This sounds so yummy and refreshing, Crissy. I have a jar of culinary lavender in my cupboard to make it too. Just have to wait for some nice hot temperatures to enjoy on the backyard deck. Thanks for the recipe!
I like my lavender cookies a bit firmer and crispier. The original recipe says to let the dough sit on the counter for about 1/2 hour to allow the dough to rise. I would like to cut this time down to about 15 minutes or so. I think a bit of extra time allows the dough to rise faster and will create a firmer and more flavorful cookie.
This year I had an abundance of dried flowers from years of harvesting. The dried buds were removed from the stem and crushed to powder for an absolutely wonderful Lavender Shortbread cookie. The recipe is easy and has now become the family favorite. The taste of lavender isn't overwhelming, but just present enough to know you're eating something really special.
Kate Leino, can you please share your Lavender shortbread cookie recipe? Sounds amazing (love the smell of lavender, and shortbread cookies are my favorite). Where do you recommend I buy Lavender powder (we live in Hawaii, and we don't grow lavender). Thank you! Gloria
The lavender is also wonderful with the lemon. It complements the floral element really well. The lemon is incorporated into the cupcake with some fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. For the frosting, I used lavender extract and a sprinkling of lavender flowers for decorating.
Who wants a glass of this refreshing Purple Lavender Lemonade? Sweet citrus paired with calming lavender is a match made in heaven. Purple Lavender Lemonade is the perfect beverage on a hot day or make it for a special occasion! This recipe is lovely for baby showers, bridal showers, summer brunches or late summer nights.
I used to not be into lavender anything. Not the scent of it, and certainly not the taste. But it's funny how your palette changes as you get older, though. Soft, floral flavors have grown on me and I think they lend themselves especially well to cocktails. I wanted to do a variation on lavender lemonade for the warmer Summer months and I instantly thought of the Tom Collins.
The Tom Collins might be my favorite gin cocktail, even over the classic G&T (gin + tonic). It ticks all my cocktail prerequisite boxes: gin-based, not too sweet, a little citrus action, and lots of effervescence. The addition of lightly-floral and aromatic lavender simple syrup adds such a nice compliment to the rest of the flavors happening. It's not too strong or overwhelming so don't be nervous if you associate lavender with potpourri like I used to. It just adds a nice somethin'-somethin' in the background. Since this is the perfect recipe to make for a backyard get-together, I also included a recipe for making it into a big 'ole pitcher!
made the cocktailFill a highball or tall glass halfway with ice and set aside. In a shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, lavender syrup, and ice. Shake for about 15 seconds, until the shaker is cold and frosty. Pour into glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slice and lavender sprig.
make it a pitcher!serves 82 c gin1 c lemon juice1 c lavender simple syrup (recipe below)4 c sparkling waterlemon slices, to garnishlavender sprigs, to garnish
Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling water to a large pitcher (at least 2 quarts) and stir to combine. Add lemon slices. Fill glasses with ice, pour in cocktail, add a lavender sprig, and serve!
So when I started planning a baby shower for a friend, I knew from the start that the non-alcoholic drink option had to feel as special as everything else on the menu. This tart, refreshing, lightly floral lemonade made with lavender blossoms was exactly what I was looking for.
You start with a simple syrup of sugar, water and lavender blossoms, steeped briefly for a light lavender flavor, or a couple hours for a more pronounced but not overwhelming floral taste. Mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice and water, the syrup turns plain old lemonade into a much more special drink, one that is fragrant and a little unexpected, but still thoroughly refreshing.
Like all soap recipes, we begin by measuring out the lye and water into two separate containers. Mix them together by adding the lye to the water and stirring until dissolved. The solution will get very hot. Set it aside to cool in a safe place.
While the lye water is cooling, measure out the oils. Since this recipe contains beeswax, which is slow to melt, I like to give it a head start in the microwave. Measure all the soil oils (coconut, shea butter, and beeswax) and place them in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave on low for a minute or two until they begin to melt.
