We have all seen that stunning, purple hued drink floating around Pinterest. Some use sugar, and some use dye.
My recipe uses neither, although if you want a more colorful drink, a lovely and talented Chef friend of mine, Katherine of Mr. &Mrs P's Eatery suggests steeping in some blueberries!
I used a couple of lemons, and suggest that you tailor it to your taste, some prefer a super sour lemonade, and others mild. My tastes run both ways, this time I went with mild. I also used several stems of dried organic lavender. Fresh would also work wonderfully, though it is not yet season here so I only had dried on hand. Lavender is super easy to grow, you can also order culinary grade online.
Take your lemons, and slice them up in whichever fashion makes you happy. I promise that you can not go wrong. Toss them into a large pot or pan, along with 4 cups of water, 1 cup of honey, and your lavender stems and buds.
Bring to a boil, and then lower your heat to the lowest setting, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. At this time I let it all steep and cool down for 20 more minutes because I really wanted the lavender to be a present flavor.
Strain, and pour over ice into your pitcher or dispenser of choice, adding more water if necessary, and extra lemon slices if it pleases you. This is super easy to make, and has such a fantastic flavor, I think it may be your new favorite Spring and Summer drink as well!
Drink away! I prefer my drinks to be virgin, if you like to get a bit sassy with your beverages, add in a dash of a good gin such as Hendrick's or Blue Coat.
We hear a lot about the power of saying yes, or the power of saying no.
I want you to be Empowered with BOTH. Starting today, this glorious gift of Monday, revel in the Power of Yes and the Power of No.
Say Yes starting now to some things that you may otherwise naysayer to and end up missing out on some great experiences. Say Yes to that new book. Yes to an event. Yes to impromptu adventure. Say Yes to Love. Yes to a Daycay. At press time I said yes to working on the laptop on my sunny patio while sipping lavender lemonade and it feels divine.
Say No where you would usually feel some sort of polite sense of obligation to say yes. Say No to going out if it's for the umpteenth night in a row and you would prefer to revel in having alone time at home. Say No to doing things someone else's way when it's your time to shine. Most importantly, say NO if anything makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or bad about yourself.
Say Yes to Empowerment. Much love to all of my darling readers this week!
Today was a most beautiful day. The children and I looked out the window and were admiring all of the neighborhood lawns dotted with pretty dandelions, or as I love to call them, dandy lions.
We decided to take a walk to a local park and gather dandelions to make dandelion syrup! The process is super easy, and I share the steps below. If you have pectin on hand, you can make dandelion jelly as well or instead.
Gather a ton of dandelions. I mean that as hyperbole, not as in gather two thousand pounds of dandelions. *wink* If I were in a way more precise mood, I could have weighed the amount we harvested, though this does not have to be an exact science. Just have fun!
Bring your dandelions in, sort them out, rinse off with a strainer, and then lay out to dry on tea towels or paper towels.
Next, we sat at the table and talked about the uses of the different parts of dandelions.
I used a knife to cut the green base away from the yellow flower tops. There are a couple of different options here. Some people simply twist the flower head away from the base(that doesn't seem to be in my skill set) or you can leave the green part on for a deeper hued and flavored syrup or jelly. Ours had a few green bits mixed in.
Now you are ready to transfer your dandelion petals to a large pot. Cover with water, stir, and bring to a boil. I boiled it for a few minutes, and then simmered for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, our dandelion petals were no longer the pretty yellow as above, but instead had a darker, more tea like appearance. This is when we added in the sugar, and the juice of one lemon. I started with two cups of sugar and ended up adding in a third cup of sugar towards the end. Agave would also work, as would some fantastic local honey if you have a good amount of that on hand.
Our mixture was cooked on medium heat for an hour, and stirred occasionally. You will notice it starts to get a more syrupy consistency as it cooks. The longer you cook your dandelion mixture, the thicker it will be, so go with your instincts and what you prefer.
Once done, use a mesh/metal strainer to filter out the petals, then place in the container of your choice!
Your dandelion syrup will keep in your fridge for several weeks, your freezer for several months, and if you go with using pectin and a traditional canning method to make it a jelly/jam instead, that will have a nice long shelf life. Enjoy the mellow, slightly floral taste, and the fun harvesting experience! My children had a marvelous time and are looking forward to gathering more dandelions and making more creations!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! April is here!
April Showers are one of my very favorite things, especially as I live in Illinois, which is host to the most glorious thunderstorms.
For the month of April, I put together a short list of four tasks to enjoy! Is your list for April similar? What will you try or do?
I will be blogging a couple of my tasks, check back in, soon!
I have been thinking a lot lately on long term, big, huge goals.
Every weekend, I go over what my goals for the week are, what my Monday Mantra is, and I reflect on the past week.
This Monday, let's all do something different.
Think on a goal (or a couple of goals) so big and outrageous that it makes you both giddy and slightly uncomfortable. Write it down. Think on, research, and write down the steps it will take the attain that goal, and set the wheels in motion to make it a reality! I can't wait to see the joy from everyone when you accomplish your outrageous goal!