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Lavender Martini Recipe--------- Think spring!

Lavender Martini
Ingredients
1 ounce lavender simple syrup
2 ounces vodka
splash of soda
Directions
1Combine vodka, syrup, and soda into a martini shaker with plenty of ice. Shake for 20 second or until well mixed.
Pour into martini glass, add a sprig of lavender.

Lavender Simple Syrup

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Lavender simple syrup
Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup lavender flower buds
Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar until sugar is disolved.
Add 1/4 cup of lavender flowers and allow to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
If desired, add a few blueberries for color or use food coloring.
Drain syrup into a sealable glass jar - through a filter in order to remove the flowers. Let it cool, and then put in the fridge.
Add syrup to tea, cocktails, or use as a syrup.

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Mother's Day Garden Live Herb Garden Gifts STILL TIME TO ORDER!



There is still time to order Mother's day Gift Baskets.
Visit my members listing above to see all the great gift ideas I offer at local harvest.

Thank you and have a Blessed Day,

Gayle At Blossom Farm.com

 
 

CREAMY CREAMY LEMON ICE, Or if you dare LAVENDER LEMON ICE

This was so wonderful, I just had to share the recipe, of course you can use one cup of lavender sugar in place of the regular sugar.  Need a recipe for lavender sugar?  Simply place about 1/3 cup culinary lavender flowers in a ball jar and cover with sugar, in   about 2 weeks the sugar will absorb the fragance and tast.  Strain if you do not desire the lavender buds.   Later this week I am planning to try using Splenda in place for part of the sugar.  If you need culinary lavender Click HERE
Ingredients:
2 lemons, juiced and zested
2 cups white sugar or lavender sugar (for less sweet use 1 1/12 cups sugar)  
4 cups milk ( I used 1 %)
2 TB  Peach schnapps liqueur or other fruit based liqueur
 
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, stir together lemon juice and zest with sugar until smooth. Stir in milk and liqueur. Pour into a 9x9 inch dish and place in freezer, stirring once when it begins to harden, until firm, 2 hours. Or pour into the freezer canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers' directions.  My ice cream maker took 45 minutes.....   AND YUM!

If you have any questions, email me at hello-AT-blossomfarm-DOT-com

This is a recipe that was adapted and change to my liking from allrecipes website.

 
 

Lavender Honey Ice Cream



The vodka helps with easier scooping.

  • 4 cups lite half and half milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lavender honey  (Click link to buy lavender honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 T.  Vodka

Directions:
1. In a medium pan, heat the half & half milk and vanilla bean to simmer. Do not boil. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, brown sugar, lavender honey, and salt until light colored and frothy. While whisking constantly, slowly combine the hot milk with the egg mixture. Transfer the mixture back to the sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit,  when tested with a candy thermometer, or becomes thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat.


2. Remove the vanilla bean from the mixture and reserve. Strain custard into a large bowl. Scrape seeds from the vanilla bean into the custard, add the Vodka.  Cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.


3. When cold, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's 
directions.


4. Optional:  Sprinkle with fresh English Lavender Buds.

 

 
 

Lavender Wands, Lavender Syrup, Lavender Lemonade / Tea


Lavender in many parts of the country will be bursting in full bloom, so go to the local craft store, grab yourself some 1/4 inch ribbon in colors, make yourself some lavender lemonade (recipe below) and do some crafting for christmas stocking stuffers. If you do not own any of these fragrant gems click here to order yourself a lavender lovers herb garden.

Lavender Wands
To make these you will need at least 13 (use an odd number) long stems of lavender, freshly picked from your garden on a dry day, and about 3 feet of pastel colored 1/4-inch ribbon. Make a bunch, lining up the base of the flower heads. Leave an 8 inch length of ribbon free at one end, then tie the stems together just below the heads. Gently bend back each stem until the flower heads are enclosed by the stems. Take the length of ribbon you saved and weave it under and over each stem, traveling around the bundle several times until the flower heads are covered with ribbon. Tuck in the short end of the ribbon and tie a bow with the other end. Trim the stalks and the ribbon.

