How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Looking for some additional ways to use our lavender flowers, I came across several pictures of lavender lemonade!  Lavender makes such a pretty drink!  So, I did some research on how to make the lavender syrup.  The lavender color of the syrup is enhanced with the addition of a few blueberries.

The simple syrup is so easy to make.  This recipe uses fresh lavender buds but dried lavender buds could be used, too.  (You can purchase these from Amazon by clicking on the link.  We will receive a small portion of any sale at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting our website.)  You would probably want to substitute 1 teaspoon of the dried lavender.  This recipe makes lemonade with just a hint of lavender.  You can add more but there is a fine line between a lovely subtle hint of lavender and a taste reminiscent of a fine milled soap!How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

With the addition of the lavender and the blueberries, it makes this drink extra special.  Anyone can do this.  Just imagine this lovely lavender lemonade at a tea party or for a bridal shower.

 

 

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Pour 1 cup fresh lemon juice into a pitcher.

Mix in 1/2 cup lavender syrup.*

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Add 2 cups of club soda and stir well.

Pour into glasses filled with ice.

                                                                Garnish with lemon slices, lavender sprigs, or lavender ice cubes.**

 

If you want to increase the quantity, the proportions are – 4 parts soda, 2 parts lemon juice, and 1 part lavender syrup.   Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more of the syrup.

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*How To Make Lavender Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 Tblsp. fresh lavender buds

2 Tblsp. Fresh blueberries (for color)

 Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Mash the blueberries with a spoon.

Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1o minutes.

Switch the heat off and allow to cool.

 

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Pour the syrup, lavender, and blueberries into a sieve over a bowl.  Gently press the berries and lavender to release any remaining liquid.  Discard the berry skins and lavender captured in the sieve.How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Little pieces from the lavender buds will still remain.

To filter out the small pieces, pour the syrup into a glass container fitted with a coffee filter.

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After the lavender syrup had been filtered, a little bit of gel food coloring was mixed into it creating a deep lavender color.  This can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

You can also use this lavender syrup to make a beautiful Lavender Martini.  A recipe for that cocktail can be found here ►from Vianney at Sweet Life.

Lavender Ice Cubes

For these ice cubes, you will need an ice cube stick tray, distilled water, and fresh lavender stems with flowers.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if purchased from this link.  Thanks for supporting this site!)

The lavender flower buds and stems were simply placed in the ice cube stick tray and distilled water***(see below) was poured over them filling the openings half full.  Then, they were placed in the freezer and allowed to freeze.  More water was poured over the frozen flower and cube sticks, filling the cavities.

Be forewarned, these silicone trays are very pliable, which means on your way to the freezer, you may spill half of the water!  Place a tray or something solid underneath the silicone tray to save yourself a cleanup!

***Well, I knew that distilled water makes clear ice cubes.  Water from the faucet usually makes cloudier ice cubes.  After checking the lavender ice cubes I made, a little more research was done and the “all knowing” says to boil the distilled water, too!  Seems I remember using distilled water for ice cubes before and not having to do that…  Anyway, if you want your cubes really crystal clear, boil the distilled water first!  I will be doing that next time.

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade easy, beautiful, and delicious!

 

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How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream

   How to make Lavender Macarons with Blueberry Buttercream Filling, doesn’t that sound good?  I have made these lavender macarons before but filled them with buttercream.  As I was making the lavender wand last week, my mind started wandering and I considered other things to do with the lavender.   Remembering the lavender macarons, I decided to make them again but use blueberries with them.  Lavender and blueberries complement each other nicely.

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   A pin on Pinterest caught my eye.  Ashley at bakerbynature.com made lemon cupcakes with blueberry buttercream frosting.  The frosting looked so delicious, I decided to use her recipe for the frosting to fill the macarons.  Obviously, these macarons did not need a large amount of frosting.  So, I simply cut her recipe in half.

The complete instructions for these gorgeous cookies follow.

Lavender Macarons

3/4 cup ground almonds

1 cup powdered sugar

2 extra large egg whites

1/4 cup lavender sugar *Recipe below

violet food coloring

1 tsp dried lavender**

1 pinch cream of tartar

 

**Dried food grade lavender ◄can be purchased through this link at Amazon if you don’t have any in your garden.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.)


