We are in full swing of summer and I am devoting a full week toward some fun summertime posts. Let’s get started, shall we….
The Summer 2016 collection from Dolce & Gabbana includes the Italian is Love campaign where citrus takes over part of the collection featuring clothing, shoes and accessories in the bold lemon pattern (shown left). I immediately became excited for the summer season after seeing the release of this vibrant collection a few months back at the Dolce and Gabbana boutique. The fact that I was looking forward to Summer is still shocking and worth mentioning because it is actually my very least favorite time of the year. I think seeing the beautiful limoni print must have brought on the anticipation and promise of summer fun.
A fresh squeezed glass of lemonade is the classic All-American summertime beverage and I love the idea of hosting a gathering in the garden with a pitcher of lemonade. If you plan on hosting a garden party, or any other summertime event for that matter, why not serve up a few glasses of refreshing lemonade, or better yet, a glass of lavender lemonade.
The Meyer Lemon tree we bought last summer is starting to fruit. Lemons have budded (shown left) and I check on them frequently to see how they are progressing. It’s a simple pleasure but something I take great pride in. I feel like such a proud mama! When our lemons are ready I will definitely be giving the following lavender lemonade recipe from Victoria Magazine a try. It’s always so rewarding to use something from your own garden and this simple recipe is something I think I can manage.
- When sugar is melted, remove from heat, and add 3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender. Let stand for at least 10 minutes (The flavor will intensify the longer the lavender steep.) Let cool completely.
- Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container, and refrigerate. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.