Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies

One of the ways I wanted to use up my big box of Meyer lemons I picked up at Costco the other day was in some baking for neighbor/teacher/friend’s gifts. These little Meyer lemon cookies brighten up any Christmas treat plate you plan on gifting. They are tart and sweet and zesty and chewy and so dang good.

I have to plate and wrap them as soon as they cool to stop myself from scarfing them down myself. I also have to hide them from Monkey Boy because he was a huge fan. I just might have to bake him his own batch!

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 {15 oz} container ricotta cheese {I used the whole milk rich kind}
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest

antique lemon juicer green glassFor the glaze:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a stand mixer, combine the butter and the sugar. On medium speed, beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest and stir until fully combined. With the mixer off, pour in the flour mixture and mix on low just until combined.

Spoon 1.5-2 tablespoon-sized scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Let cookies cool for 20 minutes.

While the cookies are cooling, make your glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest and stir until smooth. Once the cookies are completely cooled, drizzle each cookie with about 1/2 teaspoon of glaze. Let the glaze harden {up to two hours} before storing or plating cookies.

Looking to get your cookie fix? Check out more Cookie Recipes.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Chow Down

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Tonight, I plan on watching Chow Down.  It follows a man, who after being told he had heart disease, seeks to reverse it with dietary changes.  You know I am a sucker for the “power of food” sorts of documentaries, so I am interested in WHAT type of changes he will be making to improve his overall health.  I am pretty sure it is safe to say that the processed stuff is going out of the window.

chow down

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Have a great weekend,

~Mavis

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 11/29/2013 Garden Tally

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After digging up a few vegetables for our Thanksgiving dinner this past week, I did a little bartering with my neighbor Hulda. Being able to share/trade our extra vegetables with our neighbors is pretty RAD.  She had meat, I have veggies, so it was a win-win deal. Now, if we could just get a few of our other neighbors to grow wheat and get a dairy cow I think we’d all be set.

Scroll down to see how many eggs were collected this past week. It’s shocking!

~ Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 138 pounds 6 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets to we still need to dig up, and I don’t know about you, but I think winter beets are the best!

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

Broccoli Romanesco

Broccoli – 2 pounds

Finally! I can’t wait to harvest some more.

head of cabbage

Cabbage – 43 pounds 8 ounce

We harvested out first purple cabbage of the season!

carrots
Carrots – 47 pounds 5 ounces

I’m looking forward to pulling up carrots all winter long.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

 I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,257

You are not going to believe this. Last week there were only 2 eggs to collect. Yup. How that’s possible, I have no idea. Well, actually, I do. The temperatures have been so low here in Western Washington, that the chickens decided to go on a mini holiday. Maybe 12 eggs would be enough for the average family, but were used to getting {and using} about 3-5 dozen eggs a week. So to to only get 1 dozen, it a big deal.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and we have tiny shoots popping up now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop and I grow it mostly for the chickens. Because I think it tastes gross.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 13 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano – 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

Leeks – 7 ounces

I wonder if we have anymore onions hidden in the garden beds? Note to self: look in the raspberry bed.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

red potatoes

Potatoes – 328 pounds 6 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

french breakfast radishes

Radish – 22 pounds 2 ounces

We have some seedlings popping up. I’ll try and take some pictures.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach – 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts –2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 8 ounces

Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading. :)

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

Turnips 1 pound 4 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass – 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1480 pounds 2 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,257 {+more that we forgot to count}

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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Gig Harbor Turkey Trot

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Yesterday I met up with my buddy The Mad Scientist to run/walk the Gig Harbor Turkey Trot. Holmes Chiropractic holds the fun run every year as a fundraiser or the Gig Harbor Food Bank. {How cool is that?} I’m always amazed at how many families show up to this event every year.

gig harbor turkey trot

It’s awesome to see thousands of people show up downtown wearing running tights and turkey hats so early in the morning, just to get in a little exercise. I mean really, with all the food that’s consumed on Thanksgiving, I think we could all use a little something to help burn all those calories, don’t you?

gig harbor turkey trot

Pilgrims and Indians, still rockin’ it after all these years. 😉

How about YOU?

Did you get any exercise in yesterday {other than exercising your fork}?

Mavis wants to know.

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16 oz Philosophy Gels $10 Shipped, Science Gifts, Thermos Deals, Free Christmas Music, Canon Printer Deal

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mornings with mavisGood morning! I don’t know how you’re feeling, but I think I’ll be wearing my stretchy pants today. 3 pieces of pie will do that to a girl. :)

I woke up this morning excited about one particular Black Friday Deal. Philosophy Shower/Bubble Bath/Shampoo Gels. Today only you can get the 16 ounce bottles for only $10 shipped. Holy smokes that is an awesome deal. Let’s just say I ordered enough for the Girl and I to be set for the next year.

Mavis

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Happy Thanksgiving from Mavis!

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My house smells so good right now I want to lick the walls. I look forward to our Thanksgiving feast ALL. YEAR. LONG. I’m getting giddy just thinking about all the turkey, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie I’m going to consume.

But it’s not just about the food, right {right?!}. It’s about pausing and remembering all of the awesome things in your life that you have to be thankful for. And I have a lot. Hope you do too!

Be thankful for all you have, eat until it hurts, and may your day be blessed.

Peace out pilgrims,

~Mavis

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My Botanical Interests Vegetable Garden Seed Order

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botanical interests seed packets

Well, there’s nothing like a good ole’ seed sale to make me stop everything I’m doing and put my seed order together for my 2014 vegetable garden. If you plan on ordering seeds for your garden this year and need some ideas, below are the seeds I plan on ordering for my garden.

heirloom tomatoes

These are the tomatoes I will be growing in my garden next year:

green beans

These are the beans I’ll be growing in my garden next year:

peas in podThese are the peas I plan to grow next year:

beets

These are the beets I will be growing in my garden next year:

rainbow-carrots

These are the carrots I will be growing in my garden next year:

zucchini plant

These are the cucumbers, peppers and zucchini I will be growing in my garden next year:

freckles romaine lettuce

These are the lettuce varieties I will be growing in my garden next year:

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Onions, Kohlrabi, Artichokes, Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower seeds I plan to sow next year:

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Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Bok Choy seeds I plan to sow next year:

basil seeds

These are the herbs I will be growing in my garden next year:

heirloom-butternut-squash

These are the squash varieties I will be growing in my garden next year:

mavis-butterfield pumpkin

These are the pumpkins I plan to grow next year:

Am I missing anything?

~Mavis

 

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