Toxins are everywhere around us in the air, water, food and even our homes!! Let’s Detox our home with the pure plant power of Lavender!!
Our All Purpose Cleaner begins with our “hydrosol” (floral water) that is created when our steam-distillation is performed for lavender essential oil on the farm. It is a very powerful natural cleaner in itself, and even cuts grease. The very definition of the name ‘lavender’ is ‘to clean’. It is 100% botanical, biodegradable, “soil to bottle”, safe to the environment including plants, animals, land and water, and also to the user.
Because lavender is a natural antibacterial with antifungal properties, and has a long list of healing qualities, even for burns, it has been the answer for my cleaning product for over 12 years, because of my occupational dermatitis from many years as a Cosmetologist and Esthetician. I have continual infections on my hands anytime I encounter chemicals. And so, after years of practical usage and research with additional essential oils in our hydrosol, I have fine-tuned an amazingly powerful All Purpose Cleaner recipe that is 100% botanical, free of colorings or dyes, no phosphates, ammonia, butyl ethers or chlorine, and is very pleasant in aroma without synthetic fragrances. It is very effective as a spot remover, cuts grease, works well for dirt & buildup on floors, walls, counter-tops, sinks, tubs, toilets, kitchen, diaper pails, doorknobs, pet area, and even as a pre-soak additive in the laundry. The power of Nature’s own chemicals can provide solutions for Detoxing and cleaning without the harmful side-effects of contact to, or the unhealthy fumes of the chemicals used in commercial cleaning products. I have a choice for what I bring into my home & personal health gain, environmental protection, and the satisfaction of knowing that now my home, from floor to ceiling, is free of toxins. Our All Purpose Cleaner has the power needed to Detox your home with pure plant botanicals, and a fresh clean lavender aroma, sweet like a field of lavender 🙂
All Purpose Cleaner is 100% botanical, biodegradable, “soil to bottle”, safe to the environment including plants, animals, land and water, and also to the user.
Who remembers these cute “Love is..” cartoons in the newspaper?
Omgggosh…these are so special to me because they were cut out of the newspaper and given to my dear Grandmother Lucille by Grandpa Carson in 1936–! Love is…..knowing you’ll always be his “pin-up”! Love is….kissing power (and Grandpa wrote in, you make my day)! Love is….tempting! Love is….a tender flower! Gosh these are too sweet, and you could say….a little “Sappy” !
My Grandpa was a Baker in Juneau Alaska, and they lived in a small home above his Bakery. He woke early, and went downstairs to the Bakery to prepare breads and pastries for the day. He sat in his free time reading the morning paper, thinking of his sweetheart, Lucille!
He often wrote her love poems, and these are copies of just a few of them. These are my two Grandparents in the photo below 🙂
I will translate his writing, as these letters are very old and a little faded, written in 1936. My Mother printed copies for me…they are such a Treasure to me! Love is…
Love Poems written by Grandpa Carson Lawrence to his Sweetheart Lucille:
Good morning darling,
here I be writing silly poetry.
Tho I’m sleeping like a rock
Wake me sweetheart at 5 o’clock,
I will wake up with a grin
Scrape the whiskers from my chin,
When I’ve had my coffee with you
Then I’ll have a kiss or two,
And down to the basement I must go,
I’ve lots of work to do you know. 🙂
Blonde haired girl
With a twinkle in her eye,
flirts with the boys
as she passes them by.
She never will tarry
She never will pause.
Shall I tell you the secret?
Should I tell you the cause?
She has a sweetheart
Who loves her so true,
If she really meant it,
T’would make him so blue.
And she’s tender hearted,
She’d not cause him pain,
And she knows that her sweetheart
Is just a bit vain,
And thinks he’s the only one
In the world who
This blonde haired girl will
Give her whole heart too!! Poems by Grandpa Carson Lawrence
My heart is filled with Love for these two very special Grandparents of mine, I could only wish they were still with us……but their memory will live on in me, and I will hold them Forever in my Heart!
I was named after my dear Grandmother Lucille, Diane Lucille, and Grandmother loved flowers, as I do! She was the chairman of the Garden Club for many years in Juneau Alaska. Grandpa was a Baker~pastry Chef, and so my legacy has brought many natural gifts into my characteristics. I find it amazing how similar we are with our past generations. 🙂 I made this Heart Wreath a few years ago at our lavender farm during a DIY wreath class I taught 🙂
Now it’s time to begin my baking in memory of dear Grandpa Carson, with some Edible Lavender!! I wonder if he ever cooked with Lavender? Sigh….. Today I’ve picked this lacy wafer-thin almond cookie, Florentines! They are a mouthwatering flavor burst!! I’m drooling just writing about it!! Florentines for my Valentines!
