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The Sweet Side of Finance -- July

Welcome to the seventh installment of The Sweet Side of Finance. If you've signed up for my newsletter, you already know about today's tasty treat.

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This month, we've been talking about lessons learned during the pandemic and how they can be applied to your finances. I've written about it on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my blog.

Our lessons learned and how we apply them financially (and in all of life) comes down to our values. What are yours?

When I picked this recipe, I didn't realize it would have a values base to it, so imagine my surprise!

Walnut Bars with Citrus Glaze



1 cup flour

½ cup butter

½ teaspoon salt


1½ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons flour

½ teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup chopped walnuts


2 tablespoons melted butter

1½ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  2. Mix together the crust ingredients until just blended. Pat into the bottom of a 9” by 13” pan and bake for 12 minutes

  3. While the crust bakes, combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and pour evenly over the baked crust

  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the middle doesn’t jiggle

  5. Allow bars to cool completely before glazing

  6. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and pour over cooled bars

I inherited my grandma’s recipe boxes when she passed away and have been trying her recipes. Since we're talking about making changes this month, I thought I'd try a brand new one. was pretty interesting.

The citrus glaze didn’t seem to go with the bars when I ate it on the first day after making it. The flavors seemed too different to really go together. However, when I ate the bars on the second day, the flavors had spent time melding and were very complementary. The citrus seemed to add another dimension to the sweetness of the bars.

So, you may want to skip the glaze if you want to eat the bars right away, but it may be worth the wait for the glaze to meld with the bars.

I guess it depends on what you value--expediency or variety.

Until Next Time,


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