Baking

Lavender Fleur de Sel Shortbread Cookies

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Bonjour Chats Since it is spring, I immediately start thinking of pretty little tea parties {that may be a thought all year, but especially in the spring!}. Just picture a spring tea party outside filled with tons of blooms, sweet treats, and a perfectly decorated table. When spring finally does roll around I really enjoy baking with fresh dried lavender. It fills your kitchen with such a fragrant aroma and what could be prettier than eating flowers? So, with all of that being said, I wanted a shortbread cookie to go along with my tea, that also incorporated lavender. After searching the internet, I found this recipe. The recipe is quick and easy and the dough is beautiful filled with the lavender!

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Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons chopped dried lavender blossoms
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Fleur de sel

Directions

Sift the flour and fine sea salt together in a small bowl.
Combine the sugar and lavender in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix for 15 to 20 seconds to combine.
Add the butter and mix until combined.
Mix in the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until it forms a soft dough.
Shape the dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut it into 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-inch shapes using cookie cutters.
Place the shapes on the baking sheet, sprinkle with some fleur de sel, and place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes, until the dough is stiff.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
Bake the lavender shortbread cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown.
Let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
The shortbread keeps for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Then you’ll have a fresh floral shortbread cookie for your next outdoor tea party. These would be a perfect party favor packaged up and tied with a bow!

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Self Portrait-Lacy R Blair

I have always loved creating collages and mood boards from magazine cutouts. I have been doing this from a very young age. To me, there is nothing better than ripping out pretty images and inspiration from a fashion magazine. This will always be my favorite method of collaging. Although nowadays there is an even more up to date method of saving images by pinning them to Pinterest. I love working with a color scheme mostly made up of blush pink, pale blue, gold, white, and black. These are my favorite colors to work with and it also defines my personal style. These pretty little images give you a taste of what I am passionate about, whether it is in art, life, or fashion. I wanted to give this photoshop collage the same look as my most favorited way of collaging {The torn look). The images are soft, feminine, and lovely. Including lots of references to Paris, french desserts, and one of my favorite fashion icons from the past. Oh la la!

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