Lemon Cupcakes


This recipe started out life in the book English Tea and Cakes. The name was Sticky Lemon Cake.

I doubled the recipe and used store bought lemon frosting. We loved! loved! them!

Here is my doubled recipe for

Lemon Cupcakes

2 sticks butter (1 cup) softened
1 C bakers sugar (super fine)
2 large eggs
generous 1 ½   C self-rising flour (I used all-purpose)
Grated rind and juice from 1/2  lemon  *I added a capful of lemon extract in addition because the flavor of the batter was very mild*

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each one. Add grated lemon juice  and rind (extract too if using) and flour. Mix well. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 -20 min. or until skewer come out clean. When cool, frost. My double batch made 17 cupcakes.









































They Bolted

When I went to the beach with the girls last weekend, two of them just bolted out of the car and headed down to the surf.

I was telling the 3 girls on the drive, how relaxing this day trip would be for me because they are young adults now and I do not have to worry about their safety every moment. Oh my! How rowdy and wild the 5 of them could be as children. Going to the ocean was a 2 parent outing always, and even then it could be nerve racking.

We had such a special day together. I miss the days of when the children were young, but it is wonderful hanging out with these young adults.

daughters at the beach

Beach Ocean Wave

Bean Hollow Beach

More From The Ocean – Pigeon Point Light House

I was sitting on a bench with our daughters when I took this photo. It was warm and peaceful. I was thinking I could just sit there all day.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Went to the Pacific Ocean

I took 3 of our girls to the ocean today. It was a long drive, but we had so much fun. I will post more photos. But this one I really liked.

Pigeon Point

Painting Rocks

This has been one of my projects this week. Little by little, each morning it took shape. I finished it with a coat of acrylic spray. It now sits on the steps leading up to the front door.


Rocking Sheep web

My Summer Has Begun

After a hectic start to 2013, I am looking forward to lots of rest, puttering in the garden, spending time with our 5 children and being creative; painting and quilting and what ever else I can find in the cupboards to keep my creative side stimulated.  Even though summer has not officially begun, I think I will start early now that the kids are done with finales.

The Art of Living the Creative Life

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