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Thursday, June 24, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons....

A note before we begin: Yes, you are on Things I Can't Say with Shell. I know that this is not the kind of post that you usually get from me. Probably won't see another like it after this. But, I got to spend the day with Princess of Sarcasm yesterday- she's vacationing about 2 hours south of me, so I packed up two of my boys and headed down to meet her. Pics of that visit another day. Yes, she is as fabulous as you'd think. But, anyway, that's my excuse for the different kind of post today.

If you want to read a typical Shell post, you can go visit my guest post on Mommy's Still Fabulous. Don't you just love the name of her blog? Pretty please go visit. :)


Hubs's mom and dad used to give him lemons when he was a baby because they thought it was funny to watch him make funny faces.

They were really young parents.

So, why do I think it's funny to let my kids eat lemons?

Oh, wait. Because it is funny.

And lemons are good.

Do you know what you can make with lemons?



And do you know what my favorite summertime drink is?

Lemonade with Sweet Tea Vodka.

Talk about YUM.

Note: remember that the Sweet Tea is actually VODKA. So, you know, doing half and half is NOT a good idea.

Not if you want to be able to walk after two sips. Learned that from experience.

Big glass of lemonade and a little bit of Sweet Tea Vodka = summer's perfect treat.

Editing this b/c a couple of you have asked for the amounts on the drink- I don't use an exact amount. You have to experiment and see how much you like in your lemonade.

Do you think I'm a little random today or what?

It's all about LEMONS, though.

And, it's summer. It's okay to do a lighter post now and then.

I'm even going to post a recipe.

Yes, me. What the hell, Shell?

I have no clue where I got this recipe. I wrote it down in the fall or maybe even earlier. I don't know- I found it in a box where it has been packed away for at least 7 months. If I stole it from you, please let me know so  I can give you credit for this delicious treat.

Lemonade Angel Cakes with Creamy Lemonade Frosting

24 paper liners
1 kg Angel Food Cake mis
3/4 c water
1/2 c thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
12 crushed lemonade hard candies(I used the Countrytime ones)

1, Rack in center of oven. Preheat to 350. Line pan.
2. Put mix, water, and lemonade in large mixing bowl. Blend on low for 30 sec, scraping down sides and then on med for 2 min. Fold in crushed candies. Spoon or scoop 1/3 c into liners.
3. Bake 20-22 minutes til golden and spring back.
4. Cool 5 min, move to wire rack to cool

Beat 8oz cream cheese and 1 stick softened butter on low until fluffy. Then add 3 c sifted powdered sugar, 3 TBS thawed lemonade concentrate, and 1 tsp grated lemon zest. Beat on low until blended. then medium until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cupcakes. You can add more crushed candies to the top to make them look pretty.

Back to reguarly scheduled programming tomorrow with BFF: Blog Friend Feature. If you haven't visited this week's yet, be sure to check out Jen's BFF post and her blog- links are in the sidebar.

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Blogger Salt said...

I love all things lemon. And all things angel cakey. This recipe sounds delicious!

Don't even get me started on lemonade and sweet tea vodka. I'm not the biggest fan of the vodka with anything else, but this is the best kind of Arnold Palmer!

June 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

I love lemon. Lemon and lime are my favorite flavors of candies, pies, cakes, whatever.

I am going to try these soon! Yummy!

Thanks for Sharing today Shell!

June 24, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger cfoxes33 said...

The drink and the cake sounds perfectly yummy!

June 24, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

we gave our oldest lemons when she was a baby to laugh at her faces ... and then she ate the lemon. wait ... we still give her lemons. We play the lemon game, we pretend to lick the lemon and make a funny face, and she actually does. Love it!

June 24, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I thought you were going to give the exact portions for the lemonade & vodka drink...then I scroll down & it's a recipe for some stinkin' cake....WTH!!!

.....hmmm maybe I can just add the vodka to the cake???

...nah...that won't work, it will cook all the alcohol out....DANG IT!

