Meyer Lemon Curd

I’ve never done a thing with Meyer lemons before–that is, until this last weekend when I whipped up this beautiful lemon curd.

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Yes, I realize that the word “curd” can be a bit of a turn-off, but trust me, it is extremely tasty!

Lemon curd is like a cold spread, thick and almost pudding-like in texture. It is great on biscuits, bread, scones, and we even had some on waffles. (Pretty much anything bread-like.)

If you are asking yourself “What in the world is a Meyer Lemon?,” then I can tell you what it actually is. A Meyer Lemon (as opposed to an ordinary one) is a lemon that has been crossed with a mandarin orange.

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I have an extreme love for anything lemony, and I enjoy having good lemon curd once in a while. It makes me feel fancier than I really am 😉

Though it sounds fancy, it really just takes some basic cooking skills to make. Oh, and you can use this with just regular old lemons too. Here’s the recipe I followed:

1 cup granulated sugar

Lemon zest from 2 lemons

3/4 cup lemon juice

4 whole eggs

2 egg yolks

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter, cut in pieces

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar and lemon zest. With your hands, crumble these together until sugar is nice and fragrant. (It smells SO good!!) Add in juice, eggs, yolks, salt, and butter and whisk well. Cook over medium-low heat for at least 5-6 minutes. It will eventually turn nice and thick and will coat the back of a spoon. When it gets to that point, pull off the burner. Strain the curd and then chill for at least 1-2 hours before serving. This will keep in the fridge for about a week.

Enjoy!

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PS-Since I wanted to maximize the use of these lemons, later on that same day I used the halves that had been squeezed already to bake around a roasted whole chicken. It was yummy!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Wafers

If you need a fresh little Valentine treat idea for all the festivities this coming week, then you’re in luck!

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Of course, almost anything dipped in chocolate and topped with sprinkles is good in my book;)

These are pretty much self-explanatory to make, but I’ll give you the quick run-down:

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I took these strawberry wafer cookies and nuked some chocolate chips until they were nicely melted.

(For the record, I highly recommend using Wilbur milk chocolate wafers for melting, I just didn’t have any on hand at the time.)

Then I just dipped the ends in the chocolate and let them dry on wax paper.

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While they’re still a little wet, pile on the pretty sprinkles!

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I didn’t package these yet, but I imagine they would be cute in a little treat bag with ribbon or something along those lines.

Or, as I mentioned in the beginning of my post, they would be easy to make for a Valentine’s party.

 Happy Heart Day!

I’ve Got My Eye On You!

I have another quick, easy, and handmade kiddie Valentine idea for you…

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eye valentine 008It literally took about 10-15 minutes to make a bunch.

The supplies are minimal too. All you need is cardstock, glue, cutter/scissors, googly eyes, and a printer.

I printed out my saying, “Valentine, I’ve had my ___ on you!” on basic white paper. Afterwards, I cut it out and glued it to a rectangle of folded colored cardstock.

The last step? Glue on that googly eye right where there’s a blank spot.

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The kids can write their “To” and “From” on the inside, plus any additional message they may have.

Hopefully other kids won’t think they are little stalkers with the “i’ve had my eye on you!” message on the front! LOL!