Last summer I had a fruit theme of every week. From cherries to dragon fruit, I made salads and desserts related to each fruit theme playing around with fresh recipes making the most of the season. This summer I’ve been kinda obsessing over lemons as there are so many things you can do with them! For one, I love infusing water with lemon as it’s great for your skin and boosting energy levels. I often put it in my salad dressings and so much more. Today I’m taking it a little farther and showing you how to decorate with lemons, dress with lemons, plus I’m sharing one of my favourite lemon recipes at the bottom of this page! So without further ado, when life gives you lemons, this is what you do:
I’m absolutely in love with this lemon printed wallpaper that Serena & Lily sent me! A bright printed wallpaper like this looks fantastic in a bathroom with white accents like what I’ve done here in my home! I love the bright colours and summery feel it gives off.
Serena & Lily no longer has this pastel blue lemon wallpaper in stock but they do have it in a lovely lilac or nice crisp white which I think I like even more! Psssst. you can also use my coupon to take 15% off any purchase from Serena & Lily here!
For Love and Lemons
If you’re on Instagram as much as I am, then you’ve definitely heard of or seen the bralette craze that’s been happening everywhere(key in the new “Tumblr style”). Popular brands like For Love and Lemons are all over Insta feeds and I am so on that bandwagon (I can’t help it, they’re so cute)! I love pairing a strappy bralette under a loose white tee with layered necklaces and they’re sooo much more comfortable than a regular bra. Here are some of my top picks and favourite bralette styles on the market!
Lemon Summer Bars
Here’s one of my favourite summer recipes for a light dessert you don’t have to feel too guilty about. It’s not overly sweet and with high protein ingredients like greek yogurt and eggs, these really aren’t that bad for you! I love serving this lemon recipe on hot summer days and you can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months!
3/4 cup chocolate baking crumbs (can substitute with graham cracker crumbs)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
6 ounces (168g) brick-style light cream cheese
3/4 cup (181g) plain Greek yogurt
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
Topping: fresh berries (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides to easily lift the bars out of the pan before cutting. Set aside.
- Make the crust: Mix crumbs and melted coconut oil together in a medium bowl until combined. Evenly press crust into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Make the filling: In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese on high speed until completely smooth, about 1 minute. On medium-high speed, beat in yogurt until completely combined. Then beat in the eggs and egg yolk until combined. Finally, beat in the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract until everything is combined and no lumps remain.
- Pour filling onto the crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center of the bars no longer jiggles. Cool bars at room temperature on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 3-4 hours.
- Once chilled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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