Christmas Projects Round-Up

Happy Thursday chickies!

If you haven't gathered from my recent blog posts and Instas, I LOVE Christmastime!

To me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, and I love the spread of Christmas cheer all around!

Over the years, I've posted a few Christmastime DIYs and ideas, and thought it might be nice to round them all up into one post, especially for my newer readers.

DIY Ornament Wreath
I have always loved, loved, loved ornament wreaths. I think they are classic, while still being fun and definitely glam.  Two years ago, I made an ornament wreath for our front door and posted the directions. Sadly, last spring, I knocked it down in the shed, and many ornaments broke. I made a new one last night and am so pleased with it! These wreaths are really easy to make, affordable, and only take about an hour.

I stuck with the pink and green theme of my original, but added a few small red ornaments and also a bow this time around. I am very happy with these "upgrades". You can see the directions of how to make your own ornament wreath at the bottom of this post.

DIY Jingle Bell Bow
When I was teaching, we always had a "Jingle Bell Run" on the last day of school before the holiday break. My firs year, a teacher friend and I made really cute jingle bell bows to wear. Since then, my bow has become a favorite accessory for holiday soirees and events, and I have made several as gifts for girlfriends. Directions for how to make this bow in under 5 minutes can be found in this post.

DIY Ribbon Christmas Tree
With that same, crafty teacher friend, I also made a ribbon Christmas tree a few years ago. It was a really fun project and to this day, I am wishing that I had made 2 to have as a pair for decorating! Get the directions in this post.

Cookies & Cocktails Party
Last year, I hosted a Cookies & Cocktails party for my kindergarten team. It was a lot of fun and a great time to "escape" the stresses of school and just enjoy time together as a team. I am hoping to host a similar party for my new team this year...just need to nail down a date! To get inspiration to host your own Cookies & Cocktails party, and a recipe for a Peppermint White Russian, check out this post.

What are some of your favorite Christmas DIYs or traditions?

I am hoping to be back next week with a Christmas home tour. All our decorating is done, except for the tree. I am hosting book club tonight and would not have room for my guests and a tree in the living room, so we are hoping to move our tree inside and decorate it this weekend!

I am also hoping to get my Stocking Stuffer Gift Guides done by the end of next week. Each guide takes about an hour, so between the Ladies & Gents guides, I've already put in 10+ hours and needed a bit of a break! Check those guides out here and here.

Have a great day!


Cyber Monday Sale Round-Up

Happy Monday readers!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am feeling a bit like a stuffed turkey after 2 Thanksgiving celebrations and my birthday celebrations. Tis the season!

Today I am sharing my top round up of Cyber Monday sales with you. I got most of my Christmas shopping done online during Black Friday and may try to knock out most of the rest today, taking advantage of the awesome Cyber Monday deals. Will try to check back in later today, or perhaps tomorrow, with my Stocking Stuffer gift guides. Happy Shopping!
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything + free shipping with code EVERYTHING (you can get my favorite booties, still available in all sizes in both black and caramel, for under $100 here!)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 25% off all SALE + free shipping with code XTRAGOOD
  • Banana Republic: 40% off EVERYTHING with code BESTCYBER
  • Baublebar: 25% off with code GOGIFT25 or 35% off 2+ items with code GOGIFT35
  • Boden: 30% off everything + free shipping on orders over $49 with code 7J4Z
  • Design Darling: 20% off with code THANKFUL
  • Furbish: 20% off with code CYBER
  • Gap: 40% off EVERYTHING with code BESTCYBER
  • Gigi New York: Spend $125, save 20%; spend $250, save 25%; spend $350, save 30%; spend $500, save 35%
  • J. Crew: 40% off select styles and 30% off everything else with code + additional 4--50% off sale style + free shipping with code MONDAY
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything + get an extra 15% off & free shipping with code TODAYONLY
  • Kate Spade: 30% off with code SHINE
  • Kendra Scott: 15% off with code SALE15
  • Lilly Pulitzer: FREE GIFTS with purchase
  • L.L. Bean: 10% off with code THANKS10, $10 gift card with purchase of $50 + free shipping
  • Loft: 50% off + free shipping with code CYBER50
  • Mark and Graham: 20% off + free monogramming & free shipping with code FRIENDS
  • Nordstrom: Savings up to 50% off top brands + free shipping & returns
  • Orvis: Extra 30% off the entire sale outlet + free shipping with code SHIPFREE
  • Revolve: 50% off all final sale with code CYBER50
  • Sur La Table: Save up to 75% with Cyber Monday + free shipping on orders over $59 with code SHIPFREE
  • Shopbop: Spend $250, save 15%; spend $500, save 20%; spend $1000, save 25% with code GOBIG15
  • Tory Burch: Spend $250, save 30% with code THANKS
  • Tuckernuck: 15% off with code CYBER-15; spend $200, save 20% with code CYBER-20; spend $500, save 25% with code CYBER-25; spend $1000, save 30% with code CYBER-30
  • Williams-Sonoma: Spend $50, save 10%; spend $100, save 15%; spend $200, save 20%; spend $500, save 24% + free shipping with code SAVEMORE
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out my TWELVE holiday gift guides for all the ladies and men in your life:

