Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lavender Tea Bread recipe

Lavender Tea Bread
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers, finely chopped, or 3 Tbsp. fresh chopped flowers
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs

Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat milk with lavender almost to a boil, then steep until cool.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl.
In another bowl cream butter and gradually add sugar, then eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy.
Add flour mixture alternately with lavender milk, in three parts. Mix until batter is just blended, do not overbeat.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.

When completely cool, drizzle with a simple sugar glaze or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender.

Source:  Mom's a Witch blog

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lavender Lemonade Recipe - tart & pretty!

Such a great recipe.   Tart & sweet and such a lovely color.

Lavender Lemonade

Yields 1 1/2 quarts
5 cups water, divided
3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
Lemon slices, garnish (optional)

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil, turn off heat, and stir in lavender. Cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes. After steeping, run liquid through a fine mesh strainer to strain out the lavender. Toss out lavender.

Meanwhile, in another saucepan, bring the remaining 4 cups water and 1 cup sugar to boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

In a large pitcher, combine sugar water, lavender infused water, and lemon juice. Stir and refrigerate until cool. Serve with a lemon slice, if desired.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wedding Idea: Throw Lavender Buds instead of Rice

Wedding idea:  throw fragrant lavender buds instead of rice at the bride & groom.

The wedding toss is a tradition that dates back to Ancient Rome. Throwing things at a newly wed couple is intended to symbolize good luck, fertility and abundance. It is also a wonderful way for your guests to partake in the ceremony and share in the festivities. Buds are completely biodegradable.

It won’t harm birds or the environment. Imagine showering the happy couple with a gentle rain of lavender buds at the most memorable moment. And as the lavender buds are crushed underfoot, the delicate fragrance is released again and again.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lavender Plant Repels Bedbugs

Bugs do not like lavender.  You can sprinkle your sheets and/or bedding with lavender oil.  It will smell lovely and additionally repel bedbugs.

Lavender has many uses.

Read an excerpt from "Lovely Lavender, the Universal Herb" on Amazon: