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Harvesting Lemongrass

I have a lovely little greenhouse that provides me with lots of Lemongrass. Below you will find a couple of ways to harvest and make your Lemongrass work for you.

Once I removed and wash my stalks I then cut them in various sizes.

I take half of my harvest and place then in freezer safe baggies with coconut milk.  Since most of my recipes require coconut with lemongrass this is a great way to store lemongrass for later use.

I usually use larger pieces for the freezing then I do drying.

Here you can see the various sizes that I play on baking sheets and place in the oven at 200 for several hours.

I don’t bother separating them I wait until their partially dried to pull the shoots apart.

Here’s what your dried lemongrass will look like.  If you struggle with time management and started to late in the evening just throw your oven on proof temp which is around 100 degrees and bring back up to 200 in the morning to continue process.

The dried lemongrass is perfect of herbal unfused teas.

DIY Air Plants in Seashells

img_5310These are so simple to make.

What you will need:

Seashells
Waterproof Glue
Air Plants

img_5307I was fortunate enough to have some laying around in my sons bathroom.  They were the ideal size.

img_5308The air plants I purchased off of Amazon.

img_5305This glue I also purchased on Amazon.

img_5309Place a dime size amount of glue at the base of your air plant and slide into your shell.

img_5310Here they are.  Maybe 5 minutes prep and an hour dry time.  How cute are these.

Chandelier Valentine Cookies

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Nordic roll-out Cookies

2 sticks unsalted  butter
1 ¾ cups raw sugar
¼ Cups Agave Nectar
4 cups Unbleached flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1  teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cardamon
½ orange Tablespoons orange zest/oil
½ scraped vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350

Fit mixer with paddle attachment. Cream butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy. Add agave and combine.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Add zest and vanilla to and egg to butter mixture and beat until smooth.

Add dry ingredients but do not over mix or cookies will be tough.
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Divide dough in half and llay dough on plastic wrap; refrigerate at once. Can be in fridge for a number of days.

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I use these great cookie spacers on my rolling pin to ensure the same thickness each time.

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I would highly suggest placing your rolled out shapes in the freezer for 10 minutes.

When ready roll out to desired thickness and cook at 350 for 9 to 12 minutes.

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Now it’s time to let them cool.

If you have a recipe you favor please use your favorite one.  Royal Icing is hard to work with and I use what works for me.

Royal Icing

  • 2 Tablespoons Crisco
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Karo Syrup
  • 7 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Flavoring of your choice
  • Color of your choice

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There are a couple icing methods you can use.  one is free flow with bottles.

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The other is taking your icing and placing it in a shallow plate with a dowel/skewer attached to the end with a rubber band.

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Then drag  your cookies excess icing across the dowel/skewer.

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Both are time consuming.  Icing cookies is not as easy as it looks.  You need time and patience to do these.  Sorry I’m sure there are others out there that will say it’s easy but if you aren’t creative and don’t have time then you will become frustrated.

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However if you do have a creative side and enjoy hands on crafts and baking this is for you!

For the final step I simply used a stencil to make these gorgeous Chandelier cookies for my sons special girl….

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DIY Clay Pot Soldier Nutcrackers

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When I started making these Clay Pot Soldiers I was so excited.  I had dreams of making them for all of the neighbors.  Then we started… What you will need.

Materials:
  • 5 pots all the same size ( we purchased ours at Home Depot)
  • paint
  • Metal Rod to run from top to bottom with washers
  • Saucer Base (Just place one upside down)
  • Templates (just google clay pot soldier) 
  • Sharpie to draw eyes and mouth
  • A day without wind to spray pot

I spray painted all of the pots with two coats.  After the base dried I taped off the rim and spray painted each rim.

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Once the main portion of the pots were painted I mapped out a face and hand drew the faces with Sharpies.  It sounds difficult but it was the easier than painting the rims.

 

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The washers, nuts and rods all came from home depot. Once you decide the size of Nutcracker you are making you can choose the correct washer and nut size.

 

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I love they way they turned out but they were a bit time consuming.

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