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Monday, December 22, 2014

Cut your Water Bill with this Simple Trick


Water comes so easily out of the faucet that it’s easy to take it for granted!  Just think of how much more careful we’d be with each drop if we had to walk to the nearest well or river to collect it.

There is a lot of water that goes down our kitchen drains that is barely even touched, if at all.  Think about the water used while we’re washing vegetables.  Or when we rinse something sticky of our fingers.  If we catch that water, it is perfect for the garden!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The most amazingly addictive Chewy Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cookies.



We love our fruits and vegetables at our house, but that doesn't mean that we don't enjoy a nice chocolate indulgence from time to time!  These chewy, fudgey cookies are the perfect chocolate fix.  They're perfect for cookie exchanges, as homemade gifts for Valentines day and Christmas, and of course for dessert!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream





We became absolutely addicted to Green Tea Ice Cream while living in Asia, and I'm thrilled to share with you this recipe to make it at home!

Making green tea ice cream at home couldn't be simpler!  It is so delicious - the perfect ending to a heavy meal - and is filled with all the great health benefits of Matcha Green Tea like:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Plant An Organic Lawn - The Series Begins



Planting an Organic Lawn - Series Begins - Lavende&Lemonade


So this picture might not look like much...but I literally jumped for joy right before I took it.  After a year of having the worst yard in the neighborhood, we've now been skyrocketed into the top tier!  The "event" in this photo was a major turning point, one that was months in the making!

Now that I'm confident in the results - I'd hate to steer anyone in the wrong direction - I'll be writing about the steps we took to get here and the lessons we learned along the way.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Roasted Olive & Tomato Chicken



Growing up, decorating the Christmas tree was always a VERY big deal in our family.  Each year at the beginning of December we'd spend hours wandering through the fields at our local Christmas Tree farm searching for the Perfect Tree.  It had to be just the right shape, evenly leaved without brown patches, and most importantly...GIANT.  At least in our little eyes.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cheesy French Dill Omelette




The Holiday season is filled with occasions to come together, for long weekends and vacations with friends and family.  We were excited to host a French friend who came to stay with us this past weekend, and each morning we all came together at the table to share breakfast and start the day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of our Planet's Future

We all remember the part in A Christmas Carol when Scrooge is taken by The Ghost of Christmas Future.  Scrooge is taken into the future and catches a glimpse of the grim life that will come to be if he does not change his attitude and behavior today.

I’ve just taken a trip with the Ghost of the Future and I am ready to shout from the rooftops that we must, without question, take action to avoid that fate.
Beautiful afternoon for a picnic!  The future of air quality
Lovely afternoon for a picnic...

Monday, November 17, 2014

The New American Herbal: Braised Chicken with Tarragon

Braised Chicken with Tarragon, from The New American Herbal

I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, given how many magazines these days are featuring tarragon...I've never tasted it!  When did Tarragon become the little black dress of the culinary world and how did I miss it?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Make Organic Fertilizer at Home Using Whey




When making cheese at home, the curds go to the cheese itself and the whey is leftover.  But as it is so full of nutrients that it is a shame to lose it down the drain.

This organic homemade fertilizer is a great use for the whey, which helps nourish the garden as a natural, DIY organic plant food.

Monday, November 3, 2014

French Farmhouse Soup



Farmhouse Soup is a classic French blended soup that is overflowing with clean-eating goodness and healthy nutrients.  It is a warm, cozy bowl of satisfying vegetables.  

How to make homemade Almond Milk


Almond milk has always intrigued me.  How do these dry little nuts turn into a creamy drink? It is simple, actually!  Turning a handful of almonds into a bottle of healthy milky goodness takes just a few minutes with this recipe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

the kitchn: short on vowels, big on kitchen goodness

the ktchn: short on vowels, big on kitchen goodness!


The kitchn is charmingly missing vowels in its title, but is filled with fantastic content for the home & food crowd!


This reference is a combination of kitchen remodeling inspiration, recipes, and introduction to cooking techniques. There is something about spending a few minutes in someone's kitchen that builds a connection - even if it is only on the page - and the kitchn does just that by giving a personal introduction to its contributors and their kitchens. This gives the book a very personal, intimate feel that is very pleasant!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

French Financier Almond Pastries

Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade


These light, airy French Financier pastries are a delight.  Financiers are traditional French bite-sized cookies that have a texture reminiscent of sponge cake but with a hint of almond.  The name is said to come from the fact that they look like adorably delicious little bars of French pastry gold when they come out of the oven.

Financiers are the perfect afternoon tea snack, or really...the perfect anytime snack because they're so good!  I like to eat them on weekend mornings, dunked into a warm Cafe Latte.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Spirulina Broccolini: Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Spirulina Broccolini: Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention Month

When it comes to Breast Cancer prevention, every step we can take is worthwhile!

Research is being done on hundreds of fronts about what might help to prevent or cure breast cancer, and one that is showing definite promise is the addition of sea vegetables to our diets.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Herbs, Herbs, Herbs



The New American Herbal is a beautiful reference for beginning kitchen gardeners, or for established gardeners looking to learn more about what could be growing.  As an amateur herb gardener and full-fledged foodie, this guide made me a very happy reader!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Healthy Homemade Pita Bread

Make homemade pitas!  |  Lavende & Lemonade

Pitas. They're so tasty and versatile!  Dip them into hummus, fill them with chicken salad, bake them into healthy pita chips...and the list goes on. 

But make them from scratch?  I'd always imagined these would be extremely difficult to bake.  How in the world would I get that pocket of air in the center?  How is it possible to get such perfect rounds?  Don't you need a special oven or tools?  Nevertheless intrigued, I decided to give them a try.  Success!  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Measure or Weigh - Which is Better?


The idea that one miss-scooped cup of flour will ruin a baking attempt is a scary one, and makes baking seem intimidating.  Why deal with all that risk when a boxed mix is a sure bet?

One way to ensure correct proportions, especially in a new recipe, is to use a kitchen scale.  Instead of measuring ingredients using cups and spoons, a kitchen scale gives accurate measurements in grams.  This helps alleviate the question of how firmly packed the brown sugar should be, or if the cups of flour are sifted or not.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes




"Emphasizing whole and minimally processed foods, the traditional foods movement calls you back to the kitchen, to real home cooking, and offers you an opportunity to weave the connections between the food on your table, the time you take to prepare it, and the farms that produce it."  Bringing the farm to the table, with make at home recipes, is the goal of The Nourished Kitchen.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Farm to Table Organic Cheese



I'm always looking to learn more about what we eat.  What are the ingredients?  What vitamins are in it?  Where is it grown?  How is it made?  What are the health benefits...or side-effects...to it?

I have visited a LOT of Dairies and Cheese Producers across the country for exactly that reason.  It is so interesting to learn how all our dairy products are made!  I especially love to learn about the families and farms that are behind the products in our refrigerators and pantries -- One glance at my humble little vegetable garden reminds me just how much work family farmers invest into stocking our shelves every day.

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