Have you done much online holiday shopping?

Come back and let me know what deals you got!

Have a great day!



Happy Black Friday, you turkeys!
As the food coma wears off, be sure to check out all these amazing Black Friday sales! I do most of my Christmas shopping online and take advantage of these fantastic deals. It is also a great time to stock up on basic wardrobe needs for yourself that are marked down. My picks for the best sales are listed alphabetically below and you can shop some of my favorite sale pieces at the bottom of the post! Happy Shopping!
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off with code CELEBRATE (you can get my favorite black booties for under $100 here!)
  • Anthropologie: 25% off  with code SHOPTOIT
  • Banana Republic: 50% off sweaters, 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BFRIDAY
  • Baublebar: 30% off with code THX
  • Boden: 30% + free shipping and returns
  • Design Darling: 20% off with code THANKFUL
  • Furbish: 20% off with code CYBER
  • Gap: 50-70% off everything
  • Gigi New York: FREE GIFTS with purchase + free personalization
  • J. Crew: 30% off full-priced items, 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off, free shipping with code GIFTS
  • Kate Spade: 25% off with code MERCI
  • Kendra Scott: 15% off with code SALE15
  • Lilly Pulitzer: FREE GIFTS with purchase
  • L.L. Bean: 10% off with code THANKS10, $10 gift card with purchase of $50 + free shipping
  • Loft: 40% off with code BF40
  • Mark and Graham: 20% off + free monogramming & free shipping with code FRIENDS
  • Nordstrom: Extra 25% off select sale items
  • Orvis: Up to 30% on select full-priced favorites + free shipping with code SHIPFREE
  • Revolve: Up to 80% off new markdowns + extra 20% off sale with code BLACKFRIDAY20
  • Sur La Table: Extra 20% off clearance with code SAVEBIG + free shipping & lots of Black Friday specials
  • Shopbop: Spend $250, save 15%; spend $500, save 20%; spend $1000, save 25% with code GOBIG15
  • Tory Burch: Spend $250, save 30% with code THANKS
  • Tuckernuck: 15% off with code CYBER-15; spend $200, save 20% with code CYBER-20; spend $500, save 25% with code CYBER-25; spend $1000, save 30% with code CYBER-30
  • Williams-Sonoma: free shipping with code FREESHIP + lots of Black Friday specials

Be sure to take another look at my gift guides (Ladies Here & Gents Here), as many of the pieces I chose are now on SALE!

Have a great day!


Holiday Gift Guide: GENTS

Happy Turkey Day, friends!

There is so much to be thankful every day of the year, but this year I am feeling most thankful for my new job. To say this new career has been life changing would be an understatement. I have found so much happiness in this adventure, and am also especially thankful for the support of Bryce and my parents who were cheering me on, despite the fact that I quit my teaching job without a new one lined up.

And now, onto my gift guides for the Gents! I am slowly, but surely plugging through these. Every year, the Southern Gent guide is my favorite, and in my mind there really isn't any other type of man worth your time or gifting (wink, wink....kidding!). That being said, that is the only gift guide I have ready at this point. I will be updating this post as I complete the others.

I used my Southern Gent as the inspiration for this guide...most of these items are pieces that Bryce already owns and loves, and the rest are things I know he would love to have!

Wow the guy who always has the coolest gadgets with these techie finds! I'm partial to the smart watch featured which is a more stylish choice than the similar Apple Watch!

For the man who's always getting into trouble and debauchery, embrace gifts that are a bit on the wild side!