One study found that mothers that bathed their infants in lavender scented water experienced multiple benefits for both mom and baby. Mothers became more relaxed, and touched and smiled at their babies more often. Their babies in turn, looked at their mothers more, cried less often and spent more time in deep sleep after bath-time.
But lavender oil offers so much more. A natural pain reliever, it helps ease the discomfort of colic as well as relieve the everyday headaches, teething problems, earaches and other pains and sprains that can inflict your baby and child.
Pain Relief: For pain relief from minor headaches or sprains, mix a few drops of lavender oil in a bowl of hot water. Soak a small towel and use it as a hot compress to help it heal quicker. Another simple way is to use a lavender spa mask as a hot or cold compress to relieve the pain.
You may be wondering if essential oils are safe for your baby, toddler or child. They definitely can be - provided you stick with kid safe essential oils and follow specific usage guidelines. Lavender is well known as one of the best, mildest, gentlest - and safe - essential oils for babies and kids. But like all pure essential oils, lavender is highly concentrated and potent, so extreme care is needed before use.
Spray: Mix 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and stir. Add 3 tablespoons water and pour into a 4-ounce spray bottle. For babies and toddlers, use as an air freshener or a sleeping spray in an open well-ventilated room as part of their pre-bedtime routine. Once your toddler has got past the stage of putting everything in their mouth, a ready-made lavender linen spray can be used to mist their pillows and other bedding items before they go to sleep.
That leads us to trying out this amazing DIY baby wipes recipe. It is so easy and made with quality ingredients that will keep your baby safe from harmful chemicals and preservatives often found in those baby wipes that are on the shelf.
More than its soothing scent, Lavender Water provides a wide array of topical uses, making it ideal for hair and skin application. Lavender Water is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed by the skin. This floral water also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that make it a great acne treatment. For anyone who has eczema, use Lavender Water to relieve the itching and reduce its symptoms. Lavender Water can even hasten the skin's healing process. And if you think detoxification only happens on the inside, thanks to Lavender Water, you can flush out toxins and pollutants from your skin, and the antioxidants in Lavender Water can fight off the free radicals that are damaging your cells.
Agua de Florida is a unisex cologne that was first introduced in America in 1808 by New York City perfumer Robert I. Murray and is formulated with citrus essences, clove, lavender, and other herbal and floral extracts. By the 1880s and 1890s, the company Murray & Lanman was advertising the cologne as \"The Richest and Most Popular of All Perfumes.\" Today, the Murray & Lanman brand of Florida Water is arguably the most widely used, and the company states it is still made with the original formula.
The best part about these DIY linen sprays is that you really can create an infinite amount of scents depending on the essential oils you choose to blend together. Typically in the Spring and Summer months I tend to lean more towards bright and fresh floral and herbal scents like rosemary, geranium, jasmine, rose, lemongrass, and lavender, and in the Fall and Winter months will opt for more pine, and citrus but feel free to get creative and experiment yourself!
To make the lavender ice cubes, buy a large silicone ice cube tray like this one (affiliate link). Sprinkle a small amount of fresh lavender in each of the cavities and fill each cavity halfway with distilled water. Freeze this.
English Lavender (l. angustifolia and munstead) has the sweetest fragrance of all the lavenders and is the one most commonly used in cooking. The uses of lavender are limited only by your imagination. Culinary Lavender has a sweet, floral flavor, with lemon and citrus notes. The potency of the lavender flowers increases with drying.
The lavender flowers add a beautiful color to salads. Lavender can also be substituted for rosemary in many bread recipes. The flowers can be put in sugar and sealed tightly for a couple of weeks then the sugar can be substituted for ordinary sugar for a cake, buns or custards. Grind the lavender in a herb or coffee grinder or mash it with mortar and pestle.
The spikes and leaves of culinary lavender can be used in most dishes in place of rosemary in most recipes. Use the spikes or stems for making fruit or shrimp kabobs. Just place your favorite fruit on the stems and grill.
Lavender is an outstanding perennial flower and a great plant to att