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Trail mix is a fantastic portable - and if you skip the kind made with candy and chocolate - reasonably healthy snack. That is nearly impossible to find. It's not that I don't like chocolate (I do,) but can't eat a trail mix containing milk chocolate. If a store bought trail mix doesn't have milk ingredients, it usually has a surgery cereal or some other junk food type ingredient which makes it the nutritional equivalent to diving face first in a bowl of Jelly Bellies and not coming up for air until you've finished the entire thing. Not that I have any experience doing that, ahem. Basic mixed nuts would be a simple switch if only the folks I'd be around didn't have nut and peanut allergies. I think it is totally rude to send your friends into an anaphylactic reaction. A real jerk move. Enjoy Life has a trail mix free of the 8 major food allergens (you can learn more about the allergy free Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix here )

Lavender Sugar Recipe

My secret to growing big, super huge lavender bushes is to cut the lavender buds when they bloomk as often as possible.

Since I don't want my fresh cut lavender to go to waste, I'm always on the hunt for things to make with lavender flowers. Besides feeling decant with a constant flow of fresh cut lavender flowers in the house, I like to cook and bake with lavender buds. Yes you can eat lavender!




The easiest way to cook with lavender is to make lavender infused sugar and use the lavender sugar in your favorite recipe. Lavender sugar adds a savory touch to my Scottish Shortbread and it looks like I spent big bucks and tons of time on something I already have on hand that I let sit until I remembered to use it.

How to Make Lavender Sugar


Lavender looks pretty too!

You will need:

2 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon dried lavender (you can  buy culinary lavender here.  Make certain you are buying culinary lavender. Lavender buds for flower arrangements and crafting often have extra stuff on them to bump up the color and scent and probably tastes awful)

Blender - (my blender has a glass jar that won't end up like smelling like lavender forever)

Pretty glass jar with a lid

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Make it:

1. Crush/blend the dried lavender to release the oil. I usually put most of the lavender in the blender for better flavor distribution and leave some of it whole so it looks pretty when I give lavender sugar as a gift.

2. Mix the lavender and sugar together, pour it into the glass container, and top with the lid

3. Allow the lavender to infuse the sugar by putting in to a cool dark place for two weeks or so. I put mine in the pantry.

4. After two weeks or so, open the jar and use your lavender sugar in place of white sugar in your favorite recipe.

Lavender sugar makes a easy and elegant gift for your favorite foodie too!

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