Oh, di dyou get my reply email...something is screwing with the email on my phone, I may have to replay to you from a real live computer :O)

June 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I give my nephew lemons cuz of the funny faces he makes. He's starting to catch on though

June 24, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm such a drunk lol cause just like Trish I was also like YAY! New drink mix ^_^ and then I saw...cake at the end of the sentence :( Thanx Shell. jajaja

On another note I was just like your hubs parents I have pictures of my daughter sucking on well not lemons but limes it was the most hilarious thing to see her make sour faces as an infant :)

June 24, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I was all confused thinking today was Friday (wishful thinking) and wondering where the BFF post was. DOH!

That cake sounds yummy!!

June 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

I love sweet tea vodka!!!

June 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

My kids both love lemons. :)

June 24, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

OOHH I'll come visit you at the beach and we can have ourselves some Firefly and lemonade! It's one of my favorite things about the south...I'll have to hit the ABC store today, got northern relatives coming in for the weekend! :)

June 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

HUGE fan of anything and everything lemon! I can't wait to try out the recipe!

Off to check out your guest post...

June 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

funny you mentions lemons and babies. I took the kids to a Dragon's baseball games, and one of the shows in between innings was Babyface by Lemonheads. They had three fathers bring their under 1 babies out on the field and squeezed lemon juice in their mouth to see their reaction. Only one of the three cried. the second wasn't phased and the third lifted up his hands and head for more, LOL

June 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Grand Pooba said...

I don't know what I'm more excited about, trying the cakes or the drink!

June 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

How I want some lemonade with some "can't walk anymores"!

I love lemons! And I love giving them to my kids and taking pictures of their crazy faces!

Random is fun sometimes! Glad your afternoon was fabulous!

June 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Sugar Bear said...

I love lemons. How can you not love something that makes you pucker?

That's a good idea...I'll have to get my boys to try some lemons...they've only had it in the cakes I make.

And I'll make sure to have my camera ready!

June 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger B said...

Love the sweet tea vodka! I spent many a pretty penny purchasing Sweet Leaf Half & Half (half lemonade, half sweet tea) and mixing it with vodka before this stuff came out!

June 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

I am so trying your refreshing summer libation. Anything with a little vodka added is a treat indeed.

I like this Shell, too. It's summer. We all need to just relax and have some fun.

June 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

My hubby likes the Jerimiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka with Pink Lemonade. He got it somewhere and they called it a John Daly.

June 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

I love lemons in something or on something. Great flavor.

June 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger chele said...

I gave my kids lemons too ... they liked them. I've got weird kids.

June 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

We were out to dinner and my 18 month old niece ate three lemon slices. She just kept going to town on them!

Your cake sounds amazing. Must try this soon!

June 24, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

All you had to say was cream cheese! Lemons and cream cheese together...divine!

June 24, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger TheFitHousewife said...

Mmmmm...lemons. I love cooking with lemons. I love baking with lemons. And I love drinking with lemons! YUM. Hellooooo summer.

June 24, 2010 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Nancy C said...

I would cut somebody for a glass of lemonade right now.

June 24, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger B said...

Why I quite like your random posts! Keep them coming I say. :)

I'm off to get some lemonade now thanks to you. ;)

June 24, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Now I want to feed my kids lemons... with a camera handy.

June 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Hutch said...

Just forwarded this to my roommate as a must try in the next week, possibly for 4th of July party! I love lemon desserts, mmmmm.

June 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

I am going to try that drink!

Yesterday my daughter wanted to make homemade pink lemonade. I know how to make homemade lemonade, but not pink lemonade. I ended up blending some strawberries up into it. It turned kind of orange. When my daughter asked if I was sure if this is the way you make pink lemonade, I told her "no". She was upset with my answer and said that I was suppose to answer "positive".

June 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

OMG. Are you my twin? A few weekends ago I had hubby take me to the ABC store so I could get some firefly since I made some lemonade that week and had to try the mix. I think Sweet tea with firefly is also an option, and, uh, yeah, too much is not exactly an Arnold Palmer, but more like a bit potent. I had to put it in a bigger glass and add a lot more lemonade! Mmmn. Cheers!

