Lavender Brownies For My Shweetheart

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I love these lavender brownies! They’re moist, and chewy,with a delicate floral flavor, that compliments the chocolate perfectly!! Love at first bite!! 🙂 Makes a delicious Valentine’s Day Treat <3

Lavender Brownies

3/4 pounds (3 sticks) unsalted butter
3 cups organic sugar
6 eggs
2 Tablespoons ground culinary English Lavender
3/4 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups Cocoa (unsweetened Dutch-process)
1 cup Porter Beer
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans) optional
3 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Mix together butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend well.
Then add lavender, vanilla, and beer. Mix slowly.
In another medium bowl add cocoa, flour, nuts, and salt.
Blend into the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted
in the center comes out mostly clean.

Enjoy with vanilla Ice Cream on top, or just plain with a glass of cold milk. What could be better? 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!! Share a little LOVE with someone that you know. It will bring a smile to their face, and warm their heart and yours!!  <3 <3

Warming And Hearty ~ Banana Coconut Lavender Chia Pudding

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I’ve been feeling under the weather with a wretched bug, and I’m craving “Sunshine”!  How about you?

I need a soothing cup of Lavender Tranquil-a-Tea with honey, and some comfort food that is light and easy!! My first thought is Tapioca, then I found several recipes of pudding made with those amazing “Chia Seeds”..  Hmmm…how would that taste with culinary lavender in it!  🙂  This delightful, refreshing, dessert is a perfect, warming, and hearty match with my cup of  lavender tea. It will also make a delicious Valentine’s Day Dessert. <3

Banana Coconut Lavender Chia Pudding

serves 6

2 1/2 cups skim milk(optional: Coconut Milk or Almond Milk)
5 Tablespoons whole Chia Seeds
1 cup mashed bananas (1 1/2 bananas)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons honey(rounded Tablespoons)
2 1/2 teaspoons finely ground English Culinary Lavender
Berries, for garnish

 

1. Place milk, chia seeds, and culinary lavender in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally with a whisk.

2. When the mixture begins to thicken, about 15  minutes, whisk in remaining ingredients (except garnish).

3. I added the honey and vanilla first… 2 rounded Tablespoons of honey (you could use light agave syrup).

4. Next I add mashed bananas.

5. Then I add unsweetened coconut, blend well.

6. Divide pudding into 6 small serving dishes, garnish with berries of your choice, or Chocolate chips (I used Raspberries).  Cool in refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour.  I enjoyed mine while it was still slightly warm!  Yummy & good for me too! I feel better already! 🙂

Enjoy this decadent dessert, and a  lovely poem, to brings a Smile  🙂

“LOVE”   by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And in Life’s noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy.
You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within ;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro’ all my Being, thro’ my pulse’s beat ;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.
And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love

 

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