La La Lavender

I’m currently having a breakfast appetizer of banana bread as I wait for my steel cut oats to cook. This is my first time making steel oats and I didn’t realize they take 20 minutes to make! I’m used to my 90 second oatmeal but was in the mood for something a little heartier. I will probably top my oats with some milk and brown sugar…maybe a little coconut yogurt and a chocolate chip? LOL who am I kidding more like  5 chocolate chips.

I also went to Target yesterday to get more Almondmilk Creamer (have been obsessed with the Toffee Tidings flavor) and got distracted by the all the holiday flavors. I left with Sugar Cookie instead of the Toffee Tidings. Marketers sure know how to get me. Argh!

So it’s been cold. Freezing cold. It’s OK because I usually spend my day snuggled in a chair with Harry and Ruthie so we stay warm but we’re starting to go a little stir crazy staying inside all day. So yesterday Harry and I ventured out to do some errands and pick up ingredients for a lavender latte! I love lavender lattes and seeing the one in Duluth over the weekend made me want to make my own.

First things first. I had no clue where to get lavender buds…wtf is a lavender bud even? Target or Trader Joes do not have them. My next thought was whole foods but I didn’t feel like driving into the city. After fearing defeat, we drove past a little store called Fresh and Natural on our way home. Sure, what the heck. Might as well try, right?

BINGO. Fresh and Natural def has lavender buds. And many other fun/odd/cool things. The nice thing was that the buds were in the bulk section so you could take as many as you wanted. I love the smell of lavender and filled my little baggie up…the price per pound….$53! Thank god lavender weighs like nothing. I think my total for the lav was $3. I’ll be getting more of this stuff.

I also grabbed some decaf coffee (also in the bulk section) to make my latte because I’m trying to only drink one fully caff coffee a day (my morning cup with said Sugar cookie cream). Before leaving I tried looking for collagen because I am curious about the stuff and wanted a sample jar but only saw a large tub for like $40. Don’t need my hair and nails to grow that bad. Anyone have thoughts on collagen?

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Lavender ❤

Back to latte. I started by making the lav syrup in the recipe. I boiled the water and buds and let it simmer. It smelled amazing. I’m adding a small strainer to my XMAS list because all we have is a giant spaghetti noodle strainer and a handful of the buds made it into my drink which was fine but not ideal.

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Sup bud?

Next step was to boil water and sugar then add the boiled lav juice to the sugar water. Pretty sure I may have burned my sugar a tiny bit but it was still yummy.

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See the little buds floating?

Then you basically let the syrup cool, brew some coffee (I used my French Press), and pour that into a mug. Now for the coolest part…the milk. All you do is heat up your milk (I used Fair Life Non fat because I like this kind the best and almond milk has not been my fave lately) for like 30 seconds then give it a good ole shake. Bing. Bang. Boom. Pour that on top and you have a lovely lavender latte.

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I Love Lav

I really want to learn how to make a flower or something with my foamy milk but I’m guessing I need a fancy espresso machine for that. Anyway, I’d highly suggest this recipe! It will hopefully save me $100 in fancy lavender lattes hehe. Then I can put that $ towards a nespresso. I found one on sale at Sur La Table and am hoping Santa brings it…or maybe I’ll get it for Harry LOL.

So the website that has the lavender latte also has a recipe for PB cup coffee creamer. I might try to make that today. Oh and pumpkin bread because you can never have enough pumpkin.

PS what do I use extra lavender buds for?




I Had A Dream

Oh hi there. I’m sweating and it feels glorious. So last Friday I told you how I get done with work at 1PM every Friday…well this week all that changed. I now get done at 11:40 AM every Friday from here on out…hello productivity around the house and long dog walks (hence why I’m sweating).

First things first, this week, I am officially 18 weeks along. Yippee skippy. Less than 2 weeks to discover the gender of our new family member. Can’t wait. 18 weeks also means baby wakey is the size of a croissant! That’s like pretty big if you ask me. It also makes me hungry for one of those chocolate-filled croissants the fancy bakeries have. I’ll be getting one of those ASAP.

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I use the Ovia Pregnancy app and love it!

This week I haven’t really been craving anything. Sam and I did cook 2 meals together (brats and fried potatoes, & spaghetti and meat sauce) which was super fun. Sunday night we even packed our lunches together and he said we are for sure acting like a real family. I laughed. I did have a Butterfinger blizzard Sunday night which was a real treat. Other than that, I feel like I’m trying my best to snack on healthy-ish things like plaintain chips, yogurt, fruits, and veggies. My appetite does seem to be increasing but I’m so okay with that because I love food.

This week also brought some weird dreams. The one that stands out the most is me giving birth to our child at 18 weeks. In the dream, I was in the hospital. Nothing was happening so I went to sit on the toilet and whoops, out popped a beautiful little girl. She was a healthy weight (I find that hard to believe being born at 18 weeks) and she even smiled at us. Everything was so great until we got home and realized we didn’t have any supplies except a rocking chair…we’re talking no diapers, no crib, no bottles…a nightmare! Then I woke up and was like “OMG it was just a dream. Get your shit together and start preparing for the baby!”

I also feel like my bump is finally visible. I took a really fancy bathroom selfie yesterday. I don’t like sharing pictures of myself typically but in case you’re wondering what prego Haley looks like, wonder no more…

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Baby Dubs Bump

The rest of the week was filled with a few morning 3 mile runs since it’s been so lovely here, lots of dog walks and sitting outside in the sun. Our little Ruthie came down with some horrible allergies last weekend so Sam had to take her to the vet Monday for some strong meds. Poor gal was going nuts. She’s been pretty tired all week so I’ve enjoyed babying her and giving her lots of attention. I think she’s giving us practice for our future 🙂 She also keeps tooting and her farts smell like tuna fish. VOM.

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I’ve also been super into reading lately. I love the library! I finished every possible Harry Potter book and am now reading one called “The Library at the Edge of the world.” So far I really love it. If you have any good summer book recommendations, shoot them my way. I feel as though I might have a lot of time to read these next few months.

Now I’m off to Hudson to grill with the fam and prep for tomorrow’s 10 mile trail run. LOL I signed up for this before I knew I was carrying a baby in my womb but my sister is doing it too and I think we will have a blast. It’s at our fave state park where we grew up and I actually can’t wait. No way I will be able to run all 10 miles but who cares. It’s about having fun and making mems right? Oh and snacks. Don’t forget the snacks.

Have a lovely weekend/week and we will catch up soon.