June 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I don't think we have sweet tea vodka...never have seen it before. Guess I should check the liquor store before I say that. I love lemon flavored snacks...so refreshing!

Can't wait to hear about your visit with Princess! :)

June 24, 2010 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Crystal Escobar said...

oooh, sounds yummy! I'm going to read your quest post now.

June 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love lemons! I can't wait to hear more about you and the Princess meeting each other!

June 24, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Hyacynth said...

I could go for one of those vodkaerrrrlemon drinks right now. :)

June 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Leiah said...

Iced Tea + Lemonade = Arnold Palmer

Sweet Tea Vodka + Lemonade = Drunk Arnold

At least that's what we called them. And laughed and laughed because we thought it was so clever and funny. It may have been because we were drunk but that's probably not it. Anytwelvestep, that is what I'm bringing to our girls' weekend at the lake that's coming up. And if you can't find Firefly, Jeremiah Weed is a good one too but go with the Firefly if they have it. Only leave some for me!

June 24, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I would have to say that vodka lemonades are my absolute favorite summer drink....besides a Corona with lime!!! Sounds delicious and refreshing!!! Hope you are having a great time!!

June 24, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Now I've got to get up & fix myself a drink. :)

June 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Ginny Marie said...

That recipe sounds absolutely fabulous! Even better than Lemon Drop Pie! ;)

June 24, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Messy Mommy said...

Yummy! My dad always orders Arnold Palmers at restaurants. We always take bets whether the waitress will know what it is. It's half lemonade half tea.

June 24, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

If this post is unShell-like, then my day was unSara-like.

I had a margarita at dinner and was GONE about halfway through it.

This is why I don't drink very often... and THAT is why I get so buzzed when I do!

P.S. I love a lemon.

June 24, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Never had vodka lemonade. Will have to try that along with them lemon cake. We used to make lemon teeth. Cut a lemon rind lengthwise into fourths. Then cut slits to make teeth. Insert into mouth, and smile.

June 24, 2010 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Elena Sonnino said...

I love lemons---and one of these days really need to try this drink! xo

June 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Buffee said...

This sounds FABULOUS! Huge fan of the anything to do with lemons! AND this looks easy! I can do easy!

Thanks for sharing!

June 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Joy@TPMG said...

My daughter loves lemons (rind and all). I love fresh lemonade. By the way, I am glad Jenn was the BFF this week. I love her blog.

June 24, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

It is definately funny when kids eat lemons. I think a kid eating an lemon even won on America's Funniest Home Videos.

I love lemon stuff.

June 24, 2010 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love anything LEMON...Great post

June 25, 2010 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Lourie said...

I grew up with a lemon tree in the back yard and we would just eat them straight from the tree. No salt, no nothing. So, yeah I can suck a lemon without a face. I gave my son a lemon wedge. It was funny!

June 25, 2010 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Free2bMommy said...

Now Im freaking thirsty!!!

I have a blog award for ya!


June 25, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Lily Dawn said...

I am pretty sure I let all my kids suck on lemons as babies... it is always a good time =) and lemon cake is pretty much my fav, especially in the summer!!

June 25, 2010 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

My kids love lemons! Whenever we go out and have water they take our lemons! Yes, they are strange!

That recipe looks amazing though and I am not a big fan of lemons!

June 25, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Shell - that sounds so yummy. Diet be damned I'm gonna try it!

I also have an award for you over at my blog...no biggie, just letting you know that you're cool in my book:

June 25, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger shortmama said...

Giving a lemon to my two year old is seriously hilarious!

June 25, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Poolside with the Girls said...

I have always loved eating lemons since I was a little kid. I used to steal them off everyone's plate when we went out to eat.

I love that you got to meet up with Princess. Can't wait to see the pictures!!!!

June 26, 2010 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Las Vegas Mama said...

mmmm lemons! Actually I gave my daughter lemons to taste when she was little too, because I also thought it was funny to see the faces she made. parenting fail? maybe. do I regret it? hells no!

June 26, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh those sound so yummy!! I don't know if it's because of summer or what but we have been on a lemon kick lately. Lemon everything. It's so yummy. I can't wait to try these!

June 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

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