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Lavender Lemonade and More

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The last time we talked here, our conversation was about herb gardens.  Today, I want to share a very special recipe that uses one of the herbs, and then I have a little something extra for you to see.

Last fall, one of my nieces got married in a beautiful barn wedding ceremony.  My husband and I attended the rehearsal dinner (held out at the barn) on an unusually cool September evening.

The food was delicious, but what I remember most from the meal was the extraordinary lavender lemonade. I had never tasted it before, and the flavor was unusually good.  Since I have lavender growing in my herb garden, I thought I might try to make some of the lemonade for these hot summer days.

Last week I asked my niece if she could get the recipe from the caterer.  She contacted her mother-in-law about it and learned that the recipe was one from Southern Living.  Her mother-in-law had saved it for many years and had given it to the caterer to use for the dinner.  I guess the caterer got a new recipe!  And here it is… the recipe my niece’s mother-in-law is graciously sharing with us (Thanks Mrs. Cease!):

Believe me when I tell you this is delicious.  I followed the recipe exactly.  The only thing I would change is I would add about 3 or 4 more tablespoons of sugar to it because I like my drinks really sweet – especially lemonade.

While we are on the topic of weddings and herbs, I wanted to show you something I saw the other day on my favorite wedding site, Snippet and Ink.  Remember we looked at a dinner where the table was set with little potted herbs?  Well, I found these farm-to-table engagement party photos that also include a creative use of potted herbs. (This is not from my niece’s wedding…I’ll share that with you later in the summer.:) )

Take a look here….wonderful handlettering,..and the fork herb markers!

and here…herbs and more herbs….want those round plant markers.

and here….oh that tea towel menu!

 Styling by Jessica Sloane.  Photographs by Jessica Loren. )

I love their round herb markers.  Do any of you know where I might find them?  And isn’t that menu printed on the tea towel beautiful?!!  This was a gorgeous dinner all the way around.  When I emailed the stylist, I told her this looked like a fun job!

Several of the folks involved in bringing this event together have written a post on their part.  If you are interested, click on Artisan-Flowers, and you can read a little about the herbs and flowers used in the dinner.  Click on Awaken where you can read about the farm table, and click on Yours-is-the-Earth for the folks who did the paper goods (they have a neat blog too with recipes there!)  Rocky Glade Farm, where this was photographed, has a website (but no post about this particular dinner.)

Finally, I wanted to show you one more thing from the site.  A little film was made of this photoshoot by Root House, and I think you will like it.  Just click on the link below the next photo and enjoy.

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Hope you will try the lavender lemonade and get that herb garden of yours going. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Off to water the garden now…….

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Carol - June 25, 2012 - 12:36 pm

I am going to try that lemonade today!
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Carol, I hope you had a chance to make the lemonade today. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read the posts here and leave your sweet comments. I sure appreciate it!
Kelly

Judy - June 23, 2012 - 9:57 am

….oops! I mean “lemonade” (but I still love me some tea)!
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Hope you had a good day at the lake Judy. Do you drink hot or iced tea (or both?) How fun to have a wedding at a lake, and glory at all the wedding ideas out there now! It can be very overwhelming. Let me know if you make the herb markers. I would love to see how they turn out.
Kelly

Judy - June 23, 2012 - 9:54 am

Good morning Kelly! I am a tea-a-holic so I can’t wait to try your lavender tea. Your post today is very timely as my nephew is getting married next year at the lake and I’ve got a Pinterest board labeled “Lake Wedding” that has lots of ideas my sister and I hope to incorporate (if the bride approves!) for his wedding. In fact, the happy couple will be at the lake house today and we hope to share some of our ideas with her.

I’ve been wanting some of the fork and/or spoon herb markers and might even try my hand at making some.

Enjoy your day in the garden!

the farmer's wife - June 22, 2012 - 4:27 pm

I wonder if you could imitate the plant markers on the bamboo spoons that are sold, in lieu of plastic spoons, just about everywhere now?
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Julianna ~ I think that is a good idea, and I will try to pick some up the next time I am at Fresh Market. That’s the only place I have seen them around here. Thanks for the suggestion!
Kelly

jessica sloane - June 22, 2012 - 12:19 pm

thank you for sharing our work, kelly! and to answer your question about the plant markers, the girls of yours-is-the-earth made those for me. thanks!!!
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Jessica ~ You are more than welcome. I thank YOU for letting me share your fine work. Thanks for the info on the plant markers. I saw their cute writing on it, so I figured they must have come from them, but they do not have them for sale on their site. Maybe they need to start carrying them! 🙂
Kelly

Amanda @ Dixie Delights - June 22, 2012 - 11:33 am

YUM! I pinned your recipe and can’t wait to make it. I’m growing lavender AND mint in my garden 🙂
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Amanda ~ Thank you for pinning the recipe! You will have what you need since you are growing those herbs. Hope you enjoy the lemonade!
Kelly

Not a True Herb Garden

Yardwork is overwhelming.  Is it overwhelming for you?  Between the mowing, edging, weeding, and picking up all the things that fall from the trees and sky, it just seems like it never ends.  Well, actually it doesn’t ever end, does it?  And being the true do-it-yourselfers that we are, we do not have a lawn service to come and wave their magic weedeaters and edgers over it for us. So lucky for me, my husband tries to keep up with the whole thing here.  I do like to work in the flower beds as long as they are a manageable size.

