Meet Avi the Avocado

Hi Friends,

I would like you to meet the newest member of my family, Avi.  He is my new avocado seed.  I plan to take very good care of him.

 Avi Parker

Avi Parker

It was a regular day, like any other.  I said good morning to Justin as he gave me a kiss and headed off to work.  Then I went in to check on Avi and headed into the kitchen to make tea.  But when I opened the cupboard, I noticed there are only 3 of my (current) little favorite teabags remaining in the Humangear pod - Steven Smith Teamaker Morning Light #25.  My 1st tin of this "cool morning walk in the forest" was a Christmas gift from my friend Ashley.

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She surprised me with this delightful tea and also, a wonderful handmade infinity scarf. When I took the scarf out of the gift bag, I couldn't believe my eyes.  Not only was it just what I needed (it was cold!) but it completely complimented the blazer I was wearing at the time.  Thanks again friend!  I'm wearing it right now. 

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I mentioned in my post yesterday that I've had a house full of goodies all month.  Below are some pics of the stuff I was playing with to tantalize your taste buds..

 Matcha Ice Cream Base

Matcha Ice Cream Base

 Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha Ice Cream

I made a couple of batches of baklava around the same time I made one of my favorites, honey ice cream, yum!

 Batch of Baklava

Batch of Baklava

 Baklava Layers

Baklava Layers

 Baklava & Honey Ice Cream

Baklava & Honey Ice Cream

 Can I make an apple pie?  Why yes, I can!

Can I make an apple pie?  Why yes, I can!

  When you smell the first sweet   scent   of spring   in the air, you will find me with my head in the freezer, looking for the   last bit of   blueberries to make these  .

When you smell the first sweet scent of spring in the air, you will find me with my head in the freezer, looking for the last bit of blueberries to make these.

 

 Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt Vanilla Caramels & Buttons

Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt Vanilla Caramels & Buttons

 And, I can make some delicious apple hand pies too!

And, I can make some delicious apple hand pies too!

  My daughter and I used to sit on the patio in our pajamas   and eat these blueberry-lemon scones just from the oven while we sipped our warm tea and looked out over the lake.  They are dreamy with fresh lemon curd and cream too!

My daughter and I used to sit on the patio in our pajamas and eat these blueberry-lemon scones just from the oven while we sipped our warm tea and looked out over the lake.  They are dreamy with fresh lemon curd and cream too!

 Caramels all wrapped-up and ready to go!

Caramels all wrapped-up and ready to go!

 Well, I have some raspberries, cranberries and Malibu Rum-soaked golden raisins..let's make bundt cakes!

Well, I have some raspberries, cranberries and Malibu Rum-soaked golden raisins..let's make bundt cakes!

 It was the day before Valentine's Day and I wanted to make my husband a Red Velvet Cake.  So, I took a look at what I had in the fridge to pull together a tasty filling and this is what I had..a little tart, a little sweet and lots of flavor.

It was the day before Valentine's Day and I wanted to make my husband a Red Velvet Cake.  So, I took a look at what I had in the fridge to pull together a tasty filling and this is what I had..a little tart, a little sweet and lots of flavor.

 It was so tasty, I couldn't stop tasting it.  I've fondly dubbed it "The Queen's Guard" Filling

It was so tasty, I couldn't stop tasting it.  I've fondly dubbed it "The Queen's Guard" Filling

 Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

 OH ya!  Tasty, tasty

OH ya!  Tasty, tasty

 I cut the strawberries and rhubarb and put them in a medium-sized sauce pan with the cranberries, and 1/4 cup of the left-over orange zest sugar I had on-hand, along with the juice of one orange, it's zest and a cup of steeped Tazo Youthberry tea.  (playing with flavors)

I cut the strawberries and rhubarb and put them in a medium-sized sauce pan with the cranberries, and 1/4 cup of the left-over orange zest sugar I had on-hand, along with the juice of one orange, it's zest and a cup of steeped Tazo Youthberry tea.  (playing with flavors)

 The Red Velvet Cake

The Red Velvet Cake

 Putting it all together- #1 of 4 fabulous layers of flavor.  

Putting it all together- #1 of 4 fabulous layers of flavor.  

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I made these peanut butter, date and granola bars two days ago.  Aside from adding some chopped chocolate, I followed the original recipe. Initially, I didn't think I would post them because they seemed a little salty.   However, my husband was raving about the one he had with his coffee the next morning.  It's a nice firm, yet chewy bar that reminds me of a mouth-full of Planters peanuts.  Still, in the future, I will leave out the salt called for in the original recipe.  

The day is ending on a good note. It rained, the grass is green and my seeds got watered!

 Would you just look at that green grass..just look at it!

Would you just look at that green grass..just look at it!