Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Things with Wings…and Something Sweet!


bird collage

Good afternoon, my friends!

What a beautiful fall day today…makes me happy!  I think it’s about to rain, which we really love here…we don’t get rain very often!

I’ve got SUCH a busy week ahead—so much fun in store!  My oldest daughter, Chelsea, is making a last-minute trip home tonight to join us in celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday this weekend—we’re so excited to get her home! {even if it’s just for a few days!}

So we’ll keep things short & sweet today…just a few things to share with you…first, cards that I made for Splitcoast’s Dirty Dozen a few months ago, and couldn’t share here until now…


This is one of my very favorite of the images in Crafty Secrets’ “Altered Fairies” Creative Scraps!  I LOVE this sweet girl just relaxing on the moon…so vintagely fabulous!


I used some of my favorite pink crocheted ribbon, silky ribbon, a button, and of course, a bit of sparkle on Mr. Moon…and the “stars” in the background are platinum Stickles, of course!



A wonderful image from Crafty Secrets’ “Birds & Blossoms” Creative Scraps…love those dressed-up, chatting birdies!


I just did a punched edge on one of the background pages…love the lacy look it gives…inked up and glittered the chipboard letters, added some lovely crocheted lace and gingham ribbon, a Prima flower, and that’s about it!

Now, how about that something sweet I promised you…?


Lemon Curd Bars…Oh, my goodness, these are tasty!

Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens’ Christmas Cookie magazine (my yearly favorite!)


1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 10 to 12-ounce jar lemon curd

2/3 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds or coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a 13x9 baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.  Grease foil; set aside.


In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar.  Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.  Beat in flour and baking powder until combined (mixture will be crumbly).  Remove 2/3 cup of the crumb mixture; set aside.  Press the remaining crumb mixture evenly onto the bottom of prepared baking pan.


Bake crust in the preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until top is golden.  Remove from oven.  Spread lemon curd over hot crust to within 1/2 inch of  the edges.  In a medium bowl, stir together the reserved crumb mixture, coconut, and almonds.  Sprinkle coconut mixture over lemon curd.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes more or until edges are golden and topping is lightly browned.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.  Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out o pan.  Cut into bars.  Makes 32 bars.

Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days…{but they won’t last that long!}


So yummy!  I didn’t add nuts to mine, as my girls don’t like them…hubby and I have to suffer…oh, well!  And next time I make this, I think I’ll make my own lemon curd first…it will be all the better!

Well, that’s it for me today.  I hope the day is beautiful for you, whatever the weather, and I’ll see you soon with something new!



  1. I love the cards..especially the little birds all dressed up! Love this recipe too and it's beautiful to look at and I love anything lemon...thanks! Come say hi :D

  2. Julie,
    Your moon card is fabulous!! I scrolled very quickly past your lemon bars, as I'm trying to stay away from sugar, so I'm not even going to look at them!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. Dear Julie,
    Love your cards! Beautiful vintage style!
    Have a wonderful fall day. We have had rain all day here.

    Hugs Hanne

  4. Hi Julie, your cards are all so cute! You ladies who make cards make me want to try it again... I have alot of supplies already... and thanks for sharing your recipe, Yum!... xoxo Julie Marie

  5. What a supersweet cards you made! Have fun with your daughter|!

  6. Hello Julie,
    Your cards are stunningly beautiful. You are so creative. Lovely work!!

  7. great cards, and the lemon bars look so yummy!

  8. Cute creations! I love the little girl on the moon! I have that graphic to. Thanks for the yummy recipe! So fall~ish!


  9. blogging tonight is making me very hungry. lots of very yummy posts. i think fall has us all wanting to bake! yum.

    LOVE the top image. your work is always so pretty.

    have a great rest of the week!


  10. Coconut and lemon in the same recipe...heaven! I will be trying this recipe for sure!
    Love your over the moon card Julie-beautiful as always.
    My banner came today and I am so impressed with it. Love your "A"...another cute creation! Thank you.

  11. MMMM....I love ANYTHING with lemon curd. Yum!!!

  12. the cards are wonderful. I LOVE those little birdies. and the lemon curd bars????? OH MY GOD!!! Im supposed to be losing weight.. and now I fear I will have sweet dreams about them and wake up with high blood sugar!! lol!
    thanks for sharing the recipe.. I will be making these, maybe as a reward after losing the next 10 pounds!

  13. I love the little card with the angel resting with the moon- so very sweet.
    I think the lemon bars look wonderful- thank you for sharing your recipe... low calorie right? LOL!!!

  14. Hi Julie,
    I just wanted to come over and say hi and then this beautiful image blew me away and so did the lemon treats--wow!!!

  15. Julie, what beautiful cards! Once again you amaze me! I love the birdie one especially, but then I am partial to bird anything! Oh, and those lemon squares. I am wanting some for my breakfast, but alas . . . I am a whole continent and ocean away!! I shall have to just bake my own I guess! Have a fabulous weekend with your daughter home and enjoy the party!! Love and hugs from afar! xxoo

  16. Dear Julie,
    I alwayes love your beautifull cards,and this fairy flying with the moon, is adorable-and so is the lil birds.
    Wishes you happy dayes with your daughter,and family,
    Hugs, Dorthe

  17. Beautiful cards Julie!
    Lemon bars are my favorite, can't wait to try this recipe.
    TFS and hugs to you.

  18. love your sweet cards and delicious recipe for the lemon curd bars! Thank you for sharing them! :)

  19. These cards are so awesome!!! I love them!

  20. Julie, You are getting us ready for the baking season. I love lemon bars! The little girl in the moon is so sweet. I love moons, too! Your tweet birds are so cute on the backgrounds you chose. Always wonderful! E

  21. Julie,
    Love that birdie card. The recipe looks wonderful! Have a good time with your daughter at home. They all look so lovely!

  22. Enjoy your daughter's visit and celebrating with your MIL. Lovely cards as always. And those lemon curd bars sound divine. I wonder if I can find lemon curd here? Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. :) Tammy

  23. I love coming here to see what you've been making, your cards always give me such ideas, beautiful!

    Those lemon bars sound delish, think I might have to try them. :)

  24. I can't wait to try this recipe. I love lemon curd. Sometimes I have trouble finding it at the local grocer, but I always stock up when I find it.
    Your cards are adorable. The sparkle on the moon is a perfect accent!

  25. MMMMMM.... Lemon Bars.....Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!!
    Your cards are adorable. Can someone say... talented???
    Have a great weekend my friend!

  26. Dear Julie, I have never heard about Lemon curd bars, they might be delicious!! I love lemon flavor in sweets.
    Beautiful creations my friend.

  27. Yummy those lemon bars look so good ;) Thanks for sharing, fondly, Roberta

  28. What a wonderful post, thank you for all the yummy eye candy

  29. Love your post Julie! Have a great time with your daughter home!... oh.. and pass me one of those lemon bars..will you?? lol

  30. Julie, you are my favorite card designer! These are so wonderful! Those bars look so good! I love those. Must try your recipe. Have a great weekend! Twyla

  31. Have fun with your daughter...and birthday celebration.

    Those bars look amazing...I am off to write this one down...having company this weekend and this may be just the sweet treat I need. xoxoox Hugs.