These lavender scones are best served slightly warm with unsalted butter or with fruit preserves.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 whole egg 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter (very cold and cubed)I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender buds (minced)(Make sure your lavender has not been sprayed with insecticide!) Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
Using forks (or your hands like I do) cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until it has the consistency of coarse corn meal.
In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk and eggs together and then add to the dry ingredients. Press the mixture into a 1 inch high round. Be careful not to knead or over-work the dough.
Cut the dough into 12 wedges and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I first posted this recipe in the spring but did not want anyone to miss it so I am reposting! It is a wonderful tea cookie and freezes well.
These cookies are a must for your teas and everyone will love them. If you grow your lavender (as I do) make sure it is pesticide free if you use it in your recipes. Otherwise, you can order food grade lavender online for your cooking needs. I have replaced the butter in my recipes with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" cubes. I find it works and tastes great while reducing the fat. I suppose you could replace the sugar with splenda but I prefer to use sugar in the recipe for these cookies.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon lavender, crushed 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt For Icing: 2 cups powdered sugar 5 1/2 teaspoons water 6 1/2 teaspoons rose water (can be found in most specialty or grocery stores)
Yields about 4 dozen cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, lavender, flour, baking powder and salt.
Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.
While the cookies bake, prepare the icing by mixing the powdered sugar with water and rose water. Drizzle over the cookies after they have cooled.
Picnics were very popular with the Victorians, perhaps because it supplied them the opportunity to escape from their formal dining rituals. Often the food was delivered in separate carriages ahead of the guests. In the dog days of summer, one often desires a happy excursion to whittle away the hours with family and friends and what better way to do so than to arrange a Victorian summer picnic?
Eating al fresco has been popular throughout history. The word "picnic" first appeared around 1740 and was derived from two French words: "piquer" which meant "to pick at food" and "nique," meaning "something small of no value." But they were even popular before Georgian era. During the Medieval era, picnics were included as an important part of hunting parties. They featured rich foods such as cooked hams, roasted meat, poultry, pies and tarts.
Picnics became most popular during the Queen Victoria's reign in England. Victorians delighted in picnics and made it quite fashionable. Picnics were held at family homes or other scenic locations. Although servants often attended wealthy families on their outings, they were casual gatherings, and only a few servants were required to be present.
If you are looking for a wonderful marinade for your next bbq or picnic try this recipe. It is wonderful for tuna, shrimp, chicken or vegetables and I have even used it on beef.
Oregano Garlic Marinade 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Combine lemon juice, wine, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Use 1/2 cup to marinate tuna, shrimp, chicken or vegetables. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.
frigedaeg or frige dag (Anglo-Saxon) freitag (Germanic) dies veneris (Latin) sukra-var (Hindu) juma (Islamic) vendredi (French) kin youbi (Japanese) Dé hAoine (Irish Gaelic)
Friday is traditionally the sixth day of the week. The name given to this day in ancient Rome was 'dies Veneris' as it was a day dedicated to Venus. Later the French named the day 'Vendredi' believed to have derived from the same origin. In northern countries the closest equivalent to the Goddess Venus was 'Frigg' or 'Freya' with the day becoming known by the Anglo-Saxons as 'Frige dag', later to Friday.
According to tradition there are some practices that should be avoided if possible on a Friday including, births, weddings, the sailing of a ship, cutting your nails or starting a new job. This is indicated in the following rhyme:
'Whoever be born on Friday or it's night, He shall be accursed of men, Silly and crafty and loathsome to all men, And shall ever be thinking evil in his heart, And shall be a thief and a great coward, And shall not live longer than to middle age.' A contradiction is expressed if a child was born on this day in 'Days of the Week', which indicated a more favourable omen. And indeed it is said that in 1492 Columbus set sail and sighted land on a Friday.
The criminal underworld have an old belief that 'a burglary committed on a Friday will probably result in arrest' as perhaps a sign of divine intervention and retribution upon the criminal, and if you were bought to trial for any offense on a Friday, it was thought to be a bad omen. In the British Isles and USA Friday was the customary day to carry-out hangings and so was sometimes referred to as 'Hangman's Day' or 'Hanging Day'.
If it rains on a Friday an old rural belief in the UK was that it indicated the forecast would be fine on the following Sunday.
If you dreamt on a Friday night of an event or people and then told the content of the dream to someone in your family on Saturday morning it was more likely to happen.
In Scotland and Germany, according to an old belief, Friday was thought to be a good day to go courting. Norse men traditionally saw this as a positive day, the luckiest of the week.
