Lavender Goat Cheeseball

My giveaway ends tonight, so don’t forget to enter.

This is one of those things that I feel totally silly calling a recipe.

I mean, every single ingredient is in the title.

Suggestion? Idea? Creation? Concoction?

Whatever you call it, it is a good.

Honey Lavender Goat Cheese Spread

This insanely easy and delicious cheeseball is great on crackers, pita chips, toasted baguette, raw veggies, or as a sandwich spread.

4oz goat cheese, brought to room temperature

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tsp chopped fresh lavender (plus extra for garnish).

In a small bowl, mix goat cheese and honey until well combined. Stir in lavender. Lay out a large square of plastic wrap onto a flat surface. Scrap the cheese mixture into the center of the wrap. Bring edges in and twist tightly. Make sure the cheese is in a ball shape. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from plastic wrap, sprinkle with additional lavender and serve.

On another note, you absolutely must make these salted caramels.

I found the recipe on FoodGawker (love that site!) and made them last night. Best decision I made all week. For realz.

What’s the best dish you’ve made recently?

What is your favorite source for recipe finding?

Mine is Food Gawker, because pretty food tastes better…..right? Thought so.

Weekend Recap: 11 Things I Learned

This weekend some of my parents’ friends invited us to their cabin on Trout Lake which is near Telluride.

The view from the cabin

I learned a few new things this weekend.

1. Contrary to what spell-check says, jeeping is most definitely a verb.

2. Driving is better than riding.

3. A fish is a fish, no matter how small.

4. Having a fire in the fireplace in July is totally acceptable.

5. If you can’t find skewers for your shrimp/veggies/pineapple there’s no reason you can’t make your own by whittling some aspen branches with a pocket knife.

6. Wildflowers are oh-so-fun to take pictures in.

7. Sometimes it’s fun to go through rivers…

even if there is a bridge right next to you!

8. If you’re unsure if your cobbler turned out (baking at 10,000 feet certainly messes with things), top it with ice cream. No one will notice.

9. Melting snow is some pretty powerful stuff.

10. Gondolas are the best transportation method to take to church.

11. Painting in the middle of the street is totally acceptable.

What have you learned this weekend?

Don’t forget to enter the Newman’s Own Organic Giveaway

Adventures and Giveaway Clarification

Hello Friends!!

I have been without internet/cell service since Thursday night. I’ll save the full recap for tomorrow, but I can tell you my weekend involved some of this….

Jeeping is a verb in this part of the country, after all.

Due to my blogging absence and some mild confusion, I’ve decided to extend the giveaway until Tuesday at midnight. I’ll pick and announce a winner Wednesday morning.

Just to clarify…..

  • Be sure to leave separate comments for each entry
  • Be sure to leave your entry comments on the post that is specifically giveaway, not the review post.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap, including lots of pictures!

Newman’s Own Organic Review #2 (and GIVEAWAY!)

Remember when I told you about a few of the Newman’s Own Organics products I received? Well, there was a lot I didn’t tell you about so here goes round 2!

First up, I really liked the Dried Apples, probably one of my favorite things the company sent!

I loved that the ingredient list consisted of exactly one thing: apples! I really enjoyed the flavor and texture; these would make a great on-the-go snack!

Next up, the Chocolate Cream and Original Creme Newman-O’s. These are pretty similar to Oreos, but it seems to me the cookie part is a little thinner and the creme part is a little thicker…..which is fabulous in my book! I was planning to make Oreo Truffles out of the original ones….but we ate them too quickly….oopps :P

Even my mom who doesn’t like Oreo’s at all, really enjoyed these!

I noticed at my local grocery store that they also have Peanut Butter Creme Newman-O’s; I’ll definitely have to give those a try sometime!

Alphabet Cookies!

Brother: “These are good, kind of like Teddy Graham’s…..I might like Teddy Graham’s better though”

Mom: “No way, these are way better than Teddy Grahams. I like that they aren’t so sweet” (<- I agree!)

I tried my beloved Hermits, only of the non-cinnamon variety. These were good, but I couldn’t help but compare them to their cinnamon brethren….and I certainly prefered those!

Chocolate….

As already mentioned, I loved the 70% dark chocolate bar.

54% Dark Chocolate: Rich, creamy, smooth, chocolate-y and delicious! Any chocolate lover would enjoy this bar.

54% Espresso Dark Chocolate: similar to the regular dark chocolate, but with a little espresso flavor….I love coffee flavored things, so I thought the bar was great!

Mocha Milk Chocolate: It was a tad too sweet for me….but that’s probably just my wacky taste buds. To the average person, it would probably be wonderful and just the perfect amount of sweetness.

And, I actually have yet to open the Milk Chocolate (34%) or the Orange Dark Chocolate….gotta savor the chocolate bars, don’t want to eat them all at once. I have a feeling I am going to love the orange one!

The Chocolate Chocolate Chip and regular Chocolate Champion Chip Cookies were good. I’m not usually a big fan of store-bought cookies, but these were pretty tasty. I loved that the chunks of chocolate were pretty big, too! The double chocolate ones were my favorite. They were both a tad bit dry/crumbly to me….but nothing a glass of (almond) milk couldn’t fix. Afterall, cookies are better dipped in milk, right?

The Mighty Minis Pretzels were a nice snack. To me, they weren’t anything special though. They have a good flavor and texture, and if you’re a pretzel lover, you’d surely enjoy them.  And, of course, the fact that they are made with organic ingredients is certainly a good thing. However, I think I’ll stick with their Honey Wheat pretzels; I love a good honey wheat pretzel.

Peppermint: My favorite of the mints

Ginger: these are super different tasting. After I tried these, I actually ran to my parents to have them try them just because they are so unusual and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me. They smell nice, but the flavor is way too strong and spicy. The fam and I were not big fans.

Cinnamon: They remind me of cinnamon gum. I like cinnamon gum :)

Wintergreen: Yum, just the perfect amount of minty-ness.

 

Dried Apricots: The only ingredient: apricots, which made me happy before I even opened the bag. I’ll be honest, when I first opened them I was totally shocked by the dark color. I expected them to be more orange-y like other dried apricots I’ve had. I’m not sure if the dark color is because of the variety of apricots used or the lack of preservatives. Regardless, these are sweet, chewy and yummy.  My mom chopped some of them and put them in a chicken salad, so good!

I still need to try the Pretzel Sticks and the fat-free Fig Newman’s (in addition to the chocolates I mentioned). I’m sure I’ll report back to you on all four things soon!

Overall: I really love the Newman’s Own Organic Company. They made some really delicious products. I also love that it is a very family oriented company and they give so much money to various charities. I would be happy to purchase their products and support such a wonderful company. Of course, I wouldn’t consider any of their products exactly health food. Yes, it’s good that they are made with mostly organic ingredients, but I do try limit my consumption of packaged food in general. So, in conclusion, the company makes some wonderful products that should be enjoyed in moderation and is a great alternative to conventional packaged products. (I’d totally buy Newmans-O’s over Oreos any day!).

Which of the above products sound the best to you?

How Do you like to enjoy your Oreos Newmans-O’s?

I always removed the cookie part from two of them  and eat those plain. Then, put the halves with the creme together. Double-stuffed, heck yes!!

Now that you have made it through this monster of a post, click here for the giveaway I promised you!