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A Few Things that Made Me Smile Today:

1. This photo of Audrey Hepburn.
Classicly beautiful...
Photo by: Leo Fuchs 1959

2. Lavender

Vera Wang Bouquet
Courtesy of:

Check out these amazing family run lavendar businesses below.

Weekend getaway!
Based in small gold country town name Jenny Lind, in Northern California.

On their property...

The Lavender Fanatic Bouquet $35

in Petaluma, California.

Would love to take a tour here... too bad they are booked for the rest of 2009.

Their culinary lavendar makes me want to order a bunch.
Here is their featured reciped for the month.

Lavender Creme Brule'e

2 C heavy cream
3 eggs
2 oz. sugar
1 oz. lavender honey
2 Tbsp dried lavender, finely chopped
1 oz. sugar for caramelizing

Preheat oven at 285 F. Combine all ingredients and pour into 4 to 6 cream brulee dishes. Place the dishes onto a sheet pan with a high rim so you can pour 1/4 inches of cold water onto the sheet pan. Bake for one hour or until the brulee sets up.
Cool in the refrigerator. Finally, finish with a thin layer of the sugar and torch to caramelize.

Sunshine Lavender Farm in North Carolina.

This is one website I adore. It is so personalized, makes me want have my own farm!

One of their featured recipes for this hot, hot summer. Doesn't this sound so good?

Vanilla Lavender Ice Cream

2 cups milk
1 ¾ cups sugar
1/2teaspoon salt
2 cups half and half
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups whipping cream
1 tablespoon, or one small tea ball packed with lavender florets, fresh or dried culinary.

Place tea ball in a pot on the stove with milk. Scald milk until bubbles form around edge of pan. Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Stir in half and half, vanilla extract and whipping cream. (You may remove the tea ball of lavender from the liquid during the cooling process for a lighter lavender taste, or leave it in for more flavor.) Refrigerate 30 minutes. Freeze as directed. Makes 4 quarts.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!! May your days of rest be filled with the calming scent of lavender. :)


  1. 1. Audrey always makes me smile.
    2. After reading, I am desperate to go spend a day at Lavender Bee Farm (or maybe just make Vanilla Lavender Ice Cream!)
    3. Glad we found each other's blogs through Ms. Mel.



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