Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sunshine and Lemon Brownies

I have been longing for spring colors, pussy willows, bunnies and daffodils. It sure does brighten a room!

Last evening, I cooked dinner in the DAYLIGHT!!. I typically get home from work at 5:30, and have been cooking in the dark since we turned the clocks back last year. It feels so good to have daylight in the evening! I just noticed the reflection of the trees on the glass tabletop.

I found yellow flatware on eBay, and I just love the handles.

My dear sister made 16 of these adorable napkins using her embroidery machine. I have used them every Easter for the last five years, and they still look brand new even after washing.

 The yellow and turquoise plates are from the Oneida "Ala Mode" collection. The bunny plates are from Pottery Barn, and the wooden chargers from Pier One.

Sharing one of my favorite Easter desserts Lemon Brownies.
They are wonderful.

Lemon Brownies 
Source: Marilyn (DanaIN, Garden Web Cooking Forum)

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter; room temperature

4 eggs

Juice from 1/2 lemon

Zest from 1 lemon

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Additional lemon zest for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line the bottom only of a 9 X 13 X 2-inch baking dish with Parchment paper and spray with Pam. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt; add butter. Stir together eggs, juice from 1/2 lemon and zest from 1 lemon; stir into batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until set, use a toothpick to check. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. When brownies are cool prepare glaze by stirring together powdered sugar and 2 tablespoon lemon juice; drizzle over brownies and sprinkle with additional lemon zest. 

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Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, I've never had lemon brownies, but you can bet I'm going to make some now that I have a recipe. I love anything made with lemon.
    Cute table. I bought some of those adorable PB bunny plates for a friend last year. Wish I had picked up some for us too. '-)

  2. Debbie, your table is so cheery and festive. The napkins are adorable!! The pretty yellow is so perfect for the season!

  3. Those napkins are adorable, your sister did a great job. Love the bunny plates too. Never had a lemon brownie, they look good. I love lemon-y desserts. xo

  4. Oh my heavens.
    Lemon brownies? I would love them and I do love your darling table setting!

    So pretty, Debbie!

  5. Such a fun setting! I love the yellow flatware and the napkins are adorable! Brownies sound really good too! Happy St. Patty's Day Debbie:@)

  6. Gorgeous color scheme! Those napkins are darling, too! I am definitely trying those lemon brownies -- they sound delish!

  7. Absolutely love the beautiful dishes! And I've never had Lemon Brownies, but Lemon anything is a plus in my book, ...will have to try these for Easter! :)

  8. Love the wooden chargers and those lemon brownies look amazing!!

  9. Gorgeous table...I love the napkins...those yellow and aqua dishes are so springy...Marilyn had some of the best recipes...I always use her chocolate frosting recipe, it is so good.

  10. I'll bet those Lemon Brownies are just as light and flavorful as can be! I'm not a big chocolate fan, so LEMON brownies would probably work for me! :-) Your place settings are really pretty. You did a wonderful job of pairing everything up. I wish those bunny plates were on my "able to afford and still look myself in the mirror" list! My new frugal life kinda sucks! :-) I'm impressed with the napkins your sister made. Sixteen of them?!??!! That's great for a large family gathering! I'm sure that took a lot of time and patience along with the skill. Tough to believe Easter is so near now!

  11. I pinned your recipe...they sound delish! Table looks fabulous!

  12. Love the Pottery Barn dishes- you can use them through August! The setting is inviting and cheery :)

  13. Mmmmm the brownies look so good and perfect for your sunny tablesetting! The bunny dishes are perfect and so cute with your napkins made by your sweet sister! What a perfect spot for you and your honey. xo
    p.s. I'll be making those brownies soon, Debbie.

  14. This is an adorable, sweet and original tabletop. The brownies are a delicious bonus and a keeper. I think I'll make these for Mother's Day.

  15. Your table looks beautiful and so springy, Debbie. I keep forgetting to try those lemon brownies! Yours look fantastic.

  16. Debbie, I love those bunny plates, and they look so pretty on the turquoise and yellow plates. What adorable napkins. I love any kind of lemon dessert, so I'll be saving this recipe. Thanks! laurie

  17. Debbie, I love those bunny plates, and they look so pretty on the turquoise and yellow plates. What adorable napkins. I love any kind of lemon dessert, so I'll be saving this recipe. Thanks! laurie

  18. Debbie, your table looks like a perfect representation of spring. The cheery colors, bunny plates, napkins, the whole look is very pretty. I love anything with lemon in it so this lucious dessert would certainly please me. We are having a beautiful sunny day that feels like spring. I hope it is nice where you live. Shannon

  19. Hi Debbie,
    I'm so glad you came by and now I have popped over to see what a fun blog you have!
    Your table is wonderful and I love lemony sweets, so I'll have to make these soon.
    Having an embroidery nut in the family is fun, isn't it? The napkins she made are adorable. Great to meet you and good luck in the giveaway!
    Hugs, Tina

  20. Those white bunny plates are the cutest ever and I love the entire table, it is so sweet...I could also use some of those lemon bars, wow they look yummy..

  21. Debbie,
    Your brownies sound amazing. I'll have to make some of these
    pretty soon.

  22. Imlobe anything lemon so these will go in my recipe box! Your table is adorable, love the napkins! XO, pinky

  23. Oh my gosh, just found this recipe and your blog. I printed off this recipe and am excited to make it this weekend. My mother-in-law could only make lemon bars, it was her signature recipe. When she passed away a few years back, my husband loves it when I try out new recipes to bring him back. Funny thing is, they all hated them because it was the only thing she would ever make, now he and his brother love when I make them. Thank You!


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