Friday is associated with Venus and the colours of - Green, Pink and White. Friday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Romantic Love, Friendship, Beauty, Soul-mates, Artistic Ability, Affection, Partners, Alliances, Grace, Luxury, Social Activity, Marriage, Decorating, Cosmetics, Gifts, Income, Gardening, Architects, Artists, Beauticians, Chiropractors, Dancers, Designers, Engineers, Entertainers, Fashion, Music, Painting, Poetry, Courtship, Dating, Household Improvements, Planning Parties, Shopping, Herbal Magick, Luck, Fertility, Physical Healing, Balance, Prosperity, Courage, Change, Material Things, Peace, Harmony, Relationships and Success
Have you found areas around (or in) your home with little ants marching about? I find them everywhere, going up the tree to the bird feeder, marching up and down the garden lighting, traipsing across the sidewalk to my flowers etc. Usually I like to let the creatures of the outdoors live in peace and harmony, however, during the summer when they are searching for water, they like to find their way into the cottage and invade my space.
If you have issues with them as well, here is a great way to control, if not get rid of them almost completely, without toxic items that may harm your children and pets.
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see the ants (under bushes, fence etc). They eat it, take it "home," and can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed.
The crystal Charoite is found in only one part of the world, the Chara River area of Siberia.
The colors of Charoite range from bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with both white, gray and black veining. It forms a swirling pattern of interlocking crystals. Purple is a sixth-chakra color, and the sixth chakra is where many of our limiting mental programs, including our fears, are stored. The color purple, among it's other roles, helps to bring us closer to spirit by showing us that everything, even the thoughts we hold as true, can be dissolved and replaced with more empowering energies. In the Victorian era it was very popular as material for carved cameos.
The Mongols use this stone to make decorative objects, and on special feast days they would boil the stone in tea. This tea is then consumed by all members of the family in order to strengthen family ties and protect all it's members from evil.
Charoite was quickly adopted as a power stone in ancient times to aid in transformations. It has survived great trauma, rains, winds, heat and cold, only to become more beautiful over time. This is a wonderful lesson. You cannot avoid changes in your life, just flow with them and become stronger.
Charoite is a high frequency stone which aids the wearer in walking their path of service in this lifetime. It instills a sense of peace and harmony with the flow of life and destiny. It allows us to understand and heed the lessons we have brought upon ourselves.
This stone will assist you in stepping out of the old, fear based existence of emotions, thoughts and patterns. It lightens the way to the unlimited self. Carry Charoite to release limiting beliefs and old patterns, so you can manifest your reality with Divine assistance for your highest good and greatest joy.
Healing ability: Put charoite beneath your pillow, especially if you are prone to disturbed sleep or fears which surface in dreams. In combination with amethyst, it will help to release these fears.
Mystical powers: Charoite is said to be useful for the cleansing and purification of one's energy body as well as for the transmutation of negative energies within oneself. It cleanses the aura. Charoite facilitates the release of fear and dissolution of negative energies encountered in the process of aligning with your soul's purpose. Work with Charoite to foster a synthesis between the heart and crown chakra, walk your spiritual path with awareness, and manifest your soul's wisdom and light in daily life.
As we have all experienced, white fabrics can become yellowed, grayed and dingy. For gray and dingy whites try the triple soak. Soak the whites first in a solution of a bucketful of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Next rinse out the whites and soak in a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a bucketful of water. Next, rinse out the whites, and soak in a bucket of warm water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and dry. This soaking method will leave your whites bright and clean.
Here is a great recipe that you start in your cast iron skillet on the stove, and finish up in the oven. Great for a rainy day like the one we are having here today!
Ingredients: Filling: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter) 3 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin and tossed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin and tossed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup brown sugar,firmly packed(I have not used brown sugar splenda..you can try it) 1/2 cup sugar (I use Splenda) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons flour
Topping: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon sugar 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled 2/3 cup half-and-half 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
To prepare the filling: Melt butter in 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the apple slices and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
Mix sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch in a bowl; gently stir into the apples.
Continue to cook until apples are soft but not mushy, about 5 minutes.
To prepare the topping:, Mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Using your hands or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until it looks like coarse crumbs. Add the half and half and the vanilla. Quickly blend together.
To assemble the pie, drop heaping tablespoons of the biscuit mix on top of the apples; cover most of the center of apple mixture. Sprinkle top remaining sugar.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden. Remove pie from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
An epsom salt bath is the perfect antidote to a hot, stressed summer day. It’s a bath that incorporates cucumbers, fresh mint, and a bit of floral essential oil. Peppermint has has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak; it reduces headache symptoms; and it can be used in the treatment of depression. This is a perfect treat at the end of a day of gardening as well!
To a tub of tepid water add 2 cups of Epsom salt, stir in 1 sliced cucumber, a handful of torn peppermint leaves (you can purchase peppermint in the produce section of your market if you are not growing it) and an optional 3 drops ylang ylang pure essential oil or oil of your choice. (If you aren't keen on fishing around to remove the cucumber slices and peppermint, tie it up in a bit of cheesecloth and just toss it in your bath.)
If you find yourself suffering from insect bites after a day in the garden or after your outing at the park, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
Have you ever broken a glass or light bulb and wondered if you picked up all the broken bits? Use a dry cotton ball to pick up those little broken pieces! The fibers catch the small specks of glass you can't see.
You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there. ~Casare Pavese
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