This is absolutely beautiful and will make your want to stay home for Valentine's Day!
Had some fun creating this little sweet cocktail! I try to think about fun ways to celebrate Valentine's Day at home! It is so busy out on Valentine's Day so we like to just stay home and have a romantic meal, and then watch some fun movie. But if you stay home...you need to make things Special with a sweet cocktail, and some fun and inspiring meal so that you WANT to stay home. Maybe we are just old...and stodgy, but thinking about going out to dinner with tons of other people, waiting to be seated in a very busy restaurant doesn't put the romance in my dinner like a sweet, quiet one at home. Down side to this is...you've got to cook it. Keep it simple and tasty thinking about a quick cleanup will help.
This drink will make you WANT to stay home and celebrate, it is as delicious as it looks and I know you'll love it! If you like things on the sweeter side you may want to double the amount of lavender simple syrup.
Here is to wishing you a fun and Happy Valentine's Day!
Raspberry Lavender Champagne Float
1 package raspberries, fresh
1 Tbsp Lavender Simple Syrup
Vanilla Ice Cream
Champagne or prosecco
Lavender Cocktail Picks, garnish
Fill the bottom of your champagne glass with raspberries, top with a couple scoops of ice cream. Drizzle over the ice cream your 1 Tbsp of Lavender Simple Syrup, top off glass with champagne and more raspberries and garnish with Lavender Cocktail Picks.
What made you start a lavender farm?
I get asked this all the time, "What made you start a lavender farm?"
Sometimes I wish I had some fancy answer that made it seem as glamorous as it truly is to be a lavender farmer. But to tell you the how, I have to tell you the why, and the who I am that leads to the answer.
My basic nature or tendency is to be a creator a researcher and designer. Coming from a small town in a lower to middle income bracket, there weren't always funds for extra things. My mother was a creator of all things, nature lover, gardener and canner. She passed that love onto me. While I raised my children I too stayed home and needed a way to be creative with my time and our resources so that I could continue to be home with our four daughters. I too gardened, canned and grew herbs and flowers. I wanted to treat my kids naturally with herbs when they had minor health ailments, but needed more information. I enrolled in a online course for a family herbalist certificate. This is where things began to become more clear. As I learned about herbs it seemed that all the answer to all the ailments seemed to be, yup...you guessed it lavender! I had a couple lavender plants at the time and began experimenting with it, drying them, making lotions, oils, soap and such.
Meanwhile after my certificate was complete, my husband got transferred to Oregon. I found there were other lavender farms in Oregon and Washington and my love for lavender had grown with my experimenting, gained knowledge and research that I acquired. So we bought a 2.5 acre farm and began removing wild blackberries that took over nearly 3/4 of the property. We ordered plants and began our plans and our adventure into lavender farming! As like most lavender farmers we entered into the adventure with very little knowledge of how to farm it. We made a few mistakes that lead to what we call our "education" in farming.
We have now become experts in so many aspects of lavender and farming that we strive to pass that on with our consulting services and story. We continue to learn daily in our experiments with lavender the beautiful nature of this lovely plant. We look forward to inspiring others in their adventures while continuing to create our own.
If you have followed us in our adventures you will see the passion we have for culinary lavender through all of our recipes and Lavender packaged mixes. You will see many social media posts on business aspect and inspiration for business as well as consulting to help others live their dream. You will also see ways to use lavender and inspiration for using lavender in weddings. I hope through hearing/seeing my story you are inspired to live your dream, take the risk and be who you are meant to be!
Be YOU no one does it better!
Left to right: Bethany, Brittany, Dan, Nicole, Jessica and Kristen
We are growing and need a new picture....we now have 2 son 'n laws and 1 grandson!
We love fun reasons to bake and National Shortbread Day gave us the perfect opportunity to create a little "summer" to our winter days. Lemon has the ability to lift your spirits and paired with the lavender makes you just make you smile!
Well for those with inquiring minds who want to know how did such a day get reserved for these delightful cookies? According to National day calendar, the recipe for shortbread has been around since the 12th century when Mary, Queen of Scots created this buttery cookie. It earns the name from the crumbly texture or the crumb of the cookie which resembles a "short" (crumbly) texture...thus the name shortbread. The cookie was reserved for special occasions as the ingredients in the 12th century were expensive. Even now they are not expensive to make but still only occasionally made for special occasions.
We love these cookies served alongside our Lavender Chamomile tea or Lavender Earl Grey which will make any day extraordinary!
Make a batch of our Lavender Shortbread Cookies
While cookies are baking make Lemon Lavender Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tsp lemon juice
1/2-1 tsp culinary lavender
Mix together powdered sugar, 1/2- 1 tsp culinary lavender and 4-5 tsp fresh lemon juice. We also like to add a little zest of lemon peel to add a bit more lemon flavor. Frost cookies once they are cooled.
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.