*How To Make Lavender Sugar

2 cups white sugar                                                     How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

1 Tblsp. dried lavender

   Place the dried lavender in a blender and blend for a few seconds to release the oils.  Add the sugar and blend for a few more seconds.

 Store in a glass container.

   Allow the lavender to infuse flavor into the sugar for two weeks.

    Place the almond flour and the powdered sugar in a food processor.  

(I used the Cuisinart mini processor for this.  I love this little processor for small jobs.)  Process for about 20 seconds.  (You can find one of these at this link.  We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of a sale at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this site.)

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   Sift into a bowl.  This will take a little while.  There will be some of the almond flour that will not sift through the sifter.  See picture below. Throw this away.

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   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or have the non-stick silicone macaron pan ready.

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   Using a stand mixer, place the egg whites in

 

the bowl and whip with the whisk attachment

until the eggs are opaque and foamy.

 

   Add the cream of tartar and increase the speed to medium-high.

 Beat until the egg whites are white and hold a soft peak. 

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   Beat slowly and very gradually sprinkle the lavender sugar over the egg whites.  Continue beating until the sugar is combined, the peaks are stiff, and the egg whites are glossy.   This should take about a minute. Add enough violet food coloring to make a lavender color and beat to blend in the color.  Don’t over beat.

      With a spatula, gently fold about a third of the

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comsifted dry mixture into the beaten egg whites until the dry ingredients are combined.  Repeat the process with a third more of the dry ingredients and repeat once more until all of the dry ingredients are folded into the egg mixture.

    It will look like the picture below before it gradually all comes together and then will look more like cake batter.

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    You will know it is ready when it flows ribbon-like from the spatula.  (The first time I experienced this, I have to admit, I was excited!)

   Transfer the batter to the pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip.  Pipe circles onto the prepared baking sheet.

   Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter to release air bubbles.  Using a toothpick, quickly pierce any bubbles to pop them.  

   Sprinkle a little of the dried lavender on half of the piped macarons.

   Leave the piped macarons on the counter to dry for one-half hour.  

 Then preheat the oven to 325°. 

    Let the oven heat for another half hour.  The tops of the macarons will be dry.

   Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.  The bottoms should be dry.   Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on a rack.  (I slid the silicone pan off the cookie sheet and onto the cooling rack.) Carefully peel the cookies from the parchment paper or the silicone pan and let cool completely.

Fresh Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, (If using frozen, don’t thaw.)

1 Tblsp. lemon juice

1 stick unsalted  butter, very soft

1/4 tsp. salt

1 – 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (more if needed), sifted

1/2 Tblsp. heavy cream (more if needed)

   Combine blueberries and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil.  Turn heat down to low and simmer, stirring constantly smashing the blueberries smooth.  Simmer about 10 minutes until a thick, deep, dark blueberry reduction is made.

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Remove from the heat.  Using a fine mesh strainer, push the puree through the strainer, leaving the skins and large chunks in the strainer.

Allow the mixture to completely cool.

After the blueberry puree has cooled, place the butter in a large bowl.  Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until smooth.  Scrape the sides as needed.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add 2 tablespoons of the puree (the blueberry reduction will make just about 2 tablespoons.) and beat for about one minute until combined.

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Add about half of the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed.  Then, add the other half and mix on low again.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add the cream and salt and beat on high for 2 full minutes.  

The frosting should be thick and fluffy.

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag with a decorative tip.  Pipe frosting on the flat side of one of the plain macaron discs and add one of the discs with the dried lavender sprinkle on top of the frosting.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Lavender macarons with blueberry buttercream frosting – these are really tasty and how pretty?

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How To Make A Lavender Wand

How To Make A Lavender Wand

  Lovely Lavender

The lavender is blooming right now and I thought it would be nice to share how to make a lavender wand.  

 

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The Victorian Age was such an era of opulence and I have always had a fascination for this period in our history.  They made everyday items so beautiful.  In one of the books that I read long ago, there were instructions on how to make a lavender wand.  I had never even heard of such a thing but decided to make one with the lavender in our garden.

These lavender wands were also referred to as lavender batons or bottles.  You can understand why when you look at the shapes.

