Last summer was a wonderful summer for the lavender in my garden. It bloomed and flourished and almost crowded out the roses next to it. No bother, I find those roses tedious anyway. It was such a lovely, lush, fragrant cloud of cooling silver-gray and blue, it inspired me to capture it for seasons ahead. And here is the product:
I made a beautiful batch of lavender jelly. I'd never made anything like it before, but had complete faith in my beautiful lavender, and it did not disappoint. Each time I open a jar, I am greeted with the sweet and spicy aroma of that fresh lavender. When you open your jar for the first time, you'll find a sprig of once-fresh lavender from my garden; remove it and proceed to enjoy this wonderfully flowery yet spicy jelly. No worries, my garden in completely chemical and pesticide free. I think this jelly is especially wonderful on a faintly lemon-flavored poppyseed muffin, but I'm sure you'll find your own favorite combinations.
You may also notice a hand-knitted washcloth there in the picture. That comes along with the jelly . . . just because. I really enjoyed knitting this, and hope you enjoy using it. It is 100% cotton and is completely usable as either a facecloth or even a dishrag -- that's how I use mine. It makes doing the dishes and wiping the counters so much more pleasant.
A little bit of lady-like indulgence is good for the soul. It can turn the mundane into something beautiful, even if only for a moment.
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