We have quite a few hundred lavender bushes planted on the farm…looking pretty in purple and smelling glorious right now.
With the country fair coming up, I've been thinking of the farm produce we can offer alongside apples, olive oil and wine…and with lavender in such abundance, thought it would be a pity not to make good use of it.
Every evening I can be seen with my basket tucked under my arm clipping away at the lavender and hardly making a dent but filling the basket to the brim. Its been so easy to dry it in the sunshine here…and my house and patio smell quite heavenly…
well, until Bailey makes an appearance after a swim!
I made these little pouches by attaching a button on one side, then sewing along 3 sides of some fabric scraps RST, turning them out & then filling them up with dried loose lavender…and invisible stitching the fourth side closed - my technique leaves a lot to be desired.
I love how these look in a glass sweetie jar…scrumptious...
There's been a lot of baking and absolutely zero very little posting going on around here but that's about to change.
We've been busy getting ready to host a food and gift show on the farm with exhibitors from all over the Western Cape joining us over two weekends…from coffee and food trucks to gorgeous gifts and pamper products there will be many special handcrafted items on offer. We are offering kids' entertainment including pony and tractor rides so that mum can browse the stalls while the kids stay happily distracted and dad can have a wine or craft beer tasting while looking out over the beautiful views.
I've been putting together a range of these cute cup cake toppers…complete with pretty handmade Incomparable buttons.
There were no cupcakes in the house to use for display so I resorted to using this scrumptious banana choc chip muffin.
Macarons - these humble morsels have a reputation for reducing grown women to tears…both the women tearing their hair out doing the baking and those doing the tasting.
I've never really been a fan of the store bought variety (despite having ample opportunity to taste the real deal while living in France for a year.) For some reason they never really captured my imagination - or my taste buds for that matter.
That is, until a friend came over for dinner last week and brought a batch she had made…to say I was bowled over is an understatement.
They were so soft and light, seemingly completely insubstantial, yet packing a punch of chewy sweet delicious lingering flavour…I was smitten…and once they were sob finished, I had to have more…immediately!
Louise mentioned the Ottolenghi recipe so I did a quick search which came up with a few different options as well as instructions and oven temperatures that varied quite widely.
After a few experiments, I've found a combination that works well with my oven.
Easter weekend is happening so late this year that it almost feels as though it must have been and gone already…and instead of being super prepared with all the extra planning time, I've fallen behind in my Easter preparations…just as well then that these pretty paper gift pockets are so quick and easy to make.
They are perfect for filling with small Easter treats and placing at each table setting or filling a basket at the door for guests to take one home with them as they leave.
You can whip these together while sitting in front of the TV…you might have to invite a few more guests to Easter though, as they're just so easy to make!
Use the template below or draw up your own using a triangle the size you require. Then draw two equal sized triangles next to the middle one…leaving a small triangle at the top for a fold over flap.
Fold over on the lines, glue the two opposite sides down together, fill with homemade goodies, close the flap and secure it with a cut out shape of paper and embellish it with the cutest Easter-themed buttons from our catalog.