Even though he might not do much other cooking, you know that food hot off the grill can't be beat. Be sure to give your grill master gifts that will motivate him to get grillin!

Whether your guy is a player or fan, these gifts are sure to be a hit!

For your little man, buy gifts that are as cool as he is!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Holiday Gift Guide: LADIES

Happy Monday readers! 

Can you believe that Thanksgiving week is here? This fall has flown by!

This week is the biggest shopping week of the year--lots of Santas and elves are hard at work getting a head start on holiday shopping.

The last 3 years I have put together holiday gift guides for the blog and it is one of my favorite round ups of posts each year. I love, love, love finding the perfect gifts for the special people in my life and enjoy putting together guides to help you do the same.

I'm a bit behind on the guides this year, so it's going to be a whirlwind of a week! Today I am happy to share the Ladies edition of the guides. Wednesday I'll be back with the Gents and if I don't lose steam I'll finish out on Friday with Stocking Stuffers and a Black Friday sale round-up!

So without further adieu, let's get shopping!

For the pink loving, ultra girlie girls in your life, 
choose gifts that are glam or will make her feel pampered!

For the decorating mavens that have a special way of always making you feel at home, 
focus on unique pieces that will give their rooms and vignettes an extra dose of detail.

When it comes to your bestie, pick gifts that are as fun as she is!

For the friend that knows how to keep your belly happy, 
gift pieces that will make cooking and entertaining a little more easy and fun!

For your friend that has it all, find pieces that are just as fabulous as she is!

For the littlest ladies in your life, select pieces that are both fun and functional!

What's on your holiday wishlist?

Do you have go-to gifts for the ladies in your life?

Are you a plan ahead shopper or last minute gal?

Have a great day!


Sift With Style Giveaway

Happy Hump Day readers!

I hope you are having a great week so far!

We have been having the most gorgeous weather here the last few days and it has been a treat!

I am excited today to share with you a styled look featuring a Sift with Style Millie Tassel Necklace. I first discovered Katie's fabulous necklaces when shopping in a local boutique, Bliss at 5812. I was immediately drawn to the necklaces because Katie uses bright colors and a mix of styles. They're offered at a great, reasonable price point as well, which has made them a go-to for gift giving!

All that being said, you can imagine I was very excited when Katie contacted me about styling a piece and hosting a giveaway. I decided to stray from my typical bright colors and am so glad I did. I chose the Millie with black beads and a mix of neutral colored tassels. It is the perfect mix of shades for fall.

Those of you who follow along on Instagram got a sneak peek of the necklace last week!

Keeping neutrals in mind, I decided to pair it with my absolutely favorite sweater of the season!

I found this sweater while shopping at The Dandelion in Irvington on a river weekend earlier this fall and am in love! It is oh so soft and the tunic cut makes it ultra flattering as well. It also comes in gray and I found it online here. The sweater looks great over my go-to Pixie Pants and y'all know I'm a sucker for my over-the-knee boots. Mine were bought last fall, but I found a nearly identical pair here.

Get my look here:

And now friends, you are in luck! I am giving away a Sift with Style Millie necklace on Instagram. Full directions are on the Instagram post here, BUT, I am giving my blog followers a bonus entry. If you follow via Google Friend Connect, be sure to mention it in a comment on my Instagram post and I will give you a bonus entry!

Best of luck!

Have a great day!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday friends!

I'm excited to be "checking in" today and linking up for the Five on Friday. I literally have planned to do this for the last 3 Fridays and each week it's seemed to have fallen by the wayside. Whoops!

I feel like this blog is at a bit of a crossroads. I'm not ready to say goodbye, but I feel like I'm at a point that blogging doesn't feel like the priority it once was. I appreciate your sticking around as I figure the next steps in the life of Alexandra Bee Blog. Stay tuned...

So  now onto my Friday five...these are some of my favorite posts because they can encompass whatever random tidbits are filling life or my mind of late.

One Room Challenge Reveal Favorites
I'll be honest:  I don't typically follow along with the ORC start to finish, but I do always get excited when the reveals come out. I dream of someday participating myself (whilst kicking myself for not when making over our sun room) and can only hope that the challenge is still around years from now when we're in our next home. Anyways, I went through all the reveals the other night and couldn't resist sharing a few of my faves from the line up.

The one ORC that I have followed start to finish is by one of my blogging faves, Katie of Miss Dixie. I am a huge fan of her style and loved seeing the transformation of her living room.