These lacy wafer-thin almond cookies is simply delectable! The nutty flavor, with orange zest, combined with edible lavender gives these cookies an amazing flavor burst in your mouth!! I can't stop eating them :-)
1¾ cups sliced, blanched almonds(about 5 ounces)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Finely grated zest of 1 orange(about 2 Tbsp)
3 tsp culinary lavender,finely ground [If you only want a light floral note, use 2 tsp]
¼ tsp fine salt
¾ cup sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 Tbsp light corn syrup (organic)
5 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2-4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper-this is a must, as the cookies will stick really badly if you don't (voice of experience~not funny).
Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, but not pasty.
Stir together the nuts, flour, orange zest, culinary lavender, and salt in a large bowl.
Place the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, then pour into almond mixture and stir just to combine. Set aside until cool enough to handle, 20-30 minutes.
Scoop rounded teaspoons of batter and press into balls. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet with 3 to 4 inches between each cookie, since cookies will spread.(This is very important)
Bake one cookie sheet at a time, and rotate ½ way through baking time, about 10-11 minutes. Cookies will be thin, golden brown color when done.
Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.
Optional chocolate topping:
Place chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, stir often, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle melted chocolate over your lovely Florentines as desired, this is your creation :-) And then enjoy one of your delightful mouthwatering homemade cookies, and share some with your sweetie & friends :-)
Store your Florentines carefully, separated by waxed paper, in an air-tight container for up to 3 days..if they last that long :-) Recipe adapted from TVFoodNetwork
Adding finely ground culinary lavender into nuts, flour, orange zest and salt.
I also tossed a “pinch”more culinary lavender whole buds into the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter, because I wanted to… and… I’m the chef today 🙂 These will remain in the cookies for extra flavor and texture 🙂
This is the finished cookie batter cooling enough to handle, then I’ll press into small 3 inch balls and place on a prepared cookie sheet 3-4 inches apart. (these weren’t placed far enough apart, and while cooking they spread into each other, so some of my cookies were odd shaped, but still taste delightful 🙂 Spacing is important, that’s why my photo above of completed cookies, are odd shaped..I learned something new 🙂 Life & cooking is all about learning, improving and having fun with it!
Love is…A flower!!
Love is…to be shared with others!
Love is…memories held close to your heart!
And Love is…a sweet Lavender Chocolate Florentine Cookie 🙂 Enjoy!!
Happy Valentines Day to each of you!! Let your love reach out to another, and shine, like these lovely flowers!!
Valentine’s Day is a favorite time for me, and I think it’s true saying, whether young or old, we all still love to receive Valentines!! My daughter and I have always enjoyed creating special Cards for each other, and for our loves and bff 🙂 Below is a Valentine she made for me several years ago, and I plan to keep it forever! 🙂 It’s simply beautiful with her loving touch, and that makes it Very special to me!!
I think that’s why I enjoy creating personal cards, gifts and yummy culinary treats… because I’m able to add my personal loving touch to each card or gift, with hopes that it will brighten and lift my loved ones spirit, making their day a little sunnier and happier! As I hold this sweet ‘handmade’ Valentine Card from my daughter, it evokes sweet memories from years past and even now fills my heart with more of her love!! Homemade cards can be enjoyed for many, many years, and each time they’re read, that same sweet kind, loving feeling comes across once again! >3
As I consider the design of my DIY Valentines Day Cards for this year…I’m going to enjoy this delicious cup of Hot Cocoa in hopes it will encourage my creativity! 🙂 Mmmm..who doesn’t Love Hot Chocolate~I’ve made these scrumptious Chocolate Lavender Marshmallows for Valentines Day treats:-) They are Simply Amazing!! I’ll save the rest of the Marshmallows for Valentine gifts, if they last that long! 😉
Below is a “valentine picture” that I framed for my husband, with my special touch, a Tatted pink heart and white Tatted chain that I made <3 (My dear Grandmother Mabel taught me to Tat when I was 12 years old~delicate lovely lace)
Here’s a Valentines Day blog note to all my wonder friends that visit & read my blog-posts, “Thanks always for your love and support! I’m sending you some calming Lavender Love from my heart to yours! Breathe in that calming sweet aroma and have an extra lovely Valentine’s Day! You are very Special to me!!” 🙂
Now let’s talk about my creative fun in the kitchen making these cool gooey, sweetly delicious, exquisitely soft, chocolatey floral yum-yummy culinary treats…Chocolate Lavender Marshmallows 🙂 OMGoodness and Wow are all I can say 🙂 This is my first time making these, and I can honestly say, they were very easy and fun! And I’ll NEVER again buy those chemical filled/high fructose yucky ones in the store!!!!! The French made these yummy confections and flavored them with Rose Water. Oh…that would be a delight to the senses, just like Lavender is :-)) You should try to make some for yourself!
