Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti + Microplane Giveaway!

Thank you to Microplane for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share one of our favorite cookie recipes.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Do you like baking? Now that my son is away at college, I don’t do near as much as I used to. A treat for me is eating dates and nuts or a square of dark chocolate. Occasionally, I crave something with a bit of crunch to pair with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Biscotti is that satisfying indulgence, and this lemon poppyseed recipe is a little friendlier to the waistline when compared to most cookies too.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti Recipe

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This is the time of year when I turn into a lemon fanatic. I’m not sure if it has to do with the cheery bright yellow color or my body simply craving more vitamin C from the effects of winter. To me, recipes with citrus are fresh and vibrant, kind of like spring!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 TB. poppyseeds
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice)
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg white
2 TB. butter, softened
1 ½ TB. grated lemon zest
1 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poppyseeds and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together both sugars and butter, adding the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well.

Ingredients for Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti with Walnuts

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Living Room Refresh for Spring

Today, I’m excited to show you my latest e-design project. After receiving Barbara’s list of wants and needs, as well as looking through several snapshots of her living room, I was able to pinpoint what she was looking for.

The Details

  • Drawn towards traditional styling.
  • Favorite furniture resources are Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
  • Most comfortable living with shades of cream, yellow and pink.
  • She and her husband basically live in the room.
  • Loves everything in the room, but wants the look pulled together.

Mood Board

Living Room Refresh

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Decorating Plan

Before, Barbara’s living room had great foundational pieces, but it lacked personality. I suggested keeping the space fairly neutral by adding different textures, such as grasscloth wallpaper, a sisal area rug and chunky accessories. Adding a few more yellow accessories will bring the space to life, and will complement the existing elements in other parts of her home to maintain flow.

Here’s what we were starting with. Pretty good, right?

Living Room Refresh Before_2

 

Living Room Refresh Before

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Along with the mood board, I created a plan for updating the window treatments, addressing the fireplace, styling the built-ins, and more. Here are some of the inspiration photos I included to demonstrate the direction I suggest taking the room in…

Yellow Styled Built-ins via Decor Pad

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Our Sunday Best Showcase- Link Party #9

Welcome to Our Sunday Best Showcase, the weekly link party I host along with Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Aimee from Twigg Studios and Nicolette from Momnivore’s Dilemma and Ink and Sky.

sunday best showcase link party, every sunday at 8am CST

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On Thursday, the calendar turned to spring, but we were hit with a full-out blizzard. I don’t think I have it in me to do anymore shovelling this year! It may be a while before I can get going on any outdoor projects, but I did start seedlings this week. And, staying inside meant I had time to make skillet cinnamon rolls, which made for a happy husband (and a peeved away-at-college son!).

Starting Seeds Indoors and Skillet Cinnamon Buns | Satori Design for Living

Party Features

Thank you to those of you stop by each week to link up! I’ve been sharing some of my favorites on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Google+. Be sure to keep in touch so you don’t miss a thing!

Today, it’s Nicolette’s turn to share the features.

nicolette feature

French Pots from Cowboy’s Daughter Designs

french peat pot with spring flowers

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Early Spring Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors

Happy first day of Spring! Have you started thinking about gardening yet? We’re still getting snow around here (in fact there’s a blizzard going on right now), so digging around in the dirt and outdoor planting won’t happen for a while. But, I have started the process of planting seeds indoors.
 
Starting Seeds Indoors

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A couple of weeks ago, I was at the dollar store and came across a pack of tiny peat pots. Organic produce has become very important to us, especially in the past couple of years, and I thought I’d try growing some of our own this season. In the past, I have tried starting some seeds indoors. Some turned out, while others were a flop. After doing some research, I’m hoping the changes I made this time around will lead to success.

So far, I’ve sowed two types of basil, chives, spinach, lettuce and rosemary in organic potting mix. I plan on showing you progress updates over the next few weeks (hopefully all good!).

If you’re looking for tips for starting your own seeds indoors, I recommend checking out Starting Seeds Indoors by Organic Gardening. It goes into detail about which containers to use, the best potting mix for starting seeds, sowing, and more.
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Copy Cat Skillet Cinnamon Buns

How many times do you pin a project or recipe on Pinterest and actually go back and make it? Over the weekend, I gave myself the challenge to do just that. When Crystal from Sew Creative made these Ooey Gooey Caramel Skillet Cinnamon Rolls, I was hooked the minute I saw them. Typically we don’t eat sugary-doughy-desserts around here, but I figured a little indulgence wouldn’t harm us. Besides, the last time I made any sort of cinnamon bun was almost two decades ago (enter husband happy dance)!

Skillet Cinnamon Buns with Caramel Sauce

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Crystal at Sew Creative will walk you through how to make this decadent treat on her blog. Before you head over, I must tell you about a few modifications I made for my own preference. First, instead of using canola oil, I substituted coconut oil. As well, I used 2 cups of Robin Hood nutri flour blend “tastes like white” and ¼ cup of whole wheat flour (instead of 2 ¼ of all purpose flour the recipe called for). I’m not a fan of canola oil and I wanted to increase the fiber in these babies (to at least get some health benefits).

I can assure you these changes didn’t compromise the taste! They were so delish (even without the icing), and the dough was light and airy.

Skillet Cinnamon Buns with Caramel Sauce

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