Best Black Booties
After starting my new job, I went on the hunt for a great pair of black booties I could wear in lieu of heels during the cold winter months. After a few online orders (and returns), I settled on this pair from Ann Taylor...and I am obsessed with them! They are so comfortable, but still have a sleek and professional look. Bonus: AT seems to have a 40% off sale every other week and I scooped these up during one such sale! You can get the same deal now through Sunday with code FRIENDS40.

Y'all know I love to read. I feel like something's missing if I ever find myself "in between" books. That being said, I've recently switched gears a bit with my book choices. As a little girl, my favorite books were always mysteries which later translated into thrillers as I grew up. The last few years, I've gravitated more toward traditional "chick lit" though, until recently. Lately the books I've read have been thrillers and I'm loving them. The most recent I finished was Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. It was ah-mazing...such a page turner with some big twists and turns that I read almost the entire book in one night (staying up until nearly 5 am!). 

Christmas Decor
Those that follow along on Instagram know that I don't start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. That being said, I certainly start getting excited before then and have found in recent years I find myself in the Christmas spirit earlier and earlier. I have enjoyed flipping through all the Christmas catalogues that started piling up post-Halloween. While perusing holiday decor online, I recently found my zebra pillow that you probably remember from last year (here) on MAJOR SALE! This might be my favorite winter decorations and I am wishing I was able to score it at this reduced price myself, and thus, couldn't resist sharing it with you!

I am thinking this year I want to buy a few of these fun disco ball ornaments to mix in with our more traditional red and green ornaments that I use around the house to decorate!

Diet Time
In the last few weeks I've noticed that my pants are feeling a little snug which is my cue to start being a bit more diligent with my daily choices. Y'all know that I'm a big proponent of moderation, so I'm working to lighten up my diet during the week, by going for more low-carb and low-sugar choices. Let's face it, this girl couldn't do the whole NO-carb thing, nor would I want to. Rather, I am trying to focus though on eating more smart carbs and cutting back on the breads, pastas, and sweets. With the holidays coming up and a very busy couple of months, I am giving myself a free pass as far as weekends go, but am hoping that cutting back during the week and hopefully curbing some of my cravings will do the trick. That being said...any great light or low-carb recipes I should check out? Making good choices at dinnertime is the biggest challenge for me.

What's been going on in your life lately?

Have a great weekend!


Spicy Sausage Soup

Happy Hump Day readers!

Can you believe it!? I'm posting TWICE in the same week! I may also try and link up for the Friday Five in a couple of days...hoping to be back to my old blogging self!

Today I am excited to be sharing a super yummy fall and winter recipe with you.

Bryce and I are making a conscious effort to make more soups of late. They freeze so well, that we can always get at least 2 meals out of a batch, which is a win in my book as it saves time and money!

I've been going to Pinterest, as usual, and actually went ahead and organized all my soup recipes onto one board, you can check that out here.

This past weekend, I chose this recipe from Damn Delicious and it was so tasty that I am re-posting for you here, today. As always, my notes are italicized.

1 tbs olive oil
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp each, dried oregano & basil (as usual, I just used my farmer's market herb seasoning)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (I never measure out spices, rather just load up!)
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
5 c chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 lb red potatoes, diced
3 c baby spinach
1/4 c heavy cream

Heal olive oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage, cooking about 3-5 minutes until browned. Make sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks (I used a potato masher for this step).

Stir in garlic, onion, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in chicken broth and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately with a warm crusty bread!

As mentioned, this recipe was so flavorful! It was also very easy and fast; one I will definitely be adding to the arsenal!

Any favorite soup recipes I should try?

What are your go-tos for quick, but delicious dinners?

Have a great day!


Update: I LOVE My New Job!

Happy Monday friends!

I hope you have been doing well. I can't believe that we're already nearing the end of October. This is my favorite month and time of year.

I have really wanted to post at least once a week, but it just hasn't happened. I make no promises for the next few months, BUT, have high hopes of getting back on track in 2016.

I have been meaning for so long to do a big update post on my job.

First and foremost, I must share that I am absolutely loving it. While I felt very excited this summer when I made the leap to resign from teaching, I was also very scared about what the next months would bring. I wasn't sure how long it would take to get hired...or to find the right career fit. I fully expected that this first job would likely be a stepping stone job and a way to gain some experience while searching for my exact niche. I was very lucky, however, to find a job not only quickly, but to find my niche quickly too. I can honestly say that the position I am in is such a perfect fit, and is no stepping stone, but the real deal!

