Post Date Aug 6

How to Make a Magical Lavender Martini

"deep purple lavender martini"

There’s something about the color purple.  The purplelious feeling it emits. It’s soothing, calming, sexy, and it makes me feel dreamy and magical. My daughter and I get together often and discuss the latest books we’re reading, current events, or even political events in the news (this topic usually requires a spirit in hand, as I am a liberal, and Bella is quite the conservative!).

Tonight I made Bella this most incredible magical lavender martini. She needed to have her spirits lifted as she suffered a very painful injury yesterday, so I had to come up with something new. My daughter is obsessed with lavender. If she could sniff lavender, she would. Sorry for the expression, but it’s true.  She has at least a dozen bottles of lavender aroma therapy oil bottles laying around the house (one in her car, one in her gym bag, and two of them on her office desk). Instead of anxiety medication, she literally stops to smell the lavender and sprays it around the room to help her relax. She swears by it’s relaxation side-effects.

Since she loves martinis, I took it upon myself to be her nurse for the night. I had to think of something spectacular. I highly recommend you make lavender martinis for your next dinner party or book club get together. Every party we host, I always have a signature drink. This one is definitely the next on the list! I am happy to share the recipe with you.

You’ll need:

  • Edible lavender buds
  • Sugar and water to make a simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Soda water (optional0

Directions:

1. To start whip up a batch of lavender simple syrup by mixing equal parts lavender, sugar and water until the sugar has disolved. Use a strainer to remove lavender buds.

2. Then it’s simple! Pour 1 ounce of lavender simple syrup in the bottom of each glass.

3. In a shaker mix 1.5 ounces of gin and the juice of 1/2 lemon.

4. Pour into martini glass and top with soda water if desired.

Enjoy!

 

Post Date Aug 4

Lavender Lemonade, The Perfect Touch for Any Afternoon Book Club Get Together

"lavender lemonade"

One of my favorite things to do is sit out on my deck in the afternoons with a book in hand, and a delicious lemonade to my side. I don’t like artificial lemonade mixes. I like my drinks to have a twist to them. I also like pretty presentations. It makes me feel vibrant, loved and well, girlie. This lavender lemonade recipe is perfect for a warm afternoon treat. If you need an idea to entertain some fine ladies at an afternoon book club get together, I guarantee you’ll have your fellow bibliophile gals raving about this easy to make almost magical drink. The colors alone will bring a smile to their faces.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup plain sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 2 1/2  tbs dried lavender
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • ice

In a medium sauce pot, bring 2 cups water, sugar, and agave to a boil. Once boiling, turn off heat and add dried lavender. Allow lavender to steep in sugar mixture until cooled. Once cooled, add freshly squeezed lemon juice and 4 cups of water, pour through sifter into decorative pitcher. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Post Date Jul 21

Grab a Book & Make This Spiced Orange Lemonade

"spiced orange lemonade"

I’d love to share this spiced orange lemonade recipe with you. Nothing gives me more pleasure on a hot summer day, than reading a good book on my deck and drinking this delicious cold drink.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (one steeped teabag) Numi Orange Spice Tea
  • 1/4 cup fresh organic lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • Splash of gingerale
  • Peel an orange and like a long ribbon (optional for decoration)

Directions:

Place ingredients in a shaker full of ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Serve chilled.

Post Date Jul 21

Delicious and Healthy Power Bar Recipe

"healthy power bar"

The following power bar recipe is a hit in my home, not only because it’s healthy and delicious, but because the recipe is so flexible, you can add or omit any ingredient you like.

MAKES TWO DOZEN SQUARES

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. wheat bran
  • 3/4 c. sliced almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c. sesame seeds
  • 1 c. chopped apricots
  • 1 c. dried curants
  • 1 c. golden raisins
  • 3/4 c. agave nectar
  • 1 c. honey
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 1/4 c. praline paste
  • 2 tbsp. milk powder

Directions:

  1. Toast the bran, almonds, oats coconut and sesame seeds on a baking sheet, add the dried fruits and set aside.
  2. Bring the sugar, agave nectar and honey to a boil in a saucepan, add the praline and mix until smooth; add the milk powder and heat to 217º F.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, gently stirring.
  4. Roll out and cut into 1-inch squares while still warm.
  5. Wrap and store up to two weeks.

From my healthy kitchen to yours, enjoy!

Gigi Scott