First Anniversary Video, Lemon Bars, and Special Guests!


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Recipe is below in this post!

I’m so very excited about this post! I hope you’ll watch it and comment below! This is my first ever, full video tutorial for Southern Plate. To make it even more special, it includes two very special guests. The first is Terri, the reader who gave me the Dixie Cornbread recipe. For the other surprise guest (who is also a reader!) you’ll have to watch the video.

An interesting thing to note is that I had just met Terri for the first time the day before we made this. Living proof that I don’t meet a stranger! We had emailed and talked on the phone before but never actually physically met.

Every now and then I’ll be out and someone will recognize me from the website (which always shocks and thrills me!) and ask “Are you Christy Jordan?” The conversation then immediately goes to “I just feel like I know you!“. Well, if you read Southern Plate, you DO know me, the fact that we’ve never met is just a technicality. Fact is, if you are a Southern Plate reader, you’re a friend and I’m always thrilled for a chance to get to meet more of my friends.

I had this rare opportunity a few weeks back when Terri came all the way from Pennsylvania for a visit. We had such a wonderful weekend with her and her daughter, Amanda. Time flew by. It seemed they arrived and then left, leaving me in a cloud of dust and wishing for more time. The kids are still asking when they are coming back and I’m wondering, too! (hint, hint to Terri).

While here, we wanted to do something special to commemorate Southern Plate’s anniversary so the day after they arrived, we did this cooking tutorial video. You can tell how much fun we had by the intermission! I have a bad habit of singing in my house. I’m always singing something and barely even notice. The morning after Terri arrived I was in the kitchen just a singing away and when Terri showed up, a song came to mind and I went right into it, wondering if she’d pick up at the right spot, but kinda knowing she would! Sure ’nuff, Terri came in right on time and we finished my solo as a duet! I thought a replay of that song would make for a great intermission. I’m telling ya, if you live your life with silliness and laughter, and throw in an occasional song, you’ll go far! Of course even if ya don’t, you’ll still have a heck of a lot more fun! Apologies to any Hee-Haw fans we might scar for life with our rendition of that famous song!

I hope you enjoy this video as much as we did!

Lemon Bars
  • 2 Cup all purpose flour, sifted (for crust)
  • 1 Cup butter or margarine, softened (crust)
  • ½ Cup Confectioner's sugar, sifted (crust)
  • 4 eggs, beaten (for filling)
  • ½tsp baking powder (filling)
  • 2 Cup granulated sugar (filling)
  • 4 T Confectioner's sugar (filling)
  • ⅓ Cup lemon juice (filling)
  • ½ Cup all purpose flour (filling)
  1. Sift together flour and confectioner's sugar. Cut in butter until mixture clings together. Press into 9x13 inch dish. Bake at 350 for twenty five minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. For filling, Combine and beat eggs, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Sift flour and baking powder; stir into egg mixture. Pour over baked crust. Bake at 350 for fifteen minutes or until slightly browned and set. Remove from oven. Cool and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Cut into bars.

To welcome Terri and Amanda to Bountiful, the kids and I made some signs. The kids painted big poster boards on the back porch that morning and we staked those up in the yard. Brady’s sign said “Welcome to our BIG home!” and Katy’s had a beautiful picture of a sun and flower on it.

My signs were reminiscent of the old Burma Shave campaigns, which I am an avid fan of. Back in the day Burma Shave started placing these signs as an advertising campaign for their shaving cream and they became hugely popular. They would place a series of signs (usually six) in sequential order set a ways apart so that each sign could be read and then the car full of people waited anxiously for the next. Imagine the glee of weary travelers upon spotting the first! “I see Burma-shave signs up ahead!”. They were very clever and funny and the sixth sign was always the Burma-Shave name. I have an entire book of every one ever written and just love them.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Ben met Anna
What a hit!
Neglected Beard
Ben-Anna split

Slow down, Pa!
Sakes Alive
Ma’s missed signs
and Five!

I proposed
to Ida
Ida refused
Ida won
My Ida If Ida used

Dyna doesn’t
Treat him
But if he’d shave

They also did several as safe driving campaigns which served as excellent advertising for them as well.

I love this one:

Take it slow
Let the little
Shavers grow

I had a point here, didn’t I? Oh, back to my signs. You see, Terri is from Georgia and she has been missing her home and her family there something fierce. I think that’s what got her started reading Southern Plate, remembrances of the place she calls home. I was so excited for her to be back (she went on to visit family in Georgia as well) so I made these little signs for her and had them going up the walkway to the front door when she arrived.








Note: Just in case you wonder, “Shut yo mouth!” is not a negative thing in the south. Its part of our humor. Like if someone takes a bite of one of your fresh, homemade biscuits they might say “This is the best biscuit I’ve ever tasted!”. To which the cook might blush and say “Aww, shut yo mouth!”.  There are other cases where it would be used also, but it’s always said good naturedly. If it sounds otherwise, its just another way that we’re weird. :)

But Southerners like being weird so it’s all good.

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    • Fsjmf says

      ZuzanaHi Terri, first of all, thank you so much for you words. I have you on facebook and I read your lines every day. Very often itb4s extclay what I need to hear. My biggest fear is about my future. I am soon to be out of work (maternity leave substitute), building a new house in the home town where is no work (having a loan for the next 30 years), trying to get pregnant and after baby to set up a cosmetic business. All of this is a lot to take in one time but since I have started focusing on my thoughts, I am getting through much easier. Whatever gets in my way, I am really trying to understand why. I do have difficulties sometimes but because I have my dreams I keep going. I am trying to focus on myself instead of other peopleb4s thoughts, worries and anxiety. I am willing to try to achieve my dreams and always understand to what is happening to me. Your words help me a lot to get over my fear so thank you once again, Z.

