Sunny Lemon Bars

Lemon bar recipe

Dusted Sunny Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are my hands down favorite bar cookie. Their yummy sweet, tart and sunny yellow goodness scream summer to me. Though I eat them year round, many fun summer days growing up and playing at my grandparents involved my favorite treat. I simply love, Love, LOVE them!

This recipe is my favorite, and you will find it very easy as well!  An insider tip…the corners are incredible!

Sunny Lemon Bars

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35 Random & Crazy Food Facts That You Might Not Know

Food Facts

I love finding random Food Facts! I swear it even makes my grocery shopping more interesting. So here are some that you might not know!

  1. Apples, pears, cherries, plums and strawberries belong to the rose family. See my post regarding the fact that bananas are considered berries. (whaaaat??!)
  2. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
  3. Store bought 100% “real” orange juice is 100% artificially flavored.
  4. Chocolate was once used as currency. (Of course! I bribe my kids with it all the time.)
  5. A Cinnabon® Classic has less sugar than a 20-oz. bottle of Pepsi. (I am still going to eat them, Yum!)
  6. Humans are born craving sugar. (I still blame my mother for my beyond normal sweet tooth.)
  7. Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes. Which basically means they are beans! (Think of that when you’re at the ballpark next!)
  8. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
  9. Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurants were created by the inventor of the Atari video game system, Nolan Bushnell. (This has me rethinking my childhood, I was always obsessed with both!  And kinda still am.)
  10. Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air. ( I knew it!  Bobbing for apples is fixed!!)
  11. The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905. (Yeah!…Because kids are brilliant!)
  12. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water.
  13. There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world, and if you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all. (Mind Blown)
  14. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine. (If prescribed with French fries, it almost makes everything better.)
  15. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups. (So gonna try this!)
  16. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket. (Uhmmm……..???)
  17. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognized phobia. (I wonder what the fear of washing dishes is called?)
  18. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie. (This is why, I love email. I’m not wasting my calories!)
  19. The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had. (57 types of pickles? Really?)
  20. Worker Honeybees must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. (Yet they always manage to sting me when they are supposed to be working.)
  21. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  22. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes. (Because WINE is so important!)
  23. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year. (How many do we drink?)
  24. When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball. (My boys must not learn this. But I  however, am totally going to try it!)
  25. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
  26. In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins. (And here I thought this only happened in cartoons.)
  27. If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end). (I tried this, but I had to prop it up with almost everything in my kitchen, pineapples do not care to be turned upside down.)
  28. A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.
  29. A row of corn always has an even number. (Of course I had to check, it’s true! Though people did look at me funny in the grocery store.)
  30. 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. stacked end to end, the jelly beans would circle the globe nearly 3 times! (If someone actually does this, I call dibs on Missouri!)
  31. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  32. Frank Mars invented the Snickers chocolate bar. He named it Snickers after his favorite horse. (So glad his horse wasn’t named Daisy or Billy Bob, that would have just been weird.)
  33. The M’s in M & M’s stand for ‘Mars & Murrie’, the co-creators of the candy.
  34. Twinkies originally had banana flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when World War 2 bought the banana trade to a halt.
  35. The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.

Well there you go!

Enjoy your day!


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What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail?

Keep This Quote In Your Mind

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The realization of my last two boys rapidly approaching high school and college, absolutely gut-punched me this year, especially on the first day of school.  What in the world was I going to do once they’re both gone, living the college life? Oh wow, my first two older kids were difficult enough to deal with.

After expressing my fears, my brother asked me the same question mentioned above in my title, “What would you do if you could not fail?”. I joked and said, “I’d have more kids”. I’ve been a mom for more than half of my life, so although I laughed; secretly I had already been asking myself  “what am I going to do, if I am not on 24/7 mom duty?” I had no ideas…….. but my brothers question stayed with me.  Thus, I’ve been playing with an answer in my head for weeks and then I saw this quote.  Simple yet SO empowering. I am not a huge risk taker, but gosh it has been so fun thinking of things I had previously considered impossible.

Something about this quote strengthens me and has even woken up a part of me that I haven’t previously known.

So what would YOU do if you could not fail? Just think on it for a bit. You might just  surprise yourself.

Enjoy your day!




Fudgey Chocolate Breakfast Muffins


Chocolate for breakfast?

BEST idea ever!!

These muffins are rich and moist, and pure chocolate magic, both in color and flavor. Warm from the oven, incredible as is, spread with raspberry or blackberry jam; these are a totally decadent way to greet the day.

In my ingredient list, I’ve linked to some incredible products that will change your baking from great to heavenly! These brands are some of my favorites and I am definitely not being paid to say that. However, I will say, if you are building your baking pantry, I would definitely start with the Madagascar Bourbon Mexican Vanilla Extract and the Wilton Sparkling White Sugars. The sugars are gorgeous, and this particular Vanilla Extract is a very unique vanilla that adds a very complex flavor, especially where chocolate is involved.

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Don’t Toss Your Vanilla Beans

Vanilla bean sugar

I am trying to switch my blogsite over to a newer site design, so I apologize for my lack of posts. Nevertheless, I decided to pop up a tip post this morning.

Many people do not realize they can purchase entire vanilla beans for enhanced flavoring in baking. The inside of a vanilla bean holds pure magic. These skinny little beans can be purchased at most grocery stores.  McCormick® Spice Company sells them in a bottle in your herb and spice aisle at local grocers but if you are unable to find them, here is a link to purchase them online Madagascar Vanilla Beans.

I cannot tell you how many vanilla beans I’ve tossed after scraping clean their yummy centers. It killed me, they smelled so delicious!  Finally, I came across a tip that basically called me out. I was a “Vanilla Bean Waster”. <—-Is that even a word?

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