From One Generation to the Next.

I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to share this article with you all today! A huge thank you to Framebridge for making Smak's first Holiday 2016 article possible. 

Growing up, the holiday season was always a special time of the year. I can remember looking forward to Thanksgiving, and then the day after Thanksgiving when my family and I would put on Christmas music and bring down the decorations from the attic. We would spend all day putting up the tree, hanging the lights and ornaments, and hanging the stockings above the fireplace. It is easily one of my favorite traditions. 

The decorations weren't the only tradition that my family kept. Food - food was a tradition in and of itself. And when it came to my grandma, she was all about the Christmas baking! On years that we went up to Minnesota to visit my grandparents, I can remember walking into their house and being overwhelmed by the delicious smells of cookies and baked goods. Hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of goodies filled containers and tins that were piled on the counters. She didn't do anything less than 400%! 

Since her passing eight years ago, my family has gathered the incredible number of recipes that were hidden in her kitchen. In some cases we were lucky even to find an index card with notes hastily jotted down - more often than not she had her recipes memorized by heart. Seeing one of her handwritten recipe cards has always been a meaningful thing for me - I love cooking hugely in part because of her. I can promise you that this framed recipe for Lemon Love Notes will be hanging proudly in my kitchen until I pass it down to my children or grandchildren. But in the meantime, I feel lucky to get the chance to share it all with you! While we still may be a 39 days away from Christmas Day, that doesn't mean you can't start getting into that holiday spirit! Put on some Christmas music. Do a little decorating. And head on into the kitchen to make a fresh batch of Lemon Love Notes. 

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Tommy.

A special thanks to Framebridge for
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| Lemon Love Notes |

Ingredients:

Crust:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Filling:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
rind of 1 lemon
2 beaten eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoon milk

Directions:

  1. Mix butter, flour and powdered sugar together to make the crust. Pat into 9" square pan and bake for 15 minutes at 350 F.
  2. While the crust is baking, mix the lemon juice, lemon rind, eggs, granulated sugar, flour and baking powder to make the filling.
  3. Pour filling into the 9" square pan and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  4. Mix powdered sugar, butter and milk together for the frosting. Frost while still warm. 
  5. Enjoy!