The picture below shows the first lavender wand I made.  Believe it or not, this wand is over thirty years old!  Surprisingly, if you pinch the wand, a lovely lavender scent is still released!

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  How To Make A Lavender Wand

 

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Supplies Needed:

Lavender stems

1/4 ” or 1/8″ Satin ribbon

Scissors

                                                                        Large blunt needle

   Cut an uneven number of stems. Seventeen stems were used for the smaller wand above. Thirty-four were used for the one shown in the featured picture at the top and the following directions, seventeen were encased in another ‘cage’ of seventeen.

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    The first thing to do is to remove all of the leaves from the stems of the lavender.

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    Gather seventeen of the stems together just below the flower heads and tie securely with a ribbon.  Cut the ribbon tails off close to the knot.  Secure the bottom of the stems with a rubber band.  (This will make it easier to discern which stems to be used when the remaining seventeen stems are added.  It is the voice of experience speaking here!)

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   Place the remaining seventeen flower stems and position evenly around the flower bundle.  Tie another ribbon securely around the base of the flower heads, knot, and trim.

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 Carefully bend and fold the loose stems down over the flower heads encasing them.  Try to position them evenly around the flower heads.  (I found that placing my thumb or finger right where the stem would bend and bending the stem gently over it helped bend it without breaking it.)

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   Secure those seventeen stems with another ribbon, tied, knotted, and trimmed.  This will form a cage containing the flower heads.

Now, remove the rubber band at the base of the reserved seventeen stems and bend them over top of the stems forming the cage.  These will be the stems used to weave ribbon over and under.

Cut a length of ribbon about 54″ long.  Leave a tail about 12″ long and begin to weave the ribbon over and under the loose stems.  Weave the ribbon somewhat tight and flat against the stems.  The weave should not be loose since the flowers and stems will dry and shrink a little.

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When the first row of ribbon has been woven all the way around the top and the second row begins, the ribbon should be woven the opposite, (either over or under), of the first weave.  If the ribbon is under the stem on the first row, the ribbon should now be over the stem on the second row.  Otherwise, it will not hold together.  That is why you use an uneven number of stems.  Check the picture above.  Continue weaving the ribbon over and under taking care to keep the stems straight.

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   Continue weaving until the flower heads are completely encased in the woven stems.  Thread a large blunt needle with the 12″ satin ribbon tail left at the top of the wand and thread underneath the woven ribbons down to the base next to the end of the ribbon at the base.

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   Wrap and secure with a knot.  Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stems an additional inch and tie into a pretty bow.How To Make A Lavender Wand on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

    These can be used to scent drawers or nestle among your linens.  Hang in a clothes closet to repel moths.  Isn’t this gorgeous?  I love the plumper shape of this wand.

Now, you know how to make a lavender wand – another reason to grow lavender!

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Backyard Bird Feeder – Make Your Own Teacup Bird Feeder

Backyard Bird Feeder – Make Your Own Teacup Bird Feeder

    Remember the little backyard bird feeder – DIY teacup bird feeder which I made a couple of years ago?   So many birds have stopped to eat the black oiler sunflower seeds and I have captured many in pictures.  Last week, a big fat pesky squirrel jumping from the magnolia tree to the teacup feeder knocked it off the pole.  In the garden, just like life, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade

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   The teacup was not broken.  So, I placed it on the deck railing and actually got to enjoy seeing more of the birds!  Right off the kitchen, the teacup on the deck rail is more visible than when it was right beside the patio.  This shot was taken from the kitchen window.  The pair of cardinals is a little bit more wary than the finches.

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   A  pair of purple finches has been using the cup of sunflower seeds to feed their babies.  They have three.  They don’t seem to be too bothered when we are quietly sitting around the table on the deck.  A sudden movement will send them away with a start but it doesn’t take long before they are back.

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   The Blue Jays are the first I have seen here in quite awhile.  I love seeing these beautiful birds.  After making some corn hole bags for the boys game, there was some corn left over.  We put some in the teacup feeder and the Blue Jays showed up shortly.  Do you think it was the corn that drew them?  We have never seen them on the feeder with just the sunflower seeds.


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   A mourning dove has also been visiting.

