Labor Day Lemon Bars and a Half-finished Kitchen

4:50 PM

Yes, I know Labor Day was last weekend, and I'm just now getting around to posting this... it just goes to show how behind I am this week!

As far as the kitchen goes, we've decided to go with something of an updated English Tea Room. While Debbie would love a Victorian styled room, they can get a bit stuffy for anyone else that isn't a devoted fan of the style (other members of her family). So instead, I'm keeping bits and pieces of Victorian decor and styling and giving it a more traditional/modern/updated feel.

Debbie has a beautiful collection of English china, especially all sizes, shapes and patterns of tea cups and saucers that we've decided to use to create a plate collage on one wall, as well as some fun detailing at the window. I've finished the painting and some of the detail work, so the next step is to make the curtains and breakfast nook cushions.

Here's a sneak peak into the kitchen

In other news, I've been gearing up for fall recently, only to be disappointed by the lack of appropriate temperatures. It looks as though its going to take a while to get used to this California weather! So, to celebrate this never-ending summer (where-oh-where can you be, oh autumn of mine?) I pulled out my mom's recipe for lemon bars. A perfect way to end the summer, I think.

Mom's Lemon Bars
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c flour


  • 2 eggs + 1 yolk
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8x8" glass pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt and beat until fluffy. Stir in flour. Pat dough onto bottom of pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat eggs. Add remaining sugar and flour, lemon zest, juice and baking powder. Beat 3 minutes, until slightly thickened. Pour over baked layer and bake 25-30 minutes more, until lightly golden brown on the edges and center is set. Cool, dust with powdered sugar.

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