So THESE are tasty! A perfect summer treat for you and your people. My dad made this and wouldn’t stop talking about them, so when he visited last week, we made a batch together. And they were indeed awesome! Happy lemon day!!
Lemony Fudgy Blondies
from Day Dream Kitchen
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs, large
2 tbsps lemon zest
2 tbsps lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 tbsps lemon juice
8 tsps lemon zest
1 rounded cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the baking dish with butter/cooking spray and set aside.
2. Squeeze lemon and scrape the skin, enough for 2 tsps of zest and 2 tsps of juice.
3. Beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter, preferably with an electric mixer with paddle attachment.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until well merged. Pour it into the flour mixture and beat for 2 mins at medium speed – it should be soft and creamy.
5. Pour into baking dish and bake for 23-25 mins, should turn slightly brown on the on the sides. Be careful not to overbake – the bars shouldn’t be dry. Once baked, remove from oven and leave out to cool entirely before frosting.
6. Sift the powdered sugar and whisk with lemon zest (8 tsps) and juice (4 tsps).
7. Start frosting with only half the amount using a rubber spatula, letting it set. Spread the other half over the bars, and let it set. Note that it doesn’t harden like most icing.
8. Cut into brownie sizes and serve. Enjoy!
So this girl is incredible. I saw her on the Ellen Show the other day, and just had to share with you guys. She is not just obviously a well-trained singer, but she has a knack for her talent to mimic other singers with an uncanny accuracy. See for yourself!
And if yours isn’t, then you are crazy.
Because I love him so, it surprised me that I did not in fact see the following video until my recent visit to Atlanta, when Katy shared this little gem with me. Now if you don’t know the Jason Derulo song Talk Dirty To Me (*ahem* mom and dad), you might want to listen to it first, if only for a second, in order to truly appreciate what you are about to see.
It also doesn’t hurt that Kevin’s most recent and perhaps well-known role is that of a ruthless politician, which is basically 180 MILLION degrees different from this (I know I know, anything over than 360 is just spinning in circles, but you get my point). Since this video is about a month old and has already had over 4.8 million views (that’s a real number) on youtube, you’ve probably already seen it. But I keep watching it over and over, and it makes me very happy on this Friday.
Sometimes you just need a little something delicious, and you don’t need the extra calories or fat! Reach for this five-minute recipe next time you’re wanting some old school lunch love.
Healthy Egg Salad (Serves 2)
2 hard boiled eggs + 2 hard boiled egg whites
3 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon mustard
red onion (to taste – some people like more or less!)
1/4 cup chopped celery
dash of celery salt
dash of garlip powder
salt and pepper to taste
Chop it all up and mix it up! This seriously hits the spot when you are wanting something light but a little bit creamy. Play with the seasonings to make it how you like it. Greek yogurt makes a great substitute for anything with mayo or sour cream in it. Do not be afraid of the greek yogurt!!
Here’s the thing. My sweet tooth comes and goes. And lately, it’s been visitng me in full force. I can’t explain it. All of a sudden I want ALL THE SWEETS. So this weekend I said to myself, “Self, enough is enough. Stop this.” So I did a bit of googling and pinteresting, and after reading several recipes, came up with this little dandy. For me, it’s a nice, natural sugar boost. And they are VERY sweet. Like, potent sweet. Last night I had one tiny ball and a cup of tea and was completely satisfied, and I don’t even have to feel bad about it.
Here’s the other thing. I LOVE working out first thing in the morning, mostly because I can go about my day and know it’s over with. But it poses a few issues. The main issue is: To eat beforehand or not to eat beforehand. If I’m just going for a run, I definitely don’t eat first. But I recently joined crossfit (and UGH, more on this another time), and a 6 a.m. crossfit workout on an empty stomach is just stupid. So these little bites of natural sugar worked really well yesterday morning. No stomach cramps, no fatigue. Blam!
Also, I know they look terrible. My sweet husband pointed that out, but trust me, I already knew.
Sweet Date Bites
1.5 oz cashews (or any nut)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (really you could probably use any kind)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
16 pitted dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until a sticky dough is formed. If it’s not coming together, slowly add a little bit more water. Use a tablespoon to form small balls. You should end up with 14 or so.
Nutrition info for one ball: Calories-65 Fat-2g Protein-2g Sugar-7g
So, I’ve kept my computer shut the last couple of weeks. And honestly, I’m sorry I’m not sorry. Two weeks ago, we traveled to Nashville for my 5th year college reunion. It was a blast, in spite of a pretty brutal Commodore loss. And the next weekend, my mom traveled to visit us from Wisconsin. We spent the weekend doing
tons and tons a perfectly acceptable amount of shopping, eating, Packer-watching, and decorating. In fact, a trip to Michael’s with mom resulted in a fabulous decorated home. It seems so much more like fall now! And that’s what moms are for :)
And this weekend? Well, we celebrated a big Commodore WIN and some gorgeous fall weather in Columbus.
And this is what happens when you are too lazy to carve your pumpkin…
And here is one of many Michael’s purchases. I mean, how can you deny a 70% off sale??
This weekend was autumn perfection. We tailgated in the sunshine. We saw Ohio State beat Wisconsin in the Shoe. We went to church, the grocery, and made chili in the crock pot, and ate it while we watched football. And last night, I made a new little wreath for autumn, out of materials and fabrics I already had. Freebie project, for the win.
I had some autmumn-toned fabric on hand from Jonathan’s grandmother, and I thought this might be a sweet way to use it. If you’d like to make your own, simply wrap a styrofoam wreath form in fabric (I used burlap, which I have sooo much of). Lay out your little fabric squares corner to corner, and use a stick pin to secure each one. I slowly wrapped the twine, securing it with a few stick pins at the beginning and end. I then tacked town the outer corners of each fabric square with a little dot of glue. I used as little glue as possible, overall, so that if I want to change it out at some point, and reuse the fabric and wreath form, I can.
Yes, these are iPhone photos. Hopefully I can take some nice ones this week, but when you make a project at night, and want to post about it right away, this is what you get.
Happy crafting, and more importantly, happy Autumn!!