Friday, November 8, 2013

Change and Lemon Bars


One word. So simple. So powerful.

Oh, how my life has changed.

It's time my writing did as well.

I have more clarity.
More purpose.
More light.
More joy.
More love.

On December 19th, 2012, on the birthday of his great-grandfather, my son, Jacob David was born.

I became a mother. 

I haven’t looked back.

The joy motherhood has brought me is deeper, and more primal than I could ever have imagined.

It's been well over a year since I last wrote. My life, my work, and my family lifted me up and carried me away. I don't regret it, and I make no excuses for it. It's important to walk away, gain perspective, and figure out why you write.

There are so many stories, feelings, and words taking over my brain these days, I need to share them again.

My passion is still local food. New England has my heart, and I cannot wait to introduce this precious little boy to all of it. However, I feel like just focusing on local food puts me into a box. What about family recipes that have my heart, full of stories and emotion? What about all the emotions and thought I have on family?

It all deserves a place.

From this point forth - the blog will change. I have a lot of thoughts running around my brain. There will still be food and recipes. For me, every life moment is marked by some kind of food. I thought of overhauling everything, name, look, all that stuff. Let's be honest here, I don't have time for that right now. I just want to share and write. So it begins.

The posts and recipes from Lighter and Local will stay right here, and I'll still share recipes of local flavor and flair, but the box doesn't fit anymore.

Or more correctly, I don't fit the box.

I'm hoping you will continue with me on a new journey, one filled with food, family, and adventures. My adventure is just beginning. My baby is on the brink of being a toddler. He's 11-months-old, he's walking, and a force to be reckoned with, just like his mama.

I'll begin with a family recipe, tucked into a box, written in my Nana's own script. It's fitting to kick this off with a recipe both she and my own mother, treasure. I hope Jake will stand beside me, his hands covered in flour, helping me make them one day. I can't wait.

Lemon Bars
Yield: 24


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons of flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter and add flour, sugar, and mix.
  3. Press mixture down in pan (ungreased) and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, checking every 10 minutes.
  4. Take out of oven and set aside. (Keep oven at 350 degrees)

  1. Combine well-beaten eggs; sugar, salt, and lemon juice
  2. Mix baking powder and flour, add to egg mixture
  3. Spread topping on hot baked crust. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until set.
  5. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, allow to cool completely, and cut into bars.

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El said...

What a precious and adorable little boy. Welcome back. The lemon bars look great!

Amy McCoy said...

Kimmy, this is awesome. It's so nice to have you back writing, and Jake is just too cute! I'm looking forward to reading more and more from you - and boxes be darned!

Karen Covey said...

Kimmy, it's so nice to have you writing again! Jake is super cute and I'm looking forward to your new, updated take on your blog. The lemon bars seem a perfect way to start. Welcome back!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations, Jacob is so adorable! Your lemon bars are a classic, everyone should have a great tried and true recipe for them.

Emily said...

Welcome back. isn't motherhood the craziest adventure ever? My blog has suffered since our little guy joined us... but, as you say, life happens and that's ok! Looking forward to your new content!

stee said...

welcome back to blogging! I'm so glad I kept you in my blog feed when I switched to Feedly. Belated congratulations on your son.