This weekend was absolutely beautiful! The sun was shining and we had summer like temperatures even though the weather channel told us otherwise. It was supposed to pour rain for two days straight but we only saw a couple short showers. Since it was so nice I wanted to fully embrace the warm weekend with a summer inspired baked dessert and decided to make bright yellow lemon bars.

These are really delicious and may be the tastiest thing I have ever made. My guy told me this treat was the best thing he ever tasted and almost ate the entire pan before I could take any pictures. The nice thing about this recipe is that is requires very few ingredients and is relatively easy. I found this deliciousness at Shop Girl

Lemon Bar Recipe

Bottom Crust Layer

  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (omit if using salted butter)

Top Custard Layer

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup of sugar
  • Grated zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately 4 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Procedure

Set the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9x9 pane with parchment paper. It is absolutely essential that you use parchment paper as it will not come out of the pan otherwise.

 Start by making the crust.

  1. Cream butter, sugar and salt together using the back of a spoon or beaters until fluffy.
  2. Thoroughly mix flour into butter mixture until a soft dough forms. Mine looked a lot like wet sand.
  3. Press into an even layer at the bottom of your parchment lined pan and place into the fridge until your oven is fully preheated.
  4. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  5. Pull out of the oven and let air cool.

Make top custard layer

  1. Beat together eggs, sugar, lemon juice, flour and lemon zest until well combined and then pour on top of the cooled crust.
  2. Pop back into the oven and bake for another 35-40 minutes until the center is set.
  3. Let cool for a bit before cutting.
  4. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.

These are amazing warm straight from the oven or chilled overnight. Mmm delicious!

Happy Baking!

 

 

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AuthorCamille Pacori

I have this small empty Purdy's chocolate tin that I want to use as a coin bank but feel like it needs to be recovered so that it doesn't look like a box of candy. I get hungry just looking at it! After some consideration I decided the best medium for this project would be Mod Podge. Its very easy to work with, dries fairly fast and works both as an adhesive and protective clear coat. It also doesn't cause scrap book paper to wrinkle or buckle.

Decoupage Crafting Materials

  • Mod Podge
  • Decorative scrap book paper, wrapping paper or unglued wallpaper
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Paint brush
  • Other embellishments like glitter or rhinestones

Working with Mod Podge

If you have never worked with Mod Podge before there are a couple simple steps to follow no matter what your project is.

First, you will want to measure your object and mark the back side of you paper with pencil as close to those measurements as possible. Its important that the piece of paper you cut will fit exactly inside the part you are covering as its really hard to fix or adjust once the mod podge dries. After you cut your paper place it on the object to make sure it fits. Make any adjustments as necessary.

Once you are satisfied with the size and shape of the paper, apply mod podge to the back side with a paint brush until saturated and apply to the object. You will have a couple seconds to shift the paper around until its fixed in place. Smooth the paper with your finger to remove any air bubbles and to make sure its securely fixed.

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After you have the paper applied you can add other cut outs and embellishments. Since Mod Podge is a multi purpose adhesive, it can be used to apply glitter, rhinestones, ribbon, tissue or anything you can think of that is light weight and flexible.

Completed top of my tin coin box.

At this point you could apply 1 or 2 coats of Mod Podge as a protective clear coat but I decided to leave it uncoated.

Happy decoupage!

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AuthorCamille Pacori

During the Easter holiday weekend I used a 1/4 inch circular hole punch and yellow paper to cover an entire egg. While it did take quite a long time to complete this project, the final outcome produced an adorable chick that had small feathers. I enjoyed working with the hole punch so much that I wanted to use the same technique for creating a piece of art.

Materials

  • Hole punch
  • Paper
  • Thicker paperboard, card stock or canvas board
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • White glue
  • Tooth picks
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I used the same 1/4 inch hole punch that I used for my chick but you could use any type or size of hole punch. Use circles, squares, hearts or any shape but remember that a larger punch will allow you to complete this project sooner as it will take less time to fill in the blank space. Smaller punches are more tedious to work with but create a finer detailed picture.

You will need a thicker piece of paper or cardboard as your mounting board.  I used a 6 x 6 inch square of thick textured white paper as my board because I wanted to start small and simple.

Next, I used the hole punch to punch out a couple hundred circles in a gradient of 4 different purples. At this point I wasn't really sure what design, pattern or shape that I was going to do but I knew I liked the combinations of colours.

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After some consideration I decided on the design of an electronic equalizer display. Its simple, easy and would look good with the hole punched circles. 

Using a toothpick I applied a small dab of glue to the back of each circle and carefully positioned it on the paper board. It is essential that you line up each circle as perfect as possible so that your design doesn't curve one way or the other. I kept adding the circles until I was happy with the way it looked and let it completely dry.

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Happy Crafting!

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AuthorCamille Pacori

I wanted to made one last Easter decoration before tomorrow but didn't have very much free time since I was occupied by eating Cadbury crème eggs. After some consideration of the craft supplies that I had on hand I decided to make a couple quick and easy wreaths. You can find most of these materials around the home or at your local dollar store.

Materials

  • Wreath foam form or cardboard cut out
  • Faux silk flowers and leaves
  • Rattan
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Not having a wreath form on hand I used a couple bowls as templates and cut a ring out of thick cardboard. The cardboard is sturdy enough to hold its shape and any materials that you add to it but it produces a fairly flat looking wreath. Its not a very big issue because you can layer items to add depth.

Next, I covered the ring with a couple layers of grass like rattan so that no cardboard was showing through. Some ends were hanging loose which created a more natural looking wreath.

Once I was happy with how the rattan looked I then added three faux silk tulips cascading down one side.

Since I had some leftover materials I decided to make another one with just silk leaves and tulips. I covered 3/4 of the wreath in leaves and then covered the remaining space with three tulips. The hot glue gun makes this craft super speedy since it takes a matter of seconds for the glue to harden in place.

Happy Crafting!

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AuthorCamille Pacori