I don't know about you, but since becoming a Mumma my skin-care routine has taken a bit of a back-seat to other things (like nappy changing and sleepless nights, for example) ;)
This is just a quick post today because its super duper easy and fast to make... I just used the hot oven I had cooked in and it worked a treat!
I was cutting up lemons for my Lavender Cordial recipe and noticed that the lemons I had showed HUGE amount of pith and zest.
In autumn, our lavender bushes are in full bloom. The bees spend their days gathering the last of the available pollen as the suns starts to sit lower in the sky, and the mornings become light again; signalling the end of daylight savings and the onset of winter.
When we were touring around country VIC over the Easter Long Weekend, we stopped at a stunning lavender farm near Daylesford, called Lavandula. It was amazing!
They treated us to Lavender Scones with Lavender Champagne and poached figs with clotted cream. Words can not express how delightful this luncheon at Lavandula was - mostly due to the spectacular Lavender Champagne.
Since returning home I have been itching to make some Lavender Cordial so we can again experience the delicate, elder-like sweetness with some bubbly.
After playing around in my kitchen today, this is the recipe I think works best for flavor and color. Enjoy a dash with a glass of bubbly or sparkling mineral water for a truly sweet herbal treat that will leave your taste buds singing.
Eco Mum's Lavender Cordial and Champagne Recipe
You will need:
1/2 cup fresh lavender flowers (best) or 2-3 tbsp dried flowers
1 1/2 cups pure water or rain water (best to avoid tap water because of the chlorinated flavor it gives off)
1/2 cup raw organic sugar (I used Rapadura but this does affect the color by darkening the cordial)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 litre screw top bottle or corked bottle
Step 1: If picking your own lavender blossoms, harvest them early in the day after the morning sun when dry from any dew. Pick the young, leathery blossoms that haven't hardened or dried on the plant yet for the fullest flavor.
Step 2: Add water and sugar to a small pan and bring to a boil stirring all the time, until sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Remove the pan from heat and add the lavender blossoms. Place lid over pan and block steam holes to ensure no fragrance of flavor escapes during the steeping process.
Step 4: Steep in pan with the lid on for 45 minutes.
Step 5: Strain out the blossoms and stir in the juice of 1 organic lemon.
Step 6: Pour into sterilized screw top or corked bottle and store in fridge. If kept cool and well sealed this cordial has a 1-2 year shelf life.
Sweet Lavender Drinks
There are so many things you can do with your Lavender Cordial - the list is almost endless. However, I have noted a few here to get you started on your way with this delicious, delicately flavored drinkâ¦
Happy (responsible - always!) drinking!
Love The Eco Mum xo
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It would be ideal if we did not need to use a night light in any nursery, right? I mean, it does burn power and we are all working towards reducing our footprint, right?
In my experience, without a night light, my little girl just will not settle to sleep.
I had never really realized, until recently, what homemaking actually meant.
I mean, sure, I was home a reasonable amount as I am a Work at Home Mum(WAHM) and I cooked and cleaned and stuff, but as for homemaking? Well, up till now, I thought thatâs all there was to it.
I often used to think that being The Eco Mum meant I have to NEVER throw anything away, never de-clutter or re-organise my home.
We live in a modest, 3 bedroom home with a combined lounge and dining room and a tight kitchen. We have plans to renovate to extend the space we have but they are far off yet. With Eco Dad aka Mr Bower Bird constantly bringing home âstuffâ that creates more clutter, our once comfortable home has become more of a hoarders paradise.
I love crocheting! My mother taught me as a little girl and I took to it then and have always enjoyed it. I find it easier and faster than knitting and it relaxes me.
Crochet is great if you have somewhere to go or you need to do it on the run because you only need one ball of yarn and one crochet hook â no big needles poking out of the top of your bag.
Have you ever at dinner, at home, with no lights?
Better yet, have you ever COOKED dinner at home with no lights?
I did this yesterday. It was lovely – albeit somewhat risky as I worked my way through a new prawn recipe.
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