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.
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…….