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Lavender Biscuits

Lavender biscuits are a lovely spring/summer spin on shortbread cookies. The aroma really comes through in this simple recipe and I think they have an elegant look.

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Easy Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Kevin Lee Jacobs, A Garden for the House
Makes about 1 dozen, 4-inch square cookies
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room-temperature
4 teaspoons fresh lavender buds, or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, scooped and leveled

Optional Adornment
1 cup confectioners sugar, blended with just enough water to achieve a spreadable consistency
Lavender petals

Using a food processor, a blender, or a mortar and pestle, grind the sugar and lavender petals together.

In the bowl of a standing mixer outfitted a paddle, beat the lavender sugar and butter at low speed until smooth. Then add the flour and beat until combined. Mixing is complete when there are no visible lumps of butter in the dough.

Form the dough into a rough disk, wrap it in plastic, and chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into a 1/4-inch thick circle; cut out cookie shapes with a round, 2-inch diameter cutter or shape of your choice. Using a flat spatula, transfer the rounds to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes before baking.

Bake on the middle rack of a preheated 300 degree oven just until the sides of the cookies begin to color — 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Decorate with the optional glaze; sprinkle with lavender petals.

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Franks and Pasta

A fun way to do franks and pasta. Simply skewer the hotdogs or sausage with noodles of your choice.  I used what I had in the house so turkey dogs and fettuccine noodles it was.

Pasta and Franks

Instructions:

Slice dogs or sausage about a 1/2 inch or so.  To large and they make more than a mouth full.

Skew slices with noodles so the dog is in the middle.

Use a deep pot and put the skewered dogs in straight up and down.

fill with water up to the dogs.

Boil until noodles are done.

Drain and top with your favorite sauce.

 

Pasta and Franks CookedTips:

Four fettuccine noodles per hotdog made a very large bite. I would use three next time. This might be different with spaghetti noodles because they are a little smaller.

Sausage would give you a more traditional flavor but this was actually pretty tasty. I used a vodka spaghetti sauce that I had leftover.

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Cinder Block Planter Ideas ~ Many Uses

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Here are some great cinder block planter ideas for succulents or vegetables or even flowers.

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Hot Dog Buns Shaped Like Dogs, Recipe

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By making your own hot dog buns you can make them healthier and why not make them fun in the process? The kiddos will love these.

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Canning California Capers (Pickled Nasturtium Pods)

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How To: Canning Nasturtium for fake capers is easy to do, although it does take time to brine them properly.

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Lacy Light Bulbs

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I thought- lacy light bulbs? What a fun way to add some pizazz to a room! You can do them in any color you want to match or coordinate with your decor.

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How to Make a Technicolor Fan

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A technicolor fan will brighten up any room and is so easy to do.

Simply paint a bright rainbow color on each fan blade and an ordinary fan comes to life!

Ideas: Instead of rainbow, use colors to match or highlight your decor. Try glow in the dark paint for a night time effect.

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Green Cocktails | St. Patrick's Day | Celebrate Green

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Green cocktails………..why not? It’s nearly St. Pat’s day, so we might as well celebrate in GREEN!

These are some pretty tasty cocktails, too. As well as pretty to look at. This one shown here is actually a non-alcoholic drink. There are both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink recipes on this link.

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How To Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

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You can make your own microwave popcorn and save a bundle in the process. Making your own also gives you the freedom to use a quality popcorn and season it the way you want.

One thing I noticed, there was no cardboard taste like you can get with the store bought microwave popcorn.

Recipe:

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How to Make Scratch Off Tickets

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Scratch Off tickets are easy to make and can be used for many different occasions. They are super easy to make and make great gifts or rewards for people young and old.

Supplies you’ll need for your scratch off tickets: 1. Acrylic Paint (Metallic’s are my favorite but any color will work) 2.

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