of tea helps me make it through the rest of my day. I agree, a big cup of tea is lovely! It looks like we are having warm, dry weather this coming week! Hurrah! Take care and thanks for sharing!

  22. I'd love to stop by and have a cuppa tea and a delightful lemon cheesecake bar. Raspberries are my favorites and I'd be doubly blessed!! Your teapot is so pretty and I loved seeing the gifts your Mom gave you, Karen. Rainbows are so special to me, always and forever. xo

  23. Oh my, those lemon bars look good. My favorite dessert!

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  25. Dearest Karen;
    Wow; BEAUTIFUL post from you with such delicious looking lemon bar and tea♡♡♡
    I LOVE your pictures of wonderful and fabulous rainbow. We have rain now and reading your post is really heartwarming♪♪♪

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  26. Dearest Karen,
    What a lovely day for enjoying such comfort food! Home baked; the best to have.
    Love your dear Mother's Quimper Ware and what a treasures than and still...
    Your rainbow photo is exceptional.

  27. I love lemons...and these bars look delicious!!
    Have a lovely week

  28. Those lemon bars look delicious and what beautiful rainbows too!! Hope that you have a good week. xx

  29. Those lemon bars look wonderful! (But you are bad to tease us with a bite:) And such a pretty teapot to match your dishes. Have a great week!

  30. Mmm... I would love a bite :) Your bars looks amazing and so fresh. And your tea set is beautiful! The color is so soft and feminine.

    Hugs to you, sweet Karen.

  31. Love your tea table. the lemon bars look so delicious, and your teapot is beautiful! I love the retro look of that color, so soft and pretty. And what a spectacular rainbow!!

  32. My mouth is watering!!!

  33. Hi Karen you lemon cheesecake looks amazing and the table set for green tea! Wishing you a wonderful week.

  34. great quotes, and we all love cheese cake (NY) in this house, Creamy cheese cake.
    Just saw the damage on the news of that storm, insane weather. It's 28 degrees this
    morning in Maine April 29th. How strange is that. Have a warm Sunny day . Thanks for the comment.

  35. The lemon cheesecake bars look absolutely delicious. I'm sitting here with my morning coffee wishing they were really right in front of me. Your teapot is perfect.

  36. A quiet afternoon tea with delicious lemon bars...what could be sweeter! Love your dishes, and the lemon bars (one of my favorites) look so yummy! I could go for a cup of tea and some quiet conversation right now!


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