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Classic Lemon Bars

I’ve been pinning dozens of recipes lately, all contenders for some upcoming events on my calendar. I decided to take a stab at a dessert that I’d never made before — lemon bars!

I will warn you, when baking the crust portion, the edges got a little more brown that I would have liked, so I’d keep an eye on it when the 17-18min mark rolls around. And when the filling “jiggles” only slightly, they are probably done!

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Just look at that gooey center… Yum!

Okay, onto the recipe!

Classic Lemon Bars by Food Network
Full receipe below yields 24 bars (I halved the recipe when I made them)

For the crust:
Spray canola oil, for greasing
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, diced
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:
4 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons) — oh yeah, these babies are TART

To make the crust: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with vegetable oil and line with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; grease the foil with oil. Pulse the butter, flour, both sugars and the salt in a food processor until the dough comes together, about 1 minute. Press evenly into the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides of the prepared pan, making sure there are no cracks. Bake until the crust is golden, about 17-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: Whisk the whole eggs and yolks, sugar, and flour in a bowl until smooth. Whisk in the lemon zest and juice. Remove the crust from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300F. Pour the filling over the warm crust and return to the oven. Bake until the filling is just set, 30 to 35 minutes.

Let the bars cool in the pan on a rack, then refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Lift out of the pan using the foil and slice. If you’re feeling extra-fancy, dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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The flavor is tart and sweet, and just perfect for warm weather — with a tall glass of ice water to lessen that tart-cheek feeling!

Happy Friday!

xo Cassie

Obsessed: House-Hunting

I go through phases where I CANNOT STOP house-hunting.

Am I even considering moving?

Likely, the answer is no. I just LOVE looking at houses. Home interiors, spacious decks and yards, fancy kitchens, closet space… it’s just fun to look! Hence, one of my Pinterest boards.

Lately, I’ve been following Kim and Scott over at Yellow Brick Home and the renovations they are making to their newly-purchased, 120-year-old (wow!) flat. Their sense of dive-right-in DIY is mesmerizing. Bold, unafraid, and knowing exactly how to use that reciprocating saw. I am just hooked on following the updates on their home.

In other news, here’s a little photo-stream of what Richard and I have been up to lately (since I’m slacking on posts again!)…

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We love our Pixie. I actually don’t know how we ever lived without it.

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In other brunch (and pictures that include my legs) news, if I could eat a whole wheat bagel with a fried egg and Laughing Cow “Queso Fresco & Chipotle” cheese for breakfast every day, I would be a happy girl.

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The house that I am currently drooling over. Yep, I walked past it the other day and snapped this pic.

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New shoes! Yay!

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Some cuteness for you.

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Oh, what the hell. Have some bonus cuteness. Seriously, HOW CUTE ARE THEY.

Hope you’re having a great week!

A Weekend Escape (or two!)

I am happy to announce that I have been much better at taking time to simply kick back and relax. This may be evident, as I haven’t posted in a little while (eek!) — sorry! My mind has just been elsewhere lately. Work is picking up, and I’ve been doing my best to get plenty of gym-time and running in before half-marathon training really kicks in next month. On Saturday, myself, Richard, and two of my girlfriends ran in the local “Color My Run 5K” — that somehow ended up only being about 2 miles…? Not going to lie, this did NOT disappoint my tired 9am legs, ha! We had a blast!





I am SUPER thrilled to announce that I won this, so Rich and I get to stay here thanks to ALL of the friends and family (and complete strangers!) that voted for my Beltie pic! Not sure when we’ll stay yet, have to check our calendars! Expect a blog post FULL of Fearrington pics following our stay, though!



Speaking of getaways, we’re headed to Topsail Island for a weekend away from all things work, house-chores, and being woken up by these little beasts at 4:42 every morning (don’t ask).

I’m looking forward to plenty of this all weekend long…




Cheers, ya’ll!

Ew, did I just say ya’ll…

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