Monday, June 15, 2015

Lavender Shortbread from Somerset Lavender & Herb Farm

Welcome to Somerset Lavender & Herb Farm in beautiful Fayetteville, Texas!

The name of the farm comes from the place where owner Peggy Richardson, the Lavender Lady herself, grew up- Somerset, Ohio. Peggy and her husband live on the farm and make all products in their home! She offers a wide variety of products from shampoo, body butter, and linen spray to culinary lavender that's great for baking and mixed drinks! 

Peggy happens to be my new Aunt-In-Law AND the woman who married us! She is incredibly special to us so when she asked me to feature her newly opened farm I said "of course!".

Today she is sharing her recipe for Lavender Shortbread cookies, These look and taste fancy, but they're SO EASY! They're perfect paired with some fresh lemonade for these hot summer days.

You can find Somerset Lavender Farm on Facebook or, if you're in central Texas go visit the farm!

5034 Roznov road
Fayetteville Texas 

Lavender Shortbread

1 cup          butter (room temperature)
¾ cup         sugar
1 egg          slightly beaten
1 ½ tbsp.     ground lavender buds
2 ¾ cups      flour
½ tsp.          salt
1 ½ tsp.       baking powder
1/3 cup         coarse sugar (for decorating)

Cream butter for one minute.  Add sugar and mix for one minute.  Add egg, mix until blended.

Use mini food processor or herb grinder to grind lavender buds.  Add ground lavender buds to flour along with salt and baking powder.  Whisk flour mixture briefly to blend and add to butter/sugar mixture.  Blend on low speed for about one minute, then move to medium speed and blend until dough is formed.  Remove from bowl.  Divide dough into 4 round balls.  Place dough on surface lightly dusted with flour.  Roll back and forth to  form 4 8 inch logs.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Place logs in refrigerator to chill.  After one hour, removed logs from refrigerator, slice dough into ¼ inch pieces.  Dip edges in coarse sugar.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 – 15 minutes.  

Go visit and tell her theFoodette sent you!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Berry Probiotic Popsicles... for Breakfast!

The other day I posted a pic on Instagram of THE prettiest smoothie I think I have ever made! It was such a bright, deep purple, I could not wait to dive in! That deep purple as created by 1. fresh blackberries and 2. Blueberry Acai GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drink!

We love our smoothies at breakfast around here... so if I make these popsicles with the same ingredients as my smoothie, then why not have a popsicle for breakfast!?
I just combined my favorite smoothie ingredients fresh fruit, greek yogurt, juice, honey, and baby spinach, and then I whirred them all around in my blender. Poured this deliciousness into some popsicle molds and stuck them in the freezer! It was too easy!

Berry Probiotic Popsicles
makes aprx 12 small pops

1/3 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
3 oz fresh berries
1 tbs local honey
1 handful of fresh baby spinach

Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for 3-4 hours or until set and enjoy!

*note- you want the 2% yogurt! A little fat helps the pops to be less icy and more creamy when they freeze.

((disclosure- GoodBelly sent me these juices free to review and make yummy things with. I received these products for free - all opinions in this post are mine.))

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew - Giveaway!

My Assistant Principal once called me the "Starbucks Queen". Every morning when I pick up my class from the cafeteria my Starbucks reusable coffee cup tags along. While I do love that cup, and it is filled with Starbucks coffee, I do not frequent the drive-thru.

We buy our Starbucks dark roast coffee in bulk at Costco and we brew it fresh every morning in our Hamilton Beach 2-Way Flex Brew coffee maker.

As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador, I was thrilled when they offered to send me this new coffee maker for free! D and I put it on our wedding registry after seeing it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond over the holidays. I knew I would love it. I've had a Keurig machine in the past, but you can only brew cup-by-cup with those... that just doesn't work in this house!

The 2-Way Flex Brew can brew a whole 12-cup pot and with literally the turn of a knob it can brew a travel sized mug. This is perfect for the mornings when D is out of town and it's just me. No waiting for a whole pot to brew, it just brews right into it's own 14oz travel mug.

Click here to view more product details and to view a demonstration video.

Want to win one of your own?  It's easy, enter here!!

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((Hamilton Beach sent me this product free of charge, because they're super awesome like that. All opinions are my own and were formed after the thorough testing of the product... and by that I mean brewing lots of coffee and then drinking lots of coffee. Yum)