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summer yogurt bowls

Summer Yogurt Bowls

Whether you’re looking to mix up your morning routine, or just trying to get breakfast in your busy day, this recipe is quick, doesn’t require any heat, and is absolutely beautiful. If you are someone who loves making sure your food looks pretty this recipe can’t be beat. Our favorite way to make this recipe is to spend a slow Saturday strolling through the farmer’s market, picking the freshest fruit our hearts can find. In a bowl of flavored greek yogurt you have protein for the day and fresh fruits to naturally sweeten the tart flavor of the yogurt.

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Summer Yogurt Bowls

Ingredients:

Base Greek yogurt

Toppings:

Strawberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Granola
Chia Seeds

Coconut shavings
Mango
Kiwi

For extra sweetness:

Cocoa Nibs
Honey 
Cinnamon

Directions:

Begin by cleaning fruit and drying off on paper towel. In a blender, add whatever berries you would like for flavoring your Greek yogurt base. For our bowls, we love to blend strawberries and then add a bit of plain yogurt to the mix. Begin by layering on toppings. We loved the mixed berry combination with kiwi and mango. It’s fresh and delicious. If you’re wanting to have a healthy midday snack in the summer heat, pop your completed bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes for it to freeze up. It’s a great way to cool off without any extra sugar. Happy eating!

 

homemade salsa 1

Just 5: Homemade Salsa

As a kid there was nothing I loved more than chips and salsa as a snack. Over the years we would add queso to the list. I remember coming home from long days at school and my brother and I would sit on the couch sharing a bowl of chips and salsa. It was delicious and always hit the spot. While I’m a bit older now, I still absolutely love this snack and have been exploring recipes to make homemade salsa. This recipe has become a staple around our house. It takes around 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make. We’re lucky if a jar of this lasts more than a week around our house, so I’m sure you’ll love this staple as well.

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Just 5: Homemade Salsa

Yields one mason jar of salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 jar organic diced tomatoes, with no salt added or 5 fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 C cilantro
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 T salt

Directions:

Remove seeds and ribs from jalapeno with spoon. Rough chop and place in blender. Add can of tomatoes, cilantro, chopped onion, vinegar, and salt to blender. Blend to desired texture. Add a sprig of cilantro for garnish and serve with your favorite chips. Enjoy!

homemade salsa 2

 

honey lavender bourbon ale

Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale

This weekend marks a special occasion in the life of Kentuckian. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday and gives us a moment to reflect, to celebrate, and most importantly to remember the horse racing traditions of our great state. Many will put on fine dresses, hats, carrying themselves with beauty and class. While mint juleps are cited as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, most Kentuckians loathe them and would rather drink bourbon straight or as a mule. This cocktail is an updated take on a Kentucky mule and is light enough for long days in the heat or house parties playing multiple rounds of cornhole. Served with a fresh round of fresh lime, festive straw, and in a mason jar, it’s approachable, fun, and perfectly styled for my old Kentucky home.

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Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C ice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • Juice of a lime, plus garnish
  • 1 T honey lavender simple syrup (find recipe here)
  • 2 oz bourbon (we use Bulleit, made in my hometown on the Urban Bourbon Trail)

Directions:

Place ice in mason jar. Add simple syrup. Pour in shot of bourbon. Stir with long handled spoon. Squeeze juice of lime. Stir again. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with round of fresh lime. Cheers and may your horse win!!

 

honey lavender latte

Recipe Remix: Honey Lavender Latte

When it comes to spring favorites, lavender is my absolute favorite. In the mornings, you’ll usually find me sipping on a homemade latte macchiato. However, when I go out, I always head to a favorite coffee shop and purchase a honey lavender latte. This morning, I decided to take on the challenge of making it at home. It worked perfectly.

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honey lavender latte 2 Honey Lavender Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 honey
  • 3 sprigs of fresh lavender
  • 2 shots of espresso or 4 oz of extra strong coffee
  • 1/2 C 2% organic milk

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, and honey. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add sprigs of fresh lavender. Let simmer until syrup covers the back of a spoon, making sure to stir occasionally preventing burning. Let lavender steep in syrup for an additional 10 minutes.

Using an Aeropress, pull shots of espresso. (We love our Aeropress and couldn’t recommend it more. It gives you great quality espresso for a fantastic price.) Warm milk and using a blender, milk frother, or immersion blender, foam your milk. To assemble the drink add 1 T of honey lavender syrup and stir with espresso. Add frothed milk and enjoy!

iced lavender dirty chai

Iced Lavender Dirty Chai

There’s something about lavender. I absolutely love it. If I’m looking for a workspace away from home I usually head to a favorite coffee shop and get their honey lavender latte. It’s my favorite and is the perfect start to my workday. With summer temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to break out the iced drinks with a touch my favorite, lavender. Paired with the nuance of chai, this drink uses a homemade lavender syrup with fresh lavender from the garden.

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Iced Lavender Dirty Chai

4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 C organic milk, 2%
  • 8 chai tea bags
  • 8 oz of water
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 4 shots espresso or 1 C cold brew coffee (find our recipe for cold brew here)
  • 10 lavender blooms, plus one stem for garnish


Directions:

Begin by placing equal parts sugar and water on the stove. Bring to a boil and reduce heat until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender blooms and steep. (Keep blooms in sugar upon storage for richer flavor. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.) Place to the side.

Brew tea bags in 8 oz of water to create double strength chai.

To assemble drink:

Combine 2 T lavender syrup with 2 oz chai in the bottom of a tall glass. Stir. Add 1/4 C cold brew and milk. Finish with ice and serve. Soak up the sunshine and enjoy!