You might choose, like I did, to make a few plan yummy Lavender Vanilla Marshmallows 🙂 Personally, I loved the Chocolate ones best!
These chocolate lavender marshmallows are simply divine..So sweetly delicious, exquisitely soft, chocolaty floral yum-yummy culinary treats!! They are a perfect compliment added on top of your Valentines Day Hot Chocolate drink, or straight into your mouth...or in your Coffee~I'm drooling ;-)
2½ Tbsp unflavored gelatin
⅓ cup Organic Corn Syrup
2 cups organic granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup confection sugar
½ cup cornstarch
2 tsp real Vanilla
4 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tsp-1 Tbsp Culinary lavender (I would suggest 2 tsp if you want a light floral note of lavender)
Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with foil, overlapping it about 2" over the sides. This will aid in lifting the cooled marshmallows out of the pan. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
I suggest that you begin this step 30 minutes prior to step 4, or do it the night before, because it needs ample time to cool.:-) Place ⅔ cup of water into a small sauce pan on stove, medium heat, add 2 tsp-1 Tbsp of culinary lavender and bring to a boil. Turn down to low and cover for 15 minutes. This will be your lavender infusion. Strain out lavender flowers with a fine strainer (I use a coffee filter) Cool this infusion before using.
Place ½ cup of cooled lavender infusion into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle 2½ Tbsp gelatin gently into the water. Allow to bloom for 15 minutes.Now begin step 4.
In another medium size pan add ½ cup water, ⅓ cup organic corn syrup, 2 cups granulated sugar (pouring carefully not to get any on the edges of the pan) and ¼ tsp salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, 3-4 minutes, gently stir. Now only Swirl the pan gently (do not stir anymore) Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan, and continue to boil until mixture reaches 240 degrees, approx. 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
Using whisk attachment on large mixer, mix bloomed gelatin on low speed for a few minutes. Then slowly add sugar mixture and gradually increase speed to high for 10-12 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.
While mixer is whipping marshmallows: in another small bowl combine ½ cup confection sugar, 2 Tbsp cornstarch and 4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder. Save for dusting the top of marshmallows.
When 12 minutes are up.....Quickly pour the mixture into the prepared pan-work quickly-using a "lightly oiled spatula" smooth the top. Dust the top of the marshmallows with the Cocoa mixture to lightly cover. Save the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours or overnight.(I left mine overnight, covered with plastic wrap after 4 hours) If you choose to have plain lavender vanilla sugared marshmallows (mix ½ cup cornstarch and ½ cup confection sugar in a small bowl for dusting)
Lift the marshmallows out of the pan by holding the sides of the foil, using it like a "sling" to aid in lifting it out. Set the foil with marshmallows on counter-top, and peel off foil. Dust with 2 Tbsp again and cut with an oiled knife into 1 inch long strips, then cut these strips into cubes. Working with a few of these marshmallows at a time, toss in bowl of Cocoa mixture. Place in a larger bowl, and place a few in Your Mouth :-) Drooling again thinking about it!!! Your delicious marshmallows can be saved in a zip-lock bag for 2 weeks...if they last that long!! Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa with you homemade chocolate lavender marshmallows! Happy Valentines Day!
Recipe adapted from:American'sTestKitchen
Making my Lavender Infusion. I wanted a bold lavender note, so I used 1 Tbsp culinary lavender, but I would suggest using only 2 tsp is your wanting a delicate floral note.
Whipping is finished, making a spongy marshmallow foam 🙂 My delightful homemade lavender marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla. OMGoodness these are the most delish culinary treats!!
Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa with your own homemade chocolate lavender marshmallows, with your special someone. And share some with your sweet friends!! And maybe design a few personal handmade Valentines for your sweeties, to brighten their day for years to come!! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Spread a little Love around your part of the world with calming lavender!!
Lavender Lady XOXOXO
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