Lavender Honey Donuts: The Perfect Spring Dessert

Lavender is my latest baking ingredient obsession. I love the way it smells as well as how it can sweeten a dessert without being overpowering.

I came across this obsession when I tried lavender shortbread cookies at a Seattle bakery. It didn’t add a perfumey, floral taste like roses can. I couldn’t wait to get home from my trip and start experimenting with my own lavender baked goods.

In my trials and errors, I have found the easiest way to infuse lavender into recipes is with lavender simple syrup. Lavender infused sugar is also easy to make, but it takes a lot of the infused sugar for the lavender taste to come out. Instead of baking with it, I am using the lavender sugar to sweeten hot tea.

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Oreo Gnocchi: A Simple and Quick Valentine’s Day Dessert

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Valentine’s Day is full of chocolate lava cakes and red-dyed cheesecakes. While there is nothing wrong with these desserts (trust me, I would never turn down a lava cake), I feel like Valentine’s Day desserts could use a little pizzazz.   And my simple Oreo gnocchi is just that pizzazz your Valentine’s Day dessert is looking for. This recipe was inspired by Tastemade’s Speculoos Dessert Gnocchi video; I just wanted to add some chocolate to mine and what better than Oreos, the cookie beloved by all?

Ingredients:
6 to 8 Oreo cookies
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 tablespoon butter

Separate your cookies and cream. Put the cream to the side and then crush the cookies in a food processor. (You can also put the cookie in a ziplock bag and beat the crud out of them.) You will want 1/2 cup of the crushed Oreo.

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Snowmageddon Cocktail

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It is snowing! Granted not the 8 inches the weatherman originally promised and we have more ice than snow, but I will take it! (Fingers crossed it is enough to cancel school on Monday!)

Regardless of the ice to snow ratio, I am still enjoying snuggling on the couch in my pjs with the husband and kitties. All the milk and bread is gone from every North Carolina grocery store within a 50-mile radius, but the liquor store had all the ingredients I needed to make the perfect Snowmageddon Cocktail.

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The Best Guacamole for a Tailgate Party

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Here in the heart of North Carolina, the weather is perfect. There is a slight chill in the air and the leaves are changing color. But more importantly, it is perfect tailgating weather.

Being huge Clemson tiger fans, we love making the drive down to Clemson, South Carolina. However, this year we haven’t made it to a home game yet. But not making it to the games hasn’t damped our spirits. Instead, we have spent this football season trying to convert the non-Clemson fans. The best way to do that is to hold tailgate parties at the house, and this guacamole recipe has been a huge hit with our friends.

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