When life gives you lemons

What does one do with a prolific lemon tree, whose fruit is ripe in winter? 


We got a lot of lemons this year.  Maybe 25, which for our medium sized tree seems a lot.  We’ve used them in tea and Sydney loves to just peel and eat them.  But, they’re really ready now and it’s time for some consumption.  And, they’re huge Meyer lemons.  They’re sitting on 4 inch tiles in this picture.  They are the size of a large fist and both juicy and sweet.

Anyway, there will be pie and Syd is looking forward to some lemonade, but for now there’s lemon cake.


Three layers of lemon sponge cake separated by lemon curd and frosted with a lemon cream cheese frosting.  The cakes stuck to the pans, so there’s a LOT of cream cheese frosting to make it look like a cake.

Anyway, it was a complex recipe and I wouldn’t want to have to bake one every day (unless that’s all I had to do), but it was a fun cake, too. 

I also spent 6 hours in the floor on Saturday, tieing the second wool suit quilt. 


This one has a green and blue plaid back.


It’s going to be perfect, but I need a low humidity day to wash it so I can hang it on the line to dry.  Hoping to get one tomorrow.  Next is two smaller quilts for the head rests of the recliners.  We’re still in the design stage for those, tho.

And, I spent a lot of time quilting fish into a linus quilt.  That’s done and it’s ready to bind and I’m hoping to get that done tonight or tomorrow morning.

And, I did a lot of hand quilting.  Ohhhh, how relaxing.  I was just getting over being ill, so I didn’t spend a lot of time outside, for fear that my allergies would send me back to feeling bad, but that didn’t stop me from a lot of very slow and pleasant hand work.


This is the last block for stabilizing.  Next are the borders.  And, then the fun quilting starts.

Thank you all for all your reinforcement of my feelings about Syd’s knee and the ortho doc.  It’s one thing to feel a certain way, but it is so much better when people reinforce that and let you know that it’s okay to want to slow things down and take them at my pace and not at the doctor’s.  Syd’s already out for the rest of this year’s games, so there’s no hurry to get her back on the court.  We can take our time and get this done right.  And, that means right for us.

Be well, have a great Monday.  I hope you all got to do things you wanted to do this weekend and that your weeks are shaping up nicely. 



Kath said...

Lane, your cake is making my mouth water. My husband (who is the cake maker in our house) has promised to bake me a cake. I am waiting impatiently for him to come down from his office where he is doing some paperwork. If he doesn't come down soon, I might have to make it, which really would be a disaster!

Elizabeth said...

Those lemons are gorgeous. I have the most delicious lemon recipe, if you want it. It's called Lemon Cream Supreme & you make it in a Springform pan. There's a layer of lemon pudding, ringed by half-lemon slices and then a creamy lemon topping. When you take it out of the pan, it is beautiful. And it tastes amazing. Just let me know if you want it.

Your wool suit quilts are amazing. I love the subtle colors and I like the backing you put on this one.

And I still love that Dresden quilt. And hand stitching is so, so relaxing. I love it too.

xo -E

Anonymous said...

Lane you can juice the lemons, put the juice into ice cube trays, freeze, and thaw the cubes as needed for use. Beautiful quilts!

Terri in BC said...

Hi, Lane: Judy Laquidera of Patchwork Times posted recently about those kinds of lemons - she blends and freezes them for use in smoothies - here's a link to one of her posts http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/01/21/meyer-lemon-peel/. She must live in a different part of Texas than you, because she had to have her lemons shipped in.

Cynthia Landrie said...

Lane, your cake looks wonderful! I am very fond of icing, so I say, the more the merrier!

I have been thinking about hand quilting a lot, I really need something to help me unwind.

I love the suit quilt. I am sure I have missed what the reason for it is!

lw said...

My meyer lemon tree is still in Torrance, at the house I sold to move here. Gosh, I miss it. Meyer lemons make the best lemonade.

Rebecca Grace said...

Ooh, Lane -- your Meyer lemons are simply tantalizing! My mother loves any kind of lemon dessert. What a treat to make them with your own, home-grown citrus fruit!

I'm excited to see your Dresden Plate quilt, too. You mentioned that you're stabilizing it now, then "fun" quilting later. Would you mind sharing your hand quilting process? I only hand quilted once, and I think I pin basted the whole thing and then did all of the quilting from the center out to the edges. When I machine quilt I will do the ditches in both directions first to stabilize, but I don't think I did anything like that with the hand quilting. Is that what you meant by stabilizing the blocks first?

I'm going back to my own Dresden Plates this week -- my 4-year-old niece has LITERALLY loved her baby quilt to pieces and I'm going to put those plates together to make her a new one. It's such a great feeling to realize that I already have a UFO that I can throw together quickly for her instead of starting something new from scratch!

Carla said...

I wish we still had our lemon tree.
My friend had approximate 80 something lemons this year. I had forgotten to get some but she has squeezed the juice and put in ice cube trays and frozen then put in baggies to use later plus making all the usual stuff like you did.
The cake looks yummy.

Have awesome Lemony Day.