I'm pretty sure it's no coincidence that during the bleakest time of the year (urgh, January and February... I'm talking to you) citrus fruit get CRAZY GOOD. Pomelos, and Meyer Lemons just showed up in our local Co-Op, and I literally gasped when I saw them. I have to be honest though; I smelled them first. So sweet, so sour, and fresh. I couldn't wait to get to the kitchen and whip up something bright and sunny in the middle of this terribly cold time of year (seriously- its supposed to drop down to -20 degrees tonight.)
So here's the thing: I try not to make a habit of making sweets without a "reason." My waistline doesn't appreciate it, and after about the sixth or seventh brownie, or cupcake, or whatever the "offending" pastry may be, my boyfriend is like "Who can we give these to? We have to get them out of this house." Luckily, I had the perfect reason!
My very best friend, Charissa, gave birth to the most beautiful, happy, easy going little baby boy just about one year ago, and wouldn't you know it, he had a first birthday coming up! Aaaaah yeeeeaaahh. And just because the pastry stars were aligned, I remembered that Charissa was hoping someone (i.e.- me) would volunteer to bring a gluten free sweet treat to satisfy those who could not eat the banana cake she made. I basically came in like a ray of sunshine and laid down some sweet lemon bliss.
Also, the party was fantastic and ripe with bubbles, pizza, and dinosaurs aplenty.