lavender-shortbread

I love babies and I love good food.

So it’s only natural that I’m a huge fan of baby showers.

Any excuse to get together with a group of ladies to coo over booties and stuff my face with cream puffs, I’m all in.

So when Lisa and Marla invited me to be a part of a virtual baby shower for Josh and Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, of course I said yes.

Maria and Josh are expecting their first baby (a boy!) any day now. I couldn’t be more thrilled for them as they are both going to make exceptional parents. Having two boys of my own, I have a definite soft spot for little rascals. My oldest son thinks Josh is so much fun he thinks of him as his peer. It’s too cute, my little guy occasionally asks if we can set up a play date with Josh.

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Thinking about this post, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my own baby shower and remembering what it was like those first few months home with my son. Every emotion imaginable made an appearance, sometimes all in the same day:) It was beautiful, scary, tiring, exhilarating, delicious, overwhelming, and amazing.

Like most women, I listened to all the advice that my mom, friends with kids, and the latest books had to offer and I tried to be the best mom that I could be. And you know where that got me? Nowhere. It left me frustrated, doubting my abilities, and kind of lost.

It wasn’t until I started listening with my heart, slowing down, and seeing each moment for what it was, that I started relishing in my new role. When I made decisions that felt right to me, contrary to what others thought, I started to come into my own and I learned to trust my self. My friend, Becca, said it perfectly, “When I bring my expectations and preconceived ideas to mamahood, I get a serious smackdown.” So I learned (am still learning), to be in the moment with my kids. When I let go of the way I think things should be, I can see and experience them for what they really are.

So Josh and Maria, my advice to you is simple. Stay in the moment. Listen to your hearts, love your baby, and love each other. Everything else will fall into place.

lavender-shortbread-cookies

Soooo, on a lighter note, let’s get this party started! I’m bringing cookies! And if you know Maria, that is just a wee bit intimidating. She is the cookie queen after all.

I knew I wanted to make something light and fresh for the end of summer and since baby showers are a place to mingle and chat, (or sit at your computer and drool), I wanted something easy to eat but that was still elegant and delicious.

Have you ever baked with lavender? If used sparingly, it can be delicious. Not soapy at all and perfect paired with lemon in this not too sweet shortbread. The dough is sticky and needs to be chilled before baking. So it’s best to make the dough at least a few hours or the day before you plan on baking them.

Be sure to check out all the other fabulous posts being shared in honor of the little pea to be! All links are listed just after the recipe!

Drinks
Simple Bites – Lemon Balm infused Lemonade
Ingredients, Inc. – Healthy Fruit Punch
Food for My Family – Lemongrass Soda
Heather’s Dish – Mixed Fruit Punch
She Wears Many Hats – Mini Pistachio Smoothies

Appetizers
With Style and Grace – Truffle Popcorn
Family Fresh Cooking – Baby Peas &Cheese Frittata
Barbara Bakes – Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and Fruit
Aggie’s Kitchen – Pasta Salad with Balsamic BasilVinaigrette
Reluctant Entertainer – Nutella Berry Bruschetta

Dessert
Dorie Greenspan – French Lemon Cream Tart
TidyMom – Blue and Chocolate Cake Balls
i am baker – Baby Pea Baby Shower Cake
Brown Eyed Baker – Pavlova
Picky Palate – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich
What’s Gaby Cooking – Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Cookin’ Canuck – Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies
Kevin and Amanda – Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups
Sweetopia – Decorated Sugar Cookies
Sweetapolita – Decorated Sugar Cookies
Bake at 350 – Petit Fours with fondant pea pods
RecipeGirl – Baby Button Cookies
RecipeBoy – Mud Cups with Gummy Worms
Add a Pinch – Blackberry Tartlets
Dine and Dish – Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples

Crafts
Wenderly – Handmade Sweet Pea Cards
Our Best Bites – How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece

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32 Responses to Lavender Shortbread {And a Baby Shower for Two Peas and Their Pod}

  1. Wenderly says:

    Those lavender shortbread cookies are stunning! So glad to *meet* you through this fun virtual shower for Maria! I’ll be back for sure!

  2. Such an elegant cookie. Perfect for a shower.

  3. Maria says:

    You know me well-you can’t go wrong with cookies:) These are perfect! Thanks so much for participating in another shower for me:) You are all the BEST! Can’t wait to see you today! xoxo

  4. Aggie says:

    I get smackdowned almost every day, lol. I love this post. I love these cookies.

  5. I’ve always wanted to try lavender shortbread- it’s so beautiful (and I’m sure it’s delish too!)

  6. Kristen says:

    Cookies are the most perfect thing to bring to a shower for this sweet couple – and yours are gorgeous!

  7. Wonderful advice to Maria and Josh. It’s so true – you have to live in the moment to truly enjoy your kids and not get overwhelmed by expectations. I love these beautiful cookies, Kelley!

  8. Notyet100 says:

    Cookies
    Look so good 🙂

  9. Lady Jennie says:

    A virtual baby shower – how cute is that?

  10. Lavender is such a wonderful fragrant addition to shortbread, beautiful cookies!

  11. I have two huge bushes of lavender just waiting to be made into these delicate cookies!!

  12. this was so fun! I cant wait to make these!

  13. I MUST makes these cookies, but gluten-free of course. I need to bake more with lavender, I love the flavor, especially in a shortbread cookie. Thanks for making this shower so special – miss you!

  14. I made lavender shortbread last summer; one of the first things I tried using it in a culinary way. Loved them. Try rosemary shortbread sometime; hard to describe but amazing too.

  15. Sandy @ RE says:

    Love your advice for the couple. Smart and simple. Love covers a multitude of sins! ha! Beautiful post here and cookies, too. I posted on my RE page. Miss you!

  16. I LOVE this post! And I’m neither a mother, nor a baker/chef. But I hope to be both someday. Thanks for the smile. Xo

  17. Mmm, intruiging! I’ve never actually tried lavender sugar cookies; thanks for the inspirational recipe, photos and post!

  18. Kelley, so glad you could join in on the fun. Love the advice you share with Maria and Josh, I couldn’t agree more. These shortbread cookies sound wonderful!

  19. These look wonderful. I’ve never used dried lavender before. Where can I find it? I haven’t seen it at a the local grocery store. Looking forward to making these.

  20. Diane says:

    Yum! I love lavender shortbread and I like your addition of lemon zest and an easy way to shape and bake. Will definitely try it.

    I ordered some great lavender–very cheap–from atlanticspice.com. I recommend their Lavender #1.

    By the way, the word is “coarse.” =)

  21. —This shortbread is devine for a shower. Absoutley gorgeous. I can just hear all of the women talking about his afterwards. Wow.

  22. The cookies are so beautifully presented!

  23. Deborah says:

    I think that that advice is the best I’ve ever heard!! And the cookies look so good.

  24. Oh, I love shortbread! These look amazing…..

  25. Julianna says:

    I just stumbled across your blog searching for shortbread cookies and these look so beautiful! Do you think they would work pressed into a pan and cut into bars?

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  27. Denice L says:

    This is a simple, easy so tasty shortbread I have ever made. I just made some in few hours I’ll finish my 2 other trays. Thank you so such tasty, wonderful recopy.

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