Baby Shower for Baby S

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I know I’ve said it before, & I know I’ll say it again… but I LOVE THEMED PARTIES!

This past weekend we celebrated Baby S & Michel (…& I guess Mitch too) at Los Poblanos. Michel deserves the world, & I’m so glad her shower was at LP because it was perfect. We did an afternoon tea, which was out of this world delicious.

Meeting Michel’s friends was also so sweet. I’m such a friend hog/ small group person, that I didn’t really know a lot of her friend’s before this event… but I am so glad I got to love on Michel with her dearest friends at her shower. ❤ They are the nicest people.

Party planning can be a little stressful, but Michel’s shower was the least stress inducing event in the world. Definitely in part because her friend, Kristin, was the perfect co-host, (she did all the flowers herself!) & also because LP does everything to make it relaxing. I just want everything, ever, to be held there forever. I don’t think lavender fields will ever lose their magic.

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Little Baby S, you are so loved. I pray that you will be healthy, happy, kind, motivated, & love Jesus. Selfishly, I ask God that you love me too. ❤

 

p.s. these tassel balloons are SO easy to make, and inexpensive! literally the most difficult part is getting them all in your car. 4 fit in a small car, so plan accordingly. also it was windy & when I was taking them out of my car the wind blew them into my face so several lipstick marks made their way onto the balloons. wouldn’t be a liz event if something embarrassing didn’t happen. 😉

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Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s Day. I get it, it’s a commercial holiday. Who cares? I love love, and spending time with others. Anytime those can be celebrated I think they should be!

Also candy.

This year I wanted to celebrate it the office, and what better way than the good old fashioned elementary school way? Valentine’s boxes! I made everyone in the office a box (because I don’t think anyone had time to make their own).

The boxes were a hit. Also a hit- candy.

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Lavender Shortbread Cookies

This past week I’ve had some time on my hands to try new things (thank you Pinterest). I’ve discovered I love brussel sprouts (particularly with pancetta and/or sriracha and honey sauce)! Also new this week was a peach pie crumble. Both of those new recipes were SO DELICIOUS, but my favorite one was probably the lavender shortbread cookies. Maybe I loved it so much because it has chocolate, or maybe because I was baking them for an “Anne of Green Gables” night with the girls, but whatever the reason it’s my new go to lavender recipe.

Lavender is SO easy to cook/bake with. I’ve been obsessed with it for some time, and luckily enough live right next to an organic lavender farm. BUT the lavender I used in these cookies come from Provence, France- I have some pretty sweet friends. ❤

The recipe is pretty easy and from Forgiving Martha. The only difficult thing about the recipe is it doesn’t say where to put in the lavender. I put it in with my dry ingredients. I also ran the lavender through the food processor first (I’m not a huge fan of eating whole lavender chunks, but this is just a personal preference step). Another thing I changed was the type of chocolate I used. I did half semi-sweet, and half dark-chocolate and melted those chocolates together to receive a little bit more of a bitter chocolate taste that I think pairs nicely with the lavender. 🙂

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I don’t have a double boiler (or microwave) to melt the chocolate, so I used an egg poacher in simmering water.

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My chocolate dipping skills could use some improvement.

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I think I made about 50 two-bite cookies with this recipe.

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I always leave a few cookies w/o chocolate for those people who, for some unknowable reason, don’t like chocolate.