Monday, August 1, 2016

A Sunshine Basket Sweetened with Lemon Cheese Squares

A housewarming gift for a friend who just bought a house, this bright basket of treats offers refreshing summertime flavors. A kitchen towel, oven mitt and trio of mugs from Sur La Table inspired this lemon-themed surprise.

Fresh flowers, a blueberry scone mix, homemade Lemon Cheese Squares and a packet of loose tea round out this tea party for three.

Lemon Cheese Squares

These freeze well, so I plan to save some for an upcoming tea party.

1 box Pillsbury Plus lemon cake mix
1 stick margarine, melted
1 egg
Mix in mixer and press into greased sheet cake pan (10 1/2" x 15 1/2"). In the same bowl, mix:
3 eggs
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
2 tablespoons lemon flavoring*
1 pound box powdered sugar
Mix well and pour over the above layer. This mixture will be soupy. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cut into squares immediately while still hot, then let cool.

*One tablespoon lemon extract may be substituted for lemon flavoring.

Amidst the joys of unpacking and settling into their newly renovated home, I hope this family of three will enjoy pausing for a few moments of relaxation together.

"The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there." ~ Ellie Rodriguez

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