Homemade Lemon Larabars

Lemon Lara Bars Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comLemon Lara Bars Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Lemon Lara Bars Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comThere I am in the organic aisle and it’s as if they are calling my name. Larabars: 10 for $10?! How could I not pick them up? (Sometimes I’m even tempted to get twenty. Shh!) They’re the perfect guilt-free grab and go snack to have on hand and so tasty!

A few weeks ago one of my friends mentioned how she made homemade larabars. In that moment, it was as if the stars aligned! Why had I not thought about this before?! Fast forward to last Thursday’s To-Do list that had one thing written on it. One thing. There were no excuses or putting off testing and trying out my very favorite flavor of larabars in our very own kitchen. I expected the trial and error of making these at home to take a few attempts but to my giddy surprise, it didn’t! I guess when something has so few ingredients, you can’t really mess it up! They’re simply delicious, healthy, and easy.
Lemon Lara Bars Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1.5 cups packed pitted dates (I cut the dates in half so they could be packed better)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about the juice from one lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

What to do: 

Pour the almonds and cashews into the food processor and pulse a few times until they are semi-chopped. Add all the remaining ingredients into the food processor. Pulse a few times and then on low or until it starts forming together into a sticky mixture. Line an 8 x 8 pan (or really any pan) with wax paper. I used a spatula to flatten the mixture into an even consistency in the pan. Smooth out the top and edges. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Cut to desired width. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or counter.

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 01I decided to take the week off from blogging. It was so nice BUT I missed all of you!

Today, I’m linking up with these beauties: Erika, Narci and Andrea. I guess I did some shopping on my week off. 😉 Take a peak!

One.I got this shirt and love it! It can be worn so many different ways and to be honest, the picture doesn’t do it justice for how cute it is!

Two.Christmas FireplaceI started Christmas shopping and I’m way too excited about it! I wanted to start early and take advantage of my extra time this summer so i can enjoy the holiday season a little more. 😉 Christmas in July anyone?


These leggings from the Loft are on sale right now!


I got the best massage yesterday. I think I may still be in heaven. 🙂

Five.I bought this shirt before leaving for Colorado, thinking it would be a good summer shirt. It’s become my favorite summer shirt and I completely underestimated just how much I would wear it. As in, I would reach for it everyday if I didn’t see the same people several days in a row. 😉 I went back for two more last weekend in grey and white!

*I go to the store to buy these since they are normally in stock there!*

Have the best Friday and be sure to check back on Monday for my Lemon Lara Bar recipe!

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Friday Favorites

Settle in ladies because it’s Friday Favorites with Erika, Narci, and Andrea!


Ladies…you gave me great suggestions and I ended up getting this sunscreen! It’s sold in most drugstores and can be ordered online. I didn’t want to spend a fortune but I wanted something that would be healthy for my skin. Here’s the answer! 😉


I’ve talked about my love for Lara Bars and that love just keeps growing. I decided to try to make my own and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you! You can see the sneak peak here!


This video was so fun to put together and sum up our vacation! We loved visiting Colorado! 🙂

Four.Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 9.38.14 AMThis has easily become one of my favorite verses and was definitely needed as a great reminder the last few weeks.



We ordered a cocktail shaker (instead of our makeshift mason jar with holes) and it showed up on our doorstep with no lid. Soooo we tried again and got this one that works great!

I also love these for a different look: 

Black/ Silver/ Bronze

I’m doing a fun little survey that’s short and sweet because… who doesn’t love food?!

Click here to take the survey! I love, love, love hearing from each and every one of you!  Happy Friday! xoxo

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Hello! Happiness


Today I’m doing a fun recipe swap with Natasha from Hello! Happiness! Perfect timing for the holiday weekend, right?! I love how simple and festive this recipe is!


  • 1 Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough (yes, the kind that come pre-packaged in a log and read to slice)
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • 2 cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla


Slice and bake cookies as directed on package. Let cool. Cut and slice fruit. Mix together confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla and ice each cookie. Top with fruit and enjoy!


What’s Up Wednesday: June

What we’re eating this week:We have been eating a lot of smoothies from here! (I guess that’s drinking but you get the idea!) 

What I’m reminiscing about:Our wedding! Next month will be our one year anniversary and memories are flooding back. 🙂 

What I’m loving:That my best friend and I chatted it up with Justin Nozuka at his concert. 😉

What we’ve been up to:We’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool and loving every second of it!

What I’m dreading:

Honestly…nothing! 🙂

What I’m working on:

Cooking and baking. All the time. Anything you want to see?!

What I’m excited about:

Going to see the movie Me Before You so soon!

What I’m watching/reading:

What I’m listening to:

As always…a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

What I’m wearing:1. Printed Chiffon 2. Striped Gauze Tassel 3. Floral Cover Up Dress 4. Carnival Printed V-Neck 5. Floral Long Kimono 6. Crinkle Chiffon Kimono 7. Cocoon 8. Lily Pulitzer 

Basically a beach cover up or my summer style here and here!

What I’m doing this weekend:

We have a Fourth of July party and I’ll most likely be wearing something festive like this!

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Our anniversary! 

What else is new:

Not a lot and I am completely fine with that!

Bonus Question: What is your favorite July 4th tradition and/or recipe?

We don’t exactly have traditions other than spending time with friends and family each and every year. I love that. Simple and fun. 🙂 I definitely love festive July 4th food but I also love picnic food which leads me to my favorite picnic dish…here!

Have a great Wednesday friends!