sunshine on a snowy day

I can't tell you how happy I am that it is March! Even though it snowed today, it is a comfort to me just knowing that February is behind us (plus it's my birthday month!). Here are a couple sunny little things to brighten your day until spring actually gets here.

If you grew up watching Sesame Street like I did, you are gonna love this DVD. I borrowed this from my brother for the kids to watch since they have never really seen the show, and Clay and I both found ourselves sitting down watching it with them and saying, "I totally remember this!" You know, the "one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten-eleven-twe-e-e-e-elve" pinball animation, Teeny Little Super Guy, the Ladybug Picnic, and Newsflash with "Kermit the Frog here." You know, all the good stuff from times before Elmo ever existed and the Cookie Monster was the Cookie Monster, not the Veggie Monster. We didn't bother watching the second DVD, which was from 1989 and on, because I think the old school stuff is best.

And here are treats you can make while you are singing about the "People in Your Neighborhood." Lemon bars from scratch, nothing better! Fresh lemon juice makes all the difference here. Also, remember that lemons are easier to zest before you juice them.

Lemon Kisses


2 sticks butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 c. flour
pinch of salt


4 eggs
2 c. sugar
5 T. flour
pinch of salt
6 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1-2 T. grated lemon rind

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut butter into chunks and place in food processor with sugar, flour and salt. Process until well combined. Pat evenly into bottom of lightly greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and lightly browned. Remove from oven and turn temperature up to 350 degrees.

2. For the filling, in the same processor bowl, mix eggs and sugar together. Add flour and salt and mix well. Add lemon juice and rind. Pour over crust. Bake for 25 minutes.

3. Allow to cool and sift additional powdered sugar over the top.