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When life gives you lemons…

… make lemon bars!

Life has been throwing lemons at me left, right and center. Jokes on you because I’m going to use the lemons to make more desserts! Ha!

I’ve been on “summer vacay” for a week now, but I don’t feel relaxed at all. This has probably been the longest week of my life. Job hunting is soooo tiring, it drags my days into weeks. I swear I’ve been at it for a month! I started to feel really discouraged when I didn’t hear back from all the places that I applied to. But yesterday, I decided to take a break from interviews and handing in resumes and that’s when I finally realized I’ve only been looking for a job for a couple days! I’m impatient like that 😛 And I thought that I must’ve applied to at least 10 different places by now but turns out I’ve only applied to 6 jobs and I heard back from 5 of them! I don’t know what my deal was, but I was just so busying prepping Q&A for interviews, writing resumes and looking for jobs that I lost track of time. I was consumed in it. 

I got a job offer today (finally!) and it felt so good! I may or may not have skipped my way out of the place after my interview. And I may or not may have called my sister and twinner as soon as I was out of sight from my future boss. I couldn’t even make out words because I was so excited, all I did was squeal and laugh uncontrollably. Sadly, the laughter continued even when I went on the bus, now even more people think that I’m weird 😛

I have yet to accept the job because I’m waiting for another. Don’t you hate it when this happens? What if the second job never gets back to me and I end up losing the first job?! What if I accept the first job and then the second job gets back to me the next day?! I can’t quit the one I just accepted, it’s so unprofessional! Oh and besides these two, I have a third employer who wants an interview tomorrow. I have weaved a very tangled web, and I need to make some decisions asap! If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ll know that I’m the best at being indecisive. 

Okay so maybe these aren’t life ruining problems, but I’m a perfectionist and I expect life to always work out for me. So whenever I encounter a tiny problem, it feels like the END OF THE WORLD for me. Another problem of mine is that I’m never satisfied with what I have. This morning, before the job offer, I told myself that I needed to rock the interview because I HAVE TO HAVE THAT JOB. Now that I got accepted for the position, I don’t really want it anymore. I have issues 😦

Sorry for the essay, I guess I just needed a lame excuse to explain my absence from the blog 😛 Without further ado, I present to you LEMON BARS!!!!! These were super easy to make and so good! Warning: the lemon custard topping was SUPER sour. I swear, my mom’s face stayed wrinkled up for about 10 minutes.

Lemon Bars

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (2 oz/55 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (7 1/2 oz/215 g)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (6 oz/170 g) (I used salted)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (2 oz/55g) (optional)

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (2 1/2 oz/70 g)
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar (1 pound/455 g) (I used 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp lemon juice (9 oz/28o ml) (I used 1 cup)
  • lemon zest, grated from 1 small lemon (I zested 2 lemons)
  • 6 large whole eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • salt pinch
  • confectioners’ sugar for topping

How To

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and butter/spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

2. To make the crust: sift the confectioners’ sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir in the flour. Add the butter and pine nuts (if using) and beat on low speed just until a smooth dough forms.

3. Press the dough evenly into the pan and allow it to come up about a 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. 

4. Bake the crust until it is a deep golden brown, about 25-35 minutes.

5. To make the filling: While the crust is baking sift the flour into a mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar until blended. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to dissolve the sugar. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the whole eggs and egg yolk with the salt. Add the eggs to the lemon juice mixture and whisk until well mixed.

5. Once the crust is ready pour the filling directly into the pan. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. and bake just until the center of the custard is set, about 30 to 40 minutes.

6. Let cool completely on a wire rock, then cover and chill well before cutting. Cut into squares and dust the top with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. They will keep in an airtight container or well covered in the baking dish in the refrigerator for up to 4 days

Source: Lemons and Anchovies

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New Found Love for Snickers Bars

It was my friend’s 20th birthday last Sunday. 

Golly, 20 is a HUGE number. It scares me how fast time is passing by, I swear we were just celebrating our sweet 16’s a couple months ago. I’m so glad that I’m still 19 and that my birthday is in December. There’s a long wayyy to go before I’M 20 😛

Anyway so back to my friend’s birthday, I was frantically trying to find a birthday present for him a couple hours before his party. 

Here was my thought process:

Hmm, what to get him… OH he’s active and he’s pretty health conscious, OK so I’ll get him a smoothie maker and a tumbler!

Hang on, are there such things as smoothie makers? Oh right, blenders make smoothies. Dammit, I’m pretty sure he has a blender already.

