Lavender Goat Cheeseball

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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.

Lent and Going Sweetener Free

Lent. As a Catholic, I definitely take part in the Lenten season which started this past Wednesday; however, I’m typically not a big fan of giving things up for lent. I just don’t find it that effective in growing spiritually during lent. For some people it’s great; for me, it’s not. Giving up some unhealthy food or habit probably makes me a bit healthier; however often I forget the main reason I’m giving said unhealthy thing up  which of course is to use my little tiny sacrifice as a way to unite myself with Jesus and His big giant sacrifice.

That being said, I’ve decided to give something up this year. I still primarily want to focus on doing good acts and growing in virtue this Lenten season; however, I have decided to go sugar free for lent. Actually, scratch that, sweetener free. Tuesday evening I said so long to not only white sugar, but also agave, stevia, honey and all other sweetening devices. Four days in and my commitment to being sweetener free has already been tested numerous times.

Friday afternoon I even made a batch of traditional chocolate chip cookies for some friends and family. I’m proud to say I didn’t so much as lick dough from the beater, nor did I eat a single cookie. I’ve realized that watching others enjoy the  food I make is actually better than eating my self. Still, nothing sounds better right now than a big chewy overly sweetened cookie. 42 days until Easter.

I’ve already determined that come Easter Sunday I will be making Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes from How Sweet It Is.

How Sweet It Is

I think they’ll be worth the wait :)

Do you celebrate Lent? What’s your opinion on giving things up? Any delicious sugar free recipe you’d like to share?