with a twist : lavender lemonade

with a twist | lavender lemonade | 1A classic lemonade recipe is always good but adding a little something unexpected makes it better. Ever since I discovered what a dose of lavender simple syrup does for my iced coffee, I’ve been experimenting with different drinks from cocktails to smoothies. My favorite thus far has been my lavender lemonade perfect for the season. Refreshing citrus with sophisticated floral notes screams springtime in a glass. Serve at a spring brunch, garden party or even during cocktail time with a splash of vodka. Keep reading for the recipe…

with a twist | lavender lemonade | 2Omit the lavender for a classic lemonade!

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Lavender Lemonade

*serves 4 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons)
  • 3 cups water
  • lavender simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • lemon slices and lavender for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, 3 cups water, lavender simple syrup, and lemon slices (if using); stir well.
  2. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and lavender.

 Lavender Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, water and dried lavender.
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil, stirring so that the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and continue stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture into an airtight container, and let cool to room temperature before adding to lemonade.
  5. If not using right away, syrup can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

obsessing over : dish towels

obsessing over | dish towelsHello lovelies! You’ve probably spotted these dish towels in many simple savorings posts, well I’m obsessed with them. From wiping countertop spills to drying dishes (using different towels for each task of course) they are a kitchen essential in my book. Now don’t get me wrong I still love my striped variation, but I feel less guilty cleaning a mess with this durable cotton cloth. And since they are so inexpensive, I can never leave Ikea without a handful! Hope you all are having a fantastic week!

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simple savorings : farro and kale salad


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While I’ve been giving my salads a spring makeover, the healthy whole grain farro makes a debut in this week’s simple savorings. It’s a perfect “base” to add any of your favorite flavors such as greens, crunchy veggies, nuts, and cheese. For this salad, I basically used ingredients that I already had on hand and drizzled with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. And since I always have kale around it did sneak it’s way in, after all it is king. Keep reading for the recipe…

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simple savorings | farro and kale salad | 3Farro and Kale Salad

*serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups Tuscan kale leaves, julienned
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Instructions

  1. Cook farro according to package directions, drain excess water and let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, add cooled farro, kale, red onion, scallions, mint, lemon zest and juice, and extra-virgin olive oil; toss until combined.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle with feta.
  4. Let stand 15-30 minutes before serving, so all flavors can marry.
  5. Salad can be stored in refrigerator up to 1 day.

 

on my bookshelf…

on my bookshelf | april | 2015

After a month with a couple of intense novels, I’m lightening the reading load. A memoir taking us to Provence and delicious recipes from skin to food fill my bookshelf. Easy breezy books to get me through some of April’s showers. Keep reading for my picks…

{Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore} I’m all about natural skincare and Adina Grigore takes it to whole new level! As the founder of S.W. Basics (which is now available at Target), takes us on an adventure on how to shift to a natural regimen. Recipes with ingredients found at the grocery store, Grigore shows us how to develop a lifetime full of healthy skin habits.

{Endless Summer Cookbook by Katie Lee} After listening to her speak at SXSW last month I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Katie Lee’s new cookbook! Her latest cookbook is full of beautiful photographs and mouthwatering fresh and easy recipes, that will get you in that endless summer state of mind… And I’m anxiously waiting for peach season to arrive as I’ve been drooling over the peach blueberry cobbler!

{Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard} Get ready for another delicious journey! In Elizabeth Bard’s last book Lunch in Paris, we saw her fall in love with her new beau and French cuisine. In Picnic in Provence, she takes us to the land of lavender fields with her now husband and baby for an unexpected new life in the French countryside. I can’t wait to dive in!

pretty palette : ice cream

pretty palette | ice creamA little secret you may not know about me is that I indulge in ice cream every single day! Yes, it’s true, even if it’s just one tiny spoonful, my husband can attest to this daily habit of mine. You could say my love for frozen creamy confections, like many, started at a very young age and while my flavor of choice may no longer be bubblegum, the craving for a sweet cold treat will forever stick around. Some favorites that are always hanging out in my freezer are hill country honey and vanilla beanco co mo and bramble berry crisp, but I can assure you they don’t last very long. And while I can’t live off of ice cream alone (although it has crossed my mind), I can certainly dream about it with this pretty palette! Happy Monday!

*images {row 1} Jeni’s Splendid ice cream, scoops and bowls, avocado cilantro sherbet {row 2} Sprinkle’s ice creamtubs full {row 3} McConnell’s ice cream, single scoop, Salt and Straw ice cream

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | 49 | 1Good morning lovelies! We are in for some April showers this weekend, which gives me a good excuse to stay in and tend to some rainy day projects. At the top of my list is making my own nut milk, after hearing how simple it is to make I’m just dying to try… And I’ll be diving into some new reads that I can’t wait to share with you next week! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and keep reading for my favorite links…

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Loved catching up with these two for National Sibling Day.

I’ll be spending some quality time in the new Oh Joy book!

Secrets to timeless style.

Looks like I need to switch up my news sources.

Spend money on experiences… not things.

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take five!

take five! | 25 | 2015 TGIF! We had a fun evening dining al fresco at one of our new favorite pizza spots and I left feeling tempted to get an early start on the weekend, but the weekly Friday errands await. Hope you have a great day and stick around for my take five!… {one} Thinking of trying this tassel DIY on my strappy heels.  {two} Swooning over this pretty pleated chiffon t-shirt dress… I think it needs a home in my closet. {three} Snow-cones, yes please! {four} It’s National Letter Writing Month and these cards are perfect to mail out! {five} Ever since I received a bouquet of Juliet garden roses from the husband for our 5th wedding anniversary, I’ve been obsessed.