Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pink Lemonade Bars

These pink lemonade bars were popular at the baby shower I recently hosted. My friend Christy, (The Girl Who Ate Everything), is having her first baby girl so we threw her a pink themed baby shower. Pink decor, pink food, and optional pink attire for the guests. My friend Katie, who co-hosted with me brought pink M&M cookies, pink fruit pizza, and mini Red Velvet Cupcakes with pink frosting. I served Pink Lemonade, Pink Chocolate Coated Oreo Truffles, Pink Fruit Dip, cream puffs, and these delightful Pink Lemonade Bars. 

I read that the Pink Lemonade Bars freeze well too, so I saved a few in my freezer for my company to try this week. The combo of the sweet and tangy top paired with the rich, buttery, bottom is quite the match. Make these for your next Pink Party, Valentine Party, Bridal Shower, Breast Cancer Awareness event, or just because:) I found this recipe through Woman's Day Magazine. I think using quality ingredients like real butter and fresh squeezed lemon juice is important.

Pink Lemonade Bars
(From Woman's Day Magazine)

11⁄2 sticks (3⁄4 cup) butter, softened (I used real butter)
11⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp freshly grated lemon zest (From the peel leftover from the lemons I juiced)
1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from fresh lemons - took about 3 lemons)
1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
Red liquid food color
Decoration: confectioners’ sugar

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 13 x 9-in. baking pan with foil, letting foil extend above pan at both ends. Coat foil with nonstick spray.

2. Crust: Beat butter, flour and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl with mixer until blended. Press over bottom of pan.

3. Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden. Leave oven on.

4. Meanwhile, make Topping: In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice, flour and baking powder with mixer to combine. Add about 5 drops food color and beat until Topping is pink. Pour over the hot crust.

5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until top is golden and topping has set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

6. Lift foil by ends to cutting board. Cut in 6 rows lengthwise, 8 crosswise to make 48 bars. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Storage tip: Refrigerate airtight with wax paper between layers up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.


Update - October 25, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It seems as though these days we have all been touched by Breast Cancer in one way or another. Every year I recognize it, but this year Breast Cancer Awareness Month has touched me a little more than usual. 

During Dan's Fall Training Camp this year, I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few weeks with my Grandmother, Nan, who lives up in Canada. She is a survivor of Breast Cancer. She now is in the process of kicking Bone Cancers ass. I know, I know. I said ass. But if you knew her, you would not argue that the best way to describe her is "ass kicker". One of my missions while I was there was to help her clean out her house to sell, and pack up what she needed to move to a different place. I honestly had to race her to carry heavy objects and bribe her into sitting back, relaxing, and taking advantage of my help while I was around. She is one tough cookie with a heck of a sense of humor. I really enjoyed her.

While I was up there I was fortunate enough to listen to many old stories, prepare various ethnic dishes from our Ukrainian Heritage, and enjoy many laughs. I also learned a thing or two about cancer and the outlook on life from her eyes and heart. I returned to Florida at the end of August much richer in wisdom than when I left. The time we spent together was priceless.

Throughout the month of October I have thought of Nan many days. I am not sure if there really is more pink floating around the community this year or if it's just my fresh awareness and difference in perspective.

I feel very fortunate this year to have such a great network of people that are willing to let me participate in their spreading awareness and fund raising for Breast Cancer research. The Miami Dolphins, MDWO, Broward Health Medical, Gilda’s Club, Hair Because We Care, Publix Cooking School, and many individuals have helped me raise awareness and also allowed me to help them raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer.

Now, thanks to my always helpful and generous husband, I get to give away one of his game worn Breast Cancer Awareness hats from an October Miami Dolphins game this year! He will sign it to the winner specifically or anyone you would like it signed to if desired. We will mail it to you.

How do you win this hat? 

1-Become a "follower" if you are not yet. To do this you click the "join this site" button on the right hand sidebar under the word followers. follow instructions from there. it only takes a jiffy:) (This will allow you to leave comments and also make it easier for the next giveaway. ) 

2-Leave a comment under this post on how Breast Cancer has affected your life, how you recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year, or share your favorite pink recipe.

