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Lavender Whipped Cream is delightful

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

I love breaking news. But not when it happens to me.

A dude doing donuts in the courthouse yard on Saturday hit my car. I was doing a catering job at Heritage Farm when my son called me saying, "Mom, you're not going to believe this."

Of course, I sat down to hear the fantastic news. An odd man driving a car did a few circles in the lawn, then proceeded to barrel through a parking meter. I suppose he bounced off that, slamming straight into my car. As I took a deep breath trying not to cry, I was quickly reminded no one was injured and cars can be fixed.

If it were not for a fabulous time doing what I love -- meeting people, selling my wares, and being part of a team -- I would've decided the weekend was filled with some challenging occurrences I would've rather experienced while taking to my bed. Meh, it is just a car.

But then Sunday came and I find Sundays renewing for my heart and soul. I've seen some beautiful scenes over the last few weeks and that too, warms my heart. It's those moments that I feel small and know that my troubles are not too big for God.

Is it possible to feel that certain flavors and foods are a beautiful thing to behold as well? I know Martha Stewart says, "It's a good thing." Of course, she's referring to anything that she discovers that makes life a little sweeter, a bit easier, and just plain cool.

However, when I discovered the culinary possibilities one can experience with lavender buds, I feel it's better than a good thing -- it has slapped good right in the face, making it a beautiful thing.

This is what made my week better. This little discovery right here, lavender whipped cream. It's delicately floral and boldly creamy with a touch of sweet. It's a perfect addition to any pound cake. You can even cheat like I did with a store bought pound cake. It only takes a few minutes to throw a little fancy on an otherwise plain sweet treat. I took some frozen blackberries, added a little sugar and a dash of balsamic vinegar. All the flavors in this dessert are perfectly balanced and deliciously complementary to one another.

It's enough to make a challenging weekend rise up and proclaim blessedness.

LAVENDER WHIPPED CREAM

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 1/2 tsps. dried lavender buds (make sure they're organic)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

In a food processor, combine the cream, lavender, sugar and vanilla. Blend until it's light and fluffy. Be careful not to over process or you'll have lavender butter.

Use an ice cream scoop to make a beautiful display of lavender cream atop your favorite dessert.

Janet McCormick is the author of "10-Minute Meals" and owner of Let's Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.

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