It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Busy morning…

already.  I have made cookies in anticipation of my son’s promised visit this weekend.  The kind of cookie where you forage in  the freezer and dig out chocolate chips, mint chips, M & Ms, walnuts and use the trusted toll house recipe.  They are really good.  I know because I ate one, just to see if they were good enough for my son.  Later in the week I will make the lemon cream cheese bars that are his very favorite.

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Step 1.
Mix 1 box yellow cake mix with
1/3 cup oil and
1 egg
Mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup. Pat remaining mixture into a 13X9 ungreased pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile do
Step 2.

Beat 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese with
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar and
1 egg until light and fluffy.

Spread over baked crumb mixture. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over top. Bake 15 minutes longer. Do NOT over bake. Chill completely and cut into squares. Refrigerate.


I have been to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions and I dropped by my daughter’s house to leave some cookies for her and Mike.  And now I am back home and that dreaded bathroom is hollering at me to come in there and clean it.  YUCK!!  The worst thing I hate about cleaning.

Thank you to my blogging friends that commented on my header photo.  I took the picture the first fall I moved here, October 2010.  The trees were beautiful that year.  This year the leaves are dying on the trees from the drought.  Some of the trees are bare already.

If you all were close by we would have a cup of tea and a cookie.  So until we do get to meet, please! stay safe and be happy!!



  1. Save some for me. Oh my word they sound SO good. I have lots of about bundling them up and you and they come on over.

  2. Sounds like a great easy recipe, will keep it on hand in case. Not baking much these days though.Cooler here means cooler there too, bet you are enjoying it. Hope your day goes well. I too believe there will be a whole lot of BROWN leaves this fall.Time will tell. XXOO

  3. Brave of you to taste the fruit of your labor my friend! It's a tough job but someone has to do it! We are supposed to hit 100 degrees today...whew! Hope you have a great day.

  4. The recipe sounds delicious and not fussy! I am getting in the mood to bake, too, now that the days seem shorter. Nothing beats a fresh baked cookie (or two!).


  5. you are certainly making me hungry now, i love anything baked home made !!!
    i am not much into cleaning LOL, i do however have fun making messes !!!
    Have a good day and i hope you have a nice visit with your son !

  6. Your cookies sounds so yummy!

    Your tree is just perfect. Such delightful colors!

  7. It is a beautiful tree. I just bought yellow cake mix so I am going to have to try that recipe. It sounds like you have nice things planned for the weekend.
    Good luck on the bathroom. :)

  8. Both cookies sound delicious. I would really love the lemon bars, especially. I hope you have a nice day, despite that dreaded bath room!!!

  9. I love the tree the colors are all my favorites. I am so glad you are getting a much needed visit in with the son, it is a blessing to have our children visit on so many levels, I love cooking the favorite things that I wouldn't make just for the 3 of us so my husband always tells the kids we don't eat like this unless you are coming over so do me a favor and visit your mom more often LOL Have a great day Beth HUGS

  10. Oh those cookies and lemon bars both sound scrumptious!!!
    Glad you are getting a son visit! Enjoy your time together!! :):)

  11. Hi Beth,

    Hope you have a very enjoyable day with your son, I am sure he will enjoy your cooking and of course company.

    Hugs Nita

  12. I was just going to say I love that picture!You had that picture up before right, Or am I just imagining it .. lol.

    The cookies sounds amazing and I will have to try that lemon bar recipe! That is so sweet you make him cookies I bet he so enjoys coming to visit!

    Hope the bathroom doesn't bite back. I swear mine just may one day ... lol

  13. Hi Beth, I have made that and it really is to die for. Its been too long since I last was in here. I dont blog that often .
    Love your back ground and your header quote. So true.
    I made a lemon cake with almost the same recipe but with poppy seeds and the problem with it and it was big .. I could not stop eating it or my family.
    Hope your well. Nice to stop once again.

  14. Hi Beth that is one Beautiful tree , hope it gets rain soon though. Those lemon bars sounds yummy , and the Cookies. Must knuckle down and make some. Good luck with the bathroom.
    Hugs Sheila xx

  15. That beautiful tree in your header is awesome and I was definitely going to comment on it even thought you mentioned it. Those cookies sound yummy and so do the Lemon Cream Cheese Bars. If I lived closer I would be over to visit for sure, unfortunately I live a few thousand miles away.

  16. Hi Beth, what pretty tree. Yummy to the cookies! Take Care, Anna

  17. that is a gorgeous tree!

    and i'd gladly grab a cookie and visit a spell if i could!

  18. My address to send the cookies is.....


    Gosh that sounds so good right now. As for the trees shedding their leaves....

    A natural biological reaction to a stressed enviroment....which means that in fall things will be "less" spectacular. I'm hoping that they leaf out normal again next year. Enjoy your guests and cookies:)

  19. Oh Beth! Lemon cream bars! I'll make the coffee!

  20. You has beautiful trees. I like the very much.
    I think you has friend in the pharmacy that is very much in here too.
    Hope you will get better soon.
    Enjoy your cookies.

  21. Thanks for the delicous recipes. Hope you enjoy the visit with your son! Love the picture of that beautiful fall tree. Have the leaves already started to change there in Illinois? Here is Arizona what few trees do lose their leaves do so in December and January. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  22. That tree in your header is really gorgeous. Your cookies and Lemon Cream Cheese Bars both sound delicious. I'm sure your son will enjoy them!

  23. I too love you header picture. And that quaote is so beautiful!

  24. I know I would love those cookies and lemon bars! sandie

  25. Beth, I will meet you halfway with coffee in a thermos! Just bring the cookies!:)

    Seriously, the cookies - and the recipe - sound delicious! Your son is sure to enjoy both of them!

    The tree is absolutely beautiful!

    xo Nellie

  26. Gracious. I could eat a bunch of those lemon bars.

  27. I saved that recipe! It sounds wonderful. Sounds like you had a busy day. And, I, too, LOVE your header! xo Diana

  28. Well, Beth, your picture should win some kind of award!!! That's the most breath taking tree I have ever laid eyes on. I'm so glad you caught that moment and shared it with all of us....I will never see a tree that looks like that here. NEVER.

    Wish I was there to eat your lemon bars with you!!! They sound yummy!!!

  29. The tree is truly beautiful! Don't tell anyone but I give names to trees when they look like they want one. In my backyard there is a HUGE oak that I have named Moses. There is a willow in my front yard that I named Brianna. There are others but I won't tell you their names lest you think me super nutty!

    I hate cleaning the bathrooms. Just so "ick".

  30. Thanks for the recipe! I think I may make some this weekend
    Blessings, Joanne

  31. sounds great! I love your red tree...gorgeous image@!

  32. Love the recipe!! Hope you're having a nice Wednesday! Your photo is beautiful!

  33. I enjoy your photos and everything about your blog, Beth! Visiting you is truly like visitng a friend. You brighten my day! Thank you! I am going to try tose lemon bars, too! :-) Thanks!

  34. Cookies & Lemon Cream, Cheese bars sound very yummy. Nothing says home like home-baked goodies. I'm sure you are not surprised to learn that my favourite home fragrances are those involved with baking. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and foods like apple and pumpkin. Yum.

    1. Cleaning the bathroom, what a chore. Maybe subconsciously that is why I allow my daughter to come and stay with me, cause she's handy to have around. *wink wink*

  35. If I knew what yellow cake mix was, and if it could be bought here, I might well have had a go at them Beth as they look [in later blog] yummy.


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