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Lavender & Lemon Balm Popsicles #RecipeInBloom

By |May 2nd, 2023|

These herbal popsicles are flavored with Lavender and Lemon Balm and are easy to make. Lavender and lemon balm are relaxing, stress reducing, and good for the digestive system. Interestingly, Lavender flower meanings include faith, love, and protection, but also distrust. Here’s how to make them…” Continue Reading

Lavender Bitters Recipe – Lavender Blanc #FlowerCocktailHour

By |April 18th, 2023|

My friend Kim Carson joins me to make lavender bitters the recipe is easy- and takes a little time- so we walk through that process- rather than do it LIVE... the great news is that you NOW have lavender bitters- that are shelf stable- and you can use them to make lots of interesting flower cocktails- or low proof mocktails. Continue Reading

Lavender Blueberry Spritzer Mocktail – #FlowerCocktailHour

By |January 26th, 2023|

Simple Syrup is basically sugar and water combined and then used to sweeten beverages with alcohol, or even just to add flavor to soda water. Additional ingredients can be added to create different flavors. Today I am making a simple syrup flavor with Lavender and Blueberries.” It’s a perfect way to create a Lavender Blueberry Spritzer mocktail- (a cocktail without any booze)… and you can create simple syrups with many different kinds of herbs or fruits… you can make your own decisions- and try out some new combinations… I hope you enjoy this recipe! Continue Reading

Lavender Martini Arrangement!

By |April 24th, 2022|

Many Times you see an arrangement on “Life in Bloom” on my Public Television Show…that I don’t make on the show. I think it’s important to show you how EVERY arrangement is created, even when it’s a small prop arrangement for a Flower Cocktail Hour Segment. So today, this At Home with Flowers shows

Lavender Martini- #FlowerCocktailHour

By |May 9th, 2021|

I love to infuse vodka with flavors - especially flower flavors. This cocktail includes a Lavender vodka that I had infused with Lavender from the garden…the Lavender Martini- is tasty and beautiful too! You can Substitute lavender vodka for Plain Vodka- if you wish- to tone down the Lavender Flavor. It's also Possible to substitute a Lavender Flower Elixir to make non- alcohol version instead too... you can always have Fun with flowers- and be Creative! Continue Reading

Episode 208- All About Lavender!

By |July 4th, 2020|

Episode 208- All About Lavender

Host J Schwanke explores all things lavender in this episode of Life in Bloom. We can relax and rejuvenate with Lavender plantings, or hand crafted soaps, you’ll learn to make a Vintage dried lavender bottle, and delight your taste buds with a honey lavender cheesecake— it’s time for us to

Katie Kuipers and Leche & Lavender

By |July 1st, 2020|

Katie Kuipers and Leche & Lavender

I met Katie- at the Fulton Farmer’s Market- she was there selling the Most AMAZING Soap- and one of the things you need to know about Leche & Lavender Soap- is the Goat’s Milk Aspect… when you’re washing your hands- frequently- your hands can get rough- chapped or even

Lavender Collins- #Flower Cocktail Hour!

By |July 1st, 2020|

Lavender Collins- #Flower Cocktail Hour
Lavender and Lemon appear in this refreshing Lavender Collins Cocktail- that’s easy to make- and beautiful to serve!


Gin- I prefer Monkey 47- Schwarzwald Dry Gin for this recipe… plus it has a Monkey on the Label.. and it’s a cut little bottle!
Fresh Squeeze Lemon Juice
Lavender Floral Elixir – You can

Lavender Cheesecake- Recipe in Bloom!

By |July 1st, 2020|

Lavender Cheesecake- Recipe in Bloom!
This Instant Cheesecake Recipe is easy- and adding a subtle Lavender flavor is not only delicious- it creates an eye-catching presentation.

Ingredients: Instant Cheesecake Boxed Recipe Lavender Extract- I prefer the Lavender Floral Elixir- you can order it here! Lavender Maple Syrup- I get a Michigan-made Syrup from my local specialty

Lavender Pork Loin- #Recipe in Bloom

By |May 1st, 2020|

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- the Pork from Crane Dance Farm- and my friends Mary and Jill is Amazing! Whether it’s pork chops, ground pork sausage, pork porterhouses, or pork loin roasts.

This recipe is one of my favorites- because it combines two things I love- a Crane Dance Pork Loin