Saturday, July 12, 2014

Refreshing Lavender Lemonade

lavender lemonade

The weather forecast says 90ยบ in Seattle for this week...yes in Seattle! Here is a refreshing
Lemonade recipe with lavender to cool you off a hot summer day.  I actually prefer lavender leaves to the flowers; the herbaceous camphor like flavor compliments the lemon  and give the drink a super fresh taste instead of a sweet flowery taste. I also love lemonade with mint, rosemary or a combination. You can adapt the recipe easily to use with Crystal Lite or Costco makes a great lemonade you can add the herbal mixture to! I like to add berries for color.

 Lavender Lemonade

6-8 sprigs lavender flowers with stems
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3/4–1 cup white sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
Handful of blueberries or raspberries for color if desired
10 lemons
2 Tbsp. water
6 cups cold water

Place lavender and berries in a bowl,  pour boiling water over and steep for 5 minutes. Strain the lavender, stir the sugar into the lavender water to dissolve, then pour into a pitcher over ice. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice into the pitcher, add cold water and stir.  Adjust sweetness and lemon strength accordingly. Garnish with a few fresh lavender sprigs, a berry and enjoy!

herbal lemonade

Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe? Comments welcomed :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Handmade Button Jewelry by BluKatDesign on Etsy

Handmade button jewelry

Who doesn't love buttons? I love both vintage and modern buttons and have a collection of both! They are perfect little jewels to repurpose and add to necklaces, earrings or even magnets! From a chunky statement necklace made with vintage mother of pearl buttons to modern hoop earrings or dangling button cluster earrings, you will find a wide variety of unique colorful upcycled button jewelry at BluKatDesign on Etsy!

Modern Button Hoop Earrings

vintage button pendants
Repurposed Vintage Button Pendants

button statement necklace
Vintage Button Statement Necklace with Zipper Flower

Vintage Inspired Passionista
Vintage Inspired Passionista with  BluKatDesign Upcycled Button Earrings

button cluster earrings
Dangling Button Cluster Earrings

stacked button earrings
Stacked Button Dangle Earrings

button stud earrings
Button Stud Earrings

chunky button necklace
Chunky Vintage Mother of Pearl Button Necklace

button dangle earrings
This is me wearing one of my favorite pairs of button earrings!

button magnets
Button Magnets

vintage button jewelry

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