Lemon Bars

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Lemon bars are always a hit at our house. I love how the flavors of  tart and sweet dance on your tongue like a symphony. I have tried many different recipes  for lemon bars and always come back to this one. http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/2000/lemon-butter-bars  In fact this is the same recipe I used in my bakery.

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I found that I definitely needed to double this recipe. When doubled I used a 9×13 pan. A big headache saving tip I have is to line your pan with parchment paper. You’ll thank me later.

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For a tasty variation I substitute the lemon juice and zest with store bought key lime juice and zest fresh limes.  I will leave you now to curl up with my hot tea and lemon bar. Jealous? Then get to baking these delicious treats.

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21 Years

IMG_1518`Twenty-one years ago today I became mother. I was not even twenty myself. I wouldn’t have believed it if you told me then that two decades after I gave birth to my first daughter that I would have not one but four amazing kids, who despite my shortcomings and at times poor life choices I have managed not to screw them up to much.

Over 20 years ago I brought my day old baby girl home to a trailer. Not the nice kind of trailer, like a double wide on acres lush green pasture but a few pieces of metal thrown together with car tires on the roof to keep it from blowing away. My daughter weighed over 6 pounds which in itself was a miracle as we were so poor my meals often consisted of popcorn and cherry Kool-Aid. I was so naïve that when the doctor told me I was due on January 26th I fully expected her to make her grand entrance that day, and she did. Not one of my other children were considerate enough to come on time.

If I could talk to my 19 year old self, I would tell her that “you are stronger then you could ever imagine”. I would tell her to give herself the gift of forgiving herself and others and the grace to move on and learn from her mistakes.

Twenty-one years ago my life was forever transformed as I entered into motherhood. At that time in my life I didn’t know a lot, what I did know with great certainty was that children are the greatest gift life has to offer. Happy birthday, Samantha. It is an honor to be your mom.

 

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Gretchen Anthony
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What is upcycling

Dictionary definition:

up·cy·cle ˈəpˌsīkəl/verb;
gerund or present participle: upcycling, to reuse in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

Upcycling is turning something that once had no purpose into something useable. I adore taking thrift store finds, adding some paint, and turning them into my own personal treasure.
As I reflected on the word upcycling, it occurred to me that we are constantly upcycling. I change my hair color, for example to give my dull and tired mommy-hair a little pick-me-up. I turn last night’s sautéed potatoes and rotisserie chicken into a breakfast feast by scrambling eggs into the leftovers and pouring salsa on top.
This blog is full of tips for upcycling your life. Check back often for new recipes, crafts, and the humorous follies of my life.

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Gretchen Anthony
https://about.me/gretchenanthony