A Valentine Day favorite, Lemon Lavender Hearts

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Lemon Lavender Heart Cookies

1/3 C softened butter or margarine 
1 egg 
1 T lemon zest 
1 T Lavender flowers 
1 Pkg. Betty Crocker Super Moist Lemon cake mix 
½ teaspoon almond extract

Heat oven to 350. Stir about ½ of the dry cake mix with the shortening, butter and egg in a medium bowl until well mixed. Stir in remaining cake mix, lavender and lemon zest. Blend until it forms a soft dough.
Rolled Cookies: Divide the batter in half and refrigerate the other half until ready to use. Use enough flour to keep the dough workable. Roll out on a floured surface about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Cut into hearts or other desired shapes. Use a light spray of oil on cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes, cool 1 minute. Makes 12-15 large hearts or stars. Optional: sprinkle with powdered sugar

Recipe submitted by Fran Wilhelm

9 Upcycled Plant Starters using every day items.

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Seed Starters Article

Salmon Toasted Dry Rub

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Rub Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds

1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds (Cilantro/Coriander Herb of the Year)

1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds

1/2 teaspoon Peppercorns

Combine seeds. Toast in skillet or on the grill by creating a tray from tin foil and folding up the edges. Crush after toasting. Coat Salmon with Olive oil then spread rub over fish. Grill or cook as desired.

Christi’s Tomato Basil Pie

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Christi’s Tomato Basil Pie
Pie crust
Cheese (Swiss, Mozzarella, or Monterrey Jack)
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Garlic
Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Ritz Crackers

Bake a pie crust. Cool. Cover the bottom with cheese: Swiss, Mozzarella, or Monterrey Jack.
Slice tomatoes thick, salt and drain on paper towels.Layer on top of the cheese.
Add a generous amount of fresh Basil on top of the tomatoes. (1 Cup or more)
Combine 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise, 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 cloves of garlic minced. Cover the tomatoes with this mixture.
Top with crushed Ritz cracjers,
Bake 325-350 for 40-45 minutes.

From Eagle Scout to Marine

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As an Eagle Scout Zach established a Butterfly Garden in the Reading Garden at Porter Library, Westlake where the Herb Guild meets for their monthly meetings.

Zach is the grandson of member, Jackie Crosier. We wish him well and much success in his future assignment as a Marine.