  1. Shari says

    I made these bars today, and this is the best lemon bar recipe ever! Lemon bars are one of my favorites so I had to try these as they looked easy, and I had everything to make them already. I have a recipe that I have used in the past that had cream cheese in it, but it was not as good as this one. And I have used the boxed mixes before, and they were okay, but not like this. I had a bottle of key lime juice that I used instead of the lemon juice to make key lime bars. They are to die for! I will be putting these on my list for the bake sale that we do every fall for my daughter’s marching band. Lemon bars are very popular sellers there. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    I enjoyed your video. I hope you do more. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I sure do enjoy visiting you here!

  2. Paolo says

    Christy, congratulations on a year of this beautiful craziness. I just discovered your site this morning looking for lemon chess pie. I then went to the home page and saw this very well done video. I was laughing so much at the fun you and Terri were having that I forgot to pay attention. I haven’t been around Southern people much at all since leaving the South many years ago but I do recall the warmth of Southern folk and the really unique and delicious food. It was also good to hear the Southern voice also. While I do not know the song you were singing it did bring a laugh from my Italian face and a smile in my heart. I did notice that your voices dropped out of range a couple of times but turning up my volume to full found that you are both actually quiet funny. I hope you do more of these videos. The lemon bars sound luscious and I intend to try them soon.
    Thank you so much,

  3. Martha says

    Its Sept. 09 and your video goes on…..I love it…especially the intermission…I just sang along with yall. Lemon bars are one of my fav’s that my mom used to make for the family. You make everything you do look so easy…Enjoy all your posts..

  4. Melissa P says

    Oh, HONEY!!! Thank you for this one, too!! I keep sending links to my husband who misses the south almost as much as I do. It I can’t get back home, at least home can come to my mouth.

  5. says

    ROTFL! Okay, I’m pretty sure the song break in the middle while the crust was baking was the COOLEST thing I’d seen in a long time! :) It reminded me so much of hanging out with my grandmother, mother and aunt in the kitchen – crazy things happened while we waited for something to cook.

  6. John the "Pa. radon man" says

    Your guest star Terri Leverett treated my co worker and me to your lemon bars and recipe. The lemon bars now rank as one of my favorate deserts; I will be making some very soon and anxious to share this with my family and friends.

    • Terri go Dawgs says

      Dear John
      I had a hunch that you would leave a comment here. I just received your very kind letter of Lemon Bar’s praise included with my Radon System’s repair invoice. Thank you so very much! My friend Christy will also be tickled to hear that I gave your co-worker Travis, originally from Cartersville GA, a taste of home too and got a 5-star rating out of 5 stars. YIPPEEE. I was THRILLED to read that as of now (having never had them ever before) Lemon Bars are among your favorites. I am so glad I had made an extra batch to share. Let all us SPlate folks know how your first batch turns out. ~waves to u~ Terri

  7. karan cox says

    Lemon bars are one of my favorites. going to have to try these. I Used to bake them for around 400 when I worked but was a box mixed so home made will certainly be a treat. I love anything lemon. And my Grandma made the best Lemon Merange pie of anyone. She showed me several times how she made it but it just does not taste like hers did. It must have been that touch of love she had for us all.

  8. Maja says

    I made these bars before and they were yummy, but I wonder- do you pour the egg mixture on a still hot crust or do you cool it before? I decided to cool it a bit, but I still wonder how you do it?

  9. Leigh says

    Just wish I could easily print the recipe. I do not do anything tech (the zip thing) if I can help it. Hard copies are all I want. Please put a print sign at the top or bottom of all the recipes.

  10. Amy says

    My favorite quote from the video–“Food tastes better if you touch it some.” Thanks for bringing some sunshine to this rainy day and for showing an easy lemon bar recipie-my husband’s favorite!

  11. Kim Saint says

    Christie, Recently I found your blog after seeing you in a magazine I think it was from Alfa Insurance. Now I’m wondering what else in this great big ‘ole world I’ve been missing. Seriously, I live in a very rural community near Guntersville AL, so not too far from your neck of the woods. How could I have been missing out on Southern Plate for so long? On the bright side, I’m having a grand time catching up as time permits. It’s kinda like finding a bargain at Unclaimed Baggage center and wanting to tell everybody about it! I’m thankful I found your site; it’s a real gem and brightens my day! P.S. You look perpetually 29!!!

  12. Kim Saint says

    Hey CHRISTY, Me again! Just realized I misspelled your name in my previous comment, and that bugged me so I had to fix it. Often misspell words, however, I can’t stand to get names wrong.

  13. Donna Thomas says

    Well, I WAS going to make your Lemon Bars, but you left out how much flour goes into the filling. I even watched the video, and while you said the amount of every other ingredient, when it came time to say how much flour to put in the filling — nothing. :(

    • says

      Goodness Gracious, what a tone you have. Bless your heart. The Mama in me got my hackles up and wanted to call you little missy and ask who you were talking to with that voice. :) But then I remembered that you aren’t my child and I can imagine the frustration I’d feel if I looked at a recipe and overlooked a necessary ingredient. I was very concerned since this recipe was posted four years ago and no one had mentioned me leaving out an ingredient. So I logged in and went to see if I had left the flour out.
      I found it listed in the ingredients so realize you must have just overlooked it. Please see the last line.
      I hope things get continually better in your day from here!

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  1. […] I’ll be gone almost four full days and during that time my kids are going to get to spend the night with their grandmama and granddaddy, which makes my heart a little less sick over leaving them and puts a smile on my face at the memories I know they’ll be creating. I bet they won’t have milk and cornbread but I think I’ll make some first thing when I get back. Maybe I’ll even pull up a little Hee Haw on Youtube and teach them the words to “You Were Gone”. (There is actually a video of me and my friend Terri singing this with the kids here) […]

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