A Bright and Shiny New Year + Meyer Lemon Season

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“I was making rather merry…”
(as explained by Bob Crachit from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol).

The whirlwind that is the end of the year holiday season comes to a close this evening. Saying adieu to a year gone by and welcoming in a bright and shiny new year is both refreshing and hopeful for starting anew. I’m always sad to say goodbye to yet another year. However, I’d have to agree with my Hubbs when he confessed that 2012 was a challenging one and it’s a relief to leave it behind and bid farewell.

Happy New Year 2013 to you and those near and dear to your heart. We could all use and enjoy a most propserous, healthful and happy year ahead!

So what’s ahead for the Teenie Cakes site? There will be some changes as to the format of the recipes, while still including TC notes and we’ll continue to go back through the previous years and add the more friendlier print feature with included recipe feature image.

Recipes this year? More baking in the dessert arena while including even more healthful features in everyday eating dishes.

I also have something exciting to share with regards to my food photography. I’ve been working on the particulars since September 2012 and will explain more as soon as things are in place.

With the new year also welcomes the return of Downton Abbey this evening. Things are looking up already! Love it!

Meyer Lemons - photography | TeenieCakes.com

It’s Meyer Lemon Season

It is at this time of the year that Southern California enjoys the Meyer Lemon season. There are three types of lemons: Common, rough and sweet. Meyer Lemons are of the sweeter variety and favored by chefs and gourmets alike. Sweet lemons are not really sweet, just less acidic and not as sour. Meyers can be smaller, they are thin-skinned and tend to offer a lot of lemon juice.

Our lemon tree was fruit-bearing challenged back in 2010. However, 2011 and 2012 our sweet Meyer Lemon tree generously provided. I’m researching and working on a couple of lemon cakes. Hoping they turn out deliciously after several test runs and I’m looking forward to sharing them on Teenie Cakes when they are perfected. In the meantime, take a peek at last year’s Meyer features:

More Lemon Love

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting and reading Teenie Cakes!


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  1. says

    Wow, the pictures of the Meyer lemons are so pretty…I planted Meyer lemon tree in my backyard and so far nothing…therefore still have to but them when needed. Thanks for the recipes…
    HappyNew Year to you too and have a great week Cristina!

  2. says

    It makes me so happy that citrus season is January. It’s the only thing that keeps me going when everything is so grey and gloomy – they’re bright and cheery and refreshing. I loved all your Meyer recipes last year so can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!
    PS do thing look a wee bit different around here or am I imagining it? :)

    • says

      Hey there, Melissa! It’s been cold out here too, but not always gloomy. Sun still makes an appearance. It’s odd to me that meyer lemons season is at this time of the year. I virtually have to wait all year for them. :) Different? What do you mean…do things look different? :)

      Thanks for noticing, Melissa! :D

    • says

      Happy New Year to you, Nami!! I’ll be on the lookout to try the Yuzu you mentioned. Admittedly, I’d never heard of it before and had to look it up, so thank you for introducing it to me. :)

  3. says

    Oh, I’m excited to see what you come up with. We just moved back into the house my husband grew up in, after being gone for quite a few years, and in the backyard is a Meyer lemon tree his parents planted. It may be 50 years old. This year it is just loaded with fruit, too. I think it has been neglected, so we’ll be giving it some TLC in the form of fertilizers, and see how big and nice all those lemons turn out.

    • says

      I’m envious of your healthy Meyer Lemon tree. Quick…get those precious lemons and use them up! You can always freeze the juice for use later in cooking/baking, etc. Some people use the juice in ice trays to make cubes and then store the cubes in ziplocs and pull the cubes when needed. :)

  4. says

    Love, love, love your photography, my friend and you know I am a big fan of your talent, your clicks, and how you see your subject through your lens. So, I am every excited and looking forward to your future posts this year. Wishing you a happy and more successful New Year, Cristina!

    ~ ray ~

    • says

      Ray, my friend…happy new year to you and your family. Thank you for such a sweet comment and all your support – it is always very much appreciated. xo -Cristina