Lemon Bars

The holidays are nearly over! They went by in such a blur. Yesterday my sister and I put on our fiercest faces, drove to the mall and plunged into the fray. It was total chaos! However, we kept our heads and emerged victorious after conquering Nordstrom and Sephora.

Today is different. I’m sitting at Panera Bread as I write this and things are calm and reasonable. I think most people have returned to work, and the retail world is taking a much-needed deep breath and beginning the recovery process.

My family had a wonderful Christmastime. We spent quality time together, and we ate a LOT of cookies (as evidenced by the picture below).

It was a time of indulgence, but I think that time is drawing to a close for a bit, at least for me. Anytime I come near to anything sugary, I feel my body telling me to stop that. It’s time for a little break!

In the spirit of taking breaks, I would like to share two things with you.

1) These lemon bars. I made them last spring before I had a blog, and they were scrumptious. My mom made them for Christmas this year, and I was reminded of how deliciously lemony they are.

I’m on vacation this week, so I thought I would take a small break from baking and just share with you the picture I took last spring, and the link to the recipe. Seriously, make these! You won’t be sorry. The recipe can be found on foodnetwork.com: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lemon-bars-recipe/index.html.

2) I am officially taking a break from sugar in January. I’ve been planning to do this for a couple months now. I got the idea from the Pioneer Woman, after reading this post back in September.

I don’t have any intention of being super intense about this – I am not cutting out everything that contains a grain of sugar. I am simply cutting out desserts, juice, mochas, etc. Anything that is overtly sugary/desserty (and…*sob*…subsequently delicious).

I’m also not calling this a diet, but more of a cleanse. I have no intention of giving up sugar for good! Please. That will never happen. I just have a little flair for the dramatic and I think a month is the perfect amount of time to reset and feel fresh. I will keep you updated on my journey!

Have a great final week of 2011!

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