Recipe | Lemon Lavender Muffins

5/27/15

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This recipe was my first ever attempt at working with dried lavender. I've eaten baked goods with lavender in them and was never very pleased with the taste, they always seemed much too flowery for my taste buds. But then I came up with the idea of lemon lavender muffins and decided to give it a go. Boy am I glad that I did! These muffins are the perfect mix of flowery lavender and ctirus-y lemon, making them not too tart and not too floral. Not only is the taste delicious, but these bad boys are super moist and just slightly dense making them such a wonderful little treat. You won't find a softer muffin out there. 

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Lemon Lavender Muffins
Yields: 2 dozen muffins          Prep Time: 20 minutes          Bake Time: 18 minutes          Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients
Crumb Topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
5 Tbsp butter, cold and cubed

Muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon xest
1 tsp dried lavender
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup + 2 Tbsp almond milk

Lemon-Lavender Glaze
2 Tbsp almond milk
1 tsp dried lavender
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup (or more) confectioner's sugar

Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line or grease a muffin pan.

2. Prepare the crumb topping. In a medium bowl mix flour and sugar and then cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and lavender. Set aside.

4. In another bowl combine melted coconut oil and sugar and beat until combined. Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition followed by the lemon juice and sour cream. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined, being careful to not over mix.

5. Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each tin about half full. Then dived the crumb topping over the tops of the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in muffin pan for two minutes then remove to a cooling rack.

6. While the muffins cool, prepare the glaze. Mix all of the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl. Add more sugar or more milk until you are happy with the consistency. 

7. Drizzle the glaze over top of the muffins.

Recipe | BAM Sandwich

5/22/15

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I was inspired by the classic BLT one day while making lunch, but I wanted something a little different. So I slapped some avocado, bacon, and mozzarella on my favorite bread. And hello new favorite sandwich!! I call it the BAM sandwich for bacon, avocado, and mozzarella. But I just couldn't stop there. I added on some fresh arugula and tomato too and it is now the perfect quick lunch. 
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BAM Sandwich
Yields: 1 sandwich          Prep Time: 8 minutes          Total Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients
2 slices favorite bread
1/4 cup packed arugula
2 slices fresh mozzarella
2 thick slices bacon
1 tomato slice
1/2 an avocado, slices or mashed

Directions
1. Place a paper towel on top of a microwave safe plate then the bacon and then another paper towel on the very top. Microwave the bacon for two to two and a half minutes.

2. Meanwhile place the bread in a toaster and lightly toast.

3. Once the bread is toasted, compile your sandwich. On the bottom piece of bread start with the arugula and build your way up in this order: tomato slice, mozzarella, bacon, and avocado.

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DIY | Easy Patterned Pots

5/20/15

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Who is enjoying the sunshine?! I know that we are at our house.William is happy just sitting in the son picking at grass and dandelions, it's pretty cute. Now that we own our own home, we are having such a lovely time in the sunshine planting flowers and working on landscaping, which has green things and flowers on my mind all of the time. Last week I shared a DIY tutorial with you for indoor hanging planters and this week I have another fun indoor planter project for you to try out. This project is so easy that I feel silly trying to write this out but it's so cute and fun that I just had to share. If William was older, this would have been such a fun project for him to join me on! Don't forget, if you follow this tutorial, share your final result with me using #littlecitycrafts so I can see it!
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Easy Patterned Pots
Level: Easy/Kid Friendly          Cost: Under $5          Total Time: 3 minutes          Yields: 1 pot

Supplies
Clay pot (I found mine for $1 at Target!!)
Permanent markers/Sharpies
Plant/flower/herb

Steps
1. Using different colored markers, choose a shape and draw it all over your pot in different colors.

2. Plant a pretty plant, flower, or herb for your enjoyment. My pots (from left to right) have asylum, English ivy, and an African violet. The violet was the most expensive at about $4 but the rest cost under $2.

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Happy Lists | eighteen

5/19/15

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| Life Happy |
*William is now sleeping through the night a few times per week!
*I just launched Little City Kitchen and I can't wait to see where it takes me
*afternoons spent baking
*my vegetable garden
*weekly movie nights with husband
*working ahead on my editorial calendar
*developing recipes with fun flavor combinations (spoiler: pineapple + mint and strawberry + basil)

| Link Happy |
*Hey moms, check out the iMom Facebook page
*this week's prompt for #trueyouproject is "what you do for yourself." Come join the fun!
*how cute are these cookies decorated with little icing veggies?! Need to make asap!
*love Episode 058 of Elise Gets Crafty where they talked about making a Pinterest strategy
*this is a fun infographic on creating the perfect blog post
*if you're a blogger, you need to join Blog Buddies Network!

Introducing | Little City Kitchen

5/17/15

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You know that feeling when you have a surprise that you just can't tell anyone about yet? Well that's how I've been feeling for the last two weeks as I finalized Little City Kitchen. This new project encompasses so much that I am passionate about, especially food and teaching others about food.

What is Little City Kitchen?
Little City Kitchen is an online custom menu planning service. To sign up for the service all you do is fill out a quick form and for only $50 you will get a 100% customized menu planning made by yours truly! Your menu plan will include 5-7 lunch options, 5-7 dinner options, an organized grocery list, links to all of the recipes in your plan, and a PDF of recommended pantry essentials. Every menu is full of delicious, healthy recipes based around eating wholesome, real meals made by you. With Little City Kitchen doing all of the research and list making for you, there's no excuse for you to not make your own meals at home.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (Message version) says, "...Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual party of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body." God died on the cross to save us from our sins and it's the least that we can do to treat the bodies that He gave us with respect and that means eating real (and delicious) foods to nourish ourselves.

It can be so hard to eat healthy while staying within your allotted grocery budget, but Little City Kitchen is here to help! Give us your budget and we will give you an awesome menu with tons of yummy meal options.

Little City Kitchen is not a meal planning service telling you what to eat when and how much to eat. It is simply a service that puts together meal options for you to make at home whenever you please. Feel free to change up the meals as you please, taking out or putting in whatever ingredients you please, or move around the sides with different entrees or do whatever you want to make it work for you and your family! The goal with Little City Kitchen is to simply make your life easier by taking out all of the planning involved with eating healthy.

For more information on Little City Kitchen click here. Or if you're ready to go ahead and purchase a week of menu options, head over and fill out this form. Oh, and did I mention that the first 15 people to sign up for (and pay for) a week of menu options, will receive 50% off their order! That's just $25 for a whole week of menu options and a grocery list and more! So share it with anyone who you think would be interested in the service and they could receive 50% off their order, this is a one time deal so get it while you can!!

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