Lemon Lavender Biscotti

I love biscotti…well I just love food…looking through different recipes  I was inspired by a lemon almond biscotti recipe on the  King Arthur Flour site …so I played around with it and made a few changes…and this is what I came up with


Lemon Lavender Orange Blossom Honey Biscotti

preheat oven to 350

2 1/4 cups of flour….I do love King Arthur flour but this time I used Trader Joe’s      ……………………………………unbleached white flour

1.5 t  baking powder

1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

combine the above dry ingredients together and set aside

1 stick of light butter….I used Land o ‘ Lakes…softened

1/3 c sugar

1/3 c orange blossom honey

1 T lemon zest

2 t vanilla

3 T lemon juice

1 egg

2 egg whites

2 T dried lavender


so in a mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar……add the honey and continue mixing for a minute or two

pulverize the lavender to release the oils…I do this in a coffee grinder

add the lavender…the lemon zest…the vanilla …and the lemon juice….mix until well combined in the butter/sugar/honey mixture

add the egg…mix until incorporated and then add egg whites and beat on medium high for 2 more minutes


slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture…..the dough /batter will be on the soft side

line a baking sheet with parchment

with a rubber spatula…help ease the dough out of the bowl onto the parchment…and I then  flour my hands to pat the dough into shape…the dough takes up just about the entire length of the pan…except for maybe 2.5 inches on either end of the baking sheet

I then put it in the oven for 30 minutes after 30 minutes I take them out and let them rest

Lower the oven to 300 degrees…and let the log rest for 20 minutes…after the 20 minutes start slicing the log into 1/2 inch slices…I ended up with 20 cookies…large cookies…take the slices and place them back in the oven for another 20 minutes

take them out and let them cool


so while cooling I make a lavender lemon glaze…I do not measure when Imake a glaze…but I did measure out 1  T dried lavender buds…and again pulverized them in the coffee grinder…I then used roughly 3 T lemon  juice….and added confectioners sugar until I reached a consistency I liked…I then piped the glaze onto the cooled cookies

Biscotti are great by themselves…or for breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee…or a mid day snack with a glass of milk…no matter how you like them…they won’t last long and you may be hearing requests for….more ?


The table  I used to photograph the cookies is just a plain square raw wood table from Ikea . I painted it with chalk paint …I used the folkart chalk paint that you can get at Jo-An fabrics…..I used Java as a base and then painted patina  on top  …I then used a crackle medium on top that crackles clear and gives a crackle like you might see on porcelain…it was made by decoart…I don’t think I will ever use it again…even though I like the end results it produces….there are no warning on the bottle…but while using this …my tongue started to go numb and I started getting heart palpitations…as soon as I got away from this stuff I started feeling better…so after the crackle I started to distress the rest of the paint with just a wet rag…a little sand paper… a little steel wool…and then i finished it off doing a little dry brushing…now i need on figuring out how to seal it .



It’s New To Me

It is with good intention that I am starting this …its new to me blog…I want to give my opinion on products that are brand new…or I haven’t tried before and have been around for a while

So first up is a product from Tootsie Roll Industries…and it is the Junior Mint minis

It comes in a bag that is resealable…which is something that I like…I always had some qualms about the regular 4.5 oz box….or any of the boxes larger or smaller…I mean the boxes have spaces they are not hermetically sealed….maybe i am somewhat of a germaphobe…anyway for a buck 99 you can purchase this item…the 4.5 ounce box costs only a dollar…so if you are looking for value you might stick with the old standby

As far as taste…eating these one at a time is not the best experience as the chocolate is not as smooth as i would like and actually you can feel it is gritty…but if you put 2 in your mouth at a time …the flavor is more chocolate than mint and the creamy mint center takes away the grittiness of the chocolate…and if you are like me and like a stronger mint sensation put 3 in your mouth at a time and to me the balance of mint and chocolate is perfect .

