Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lavender Lemon Cake

Lavender Lemon Cake, Edible Lavender, Lemon Cake, Lemon Buttercream, Herb Garden
Lavender grows exceptionally well in Colorado, and I see it all over town as landscaping, although, after researching perennials that grow well in Colorado, what I have seen around town might actually be Russian Sage, which looks somewhat similar to lavender.  With its hardy leaves and bright purple flowers that last all summer, it's a pretty and easy plant to maintain.

I finally used the last of my packet of lavender I bought in Palisade a couple years ago, so it was time to grow my own.  Last summer, we planted edible lavender in the corner of our back yard, and while the plant grew substantially in a few months, there were no flowers last year.  This summer, though, it's grown so much more, with its first flowering stalks ready to be cut and dried...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Shortbread, Vanilla Bean Cookies, Cutout Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Buttercream Roses, Strawberry Buttercream, Lavender LemonIn my recipe archives, you can find quite a few different shortbread cookie recipes, sometimes dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with toffee or crushed nuts and salt, sometimes studded with chocolate chips, or flavored with lemon or almond or even lavender.  These salted pecan shortbread cookies with pumpkin ice cream were just to die for.  Besides all the cookies, I've made so many cookie bars and tarts with a shortbread crust and crumble on top.  I really, really love shortbread, and I even baked some for the dessert table at my wedding...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Strawberry Brown Butter Cookies and Plum Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Brown Butter Cookies, Strawberry CookiesBefore I used those freeze-dried strawberries in my Strawberry Birthday Cake, I baked them into these cookies.  I had never had a strawberry cookie before, and I'm betting you probably haven't either, so let me tell you, these are simply delicious.

A cookie (or two or three) with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and I only just recently bought a cookie jar to keep cookies, since until now, I just stored them in tupperware.  But I swear that cookies taste even better when they're kept in a pretty white hobnail jar on the counter.  My toddler absolutely loved these cookies, and would reach up towards the jar and ask in a hopeful voice, "cookie?"

Monday, August 6, 2018

Princess Cake

Princess Cake, Swedish Princess Cake, Princess Birthday Party, Carriage Cake TopperAfter watching all four seasons of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix a few months ago, one thing that I knew I wanted to try was a Swedish Princess Cake.  I loved everything about the show - the beautiful English gardens, that tent, their accents, Paul Hollywood, and all those inspiring creations to challenge my own baking...