Wednesday, July 25, 2012


It's a little late, but the 8th was my niece's dedication and my brother-in-law's birthday. We had a family BBQ and I made German chocolate cake. It's really yummy and fairly easy (Or maybe that's because I make it a lot.)

Also, here is the cake the first time I ever made it.

I based it off of this cake but I tweaked it a bit. Also, instead of adding shredded coconut to the frosting, I added shaved coconut from Whole Foods.

We had a really fun and delicious day!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Love and Lavender Shortbread

My sister's getting married!!!
Her Bridal Shower was a bright and flowery theme so I thought ice cream sandwiches would be fun. I had been dooling over Tartlelette's Lavender Shortbread Cookies Sorbet Sandwiches for a long time and finally had the chance to make them.

Lavender Shortbread Cookies:

Makes 12 cookies for sandwiches

1& 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or
Jeanne's Gluten Free All Purpose Mix
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons fresh edible lavender
3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Position a rack in the middle.
In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, and cornmeal. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in lavender. Add milk. Stir with fork to combine and form into ball. Knead until smooth and divide in half.
On lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 2-inch square cookie cutter, cut out dough.
Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack. Cool.
To store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days. Or freeze unfilled cookies up to 3 months.

Instead of making my own sorbet, I bought some Talenti brand. The flavor was Roman Raspberry and it was really delicious. Also, it came in these nice little plastic jars with screw-on lids.
We used a spoon to put the sorbet in-between the cookies, which was a bit messy, but really fun. In the end, it was all worth it.