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   These tufted titmouse birds have also been seen on the feeder.  I love their big round black eyes!  They are really flighty and it has been difficult to get a good picture of any of them.  One little fellow keeps hanging on the window screen trying to get into the house.

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   The grandkids have enjoyed seeing them, too.  Sitting on the deck and watching the birds, Sophia drew a picture of one of the purple finches.  

    The directions for the DIY teacup bird feeder are easy to follow.  I’ll be making another one!  If you don’t want to attach it to a pole, though, maybe you should consider gluing a cup to a saucer and just placing it on your deck rail!   The backyard bird feeder has been an enjoyable and learning experience, too, for the whole family.

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Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration

Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration

May 4, 2017

  Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration are in my thoughts at this time of year.  I can’t believe the first few days of May are here and the flowers in the garden are blooming!  Yes, you will probably see roses blooming this early at the local nurseries, but in the garden?  This is the first time I can remember having roses this early!
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   These pastel irises are blooming now, too!  You can see the deeper purple irises behind them.  I love the combination of the pale periwinkle blue iris alongside the deeper purple irises.

 

   This past weekend, Dave and I ventured out to one of the local nurseries, Kinman Farms in Burlington, Ky.,  for some garden inspiration.  When we first walked into the greenhouse, I immediately noticed this lime green colored plant.  I had never seen it before.

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   ‘Limelight’ Helichrysum Petiolare, have you ever seen or grown these before?  They were so striking potted with these ‘Amore Queen of Hearts’ petunias.  Look at those petunias!  They do look like little hearts all around the petal edge, don’t they?Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   The Helichrysum, also known as “Licorice Plant” is a low grower, only 6 – 8 inches tall, and spreads to about 12 – inches. This is actually a tender perennial evergreen shrub, but it is usually treated as an annual.   The tag indicated they like full sun.  A little investigating concluded that these plants also benefits from being cut back a few times over the summer, which encourages new growth.

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Nemesia, is perfect for planting in hanging pots, in containers, and even planting as a low border.  Aren’t these adorable?  They look like tiny Snapdragons.  Nemesia grows 6 – 10 inches high and spread 8 – 12 inches wide.  They bloom spring through fall.

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   In stark contrast, these purple petunias looked so pretty nestled among the ‘Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia’ at the nursery.  The Cascadia Indian Summer Petunia opens a bright yellow or orange and matures to a Salmon pink color.  You can see the variety of color on these in the picture below.  The velvety blossoms are lightly ruffled.  This is a mounding, trailing petunia and it is self-cleaning!  Don’t you love that?

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   The contrast of the deep purple with these Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia was beautiful, but the idea of adding the Deep Purple Calibrachoa seemed like a good choice.  I liked the idea of having the miniature flowers in contrast to the larger petunias and bought a few of those.

 

   This gorgeous “Starsister Yellow Stripes” dahlia looked like it needed to be photographed!   What better way to photograph it than as it’s growing in my garden all summer long?  So, this little beauty came home with us, too.  This one is supposed to grow 12 -24 inches tall and about 15 inches wide.  This little plant looks healthy and has lots of buds on it.Yellow Striped Dahlia - Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Three little Ranunculus made their way onto our cart, too.  The three are just so beautiful in bright yellow, red orange, and pink.  These have multiple layers of crepe paper thin petals.  I couldn’t resist!  These need part shade so I’m thinking they will be planted in some pots, too.
    Having had no experience with these flowers, I am going to have to do a little research.  It seems the Ranunculus like cooler weather and doesn’t like wet soil.  So, pots would probably be the best home for these.

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   These beautiful pink and white verbena caught my eye.  I love the little blue Lobelia flowers with the pink petunias, too.  Not exactly sure where these will end up, but I love this combination.

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   Back to our flowering plants right now, the Azalea have been blooming and are almost done.  They made a beautiful show this year though.    

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   The rhododendron has just begun to bloom.  It is loaded with buds this year.  It looks like such a tropical flower doesn’t it?  

   These bushes are striking from the street at a distance, especially when they are loaded with blossoms.  But, seriously, look how beautiful they are up close!

 

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   It has been a very busy past few weeks with family and other commitments but the time for gardening is right now.  These little beauties need to be planted and we will definitely be needing another trip to the local nursery.  I love this time of year!

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