All Around The Cottage...

 All the ingredients for making Lemon-Coconut body butter.
Homemade lemon infused oil, and coconut oil
 Add coconut oil to mixer and pour in a bit of lemon oil.
Whip for a few minutes until frothy.
 Refill old canning jar, and ta-da... Lemon-Coconut body butter. 
Great for slathering on when you get out of the shower, or rubbing into your heels and putting on a warm pair of sock before bed.  Sure helps my hands stay crack free too.
Easy to make, affordable,  smells wonderful, and best of all... great for your skin!
 Spencer was asked to play his bagpipes for a funeral in a neighboring town.
He's played at quite a few funerals now, and he feels honored to be asked.
Here he is with members of the VFW.

 Just after the 21 gun salute... he's ready to play.
Spencer embraces our Scottish heritage, and taught himself to play the bagpipes.
He's very, very good.  Maybe it's in the blood.... his 3rd great grandfather was from Scotland, and played the pipes too.

Scottish shortbread sounded good this weekend , so I made some.
 Lemon Shortbread.
Pressed into a pie tin, scored and ready for the oven.
 Cooling on the baking rack. Baking shortbread in the pie tins makes it really easy to remove in one piece for cooling. 
Cut along the score lines with a sharp knife.

Recipe : Lemon Shortbread (You may double the recipe if you like)
1/2 C. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1 1/4 Cups of flour

*Cream sugar and butter together. Add lemon zest and stir in to butter mixture.
Add flour a little at a time, and stir in by hand.
Dough will be crumbly, so work it together by hand, until smooth.
Divide dough in half and press into pie tins.  Prick dough with fork, and score.
(You may also cut dough into squares or rounds)
Bake in oven preheated to 325 degrees, for about 14-15 minutes, or until the bottom edges are just starting to turn golden brown.
When cool enough to handle, cut along score lines with sharp knife.
Enjoy !

Attitude of gratitude:
~I'm grateful that General Conference was this past weekend.  I always feel so inspired.
~I'm grateful for a visit from a dear friend.  Good conversation, and laughter.


  1. Your shortbread looks and sounds delicious..I will have to try that!

  2. I really like shortbread and will have a go at making your recipe, it looks really tasty. Thank you for sharing it. I am your latest follower. Please feel free to visit me in the orchard.

  3. That shortbread looks good and I'm really intrigued by the body butter. I wouldn't have thought the oil would whip like that. Is it special coconut oil?
    Good for Spencer. What a wonderful talent and such a blessing to share with others.

    1. Thanks Mari....
      I sent a little email to you, explaining a bit more about the body butter :)

  4. This is a lovely, lemony post!

    My neighbour, a teenager over the back fence, can be heard practising the bagpipes in the summertime.

  5. I have all ingredients in the house, so making this!!! Yum. xo

  6. Oh, love all the lemony goodness! I will have to try them and the shortbread cookies look so yummy! Thanks for sharing! Have a beautiful week Kerin! xo Heather

  7. I have two jars of unused coconut oil in the pantry. How do you make the lemon oil and what proportions do you use. Kerin? I love shortbread. My mouth is watering.

  8. Thank you for sharing! I am going to try this! Hope all is well with you! There is nothing like the sound of bagpipes!!!

  9. The shortbread sounds delicious and the lemon coconut oil body butter sounds like it would be wonderful on the skin.

  10. I really like that your son taught himself to play the bagpipes. Quite the challenge I imagine. I am proud of my Scottish heritage from my father. English from my mother. (Plus the Irish influences from my Mr Kennedy husband.).

    The Lemon Shortbread sounds wonderful. I must make it with your recipe very soon. Isn't the fragrance of Lemon just the best . . .

  11. I bought some of that coconut oil a couple of months ago and wasn't too sure what I was going to do with it. I guess I'll give your idea a try! Thanks for the shortbread recipe. Great idea with the pie tins. We are of Scottish descent too. I love the sound of bagpipes. I think we were down in your neck of the woods this summer. Spent a week in Mt Pleasant in June. Mimi

    1. Thanks for the kind comments :)

      Don't you just love Sanpete county?? It's so beautiful, peaceful, and the people are so friendly! We have lived all over, but we really love Sanpete!
      Hope you are able to come for a visit again.

  12. Always fun to visit with you! How awesome that Spencer is asked to play the bagpipes. I know you are very proud of him and his accomplishments. The shortbread looks so delicious. Hope you are enjoying your day.

  13. What am I doing this afternoon? Making lemon shortbread! Oh my goodness, I can not wait! Two of my most favorite things combined into one! Thanks so much! (I am honestly salivating! lol)

  14. Hi Kerin. I'm going to try both recipes. Going to bed with warm socks sounds really appealing today. It's really cold outside. I love hearing the bagpipes played. What a wonderful thing that Spencer is carrying on the tradition..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  15. Evening Kerin, I just love the body butter....can you e-mail me the details of the ingredients..lemon oil etc. and how to make Thank you! And I think your son playing the bagpipes is so special.....this is such a wonderful honor for him with the veterans. That is very heartfelt to me. Blessings~~~Roxie

  16. I am going to have to try both!! I love shortbread and I think the scrub would feel wonderful.

  17. I've slowly been incorporating coconut oil into my diet but, as yet, have not tried it on the skin though I know it works beautifully for softening. Now that you've shared this recipe, I have a reason to do so! Sounds heavenly and I will definitely make up a batch.
    And the Scottish shortbread sounds yummy...another recipe I have to try! Thank you.

  18. Kerin, I know you are so proud of Spencer. It is amazing that he taught himself to play the bagpipe... there is simply nothing to compare to Amazing Grace played on a bagpipe... gives me goosebumps every. single. time.

    That shortbread sounds so delicious. I'm going to have to close my eyes... need to cut back on the calories. LOL! Great idea on the coconut body butter! I'll bet it does smell wonderful. Thank you. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  19. Thanks for the good ideas, That lemon shortbread sure sounds good.
    Good for Spencer, that is an honor.
    Nancy Jo

  20. The Lemon Body butter sound heavenly I think I might have to try it.

  21. I LOVE bagpipes! I'm pretty sure there is bagpipes in my DNA.

  22. I am gonna try that shortbread. Yum

  23. Hi Kerin.. Can't wait to try both recipes.. Thanks, luv..


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