FOODIE: LEMON ICEBOX TARTS



It's my mothers favorite and it's super simple to make! Adapted from a recipe passed down by my grandmother, this Lemon Icebox Tart recipe is the perfect summertime treat!




INGREDIENTS: 1 bag TEDDY GRAHAMS. SUGAR. BUTTER. 1 tsp VANILLA.
1 can of CONDENSED MILK. 2 LEMONS.  1 cup of HEAVY CREAM.


SQUEEZE : In a bowl containing 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, squeeze 1 1/2 fresh lemons. Make sure you remove the seeds before squeezing.  With a spoon mix together until the lemon juice is fully incorporated. 
TASTE TEST: This recipe is slightly forgiving, so it's super adaptable. I suggest giving your filling a  test taste and if you want a stronger lemon taste squeeze in an additional 1/2 of  a lemon. I taste all of the elements (crust, filling, and my whip) before building my tart. Each flavor has to harmonize!

CRUSH: In a food processor ( I use my ninja) place one bag of honey teddy grahams, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tbsp of melted butter. 
Blend until fine. Using the back of a spoon press the cookie crumbs firmly to the side of your food processor. If the mixture sticks together you have the right consistency. If the crumbs don't hold together, add an additional tsp of melted butter and blend again. Be careful, as adding too much butter will make your crust greasy!
SCOOP: Using an ice cream scoop, evenly distribute your crust into your cupcake liners. If you want to get fancy, save a little bit of the cookie crumble to top your tarts!


Using the back of your scoop firmly press the cookie crumbs into your cupcake liners. I place my cupcake liners into a cupcake tin to help with the molding of the shape. Distribute your filling evenly with the help of your ice cream scoop.


WHIP IT: I love making fresh whip! Now I'm not sure if it makes a big difference or not but I always place my stand mixer bowl into the refrigerator to chill before I make my whip. 

Add 1 cup of heavy cream to the bowl and mix on medium. Watch as the peaks begin to form and then add in 2 tbsp of sugar slowly. Again I stop and taste test to see If the sugar has distributed well and if I am ok with the sweetness level. Add in a tsp of vanilla flavoring and continue to mix until combined.





























Top your tarts with the fresh whip and sprinkle with leftover cookie crumble! Refrigerate and enjoy!

This recipe makes 6 generous tarts! 


TOOLS:
Cupcake pan
Large Cupcake liners
Measuring Spoons
Ice cream Scoop 
Stand Mixer
Lemon Squeezer
Food Processor


THE RËVIEW: BYOB ROCKS

The food scene is growing faster than I can order! Burgers check, Bottles check, Music check! New to the Lakeview scene is BYOB aka Build Your Own Burger aka Birmingham's Years of Bands. 

Cheese Fries




SERVICE/AMBIANCE:
BYOB joins a host of trendy restaurants in the bustling Lakeview area. The bar houses a couple of tables and plenty of bar seating. We were intrigued by the mural of some familiar Birmingham musicians and a few that may surprise you.  Occupying the former Kelley's Neighborhood Sports Grill spot, owner Jason shared his plans to hopefully expand the space to the roof top! Our friendly waitress was serving double duty at the bar early on in the evening and was very knowledgeable of the menu.
Fried Green Tomatoes



MENU:
Just like it's name suggests, there are plenty of burger options on the menu! However, we started out with a few selections from the "Opening Acts", Fried Green tomatoes, Onion Rings, and Cheese Fries.  The Onion Rings battering was a bit on the salty side but the Fried Green tomatoes and the house-made cheese sauce for the fries definitely redeemed the rings!  

Onion Rings




























My foodie crew for the night was comprised of non beef eaters, so we were pleased with the number of options for the veggie lovers!


Rolling in the Hay was a crowd favorite and we tried it two ways! First up as a Blackbean patty and also as a Veggie patty. The burger comes  stacked with  roasted sweet peppers, caramelized onions, tomatoes, arugula and lemon aioli. 

With a little building, pickles and bacon found their way into the mix. While veggie patties can be a hit or miss in the texture and flavor departments, the blackbean and veggie both held together well and were quite flavorful.


Last but not least, The Highlander, a turkey patty topped with mozzarella,onions, arugula, basil,  tomato aioli and a balsamic glaze rounded out the "Headliners". The specially crafted bun was the highlight of this burger as the frozen patty lacked the texture and flavor I was hoping for. 


VERDICT: Want to grab a hand crafted burger and drink after work or on a late night? Then I'd definitely suggest BYOB.   A cool atmosphere with good music and an above average bar food selection makes this place a "hit". I can't wait for that rooftop area to open to visit again!




Byob Rocks on Urbanspoon

DËSIGN: IKEA HACK

Every IKEA lover loves a good IKEA HACK and although this one is super simple, I love getting a bang for my buck! 






















I spotted these SNIKA  boxes this past fall on a rare trip to IKEA. While they weren't on my initial shopping list, I just couldn't pass them up!

Retailing at around twenty bucks for a set of three, these steel constructed boxes were available in green and white!























I had every intention to use these gems in my craft room but one day I was searching for an open container to hold  my nightstand tchotchkes. I removed the lid from the large box and  inadvertently found that it made an awesome tray! The small lid followed suit and I have to say I think it's the best twenty bucks I've ever spent in IKEA!


 ORGANIZED CLUTTER: A few of my spring polishes and my favorite bling!

Sorry y'all it appears that the SNIKA boxes are not available online but be sure to check your local IKEA!

STYLË: SPRING HAUL FAVORITES


Check out my first YOUTUBE Haul!
Including all of the items here & more!

1.SaturdayFabric Ball Necklace
2. MINNETONKA: CLASSIC FRINGE HARDSOLE BOOT
3.Saturday: Crossbody Bucket Bag
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