Giveaway ends November 1st 2012. Winner will be drawn at random from the "comments" section and announced here on the website, facebook, and twitter.

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  1. As a softball parent in California, our team recognizes breast cancer awareness month every year by entering a breast cancer awareness tournament. Our girls get pink jerseys and wear pink socks. Us parents get pink shirts and sport them all over the park. For a look at our team's pink breast cancer awareness photo...please go to and scroll down a bit. If you are my FB friend (which you are Kayla) you can see my pink breast cancer awareness garb from last week in a photo I posted with my friend who is another softball parent on my daughter, Shelbi's, team. I love seeing all the pink around the country and can't wait to try your pink recipe....and win the hat!! :)

  2. I'm going to give this recipe a try! Sure would love to win the cap! I have a little boy I'm sponsoring to the Shriner's hospital in Spokane that would love to get that for Christmas. Kaela, you and Dan really do a lot of good work! Hope to see ya next year.

  3. I am not entering, because I think there are rules against family members winning. BUT I wanted to say congrats on your 500 mark on Facebook. I am proud of you.

  4. I wrote a big long dissertation explaining my dedication to this cause but then my computer crashed and it was lost. Probably for the best. I have dedicated myself to further the search for a cure and helping men and women going through breast cancer treatment. I walked twice in the Komen 3-day, rode in the sweep van for a third year, and have spent hours and hours over the last 4 years working to raise funds for a great organization called Pink Ribbon Riders. This small group of dedicated volunteers raise funds and then distribute them to breast cancer patients to help with their expenses during treatment. For a girl who 10 years ago hated the color, I sport pink on an almost daily basis and tell anyone I can about my fight to find a cure and help the people undergoing treatment. So much so that some of my friends have taken to calling me P!nk@l!c!ous. Check out my facebook photos of the events we have been involved in. It gives me great pleasure to pass my blessings along to those who need a little extra blessing.

  5. my mama, grandmas, auntie, and many friends have been affected by breast cancer! I am a huge supporter of bc research and hope that we can teach women how to really decrease their odds with diet, lifestyle, etc. I have been the right hand during some dark hours of surgeries, chemo, radiation and the recovery. Truly proud to see the survivor in my own mom and am so fortunate to have been able to help her through some pretty tough stuff. I have lost a grandma to it and know the feeling of the sadness that comes with losing someone to cancer. Gotta run but I think this post is a great way to raise some more attention!!! So great!! Love your blog too!! Will have to try the bars out, they look delish! XO

    1. @LoneCrow

      You are the winner!

      I numbered each entry by order in which received, put those numbers in a hat and had the nice guy from A-1 who is buffing/polishing the floors today, pick one of the papers out of the hat! Your number was the one he picked! Congrats!

      Your comment along with all the others was very eye opening. I know statistics say many are affected by Breast Cancer, but hearing these personal stories puts it in perspective and makes it a little more real.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Please let me know via email -
      -If you would like the hat signed.
      -If so, who Dan should sign it to
      (unless you just what his signature to no one specific.)
      -Also the address to send it to.

      Thank you for entering and sharing!

      Kaela -

  6. I supported my husband's mom through a tough battle with breast cancer. She was a strong and courageous woman who fought with dignity! She lost her battle with breast cancer before we were married! I know she is proud of her son and is our angel who watches over us:). I would love to win this hat for my daughters in memory of their Grandma Sue whom they never had the opportunity to meet! Mammograms yearly after 40:). Peace and love! I can't wait to make the pink bars for my daughters! We miss you everyday, Sue!

  7. I have done the Race for the Cure 4 years in a row. I always do it for my friend, Melanie, who passed away 5 years ago at the age of 21 from ovarian cancer. She lost both her mother and her father to breast cancer when she was in 5th grade. I always think of that family when I think of breast cancer.