Paleo Lavender Mocha

Recently, we were in Charlotte, NC for a business seminar, and as usual, I had scouted out all the best places to eat….namely the best places for sweets because let’s face it, I am the girl that plans her vacations around cupcakes and bakeries and all things yummy. Don’t judge. That’s my cheat time! So, as I was searching, I came across Amelie’s French Bakery, and their reviews were fantastic, so I knew we had to go there! Y’all….this place is amazing! It’s so fun and quirky! There are things to look at everywhere you turn, which is good because the line was forever long, which we heard is pretty standard. They are open 24/7/365, and we soon found out why. We got 2 tasty boxes filled with all sorts of treats. PS ~ They have the most delicious macarons I have ever had. Oh my goodness.

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You’re drooling, right? So good! Something else that caught my eye while we were waiting in line was their lavender mocha. I LOVE all things lavender – shortbread, truffles, you name it! So of course, I had to try it! And it did not disappoint. Well, after we got home, I started craving another, so I hopped online to try to find a recipe. I didn’t have much luck, but I came across one, and thought I’d give it a try. Once I got ready to make it, I ended up having to tweak it a bit, just because I didn’t have certain ingredients or wanted to use something different. Here is the original recipe: Lavender Mocha

So, I got to work making this, and it turned out so great! So here’s my recipe!

Paleo Lavender Mocha
{ Makes one serving }

1/2 cup water
1-2 teaspoons dried lavender
1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic coconut sugar or honey
1/8-1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup brewed coffee or 2 shots espresso
1/2 cup organic full fat milk or almond milk

{ I picked up some dried lavender at a local apothecary over the holidays, and have been dying to use it, so this was the perfect thing for it! }

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First, bring the half a cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan on the stove. Sometimes, I’m super lazy, so you could totally do this in the microwave or run just water through the Keurig, but you will eventually have to put this back on the stove, so might as well do it there to start with. 🙂

Place lavender into a tea strainer or tea bag. Get creative with it, if you have to! { You could also add the lavender to the coffee grounds before you brew it. } I have had this adorable little strainer for a while, but this was the first time I’ve had the need to use it, and it was just perfect!

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Pour the boiling water into a measuring cup or mug, if you boiled it on the stove. Then, place the strainer in the water to let the lavender steep for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your coffee or espresso. This would probably have been even more fantastic with espresso, but our machine is on the fritz, so I used plain old coffee brewed on the smallest cup setting on our Keurig. { Again, I’m totally lazy. }

After the five minutes are up, pour the water back into the saucepan, and add the cacao or cocoa powder { which is what I used because it was what I had on hand }, coconut sugar (or honey), and vanilla, and heat on low until dissolved. Add your coffee and milk, and stir until heated through, and that’s it!

I have recently added some dairy back into my diet at home, after some research, so I used milk when I made this, but I think it would turn out equally as well with almond milk, especially if that’s what you’re used to.

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Ahhhh, my messy mug. Hope you enjoy!

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birthday

ahhhhhh. today is my 34th birthday. i’m not super into celebrating birthdays past the age of 21, but in honor of the day, i figured a list of 34 random things about me would be fitting. enjoy.

1. my next door neighbor called the police on me when i was five for sticking my tongue out at her, which i didn’t do. also, i think she was drunk.

2. when my mom was pregnant with me, she prayed that i would have a cute, round butt.

3. i make lists for everything

4. when i die, i want my funeral to be a big celebration with dancing and good food, like a wedding reception. also, everyone will be wearing their pj’s because that’s what i’m going to be wearing.

5. i have a headless titanium screw holding my 5th metatarsal together on my left foot.

6. my biggest regret is not going to ohio ballet the summer after my senior year to dance with all expenses paid.

7. i love talk radio and fox news.

8. when my husband told me that the sun sets faster in africa, I believed him, but only because every time you see the sun setting in africa on tv, it’s happening really fast. duh.

9. i used to spray my brother in the face with spray starch and windex, when we were little.

10. i walked through a mall with a toilet seat cover on my head.

11. i love to read.

12. i am horrible at sports.

13. i ran { wogged } the color run.

14. i opened my own business when i was in college.

15. i have a crush on bill o’reilly.

16. i love thunderstorms.

17. i hate putting on make up.

18. when i was four, i was playing at the dentist’s office where my mom and grandma worked, and while no one was looking, i got a paper towel out of the bathroom and the big scissors off the desk, crawled under the desk, laid my paper towel out on the floor and cut my hair.

19. i put microwave popcorn in the toaster oven when i was in 2nd grade. luckily, my brother and i knew how to use the fire extinguisher because the whole toaster caught on fire.

20. i make my grocery list in the order of the store. once, a lady watched me do all my shopping { creepy } and commented on my “methodical system”. the baggers do love me, though.

21. apparently, i didn’t learn my lesson after the popcorn incident, and i put an arby’s wrapper in the microwave. it made some pretty awesome fireworks.

22. i trip over my own feet all the time. see #5.

23. i listen to christmas music all year long.

24. i’m super lazy.

25. funnel cakes make me throw up.

26. i want to go to serendipity.

27. life would be so challenging without my keurig.

28. i started following a paleo lifestyle in november, which is really hard for a recovering sugaraholic.

29. i may have an unhealthy obsession with adam levine.

30. i’m extremely sarcastic.

31. townsend, tennessee is one of my favorite places.

32. i’m a hopeless romantic.

33. i spend way too much time on pinterest.

34. i’m sleepy and heading off to bed.

goodnight.

the piano man

for those who have crazy work hours like my husband and i, sometimes it’s hard to celebrate holidays on the actual date. that was the case with valentines this year. we ended up celebrating last night [ friday ] at the most fun little restaurant and piano bar in downtown buford. one of our friends, glenn trotti, { see my first post hello for more about him } recently started bartending there, so we thought it would be a great place to go. we sat at the bar all night, and had amazing drinks, conversations, and food { i completely threw my paleo diet out the window last night. shhhh. don’t tell my doctor. i ate bread for the first time in months. it was soooooo good with their homemade butter. seriously. the roasted red pepper one is to die for. } anyways, the piano man was set up right behind us, and he kept us entertained until he left. every song we requested, he played. we sang our hearts out, loudly and off-key, of course. i felt like cameron diaz in my best friend’s wedding when she’s singing karaoke. well, maybe not that bad, but pretty close. the music was fabulous. maroon 5, elton john, billy joel, green day, presidents of the united states, lady gaga, adele, and every random artist you could imagine. if we named it, he played it. we had a blast remembering songs from our high school days and just enjoying each other’s company and the atmosphere. so if you’re around buford, ga thursday-saturday evening, you must check out adam’s restaurant and piano bar. they also have a speakeasy downstairs. all of our food was delish, but my favorites were the desserts – we ordered the chocolate mousse and creme brulee. so good.

anyone else want to share their valentines dates?? i’d love to hear about it!!