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 .

 

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Cats defeat Fuel to win championship

Well I missed the first 3 minutes and the first goal of the game as the team from Indianapolis initiated the scoring

The Wildcats would tie the game…the Fuel would race back into the lead…on a power play goal making it 2-1…the NorthPittsburgh team would then level the score at 2 before taking a 3-2 lead into the third period .

That lead was gone just in the first minute of the third period…the Fuel had their legs moving…the wildcats were spectators as they watched their goalie make 5 straight saves before the Fuel potted the puck and tying the game

Two more goals for the Wildcats put them up 5-3…with about 5 minutes left in the third period . And that is when it got interesting…The Wildcats went into defensive mode…and well that gave the Fuel enough chances to get back in the game ….to me it made no sense because for the entire game Pittsburgh dominated time of posession….and like I said it got interesting as the Fuel went 5 hole to make it 5-4 . The Cats continued to play …ice the puck …and were very fortunate to come away with the win and the championship

Surprise snow

Woke up to about 4 inches of unsuspected snow…temperature around 25…and the sad part of the story is temps werregoing up to near 40 and same for the next day…so I knew the snow would not last…so I took the opportunity that Mother Nature had given me…and went out and shot a few images…For all you winter haters…embrace the cold…It makes me feel alive…breathe in that fresh cold air…that will wake you up…there is more oxygen in the air…dress for the cold…go out and look around…you might be surprised what you see…you may even enjoy it.

I am not a fan of warm weather…and would bitch and moan…but over the past 5 years or so…I learned to deal with it in a peaceful fashion…I just accept it…get out early while temps are at their lowest…have a moscow mule…make some margarita cupcakes…just roll with the tide

Anyway…a few images

Bird Week

yesterday was groundgog day…and Phil Kessel did see his shadow…as well as the Phil from Punxutawny…so Phil is predicting 6 more weeks of winter…I think he is right in this case…but I believe over the course of history phil is accurate only 36 percent of the time

Yesterday was also World Ukulele Day…so if you have a uke…hope you got to play.it…I learned to play Coldplays …Vita La Vida… a simple version…but for me there really is no such simple version as i am definitely musically challenged….I had a hard time remembering the strum pattern…but the on e fellow who has a youtube tutorial on this song…says you strum like…and he used these words…and it kind of sticks…I dont like this cheese…in my soup…much…hey whatever helps me out…and keeping it fun

and my pictures look like it was bird week…not planned…just turne out that way…chickens can be really pretty..I know some people keep them as pets

Enjoy your weekend

Flakes

Walk in the Park

There is nothing like a nice walk in the Park on a cold winter’s day..Not that I am unfriendly…because I am not …but there are not many people out as the cold keeps them indoors…What I like though is that it feels like my own private park…and in winter the county blocks off some roads so they do not have to do snow removal and maintenance
So Tucker and i enjoyed the park…him being a little rat terrier…all of 12 lbs he is not fond of the cold…so for him I waited til the temperatures got above freezing…and put a couple fleece jackets on him and he was OK

Last saturday we had a foot of snow on the ground …but due to the January thaw…it is all gone …that is Ok…because they are predicting a snowy February

well any way just a few images from the past week at the park

Have a great week

Heavens forbid…I rooted for the Pats over the Jags

I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and I rooted for New england over jacksonville…I can’t explain it …Maybe I just dislike both teams…or maybe I admire the never say die attitude of the Patriots . I dont care if someone has more superbowls than the Steelers…The superbowl was not always…at one time there was just the NFL championship…so i combine championships and superbowls…hell Green Bay has 13…the Browns have 8 …so the Steelers are even behind the Brownies

I am a bit old school and I like how coach Belichick runs his club . No nonsense and expects everyone to follow the rules…which is not the case in Pittsburgh where star players get special treatment even when they break the rules…I am losing my way here

But probably the deciding factor to root for the Patriots is because Jacksonville has just about the ugliest uniforms and a helmet that looks like it was painted by Miss Abigail’s pre- school class . Sorry class…I do think you would have done better given the chance