LAVENDER SYRUP
2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh or dried lavender blossoms
Directions
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large, stainless steel saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to steep 30 minutes.
Strain, chill and refrigerate, tightly covered. Use to sweeten hot or cold drinks. Delicious in ice tea or lemonade.


 
 

Herb Jelly Made Easy

Sometimes I am in a rush and do not have time to make herb jellies from scratch.
So I need to improvise....  
Simply buy a jar of your favorite brand of Apple Jelly (16 OUNCE) warm gently in pan -- DO NOT BOIL, and infused your choice of 1/3 cup clean organic herbs.  Pull out leaves and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Any variety mints, lemon verbena, English lavender flower buds, lemon, lime or purple basil, anise hyssop, cinnamon stick, anise star are a few examples.
Enjoy! Gayle at blossomfarm.com
 
 

Make MOM homemade HERBAL Cologne

If you do not have cash on hand this year to send mom a BLOSSOM FARM live herbal basket or our handmade Lavender products.  There is time to make Mom hand-crafted cologne.
It should be done today since MOM's day is only 10 days away.
Filter through coffee filter and visit you local $$$$ store for  unique looking bottles. 
Enjoy!  Gayle

Cologne
1/2 cup lavender
1/4 cup rosemary
peel of 1 lemon
peel of 1 orange
1/2 cup orange-mint leaves
1/2 cup lemon balm leaves
2 cups vodka
2 cups rosewater
Steep 2 weeks; filter and bottle.


Spicy Cologne

1 oz. rose petals
2 T. lavender
2 thin strips orange peel
1 (1-inch) stick cinnamon, crushed
1 tb. coriander seeds, bruised
10 oz. vodka
Steep 2 weeks; filter and bottle.

Herbal cologne
2 T. rosemary
2 T. lavender
1 T. juniper berries, crushed
1 strip lemon rind
10 oz. vodka
Steep 2 weeks; filter and bottle.

Hungary Water
1 T. rosemary
1 tsp. mint leaves
Grated peel of 1/4 lemon
Grated peel of 1/4 orange
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup rosewater
Steep 2 weeks; filter and bottle.

 
 

What can you say bad about LAVENDER? ------ NOTHING!

There is evidence of lavender being used for centuries, in Egyptian times in perfumes and massage oils. The Greeks used lavender as medicine during the first century AD. The Romans used lavender to scent the public baths where it was believed to restore vitality to bathers.

Romans also used lavender oil to massage and heal the skin and to repel insects. There are even several references to lavender in the Bible. The Queen of Sheba offered King Solomon "spike," an early name for lavender. Judith rubbed lavender oil on her body before seducing Holofernes. In France, lavender flowers were strewn on the floor to freshen the air and mask stinking smells of the unsanitary streets. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I drank 10 cups of lavender tea a day to ward off headaches and promote her sense of well being. The history of lavender's benefits is long and well documented.

Emotion: With antidepressant and sedative qualities, lavender lifts depression, eases stress and anxiety, and is useful in overcoming headaches, migraine and insomnia.

Insomnia: The sedative quality of lavender can induce sleep and ease problems of insomnia, restlessness and agitation.

Skin: Lavender is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory; healing cuts, burns, sunburns, insect bites, acne, eczema and even dandruff.

Breathing: Lavender is an antiseptic and can kill germs. It is also an expectorant, which breaks up congestion. It can help fight colds, throat infections, coughs, sinusitis and flu.

Circulation: Lavender is a sedative and hypotensive, and reduces high blood pressure and palpitations.

Digestion: Lavender use aids in easing indigestion, flatulence and nausea and alleviates bad breath or toothache.

Muscular: Lavender is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic; the oil is good for aches, pains, sprains, cramps and spasms.

Source: Lavender, Nature's Way to Relaxation and Health by Philippa Waring

 "Lavender's blue, diddle diddle"- So goes the song;  All around her bush, diddle diddle, Butterflies throng;  (They love her well, diddle diddle, So do the bees;) While she herself, diddle diddle, ways in the breeze! Lavender's blue, diddle diddle, Lavender's green;  "She'll scent the clothes, diddle diddle, Put away clean- Clean from the wash, diddle diddle, Hanky and sheet;  lavender's spikes, diddle diddle, Make them all sweet!