I am working in development for the local chapter of a national charity organization.  We raise funds to better our local community in the areas of education, income, and health. All of the funds we raise get funneled into local organizations through a strategic and intense grant process. Every day as I learn more about the programs we fund and the agencies we partner with, I feel more and more inspired. I come home so excited to tell Bryce about the work we do and feel so proud to get to be part of such an impactful organization. As you can imagine, the work we do in education is most near and dear to my heart, and believe it or not, I feel like I am doing more now to positively impact education than I was when I was in the classroom. While teaching I saw the problems in the public education system day in and day out, and now I am seeing solutions every day. It is a great change in perspective.

My job can be best compared to a sales job. I have a growing portfolio of accounts that I work with to run workplace campaigns in which companies ask their employees to give. A lot of the job entails public speaking to groups of employees about the work we do, but it also involves coordinating volunteer opportunities for their employees, managing distribution of marketing materials, helping to facilitate and attending events the companies put on as a part of their campaigns, linking employees to resources in the community that can be helpful to them, and much, much more. Every day looks a little different and I love that. I am also really enjoying the flexibility. Teaching was so regimented and every day followed a strict schedule. Now my hours vary some day to day according to the meetings and events that are going on. I'm in and out of the office frequently and enjoy how quickly that makes the days go by.

And last, but certainly not least, my coworkers are amazing. We are a tight-knit team and my transition onto the team has felt very seamless. Everyone in the office has been so welcoming and always willing to help or answer questions as I learn about this new field. We have so much fun at work every day and I find myself constantly smiling and laughing. My boss (as well as  her boss) makes sure to always acknowledge the work we are doing and until now, I didn't realize just how under-appreciated teachers are. Being in an environment where you are praised and appreciated really makes a huge difference.

I've received a lot of emails since taking my leap of faith and all I can say (especially to those of you who are struggling in the teaching world), is that it's not worth it to be in a job that doesn't please and fulfill you. I knew I was unhappy, but now being in a career that makes me happy, I realize just how miserable I actually was. All aspects of my life are better now, and it is so nice not dreading work every night or on Sundays. I also come home and have energy. Teaching was so draining that oftentimes, I felt I couldn't even piece together a coherent sentence, and now, I come home energized for whatever the night may hold.

I am so excited to see where this adventure takes me next.

Thanks for all your words of support, as well as those of you that reached out to specifically help me with my search. I most certainly would not have had the courage to take the step I did, were it not for the support from my loved ones and friends.

Have you ever gone through a similar period in your life?

Have a great day!


House Tour: Bedroom

Happy Tuesday readers!

It feels good to be back into even the teensiest bit of blogging consistency.

I haven't done a House Tour post in nearly a year and a half, so it is definitely time. Our house is always evolving, so it is tough to feel like spaces are "finished" enough to post. You can take a peek at glimpses from around the entire house on my House Tour page, here.

Today I am excited to give you a closer look at our bedroom, though. While there are a few things I would change if I could, overall this room is as finished as it probably will ever be, and it just might be my favorite room in our house.

So, without further adieu, come on in...

This is my absolute favorite view of our bedroom. It so perfectly captures who I am, and my design style. Those that have followed along for a while, know that I am a big fan of mixing: Mixing patterns, old and new, traditional and modern, neutral and bold...

I've always been a fan of white bedding and think it provides the perfect blank canvas to incorporate individuality. It is so fun to add pops of color and funk to an all white bed with pillows and this pillow combination definitely fits the bill. The Catstudio Virginia pillow is very special to me as it was on my wish list for several years before my parents gave it to me as part of my UVA graduation gift.

Also, if you haven't noticed the trend: I really like green trellis. The swoon-worthy fabric used to make my shams and bedskirt is Kravet Xu Garden Veridian. The ikat pillows were an Etsy find, bought here, and the bedding is old Garnet Hill, but a similar style can be found here.

Another very special part of our bedroom (perhaps even the most special) is this bench. My grandmother petit-pointed it as a teenager in the 1950s. It was in her home while I was growing up and I was honored when she passed it down to me when she downsized a few years ago.

I also love my nigh stand area, which is guaranteed to always have a book resting on top. It also usually is cluttered with jewelry!

