Posted on June 2, 2012

Lavender Dreams, Plus a Giveaway

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I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  My daughter and I recently visited a lavender farm near our home… a wonderful day to spend a lovely afternoon.  The little shoppe has so many pretty things but we decided that it was culinary lavender and bath products that we liked best.  We purchased two of everything ~ the second to share.
Lavender Syrup ~ Perfect for drizzling over pancakes, scones, french toast, or ice cream… or anything else you can dream of
 Lavender Crème Brûlée ~ this is always a hit!

For the giveaway ~

cocktail napkins, sachet, culinary lavender, and a shower steamer

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Couture Cocktails
Provence Lavender Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce Cointreau liqueur
2 teaspoons lavender syrup
lemon twist, for garnish
1 sprig of fresh lavender, for garnish
ice, to serve
* Combine all ingredients {except garnish}, into a mixing glass
* Add ice and stir
* Strain into a chilled tall glass, and garnish with a citrus twist and sprig of fresh lavender
Lavender cordial syrup: 
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup fresh organic edible lavender flowers (or 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers)                 
juice of 1 small fresh lemon
* Heat sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely.
* Bring to a boil, remove from heat
* Add edible flowers
* Cover, let steep 35-40 minutes
* Strain through a fine mesh sieve or paper coffee filter into a measuring glass {one with a lip for easy pouring}
* Add lemon juice
* Pour into a clean container {preferably sterilized}, cap, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. 
* Stir a spoonful of Lavender Syrup into your favorite beverage! It’s delicious in lemonade or tea 

** I created a twist to my favourite cocktail ~ the French 75.  I added an ounce of lavender syrup and it was divine!

Wishing you a most beautiful June weekend!
xoxo, B
photos via Pinterest, Martha Stewart and food.com

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12 Comments

  • Reply Celia M. June 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Bonjour mon ami! What a fabulous time you must of had. Lavender takes my mind to dream land of fields in the countryside of France … bliss…

    We have the same glass …perfect for a lavender inspired beverage.

    Merci, for your visits, sweet and inspiring comments.

    You know I'm a follower and regular reader. Oui, oui, please count me in this generous giveaway!!

    Wishing you a wonderful week-end.xo HHL

  • Reply Ann June 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Oh lavender,
    one of my fave scents, flower and color ever.
    Everything looks dreamy in lavender
    and everything smells fresh.
    Nice images.

  • Reply amybreckenridge June 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    that lavender champagne looks amazing!! I think the scent of lavender is sooo relaxing,
    xoAmy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture. com

  • Reply Castles Crowns and Cottages June 3, 2012 at 3:59 am

    B. dearest!!!!!

    OK, lavender is my DREAM flower and fragrance. Its scent connotes peace and PROVENCE, of course!!! I would LOVE to enter the giveaway but I do not TWEET! I can go to FB, but I have NO IDEA what to do with a tweet!

    I am so excited to see your post for the Paris party my dear! BON COURAGE, GROSSES BISES et BON DIMANCHE! Anita

  • Reply VM Creation Atelier June 3, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Oh,my Godness…………….!!!

    It looks unbeelivebly nice:-)*
    Just SOoooooooooooooo inspirational and lovely post!!!

    Love lavander Creme Brulee,mmmmmmm….

    Hugs,
    ***Violetta***

  • Reply La Duchessa June 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Nice images!

  • Reply Pamela Bates June 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    lavender fields by your house……..so lucky!!! lavender champagne…Oh my!!!

  • Reply Loree June 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Oh my, lavender champagne? Wow I would never have imagined.

  • Reply Castles Crowns and Cottages June 4, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Oh how I love lavender! So may I enter dearest into your giveaway? YEAH! I thank you! And this is my LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!! Anita

  • Reply Karena June 4, 2012 at 6:15 am

    All of these wonderful ideas. I adore Lavender and am a follower!!

    xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

  • Reply DolceDreams June 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    How I love lavender! I am a follower here and on Facebook, and tweeted about you!Lavender creme brulee…how I would lose my willpower there!
    Have a lovely week!
    Nathalie

  • Reply Ijeoma June 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    You and your daughter are the sweetest, what a lovely thought 🙂 I shall tweet it to all!!

    Ijeoma,
    xoxo

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