And another dilemma…the Eagles won…what a classless fan base…no matter the sport… baseball …hockey ….football Philadelphia fans are among the rudest anywhere…I will give a warning to patriot fans to wear a poncho…because will you not only be targeted by flying beers…you can expect to be spat at …Every city has a few jerks I understand that…but Philadelphia exceeds the limit 100 fold

I do not wish a plague of boils on either team…and really do not care who wins…just as long as it is not Philthadelphia…Minnesota prepare yourselves this invasion of the silver and green may be a disaster from which you cannot recover

a few More flakes and other stuff

Woke up…I heard the guy on the radio say his temperature reader in his car was at minus 2 degrees fahrenheit…on My way to the dog park with Tucker I saw 7 degrees…so I felt fortunate…but it certainly was cold…Tucker took care of business in 90 seconds or less

Anyway…I managed to snap a few more images of snowflakes…and some of Tucker curled up in the Morris chair…and there is an image of the tip of an antique ice skate that I have that dates back to 1786 and made in Trenton

Warmer days are just around the corner

Smoke on the Water

Hope everyone is enjoying their winter…I am …I dont even mind that the Steelers lost yesterday…a bit disappointed though… When i was finishing my purchase at trader Joe’s on griday…she asked me about the steelers game…i told her I did not have a good feeling…

Lots of blame to go around….the coaches …Ben…yes he threw for over 450 yards but he still made anumber of bonehead plays…and when it all comes down to it…the steelers defense is as bad as it gets

But hey…the Penguins beat the Rangers 5-2 and have now won 4 in a row

anyway Tucker and i ventured around the city early Sunday morning in the car and got a few pictures…hope you enjoy them…and the marvels of Ma Nature

..,. Robert Smith got it wrong…Boys do cry

Last night shortly after 8 pm my bestest friend…Sammy the Rat terrier…crossed the rainbow bridge…Probably the most grueling week I have ever had in my life

Sammy had a gi bleed caused by a malignant tumor…They cut out the part of the intestine that was diseased and resectioned two healthy ends together…Sammy was slowly coming back…and then not…he developed an abcess and then pneumonia…and the doctor who did the initial surgery said there was really nothing else she could do . So last night I made my peace with Sammy and thanked him for everything he has done for me and that he would be no longer in pain .

If .this were a piece of paper you could not read it as it would be soaked with tears…I think I need to work quicker here as my tears may destroy the keyboard

What can I say…I had a great 20 months with this little guy…he just loved life…loved to ride in the car.. chase squirrels and deer…do backyard agility…eat Frosty Paws…He just wanted to be with me all the time…and you know what…we were together 340 days out of the year pretty much 24/7…Even when I would be in the bathroom his little head would bump open the bathroom doorto check on me…If I was in the basement working on something…he came down to make sure I was Ok

Every night he slept with me…he would burrow under the covers…and squeeze himself so hard into me

for about the past 6 months we had a Sunday ritual…of getting up early and heading downtown…hey street parking is free on Sundays…walked into Point State Park and would sit on either the Mon river or the Allegheny…and he would have breakfast…he loves it…and he loved to people watch…sometimes we would venture over to the North Shore…especially if there was a Steeler or Pirate game…he liked the people…and they liked him

I am kind of in denial…and trying to tell myself …he didnt mean much to me…but writing this and looking through some images I know he was the reason I woke every morning…my heart is so broken…and I am soooo angry…Sammy was only 9 …that is young for a rat terrier .

Sammy I have learned so much from you and you will always be in my heart…thank you for sharing your life with me….now go run in the fields up there in heaven where you can do zoomies and your whirling dervish spins…Til we meet again my good friend…love ya

I still have my gofundmepage…bills still need to be paid…if you can help that would be deeply appreciated

 

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Short Sunday Stroll with Sammy

It sometimes amazes me what I can photograph in a very small area…still having issues with my knee and my feet so Sammy and I do not walk as far as we once were able but we have devised a plan that gives us a high yield for a small investment

I love PPG Plaza in the summer and the winter…summer you have the water display and in winter you have the ice rink in the exact same place

Sunday mornings it is peaceful downtown…plus street parking is free

Some things that Sammy and I saw