A Splash of Lavender

Did you know that there are like a trillion health benefits to using lavender? Okay, maybe not a trillion but there are a lot! I know, right? Me, I just love the heavenly scent and haven't ever really thought about all the benefits....but there's more to lavender than meets the nose!

Here is a list of just a few benefits I gained knowledge of:

  • Anxiety                                
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • headaches
  • Toothache
  • Psychological well being
  • Acne
  • Treating burns
  • (and get this...) Hair loss

            | 1. Soap | 2. Shampoo | 3. Perfume | 4. Candle | 5. Shower Gel | 6. Bath Salts | 7. Body Oil |

xo

Stacy

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Simple and yummy! I mean, who doesn't love sugar cookies? And with frosting? Even better!

Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

Want to try out this recipe? I think you should! Just don't plan on sharing these...you'll want to eat all of them yourself. I promise!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4c sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking poser
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 c rainbow sprinkles

Frosting:

  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 c confectioners' sugar
  • 3 TBSP heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste

Extra Options:

  • extra sprinkles for decoration
  • food coloring for the frosting

Directions:

  • For the cookie bars preheat oven to 350F degrees. Use an 8" or 9" square baking pan and line with foil. Leave enough to hang over sides.
  • In a large bowl with mixer, cream softened butter for about 1 minute getting it smooth. Add sugar until fluffy and light in color. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat together.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cornstarch in a medium bowl. With mixer on low speed gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 parts. The dough will become thick. After all ingredients are combined fold in the sprinkles using a spatula.
  • Add the cookie dough to the prepared pan and press evenly to fill the pan. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until lightly brown on top. The goal is to make sure not to over bake. Place pan on a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature you can add the frosting on top.

Frosting Directions:

  • Using a mixer, beat butter on medium seed until creamy. (approx, 2 minutes) Add confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla extract while continuing to mix. Increase speed  and beat for 3 minutes. If frosting is too thin slowly add more confectioners' sugar. If frosting is to thick add more cream. Add a touch of salt if desired.

Remove completely cooled bars from the pan and frost with a thick layer of frosting. Add more sprinkles if desired. Cut into squares.

Bars can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. (They won't last this long!! They're too good to let sit around!)

Enjoy!

xo

Stacy

 

(Recipe by Sally's Baking Addiction)

Etsy Treasury

How many of you that are on Etsy create treasuries? I would like to say that I create tons of them but the truth is...I don't have much time on my hands to do it. HOWEVER, when I do I spend probably way too much time finding the "perfect items"! Like, way too much time! I'm big on creating mine around color themes. I love when everything just sort of blends. Below is my latest treasury. Some day I WILL get my treasury featured on Etsy! (Ok, that's what's called "Positive Thinking"!...does anyone know the secret to it?)

"Pure" Etsy Treasury

"Pure" Etsy Treasury

If you'd like to visit the site where this is located you can find it here.

xo

Stacy