Here are some fun and creative environmentally friendly way to wrap your gifts this holiday season!
We found some very cute holiday kitchen hand towels from home goods. They are wonderful way to wrap a gift and even add that gift inside of a gift idea. They usually come in a set of two so you can even wrap multiple gifts with coordinating fabrics. So fun that you can unwrap a gift and use your wrapping paper! Of course if you have some extra fabric lying around you can use the same basic ideas using this method.
Here is how I did it in the video below.
Here is a second method of wrapping without having to use tape! I love how the fabrics go together and adding a element like a spoon allows you the extra element a bow would to enhance a gift, but again adding the useable function. We wrapped up in these two videos a Lavender White Cake Mix and a Lavender White Frosting.
We found this adorable apron and filled the pockets with our lavender mixes and used the apron strings to tie the bow! See how we did it! We stuffed the apron pockets with Lavender Chocolate Cake Mix and a Lavender Chocolate Frosting. This idea would be adorable in a mixing bowl as well!
Our last video show how you can use a oven mitt to give a gift inside of a gift! They often come in a set of two...so bonus, you can give to two people! We referred to our Lavender Hot Chocolate and our Lavender Scone Mix that make a great holiday breakfast!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Holidays are about here! This chocolate candy recipe is great any time of year, but especially fun to give for gifts at Christmas. I always love how chocolate pairs with lavender and am always creating new ways to add the two together. You can be creative with your candy as well, sub a different style of nut, chips and even use holiday sprinkles.
You can get fun Christmas candy boxes online here. Add ribbon and a bow and you've got yourself a great gift!
Note-I keep my chocolate in the double boiler while spooning out the chocolate so the chocolate doesn't cool down as fast. This will give you a few more minutes before the chocolate begins to harden.
Chocolate Lavender Candy
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup pecans
2 Tbsp Culinary Lavender
Bring a double boiler to boiling then turn heat to medium low. Add to your hot double boiler 2 cups chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Stir your chocolate until melted then add and stir in your vanilla. Chocolate chips can be temperamental so once it is melted, quickly make a tray of round disks and sprinkle on your nuts and lavender. I like to gently press my nuts into the chocolate so they don't fall off later. Be careful your chocolate will be hot.
Once your chocolate candy has cured you can put it in a cute gift box to give to friends! Let us know what you think of it!
Are you familiar with Champagne or the differences between Champagne, Prosecco and Brut? This cocktail recipe recipe made me do some research to find out which would be the best paired with our Lavender Simple Syrup. Champagne only comes from a province in France known as Champagne. This region produces sparkling white wine that bears its name in modern-day France. Many of the sparkling wines come with a hefty price tag as well.
For a more budget friendly alternative to Champagne, Prosecco is a lighter and cheaper option. It's made from white Prosecco grapes and has become increasingly popular at its more frugal side. It is a younger version of Champagne, but made throughout the world.
Another budget friendly sparkling wine choice is Brut. Brut is a much drier and less sweet version of champagne and prosecco.
So we will leave it with you on which you choose Champagne, Prosecco or Brut.
Perfect cocktail to celebrate a special event, wedding or New Years parties!
6 oz of Champagne, Prosecco or Brut
2 tsp Lavender Simple Syrup
Simply add 2 tsp Lavender Simple Syrup to a champagne flute glass top with champagne. Garnish with our Lavender Cocktail Picks.
Do you remember your grandmother making compound butter? What is compound butter you ask? It it is a mixture of butter and supplementary ingredients that are used to enhance the flavor of butter and used on various dishes. I remember many holiday meals with my grandmother, mom and aunts busy in the kitchen preparing piping hot mashed potatoes, flavored fruit salads and roasted turkeys, hams and green bean casserole. Occasionally if time prevailed there would be compound butter ready for the hot buns straight from the oven.
Well traditions wain and we find resurgence as memories of our childhood come back to us and we find that our children our now watching, me, my sister and mom in the kitchen. My grandmothers have now passed on, but I look forward to passing on this delicious new compound butter recipe. I know my grandmother would approve and believe she would be smiling down on me as I pass on the sweet legacy of a simple compound butter.
We've included other ways to use this delightful recipe and we hope you will enjoy it with your family and friends! It adds a savory flavor with a touch of sweetness to your recipes.
Try it over popcorn!
Simply melt butter and drizzle over popcorn.
Put it on pancakes!
Take a generous dollop and spread on pancakes, scones, and muffins!
Butter your turkey!
Rub Lavender Walnut Compound butter over your turkey. Cook as directed on turkey package for size turkey. This recipe should be enough for a 10-12 pound turkey, If your turkey is larger you will need to double your recipe.
Lavender Maple Butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp dried culinary lavender, ground
Place in a bowl butter, maple syrup and culinary lavender and stir together until well blended. Place butter mixture onto parchment paper and create a log form. Twist ends of parchment paper closed and place in fridge until butter has hardened.
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.