Lemons For Days

If you had access to a never-ending supply of organic citrus like lemons, mandarin oranges, Meyer lemons, and even the super-awkward but incredibly fragrant Buddha's Hands…what would you do? If you're anything like me, the answer is bake excessive amounts of goodies. Some friends of mine live on a mountain just outside of Napa, where fruit trees are overflowing with goodness. I recently visited to harvest some of this beautiful citrus! 

Our sweet little helper, Jules, poses with some of the stash!

Our sweet little helper, Jules, poses with some of the stash!

Buddha's Hands win for strangest fruit. 

Buddha's Hands win for strangest fruit. 

 While I was there, I also snapped a few quick photos of this cute family.

Spencer, Jessie + Jules.

Spencer, Jessie + Jules.

Jessie in the garden.

Jessie in the garden.

My lemon-themed baking frenzy began with a few dozen Lemon Meltaways using a recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine. They turned out really beautifully, and YES, they absolutely do melt in your mouth!

Never worked with batter like this before. It was light and fluffy as a cloud...

Never worked with batter like this before. It was light and fluffy as a cloud...

These little gems are rolled in powdered sugar when still warm from the oven.

These little gems are rolled in powdered sugar when still warm from the oven.

The bulk of the citrus harvested was donated to a friend, but with what I squirreled away for myself, I whipped up a handful of lemony vinaigrettes for salads, drank endless tea with lemon and local honey, and froze juice in an ice cube tray for easy hummus-making in the near future. My sister made preserved lemons for use on pizzas and pastas. Now that our stock from this pick has depleted, I luckily have a little Meyer lemon tree of my own in our front yard, and its crop is nearly ripe! Looks like my lemon obsession is here to stay — loving it, and sharing the bounty with my friends and neighbors along the way!