Ohhhh, la la. It's been awhile since I made chia pudding but spring just has a way of making me crave it. We put a fun twist on it and used our Lavender Rose Tea and Lavender Simple Syrup that we are think you'll enjoy!
Lavender Rose Chia Pudding
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Lavender Rose Tea
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup lavender simple syrup
purple or red food coloring (optional)
lavender cocktail picks (garnish)
whip cream to top (garnish)
On a stove in a pan heat milk and tea together on medium heat until just below a simmer. Turn burner off and let sit for 10 minutes.
Strain tea from milk, add chia seeds and stir until combined. Stir in your lavender simple syrup and food coloring if you wish.
Pour into decorative dessert dishes and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
Lavender is a beautiful plant and fairly easy to grow. Let me teach you a little about the soil requirements, how much water it needs, when to plant and the spacing between plants that will all help you to add beautiful lavender plants in your landscape or garden.
Lavender is a mediterranean plant that flourishes best in a more alkaline soil with a pH balance between 6.5-7.5, nice aerated or rocky soil, with full sun and very little water.
Soil pH is a way to start your plant off right. Depending your region and the condition of your soil you may need to add a little lime to your soil to raise the pH to around 7. A simple soil test can tell you what the value of your soil is so you know how to help set up the plant for success. You want a nice airy type soil so if you have a lot of clay you may consider adding a little bit of mushroom compost to lighten up the soil. Lavender doesn't require many other amendments.
Lavender loves its space and doesn't like to be crowded, it will thrive better if it has more breathing room. Spacing requirements depend on the type of lavender you get. If you get an Angustifolia variety also referred to as English or culinary your spacing should be about 3’ between plants. If you get a Lavandula x intermedia, also referred to Lavandin or French lavender you will want a 5’ spacing. This will allow your lavender to breathe and have room to expand their flowers spikes in their season of blooming.
Lavender needs water to get established you will water it frequently as you want the soil to be moist for the roots to begin to reach into your soil. This may be every other day to begin with. After about a week spread the watering to every couple days then the following week see if you can spread the water out one more day. By this time your lavender is beginning to make its root system into its new location and getting established. Once it is gets established in your garden, after its first season, it requires very little water so it is recommended you plant it with other drought tolerant hardy plants that have similar watering needs.
When to plant
Lavender typically gets planted in Spring or Fall, 6-8 weeks after last frost date or before frost date in fall. This will enable your plant to get established before the heat of the summer and or before dormancy of winter.
Lavender is beautiful plant for your landscape and with this information it will be beautiful in your yard or garden. I recommend you get both Angustifolia and Lavandin varieties as they bloom at different times this will help to extend your color bloom during the season. In addition the flower use from these two types are different. For example the Angustifolia you can use in your culinary adventures where the Lavandin is used for it's more fragrant nature in sachets, and eye pillows. I'll write another blog post on this, but here is to wishing you a happy planting season!
Simple and easy to make up these gourmet sandwiches will become one of your favorites. The slight sweet from the waffles add to the crispy chicken and cheese, and the simple elegance of lemon adds just that special touch.
Lavender Chicken Waffle Sandwich
4 Breaded chicken patties
1 pkg. Lavender Pancake & Waffle Mix
2 Tbsp oil
1 1/4 cup water
4 slices provolone cheese (or even swiss would work)
Lemon Lavender Aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely diced
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp ground culinary lavender
Make breaded chicken patties according to package instructions, adding cheese the last few minutes of baking to melt. While the chicken is cooking make your waffles and aioli sauce.
To assemble spread your aioli on top of waffle add your chicken patty with melted cheese, dust with a little lettuce and top with another waffle with a little more aioli sauce.
Here are 10 very simple ways to use your fragrance lavender buds to bring that beautiful scent into your home.
Sprinkle on Carpets
Sprinkle just a small on your carpets before you plan to vacuum. This will help both your carpet and your vacuum to smell great.
Lavender Infused Oil
Lavender oil can be used on sore muscles, used on itchy bug bites, used on dry patchy skin, burns. To make your own lavender infused oil fill a small jar with dried lavender sachet bud, cover with oil, such as olive, sweet almond oil, avocado oil or jojoba oil. Let sit for 4 weeks and shake occasionally. I stick mine by my coffee pot or pantry where I will see it to remind myself to shake it. If you stick a date on when it will be done that always helps to remind you when to strain out the lavender and begin using it. You can also add a tablespoon of this to a nice hot bath to soak away the stress.
Lavender Bath Salts
You can add 1 cups epsom salt, 1/4 cup dried lavender sachet bud and a few drops of lavender essential oil to create your own bath salts. Simply sprinkle in your bath water for a beautiful and relaxing bath.
Not your grandmother's moth balls you can use lavender as a insect repellent. Place your lavender sachet where you want to keep insects out.
Gift Wrap Decor
Add a little extra on your wrapped gifts by including a sachet with your wrapped gift or attached to your gift bag.
Add dried lavender sachet bud to your drawers. It will make you feel good to open your drawers to smell the fresh scent.
Natural Car Air Freshener
Make up a sachet and place it in your car for a natural fresh scent.
Fill a sachet bag with dried lavender sachet bud and stick it underneath your pillow or next to your bed.
Simply fill an organza bag with dried lavender sachet buds, tie tightly, toss in the dryer, and enjoy your naturally scented laundry. These little sachet bags will hold their scent for about to 10 loads in your dryer. Then replace with new dried lavender sachet bud.
Stinky Shoe Fixer
Fill a couple sachet bags with dried lavender sachet buds, and place in those stinky shoes, to help diffuse odors.
We have 3 sizes to choose from in Dried Lavender Sachet Buds to make it easy and convenient to bring the natural scent of lavender into your home! You can see and purchase the sizes here in our shop.
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I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Lavender Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.