Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Curd Filling

My Daughter and I- Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Curd Filling. Click through for full recipe!

Hey! We just got home from a fun and exciting camping trip to the Colorado River. We did a bunch of water sports and came home exhausted! It was a great trip.

Just before we left, I had a craving for something lemon. I know – everyone else is into pumpkin right now, but lemon just sounded so good. I remembered that I had a jar of lemon curd in the pantry so it was time to try it. You can make your own lemon curd pretty easily, but the one I used from Trader Joe’s was a great option. I wanted to pair the tangy, smooth lemon curd with a buttery cookie, and this is what I came up with. It was delicious!

My Daughter and I- Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Curd Filling. Click through for full recipe! Photo 2

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Jules, from The Kiwi Diaries.

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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Curd Filling

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp salt
2½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Lemon Curd (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)

Heat oven to 350 degrees, and line two half-sheet-pan baking sheets with parchment or nonstick liners.
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer until well blended.
Beat in yolks, lemon juice, and salt.
Beat in flour just until moist clumps form. Gather dough together in bowl to bind.
Shape scant tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls.
Place balls on prepared sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
Using a floured finger or something that will give a good round shape, make a deep indentation in center of each ball.
Bake cookies until firm and lightly golden on bottom, about 18 to 20 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven and immediately fill indentations with curd.
Return to oven and bake 2 minutes longer to set curd.




Fall Favorites – Sweets

We love pumpkin around here and a favorite is our pumpkin cake recipe that I make almost every year for Alex’s birthday. It’s a fun way to kick off the pumpkin season! I’ve chosen a few other Fall Favorite dessert recipes for you- I hope you enjoy them!

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Oatmeal Cake

My Daughter and I- Oatmeal Cake 2

Apple Pie

Apple Pie 1 - My Daughter and I

Fresh Apple Cake

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Apple Crisp Muffins

Apple Crisp Muffins 2 - My Daughter and I

Apple Pie Bars with Caramel Sauce

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Date Chocolate Chip Cake

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

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Fashion Friday- Preppy

This had to be one of the fastest Fashion Friday’s to prepare- for some reason the items were really easy to find. It all feels very preppy, which is one of my favorite styles. When I was browsing Modcloth, I also found a couple random home-related items that I loved. I just threw them in, even though they aren’t at all related to the “preppy” theme 🙂 Hope you enjoy the post!

Romcom Marathon Sweater


So cute!

Turning in Tulle Skirt


I still have a thing for tulle skirts- I like the more slightly more subdued style of this one.

Striped Top


If this isn’t preppy, I don’t know what is.

Thigh-High Socks


I have an almost identical pair of thigh-high socks from Urban Outfitters that I bought last fall and absolutely love. They are so fun, and are, in my opinion, way more comfortable than wearing tights.

Embroidered Blouse


This is so pretty and unusual.

Selfie Glasses


Bonlook has some super fun prescription glasses on their website- and they’re all under $100. I really love this particular style.

Dear and Dainty Dress


This seems so versatile.

Plaid-Patterned Shirt


An unusual take on the simple white button-down.

 Decor on Display Doormat


And here are a couple of extra, random, fun things that I found on Modcloth recently 🙂

Mac & Cheese Cookbook



Like I said, random and not related to the post, but delicious!



Fall Favorites – Soups, Salads and Main Dishes

Hey! Happy Fall! In Southern California, Fall doesn’t really exist. This time of year the weather is crazy hot, so while everyone else is talking about the beautiful leaves changing and the cooler weather, we are just broiling! So, honestly, Fall isn’t really my favorite season, but I do love Fall food. So I’ve compiled a list of a few of our Fall favorites to share with you. Enjoy!

Kale Salad with Man Candy

kale salad with roasted bruschetta 2 - My Daughter and I

Candied Pecans + The Best Salad Ever

candied pecan and salad collage

Fiesta Chowder

Fiesta Chowder 2 - My Daughter and I

Tuscan Bean Soup

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Parmesan Pasta with Butternut Squash & Bacon

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Chicken Pot Pie

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Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

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Southern Chicken Casserole

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Bruschetta Chicken

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(Looking through these old photos made me realize the huge improvement in the quality of my photos- just look at the difference between this Bruschetta Chicken photo and the infinitely better picture of the Kale Salad at the very beginning of the post. It’s amazing the difference that a little experience makes 🙂  -Jordan)



Fashion Friday- This One Doesn’t Have a Theme

It’s been a busy, fun week around here- babysitting, youth group and home group, rock-climbing and other random stuff. Alex got home last night to celebrate his birthday with us, and the guys are all going hunting tomorrow. All in all, a good week.

And to continue the random fun-ness of this week’s activities, I present Fashion Friday, without a theme. From time to time, it seems like there isn’t really a connection between the things I choose to feature, so I decided to not even try to come up with a theme. It’s just easier that way haha. Hope you enjoy the post though 🙂

Geometric Button-Up Blouse



I really like collared shirts, and the thinner fabric of this one is perfect for warmer fall days.


Color-block Top




I really love this top. It comes in cream too, but there’s something about the teal that I just love.

Civil Jeans



I tend to gravitate towards dark wash jeans, but this lighter wash pair is really cute.


Boulder Boots




Oh my goodness- I love everything about these.

Restful Weekend Top



This looks so cozy and perfect to wear with jeans or sweats. It also comes in a pretty charcoal.

Calm Waters Bracelet



This bracelet is so unusual and beautifully simple.

Tweed Swing Jacket



I’ve seen a handful of light pink jackets similar to this one recently, including the one in my Friday Favorites post from last week. I really like this particular style though- I feel like the longer length and the tweed make it a bit more timeless, while the moto look makes it fun and trendy. And, of course, the color is beautiful.


Tulip Back Dress 



I love the color and print on this dress, and the cut-out in the back is pretty and doesn’t expose too much.


Caramel Bag



I really like the fun details on this other wise simple purse.