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Month: July 2017

Lavender Latte

Lavender Latte

Even though it is SO HOT outside, I still enjoy a warm drink in the morning to wake me up. We have lavender growing in our backyard and I wanted to use it in an easy recipe, so naturally I searched on Pinterest and found a lavender latte! It is a simple way to change up your daily coffee without having to spend a lot at a coffee shop! I adapted a few things to meet my dietary needs, but the original recipe is linked below.

For Lavender Latte
  • 8 ounces strong coffee
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (they used half and half)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lavender Syrup (recipe below)
  • Dried Lavender for garnish
For Lavender Syrup
  • ¼ cup dried lavender
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons water
INSTRUCTIONS:
To make the Lavender Syrup
  1. Add ½ cup water and ¼ cup lavender to a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out flowers and discard.
  2. In a clean saucepan, add ½ cup of sugar and 3 Tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then stir in lavender liquid. Whisk until fully combined, remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to storage container and keep in the fridge.
To make the Lavender Latte
  1. Place milk into a microwave safe jar and heat for about 30 seconds, until warm. Tightly screw lid onto jar and shake for a few seconds, until milk is foamy. I used a mason jar with a plastic lid and it worked well!
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of lavender syrup in a mug. Pour hot, strong coffee over syrup. Top with foamy milk. Garnish with dried lavender.

 

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Grace

A Fabulous Fourth

A Fabulous Fourth

I love celebrating holidays. It’s something about traditions, being with friends and family, and yummy food that makes my heart happy. The 4th of July brings on so many traditions: grilling out, wearing festive clothes, fun desserts, patriotic music, parades, and watching fireworks just to name a few. Since having our own house, I have learned I enjoy hosting! Decorating the house, getting cute plates and cups, cooking, and planning is my cup of tea!

This year Chase and I invited two friends over to celebrate. We grilled out, played with the pup, then headed to see fireworks! We ate yummy burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon, and baked beans. For dessert I made a brownie topped with cool whip, strawberries and blueberries. It was amazing! The fireworks were magnificent, probably some of the best I’ve ever seen. My favorite part was just hanging out with our friends and spending time together. Starting holiday traditions with Chase has been so much fun! What are some of your favorite 4th of July traditions?!

  

 

xoxo,

Grace

Easy Blueberry Cobbler

Easy Blueberry Cobbler

I’m back!! So sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while! It has been crazy with taking care of the pup, finishing the school year, a family vacation, and a fun project that will be announced soon!! 😀

My parents have had their blueberry bushes for a few years now and this year there has been gallons and gallons of delicious berries! I received a huge bag from my mom the other day and was trying to figure out a fun recipe to use them in, when I started searching Pinterest. I found this easy blueberry cobbler recipe that is gluten-free and decided to adapt it to be dairy-free as well. It is the perfect summer dessert! Chase says it’s even better with vanilla ice cream on top (I would have to agree)!

Gluten and Dairy Free Blueberry Cobbler (adapted from recipe in link above):

1 stick of butter, melted (I used Earth Balance dairy free butter)
1 1/4 cup sugar (I actually used about 1 cup total-the blueberries were sweet enough!)
1 cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour mix
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)
1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 3-quart baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.  Whisk together flour, 1 cup sugar (I did 1/2 cup), and baking powder. Stir in milk, vanilla and then the melted butter. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the blueberries evenly over the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup sugar over the blueberries (I did the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar). Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until golden. Top each serving with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

(It’s kind of messy when you scoop it out-but oh so yummy!) 🙂

Enjoy!!

xoxo,

Grace