Believe it or not, the tablecloth is actually a shower curtain I found at HomeGoods a few years ago. It was meant to be a temporary fix, but feels so right in the space that I've never been tempted to change it.

I also love this view from the bed. The photo of Bryce on a pheasant hunt on this nightstand is one of my favorites.

My one criticism of our bedroom, is that sometimes I feel like it has a bit of an identity crisis. What I've shown you so far feels very cohesive, but the rest of the space isn't so much. Alas, though, this is our first home, and I must accept that not everything is going to be perfect, or exactly the way I want it to be.

This antique desk belonged to Bryce's grandfather and I think will be perfect in his "gentleman's study" someday, as will the black leather chair and plaid ottoman. 

Below you'll see the part of the room that could use some work. In a perfect world, I would update the rug in this room and make this a couple's seating area by framing the window seat with a matching pair of comfy club chairs. I would put this blue & white garden stool in the middle and maybe even add two Moroccan poufs for lounging. BUT, for now, in this imperfect world, I'm okay with accepting the room as is. 


Do you ever feel like your home is finished?

How would you characterize your bedroom style?

Have a great day!


Bonjour, Y'all! - Lemon Squares

Happy Friday readers!

I hope you have had a good...errr...month?!?

I can't believe it has been an entire month since I have posted.

I guess that's what happens when you quit your job and start a new one all within a little over a month's time. Things have been crazy, but SO good! I am love, love, loving this new adventure. More details coming soon...

Today I am excited to be sharing a recipe from a cookbook I received for review earlier this summer.

When I first heard the name of said cookbook (Bonjour, Y'all!), I immediately knew it was likely to have lots of recipes that would appeal to me. And boy was I right! The cover alone has me salivating!

When I first received the book, I enjoyed flipping through each and every page. There is a photo to accompany every recipe, which is huge for me when looking through cookbooks. The book contains 8 sections: Libations, Breads, Starters, The Main, Brunch, Cookies, Encore, and Pantry with recipes that are sure to strike your fancy.  Many recipes stood out and I had a hard time deciding which one to try first for the blog.  My "To Try" list currently contains the following recipes: South Carolina Peach & Blueberry Sangria, Gruyere Puffs, Peach Pork Tenderloin, Bacon & Tomato Jam, and Triple Chocolate Mousse.

I ultimately decided to try the Lemon Squares before the others, though. I thought they would make the perfect treat to finish out summer before the first official start of fall next week. The recipe was also very straightforward and comprised of ingredients we typically have on hand.

Aren't they elegant?

The recipe did indeed turn out to be an easy one. The hardest part for me was taking the time to juice 8 lemons. The recipe did not call for this, however, I hadn't baked all summer and was in the mood to go the extra mile. In the future, I will probably just buy a bottle of lemon juice. The end result of the hard work, turned out to be delicious, though. The squares are ooey gooey perfection and really pack a punch you can't get from a boxed mix. 

*Makes 24 squares


For the crust:
  • 1 lb unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 4 c all-purpose flour
For the filling:
  • 6 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 and 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 c lemon juice (if you're foolish enough to use fresh squeezed lemons, this is the juice of about 8 large lemons)
  • 8 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • powdered sugar

For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Prepare a 13x18 inch baking pan by buttering the bottom.
  3. Mix butter and powdered sugar with electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream until combined. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Pat mixture into the bottom of prepared pan evenly.
  5. Bake about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
For the filling:
  1. Reduce oven temperature to 300F.
  2. Sift flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl.
  3. Gradually add lemon juice. Add eggs, one at a time, until combined (I found it easier to crack all the eggs into one large measuring cup, whisk them, and then pour into the mixture little by little). Add lemon zest.
  4. Pour mixture over cooled crust. Bake for 25 minutes, until set. (It actually took about 40 min of baking time for me. The edges were slightly golden and the filling only jiggled slightly in the center.)
  5. Let cool, cut into squares, and dust with powdered sugar.
  6. Enjoy!

I couldn't resist eating a square for breakfast this morning, and am taking most of them with me to work today. My favorite way to serve lemon squares, if you are not individually plating, is by putting them in cupcake liners, as you can see in this post. It makes it easy for someone to grab and go without getting sticky hands.

What are your favorite go-to summer desserts?

Are you a fan of lemon?

Have a great weekend!