Unfortunately, I am not always good about going back for the upkeep after I get things planted and looking like I want them to look.  So this post is to hold me accountable.

This is a manageable space.  This is my herb garden that is not a true herb garden.  I used to plant it entirely in herbs, but I like color too much to leave it with just the herbs.  So this year I have added in geraniums and a few daisies to supplement the herbs.

I like to use the herbs in cooking.

My humongo rosemary bush is handy for rosemary roasted new potatoes and my Foster’s Market potato salad recipe.Something has been enjoying a salad of my parsley and basil, so I believe it is time to spray it to deter the little pests.

This is the view of the herb garden as you see it from the porch.

Here is the hard working guardian of the garden, Cooper-the-wonder-dog.

(We do wonder about him….)

Now I want to show you some professional herb gardens so that you will be motivated to plant your own (as I know you will be. 🙂 ) First up, Mrs. Limestone made a really neat vertical herb garden for her small space.  She has an easy to follow tutorial on her site (just click on the name below the picture to go to it), so all you small space readers have no excuse.

Brooklyn Limestone

If you want to do something on a larger scale, take a look at these pots in the ground at an herb garden in France.  (Perhaps a field trip to the Loire valley is needed to truly appreciate it?)

Townmouse 

Or would you really prefer windowboxes with herbs outside your kitchen window?  When we redo that exterior wall, I plan to have some made to go there specifically for that.

Martha Stewart

Let’s look at another one from Martha Stewart while we are at it here.  This one is for you high achievers who want to go all out with the traditionally styled garden mixing herbs with boxwoods – very beautiful.

Martha Stewart 

And here is another gorgeous formal one from Traditional Home magazine.

Traditional Home

Now when you finish all your planting, you will want to put in some herb markers so that you can remember which plant is which.  Or maybe you should do it as you put in your plants instead of waiting until you are done.  After all, you don’t want to mistake oregano for mint when you are putting it in your iced tea.

Etsy

Etsy

If doing an entire garden is not feasible right now, then I suggest using a few herbs from your local garden center or grocery store to dress up your next dinner.  You can use them for decoration for the table and in your cooking too.  I thought this one was really pretty.

In the Now Weddings 

Or perhaps you are in a vacation frame of mind, and don’t even want to go that far.  Then I suggest you follow Cooper’s lead…

and just take a nap. 🙂

Until next time…

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Row. - May 1, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Wonderful little area. I remember pinning this!

Robin - June 21, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Hi Kelly, thanks for the comment, so glad to find your blog! Look forward to catching up. Your kitchen garden is lovely as your home. Cooper wonder dog so cute!!!
take care,
Robin
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Robin – I’m so glad you found my blog (and I found your wonderful pinterest boards!!) Thank you for your kind words about the garden and house. I see on your site that you are an artist. I need to tell my mother about you and your work. She is a painter too! (although not professionally) Please come back and visit here again!
Kelly

phyllis - June 21, 2012 - 12:00 am

Immaculate garden!!!
That’s it…you aren’t seeing any of mine, haha!!

It sure does take a lot of grooming and my hat is off to you.
Your doggie is adorable 🙂
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Phyllis – Don’t let Cooper’s cute looks fool you! He is TROUBLE (except when he is asleep!) Thank you for my garden compliment, and it does take a lot of work to keep it up. We are badly in need of pinestraw right now. You had better show your garden!
Kelly

Amanda @ Dixie Delights - June 20, 2012 - 7:47 pm

I absolutely adore your garden!! It’s lovely AND practical!
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Amanda, thank you for your sweet words about the garden! Yes, it is a pretty thing (for now – if I keep it watered 🙂 ) AND practical too as you said.
Kelly

Judy - June 20, 2012 - 1:26 pm

I’ll have to try lantana…I always see it in garden centers and love it but for some reason I’ve never bought any. I’m heading to the Farmers Market this afternoon for some fresh produce so I might check out their lantana there.

Cooper is so cute! And your yard/grounds….to die for! My husband is a landscaper but as you can imagine, our yard is the last to get anything done. He actually works 2 jobs, one with the City of Montgomery (for insurance) and his own business. I have lots of plans (in my head) for a gorgeous yard but so far….nada!

I got stung by a wasp yesterday when I was outside trimming some Indian Hawthorne and vines on my arbor…so I’m throwing in the towel (for now) and staying in the nice cool air conditioning!

Judy
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Judy, hope you found some lantana to try in your planters. Your husband must be a busy man with 2 jobs…not fun (unless of course you love your work!) So sorry about your wasp sting. That hurts like heck, and wasps love arbors. Stay away from them unless you have a can of wasp spray ready.Thank you for the compliments on my yard (and my dog too!)
Kelly

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