Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy Lemon Bars

Lemon ranks right up there with chocolate
Purple Chocolat Home
and these Easy Lemon Bars are ones that
will wet your appetite, and so easy to prepare.

I have been working on family histories and
after going back to Wisconsin for a family
reunion this summer, I started doing my Aunt Ionia's
history.  In 1990 we had video taped her telling
her life story.  

I came home and transcribed that.  
It wasn't that easy since it was on a VHS,
but my daughter found a VHS to DVD dubbing
machine at Wal Mart for $168 and with as
many that I needed to dub,  I decided it was 
cheaper than taking them out to have them
transferred.  Besides, I didn't know what was
on them - could have been the Knots Landing Finale
(ooh, that dates me!)

After I got that done, I began adding pictures.  I had
gathered a lot more pictures at the family reunion.  
Doing my Dad's life story (which is now at the publishers -
I realized pictures make the story, so all of our family
histories need to be redone, with pictures added, including
mine, which I wrote in 2000.

Anyway, Ionia was known as a great cook.  She
always collected recipes from others, made them
and then was willing to share the recipes with us.
She passed away in 2003 and my cousin put together
a book of memories from all of her nieces and nephews
and others, and included recipes that people submitted.

I am now in the process of adding those recipes to her
life history and want to add pictures to the recipes

(to entice people, you know), and this was one
of the first I have made to add to her history.

Easy Lemon Bars

1 pkg. lemon cake mix
1/2 C. melted butter
1 egg.

Mix the above and pat it into a 9x13 inch pan
that has been sprayed with Pam.

In a large mixing bowl, blend
1 can lemon frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs

Pour over the crust.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
Let cool.


1/4 C. butter, melted
2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. water, if needed to make it spreadable

Beat the above ingredients together to form a fluffy
frosting.  Frost.  Refrigerate until the frosting
and filling are set up, then cut using a knife
that is run under hot water and then dried off
with a paper towel.  Repeat the heating and drying
of the knife as you cut to get smooth and pretty

Refrigerate as these contain cream cheese.

The response I got as everyone sampled them was


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. What a wonderful trip you must be doing through the Family History and seeing all those lovely pictures that, like you say, tell the History itself.
    Lemon is also there on the top with chocolate for me. Thank you for sharing,

  2. Love easy recipes, especially Lemon bars. You are such a lovely person researching and sharing your family's history. Priceless.

  3. What a GIFT you are making for your family, doing this history!!! It will be a pricless ting for generations to come!!! I love ANY lemon dessert so can't wait to try this!!! Thanks!!!!

  4. Oh this looks so yummy! I will make this one! It's so wonderful how you're putting all this history of your family together.u

  5. Yum! I'm going to a neighborhood girls party tomorrow evening. Just might make these to take. Thanks!

  6. Oh Jacqueline! This looks and sounds wonderful. Lemon bars are one of my favorites and your recipe looks simple. I will definitely try it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading about Rea....Christine

  7. These look so amazing!! Lemon bars have always been a favorite here, also up there
    With chocolate. So fun you could make some of Ionia's recipes!!!!


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