These candy pieces are pretty small…smaller than a dime and I actually could put 3 of these on a dime…with a little overhang

This product is certainly different than your regular size Junior Mints…but the taste remains pretty close to the original…unlike when York went to making their minis…they taste nothing like a regular size York peppermint patty…but that is a story for another day

On a budget…stay with the original…you get an ounce less and pay a dollar less…so if you bought 2 boxes of the 3.5 ounce mints …the regular size candies…you pay 2 bucks and get 7 ounces of candy compared to the minis 4.5 ounces

More Wayne State

Just Stuff

Went to see the Pirates play midweek afternoon game…those are my favorites to attend because there are not a whole lot of folks there to annoy me…and actually saw a game the pirates won…I dont go to many ball games but I believe the last 3 games i saw they won…previously I was 0h for 12 years

took some more pictures of flowers and processed some then the computer crashed…that is what happens when I do larger projects than normal

anyway…some images

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mom’s Day to all you Moms out there…and everyone please rememeber your Mom

Some folks were saying they could not see all the flower images I posted yesterday…so lets try it again…but this time here…I am changing up the flowers…but if you are the 1st to identify all correctly…you win the Oscar Schmidt Ukulele

there are some clues below each picture

Another walk in the Forest

It was nice and cool…62 degrees this afternoon…Pirates just won 1-0…and tucker needed to have a nice walk…after putting rose geranium oil on Tucker and myself to ward off ticks…we headed into the woods at Boyce mayview Park…for people who do not like to use deet on themselves or use harsh chemicals on their pets…I have been using rose geranium oil for the past 3 years and with good results

not a whole lot more on the forest floor except we found a hillside filled with trillium that were just ready to burst open…but not quite….wild white bleeding hearts…and a bunch of other wild flowers whose names i do not know

some flowers for your enjoyment

I Love Winter in Mid April

just a coating of snow this morning that did not last that long…but I enjoyed it enough to walk in the woods out at Boyce Mayview Park…took my little camera with me and got a few images on the forest floor with a bit of snow….if you dont like the cold…at least I hope you can enjoy the images…the cold doesnt bother me ….anyway

Martha’s Run 2018

Saturday the 14th of April…a warm morning upper 60’s at 9 a.m. …it was the start of Martha’s Run which has been going on for about 20 years now in Mt lebanon…also one of the smallest number of participants I can recall in a long time….maybe the Pirates run had something to do with it…but there is something I like about a community run…probably takes me back to my days of running 40 years ago…when there were a lot of races with only about a hundred entrants…those were the days…I actually ran in pittsburgh’s great race and there were under 5,000 entrants…I no longer run as my knees are not quite what they used to be…but that doesnt stop me from enjoying a good community run

This was a nice run…sunny and not too warm…with an unusual finish…Usually you have the overall winner…and the ladies winner…well it so happened that Larissa Park was the first person to cross the finish line…congratulations Larissa…and there was no one close to her at the finish . I wonder if there was a trophy for the first male finisher ?
Anyway people chatted at me or waved at me as they saw me on the side with a camera…they all seemed to be enjoying themselves despite the tough start . The first mile and a quarter are pretty much uphill…the only benefit to that is it is all downhill to the finish for the most part

Here are some images from Martha’s Run 2018

Alex Senior



Highlanders…Iron Maidens… and Celtics…makes for a fun day

Woke up to the grassy areas covered with snow…so that definitely meant it was time for rugby . The sad part was the snow was all melted by gametime…

It was a doubleheader as the Cleveland Iron Maidens took on the local Lady HIghlanders in the opening match .

It was a hard fought battle with Cleveland coming out the victor . But as my memory serves me when these two play each other both sides play very good defense . And that was the case this time as well . So just a simple breakdown could mean the other team scoring. And that happened . And Cleveland scored twice…maybe 3 times…but I always say the players need to know the rules so they can be a better player…well I learned something new…if a player scores a try and while doing so the opposition is called for a high tackle…there is no attempt at the 2 point conversion and the scoring team is awarded a 7 point try….Anyway the lady Highlanders got better as the game wore on and had some long runs that would be stymied by penalties or being forced into touch

That is something I dont quite understand….running the ball so close to the sidelines…watching the elite teams I always see them cutting back towards the inside to keep play moving along.Just an observation

Second match saw the men take the field as the Highlanders hosted the Toledo Celtic rugby football club…My eyes are aging…and no matter how many times I tried counting the players for Toledo…I always lost track…but I am pretty sure they did not have a full squad…at least one player shy .

This was a hard hitting battle…players lifting opponents off the ground and flipping them…yellow cards awarded….but the Highlanders scored first and while I was there they scored more often than Toledo did . I left with about 20 minutes left in the game so I really do not know who won . But if I was a gambling man…and I am not…I would have put my money on the black and red…they were younger quicker and faster . And they seemed to get along with their teammates better ….seemed to me the Toledo team had some personality conflicts

I had a good time…to me that is what counts…oh…and no serious injuries…that too.

Be well…here are some images from the day