Buttermilk Blueberry Sorbet!! With Organic Coconut Sugar!

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_MG_0668Just 5 ingredients, this sorbet is a perfect summer treat to cool you off.  I found this Martha Stewart recipe to be a surprise success after having some leftover buttermilk from a scone recipe earlier in the week.  I substituted regular sugar for Organic Coconut Sugar.  I like organic coconut sugar because it has less of a crash then regular sugar.  I also do not have an ice cream maker so I had to make this the old fashion way, by stirring.  Let get started!    _MG_0667

All the Fixings 

  • 1 1/2 pints fresh blueberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar – Trader Joe’s has this – (or regular sugar is fine too) 
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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  1. Combine 3 cups of blueberries, and 1 cup of Organic Coconut Sugar in food processor or blender and blend.  _MG_0626
  2. Pour puree into sifter on top a mixing bowl and sift out seeds and stems.  You will have to stir and press the mixture to force it out of the sifter, also don’t forget to scoop the outside of the sifter basket:)   _MG_0640
  3. Add zest of one large lemon.  _MG_0642
  4. Add 1 Cup of butter milk and 1 tsp of vanilla extract._MG_0650_MG_0651 _MG_0656
  5. Whisk ingredients vigorously.  
  • If you have an ice cream maker then simply add mixture to the ice cream maker and follow the suggested directions.  
  • If you do not, then add mixture to a deep dish baking pan and place in freezer.   _MG_0661
  • Every 30 minutes take out sorbet and stir vigorously.  A hand held blender might do the trick too.  The purpose is to keep the sorbet from forming ice crystals and to have it as smooth and creamy as possible.  Keep stirring every 30 minutes for 2 hours or until sorbet is frozen.   

That’s it!  Scoop into serving dishes and enjoy!

Store in glass container in freezer.   _MG_0672

Lavender Spearmint Bath Salt – Last minute gifts

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From the kitchen last minute gifts!  Thoughtful gifts that your friends and family will use!

  • 1 cup rock/sea salt
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Lavender essential oil ( you can find this in the pharmacy area of Target for a great price!)
  • dried spearmint (you can find this in the Mexican food aisle, which has really cheap dried herbs!)
  • old jelly jars or Kerr jars (“De-solv-it” gets sticky labels off fairly well, then I always use rubbing alcohol for any extra glue)
  • ribbon or stickers for decoration

Directions

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, use fork to mix together.  Scope into jars, decorate and you are done!  Feel free to substitute any dried herd or essential oil the combinations are endless.  Happy Holidays!