 
 

Mother Day Is a LAVENDERFUL DAY! FREE GIFT! ORDER NOW



MOTHERS DAY IS JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY. SO IF YOU ORDER EARLY BY April 30 through Local Harvest, Any of our GARDEN gift baskets or ANY OF our LAVENDER gift collections your MOM will receive a FREE LAVENDER SACHET or 1/4 POUND OUR SIGNATURE LAVENDER HONEY SHORTBREADS. 
Please send me a message what you prefer, or a sachet will be sent.

 
 

MAKE YOUR OWN TINCTURES (alcohol extraction)

TINCTURES (alcohol extraction)
Tincture are concentrated doses of herbal remedies used in small doses.

To make a tincture; place 4 oz of dried herb in a sterlized glass jar with a tight fitting plastic lid. Add 2 1/2 cups of high alcohol content vodka, shake every day for two weeks, than using a coffee filter to strain out the herbs and fine particles.
Label and store in a cool dark place. Consult a herbal book for additional information on what type of herbs to use for what ails you. Using only a drop or two of you tincture at a time.

*Please note the herbs must be in in DRIED FORM.

 
 

HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP - Super easy and save a few $$$$$

Ingredients:
Tap water
1/4 cup Castile bar soap, grated (Zote or fels napa soap will make it low suds).
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup washing soda (Sodium Carbonate), if you can find it at the local grocer try a pool supply.
Optional:  Essential oil 1/2 ounce.  Sweet nrange and Lemon will help a little to cut grease.
Supplies Needed:
-1 recycled gallon milk or water container with a screw top
-Measuring cup
-Funnel
-Stirring spoon
-Stove pot (6 cups or larger)
 
Using a funnel, put 4 cups hot tap water into milk container.  Set aside.
Measure 4 cups water into pan. Add grated soap; heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add borax and washing soda, stirring well.
Using funnel, transfer with measuring cup into container. Tighten screw top onto container and shake.
Add 8 more cups of water to container. Tighten top and give another shake.   Remove top and allow to cool.
 When cool, it will resembles egg drop soup. 

To use: Give a shake before pouring. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup liquid soap to machine as washer water fills.
 
 

Sleeping Lavender


This  serene picture  was  taken at 7 in the morning when the temperature was a minus 15 degrees. NO, I did stand outside, it was through my kitchen window.  You see I am like the groundhogs, I enjoy hibernating for the winter. 

I love having my children nine years apart, but on the day like today, I wish my 13 year old was a little older so I could bask in the florida sun and not wait for the school bus.

But it was a beautiful morning, can you see how the sun plays with the shadows of the lavender hills in the field.
Enjoy!

 
 

FILL your local food bank & Lavender Cookies

LAVENDER SUGAR COOKIESLast night I was invited to a Christmas tea, so what is a better way to introduce a roomful of ladies to eat some  lavender flowers.   I told my daughter and my neighbor who  invited us, do not let anyone know who made the lavender flower cookies just in case they were horrible.   GOOD NEWS! my bowl was empty at the end of the night, so that was a good sign?  Make a day ahead so the lavender can perfume the baked dough.  See my note BELOW on a great idea to fill the local food bank.

LAVENDER SUGAR COOKIES

  • 4 -5 dozen
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 drops French Lavender (Lavender angustifolia) from blossom farm
  • Essential  Oils  Do not use lavender intermedia!
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Royal Lavender Flower Buds (from Blossom farm of course)

Cream sugar and shortning. Add sour cream, eggs, and Lavender EO/vanilla. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, lavender and salt.
Add to creamed mixture until well blended. Remember, the more you mix, the tougher your dough will be.


Chill for a few hours (at least 3-4). The dough will be soft and slightly sticky.

Roll out (I use a floured pastry cloth), and cut with a cookie cutter. Flour cutter between each cookie to prevent sticking. How I did it- I rolled in balls and flatten with bottom of glass.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10  minutes. Cookies shouldn't be brown, just done to the touch.

