January 18, 2018

When Life gives you Lemons. Make Lemon bars!

Over the holidays I was pet sitting for a neighbor.  Just about every Christmas for the last few years I have had extra pets in my house but this time, I just had to take a short walk across the street.  It worked out perfectly.  When they got back I confessed to snagging a lemon from her tree.  I knew she wouldn't mind.  Later, they brought me over 2 shopping bags full of lemons.  And these aren't your average size lemons.  They are Texas lemons.  Twice the size of the ones I get at the store! 

So as a thank you for the lemons, I made her a batch of lemon bars!  I don't know where this recipe came from because it was typed out with a bunch of other recipes my dad passed along over the years.  But its one of my favorites.  They hold together so well and are sweet but tart.  And apparently irresistible.  I walked away for a minute and there was magically a bite missing from my bar.  But who ever stole a bit was sure to shake more powered sugar over it in hopes that I wouldn't notice.  Sigh.


2 c.       All Purpose Flour
1/2 c.   Powdered Sugar
1 c.       Unsalted Butter Softened
4           Eggs
3T.        All Purpose Flour
2 c.       Sugar
1/2 c.    Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
             Just a pinch of salt


Pre Heat Oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, mix the 2 cups of flour with the powdered sugar and cut in the butter with a pastry blender to crumb size.  

Grease a 9x13 pan and pat the crust down evenly.  

Bake for 25 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, 3T of flour, lemon juice and salt till smooth.

Take the crust out of the oven and pour the lemon mixture over it.  

Bake for 20 to 25 more minutes.  

Let it cool before you cut it.  

Serve dusted with more powdered sugar.

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It's a good thing I love all things lemon.  So what exactly did I do with all the lemons? Well

I froze half of them.  I sliced and halved them and laid them out of a piece of parchment on a cookie rack in the freezer for a few hours.  Then I shook them loose and packed them up in bags.  I throw them in water or tea.  Adds a little flavor and keeps you cold drinks cold.  Plus cool down my tea with out watering it down!

Lemon Pepper Turkey brought smiles to the table last week.  We love this dish.  Its easy, inexpensive and delicious.

This Salmon Recipe was a big hit too.  It was even better with lemon juice squeezed over the top of it.

I have also made a few batches of homemade lemonade.

And I still have lemons left.  I have no idea what I am going to do with them yet but I have created a Board on Pinterest just for all things Lemon.  I think maybe I will try the Homemade Garbage Disposal Lemon Bombs I pinned.  And maybe the lemon crumb muffins!  YES! 

What I really need is my own lemon tree.  I guess I will have to work on that once spring comes around.  Which is welcome to come any day now.  I think I am officially over the cold.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

January 15, 2018

Menu Plan Monday { January 15th }

Slowly but surely things are getting back to normal around here.  Although I'm sure that now that I have said that, something will come along and throw me for a spin.  The holidays are mess for me.  And Friday we celebrated Alex's 9th birthday!  I sat down to write about that but the words just wont come out of my head.  I think I'm still in shock that he is almost out of the single digits! There's no going back, only forward!

MONDAY Dinner at Grandmas

Chicken Taco Quinoa Bowls

Parmesan Crusted Salmon
Roasted Broccoli

Kung Pao Chicken
Brown Rice

FRIDAY Date night

This weeks menu has my stomach growling already.  Since David and the boys are home today, Grandma invited us over for dinner.

I'm changing a few things around on this recipe and making Chicken Taco Quinoa Bowls.  We eat a lot of ground turkey and I just wanted to change it up a little.

I have made Salmon before.  Its super easy and doesn't take long to get it all thrown together and in the oven.  Just what we need to get us over the hump day.

Kung Pao Chicken is one of the boys newest favorites.  Mostly because its so full of spice and flavor.  I make myself a little pan of the not so hot version.  I just can't handle the heat!

Friday night is date night.  Not sure where or what we are doing, but I figured I could fill the boys up on Spaghetti before sending them off to Grandmas for the night.  They will probably eat again while they are there.  That's what Grandmas are for anyways, right?!

Whats on your menu this week?  Need some inspiration?  Click the button above and see what others will be cooking up!  Then get those menus planned!  Life is so much easier when you know whats for dinner.  Especially for parents.  Anyone else have a kid who asks about dinner while eating breakfast? Story of my life!

January 8, 2018

Menu Plan { January 8th }

The first menu plan of the new year!  I know we are a week in but I needed a week to right myself because the holidays always throw me off.  Or more so the holiday food. Its probably a good idea I didn't share what we ate last week.  New Week.  New Menu!

It looks like its going to be an easy week around here.  Which I am thankful for.  No Doctors for me.  I do have to do labwork, but that's easy stuff.  Dentist for Alex, which is easy stuff too since, the kid LOVES the dentist.  Aside from still trying to get back into a nightly routine, it should be smooth.  And the menu, while it does have 2 new recipes on it, will still be pretty quick and easy.  

Shrimp and Sausage Skillet
Yellow Rice

Chicken Tacos

Leftovers / Clean out the Fridge

Chicken and Broccoli (Just swapping out chicken for beef in this recipe)
Cauliflower Rice

Baked Barbecue Chicken

Lemon Pepper Turkey
Brown Rice Pilaf

A little bit of everything this week.  I'm really excited for some shrimp tonight.  These days just about any meat has me in a mess of hurt. But I'm hoping that shrimp won't be so bad.  I will have to skip the sausage though.  Then its pretty much poultry the rest of the week.  I'm so thankful to have guys who will eat anything I put in front of them.  Oh, wait!  Last week we did hit a bit of a snag.  Anthony could not finish his asparagus, even though he loves asparagus.  Want to know why?  He could taste the coconut oil on it!  Its one of the few things he just can't eat. 

Who else is menu planning with me?!  Whats on your menu for the week?  If you need some ideas check out the link up below!


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