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Apr 21, 2009

Dinner To Go & Lemon Glaze

We are so privileged to have such good friends living very near to us. When I flew back to Colorado to stay with my husband in the hospital (ski accident), I knew I could count on these wonderful friends to watch out for my children and my mother. They brought over food for the kids and there was a smoked ham and chicken in the refrigerator the day we flew home.

So I knew I wanted to do something special for these special friends. Well...today was the day! Today was my friend's first day back to work after maternity leave. Even though many years have passed since I had to return to teaching 3 weeks after the birth of my daughter, I vividly remember how I felt. By the time the 3:00 bell rang, I also had a telltale reminder that it was past "feeding time" for my baby girl. How embarrassing!

So I doubled up our dinner and took "dinner to go" to our friends. This was one less thing for this sweet mom to worry about today!
Dinner To Go

My Chipotle Roast Beef, Baked Mac & Cheese, Broccoli, Yeast Rolls
Lemon Cupcakes w/lemon glaze
(I cut back on the chipotle peppers just in case...)

Wearing an apron is a necessity for me. I'm kind of messy!
See the powdered sugar dotting my apron?

These pretty lemon plates were a recent gift from my thoughtful BFF, Alisa of Carolina Panache. So fresh & pretty!
Now for the recipe for the lemon glaze. I was going to top these lemon cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting but didn't have enough cream cheese. What's Bella~Mella to do now? Make lemon glaze instead!
For a dozen cupcakes, mix 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 3 T of fresh lemon juice. Add lemon zest. Mix well. You can add more lemon juice if it needs to be thinned a bit. With the back of a spoon, ice the cupcakes.
Easy Peasy Lemon Pleasy!
* I don't mind if baked goods don't look bakery quality. In fact, I rather prefer the home"crafted" appearance.
How about you?


  1. What a sweet friend you are. Friendship really does help this world go round! I love the look of your cupcakes. I too like the homemade look, possible because I don't have the patience to pull anything else off!

  2. I think home-crafted is best by far. I'm sure they were scrumptious. What a great dinner! (Pretty plates too- make me think of Italy!)

  3. Looks yummy - you are a good friend.

    I didn't see your show on your last post. I don't think I get any of those stations...Virginia.

    Anyway - I was just tickled to "see" you did it through your blog.

  4. Something about you and your apron make me smile!