FROSTING

  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  • I used purple food dye

Just mix ingredients until smooth.

This was a nice idea for a ladies church group - one person adopts a table of 8, brought their best china, tablecloths, tea bags, honey, sugar, and decorates the table with beautiful things from home, some ladies brought a special little gift or fruit or cheese tray for their table guests.  Everyone invited brings their favorite (3 dozen) cookies, and canned food for the local food bank....  Leftover cookies are used for other groups at the church....  We had a wonderful guest speaker and was a wonderful ladies night out, for the young and us old gals.

PS.My shout out for our hostess Carol and daughters --was a fun night.....
Excuse me if I acted goofy every since I had been on atkins, lots of carbs makes me a little tipsy.   smile
 
 

EASY! Lavender Dream Pillows, it is not too late to MAKE!

You will need:

one  8 by 10 inch soft fabric such as velor, satin or velvet
one cup of rice or flax seed
1/4 to 1/2 cup lavender flower buds (dried)

Fold the material in half with wrong sides together.
Sew two of the long side together and sew one short side. 1/2 inch seam allowance
(The pillow will be 4 by 9 when you are done sewing.)
Turn right side out and you will have a small pillow case.
Fill with bag lavender and your choice of flax or rice.
Turn the edges of the short side down and hem.

Now you can have an enjoyable pillow for relaxtion.
Simply place over your eyes to rest or meditate.

Gayle at www.blossomfarm.com

 
 

Lavender Laundry Softener Recipe - What mom wants for christmas -- Not

This is another interesting homemade item to add to you lavender gift basket. 

Lavender Laundry Softener

  • 32 oz. white vinegar
  • 32 oz. baking soda
  • 64 oz. distilled or purified water
  • ½ oz. lavender essential oil.

Mix the baking soda into the vinegar over a sink
or other contained area, in a large plastic jar. The two materials, when mixed together, will cause a "fizzing" reaction. Add water and essential oil and stir again. *As gifts, dispense into plastic bottles and label with the following directions: Use 1/4 cup per load. Add in rinse cycle.

 
 

Lavender - Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

Now you made the lavender sugar, here is a starter recipe.

  • 1/3 cup firm Butter
  • 2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Lavender sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated Lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon  Royal Velvet Culinary Lavender
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 3 ounces soften  Cream cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • Lemon juice and additional lavender sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the margarine into the flour, lavender sugar, lemon peel, baking powder and salt with a pastry blender in a large bowl until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually stir the milk into the cream cheese in a small bowl until smooth. Stir the cream cheese mixture, lavender and the egg into the flour mixture until the
dough leaves the side of the bowl and forms a ball. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead lightly 10 times. Pat or roll into a 9-inch circle on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with lemon juice. Sprinkle with lavender sugar. Cut into 8 wedges, do not separate. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately remove from the cookie sheet; separate the wedges. Serve warm. 

 
 

Lavender Sugar a great Gift for yourself

I am making this today to have on hand for the holidays, it will last up to a year.   I will be posting recipes in the near future that uses lavender sugar since some folks are shy about eating buds....  


LAVENDER SUGAR
Ingredients
3.5 cups sugar 
4 tablespoons lavender flowers

I alternate the lavender in the jar and after about a month
you can pass it through a strainer to remove the buds or leave them in.

Strain it for things like whipped cream, cream brulee or sprinkling on berries,
But you can leave the buds in if cooking the sugar for example cookies.
You can also toss the sugar with buds in a food processor to grind it up a bit before using.

Stored in a dark place, mix well again and use as needed. The sugar is good to use for up to one year.


You can substitute confectioner’s sugar rather than granulated sugar. Use in icings and dustings.
Give as Gifts:
Once the lavender sugar is ready to be used, you can pour in decorative glass jars and give as gifts.
Attach cards giving ideas for use as well as provide the recipe is a nice touch, I have many lots and lots of lavender recipes post on my website located at www.blossomfarm.com/recipes_lavender.htm

 
 
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