If you are interested in blog posts with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other blog. In this blog post, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things happen in the middle. This is because not many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – as told to us by a Mr. Lemony Snicket.
If those names don’t sound familiar, perhaps you don’t know of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books. But that’s all about to change if you choose to watch, despite these warnings, A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, starting January 13.
This Netflix series, an adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s dreadful books, contains so much misery and suffering that early viewers have found themselves weeping, moaning and wishing they had chosen another path.
During the eight episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events, you will find death, blackmail, store-bought cupcakes, a mysterious fire, a notorious snake, a fiendish trap and pre-printed business cards. You should be warned that Netflix has never been more sorry for its participation in a show, and when you consider their long list of entertainments, you know this is very sorry indeed.
Participating in this misery is Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Alfre Woodard, Catherine O’Hara, Don Johnson, Aasif Mandvi, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes. Executive Producers Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler had the unfortunate duty of bringing this most dreaded story to life.
If, despite these warnings, you choose to continue on this most sorrowful path, you should probably nourish yourself with some sort of food that is comforting, yet reminds you of the sour experiences that these characters have endured. That is why we recommend Lemony Lemon Bars, a tangy-sweet bar cookie that has just enough mouth-puckering lemon flavor to remind you that this is not a rainbows-and-lollipops world we’re living in.
Be forewarned as well that when your blog author wrote this post, she endured several calamities, including, but not limited to: 1) Getting distracted while cooking the first batch and forgetting to put in the sugar altogether, yielding an extremely lemony and not especially tasty cookie bar; and 2) Mistakenly loosening the top of the powdered sugar shaker on the second batch, thereby dumping an entire mountain of powdered sugar on top of said bars.
You have been warned.
- 1 cup sifted flour
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup butter, chilled
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 T. additional flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- ½ cup lemon juice
- Additional powdered sugar for sprinkling
- Sift the flour and powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender until only small pea-sized pieces of butter remain. Press mixture firmly into 9x9 inch or 7x11 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the sugar, 2 T. flour, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add eggs and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Pour over baked crust and return to oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until knife inserted halfway in center comes out clean. Cool before cutting into squares.
Blogger disclosure: I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team, through which I receive a complimentary Netflix subscription and access to select programs before release. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.