09 July 2011
Lavender and raspberries
191/365 - Carus and G walking through the lavender rows.
A friend, J, bought a Groupon for five bunches of lavender for the price of one and invited me to come with her to get the lavender. We went to Mountainside Lavender.
Then, J was sweet enough to share a couple of the bunches with me. Carus and I are going to make a few lavender wands tomorrow and then I'm going to dry the rest.
I might make some lavender cookies, or maybe try my hand at making soap. It's been on my someday to try list for ages. Or I could just make some satchets for dresser drawers.
This is the same friend (slash neighbor - have I mentioned how awesome my neighbors are? Yes. Oh, well that's cause they are!) that gave me peach lavender jelly, which I really liked soooo when peaches become ripe I will be making (well attempting anyways) some of that.
Carus was a great picker, and if I wasn't getting too hot (it wasn't roasting, but with the sun beating down on you for a few hours, you start to feel it) I could've picked more. Of course, that would have meant more berries for me to put up.
I made a chocolate cake, per unanimous request from the masses, and mixed some raspberries right into the cake batter. What I licked from the beater was yummy, very chocolate-y and raspberry-y and I can't wait to try some cake.
I will frost it tomorrow, with bonus raspberries between the layers and on top.
All that lavender in the basket is what we took home. Sorry that my mouth is open, I was talking to Carus when she snapped this photo. I had her take another with my mouth shut, but I'm not in focus in that one...so open mouth it is... :)
The lavender sat in the car during berry picking, which made my car smelled great!
Anyhoo round two - the rest of the raspberries will go into my first attempt at making jam. Not just first attempt at raspberry jam, but first attempt at any jam.
In theory I know what I'm doing. . .
Oh and speaking of jam, at the lavender farm, since it happened to be a weekend of lavender farm tours of the area (we only went to the one farm) there were artisans and crafters out selling their goods - most of which had to do with lavender or gardening - but (the point) they had BBQ sauce, jams and jellies, and syrup, all with lavender in it. Carus and I tested the jelly and it was pretty good. She tested the BBQ sauce and said it was good too.
I didn't buy any (this time, maybe next) and I'm not ready to attempt to make either on my own (yet). But still, interesting.
Well, I thought so anyways....
Look at those red, red berries. They are as good as they look too!
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