Arghh, that was a million dollar idea too. Now I have think again… oh heyyyy, last time I hung out with him, he bought a snickers bar from a vending machine. That must means he LOVES them right? Sweet, I’ll make him some snickers for his birthday!! Whoohoo I found him a present!! No more shopping!

I’m terrible at gift shopping, it’s really hard for me to think about what others would like. I would rather study for a midterm than go gift shopping. 

   

You wanna hear about the snickers now don’t you? 

To be honest, I was never a huge fan of snickers bars.

Every halloween, snickers bars would be the first things I give up for trade, right after crispy crunch bars of course. (Crispy crunch is grossssss)

I could probably live without eating snickers ever again. I said probably.

I had the full intention of giving away all 16 bars that I made to my friend, but I had  to try one. Standard taste-test yenno? 😉

One bite and I was converted. These tasted just like the store bought ones but a BAJLLION times BETTER. They had a huge kick of PB flavour, a chewy layer of nougat and crunchy peanuts for a contrast of textures. I immediately wished for a time machine so that I could go back in time and un-trade all of my snickers bars.

Homemade Snickers Bars

Bottom Chocolate Layer:

1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter

Thoroughly grease a 9×13 baking pan. Melt chocolate and PB together in a microwave, then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Put it in the freezer to let it harden.

Nougat Layer:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped, roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil in the microwave. Let it boil in microwave for another 2-3 mins , stirring at each 1 minute interval. Add in fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Fold in peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Put the pan back into the freezer while you prepare the caramel layer.

Caramel Layer:
1 14-ounce bag of caramels

1/4 cup whipping cream

Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on medium for a couple minutes or until caramel melts. Stirring  until smooth. Pour over nougat layer and put pan back into the freezer.

Top Chocolate Layer:
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

 Melt chocolate and PB together in a microwave, then pour over the caramel layer and spread until even. Put it in the freezer to let it harden for about 20 minutes.

When you take out the pan from the freezer it takes about 5-10 minutes for the bars to soften, then you can cut them easily and serve.

Adapted from: How Sweet Eats who got it from someone named Nikki (I can’t find her recipe page) who got it from Taste of Home

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Sugar OD

Hi guys!

I’m on “spring” break and it’s been awesome!! I’m only 2 days into the break and I’m already all sugared up. (Mmmm sugar ODs.)

I went on a trip to Portland the past weekend with Karen, Josh, David, William, Wendell and Monica. We didn’t visit any tourist attractions  or do anything extra special. We just needed to get out of Vancouver and head somewhere far enough away to feel a new pace. Portland was just perfect, close enough to drive to and far enough to call it a “vacation” 😛

The two days were full of FOOD (I can feel my thighs rubbing together more than ever), music, and shopping! Gotta take advantage of the tax-free system ahaha

Most of the stuff I bought are baking related, surprise surprise. 

I absolutely FREAKED OUT when i saw CRATE&BARREL AND SUR LA TABLE!!! We don’t have those stores in Canada, so I screamed like a crazy person when I saw them.

CRATE & BARREL!!!!!

OH OH ANDDDDDD, I FOUND GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE IN WALMART!!!! 

I’VE. ALWAYS. WANTED. GHIRARDELLI. CHOCOLATE. 

My friend caught the moment when my heart stopped. 

I ❤ WALMART

You can bet I stocked up on a bunch of ghirardelli chips. My hand is dipping into some as I am typing up this post. 

DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL EXCITED WHEN THEY SEE BAKING STORES/BAKING CHOCOLATE?!?!?!

This is what it looked like inside Sur la Table, my eyeballs were spinning, I wanted to see everything but there was just so much!!

I need someone to share my excitement with!!!

Ok, time to calm downnn. Sorry if I frightened you 😛 I’m just realllllly hyped on sugar right noww..

Rocky Road Bars

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar (I used scant 1cup)
3/4 cup flour ( I used half whole wheat and half all purpose)
40mL cup cocoa
11/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
large marshmallows cut in half
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted then coarsely chopped
How To
1. Melt butter and stir in cocoa until well blended.  Set aside.
 
2. Mix flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until well blended.  Pour butter-cocoa mixture over flour mixture and stir until well combined.  Add in some walnuts if you want. 
 
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of brownies comes out clean.
4. Top the brownies with marshmallow halves, covering the surface. 
5. Place the pan back into the oven and set the oven to broiler mode. Broil for about 3 mins or until marshmallows are just golden brown.
6. Take it out and immediately sprinkle walnuts and chocolate chips over it, letting the chocolate chips just melt. 
7. Cool brownies until room temp and then cut into bars. The marshmallows will be a bit difficult to work with.
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