November 14, 2011

Smell the Lavender

An old saying goes something like this : every taste and every smell tells a tale...
OK then, dear friend , if you close your eyes and let the scent tell you where you are , which fragrance would whisper in your head " You are in Provence , dear, you are in Provence ..."
Call it a lack of imagination, but I can only thing of LAVENDER. Right, lavender !
Instantly, this calming smell brings me to a Sought France Provence scenery of a pale purple rolling field envelops an old tiny medieval house which remains alone in the middle... and I feel like getting back on my old bike, peddling as fast as I can through these endless lavender fields - the lavender-laced wind is all over my face, nothing in front of me, only the horizon...

We all know that the smell of lavender has significant effects on our moods, but an article in Psychology Today claims that it is finally being recognized for activating our memory, helping us make pleasant associations and alloying our minds to travel freely in time .

What a magical power !

 So , are you coming with me 
or you are already there?

France seems to be  the choice of destination these days in the blog land; many of my blogger friends have been blogging and have just come from there, posting amazing photos and sharing wonderful experiences. I got genuinely inspired by this French fever and because I will not have a chance to travel to France any time soon ( who knows ), I decided to take delight in this enchanting and alluring place by simply " SMELLING the LAVENDER "...

by losing myself in its magic ...

Do you remember "Practical Magic", the movie ( not so genius, though ) or the book about those two sister witches who carried the family curse - the man they fall in love with will die tragically;
yet, you probably wouldn't  recall one of the famous saying of Sally Owen:

"Can love really travel back in time and heal a broken heart? I'd like to think so. But there are some things I know for certain: always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, 
and fall in love whenever you can".

Also if you were in Provence, you may notice that it had be the absolute norm to spoon a few dried lavender flowers ( Hebres de Provence ) in your dishes. So, I've just did it, simple as it is - put dried organic lavender flowers into milk in order to prepare all the ingredients needed for a simple lavender cupcake recipe as I promised to follow Melanie's ( My Union Jack) advice : if you find yourself craving your own taste of Provence ( oh , tell me about it ) these are more than worth the effort. Be warned thought, you will be booking a flight to Marseille before you know what hit you!

Frankly, I have never tried lavender-infused cupcakes before, but what can be a better time for it than NOW. It is a recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and you can find it HERE .
It is easy to make and what a divine result you will have! There is no doubt you will see yourself in Provence enjoying these sweethearts with a glass of rose - why not .

If a trip to Provence is not in our immediate future, that doesn't mean we can't indulge in these fabulous lavender cakes with a very delicate lavender taste.
 The old saying is correct as always -
we just have to be sure to STOP and SMELL the flowers LAVENDER .
"We are only here for a short time" 
( W. Hagen)

P. S.  As the Holidays approach, I thought what can be the better gift for our neighbours and friends than a magical smell and taste of lavender-infused cupcakes that tells a tale !? And why not adding a DIY stamped lavender sachet like the one that I made by the pure linen fabric given to me by my granny, filled with  an organic lavender. 


Place these sweet delicious treasures in a box, write the ingredients and the recipe in a card 
and knock on your neighbour's door!


There are some things I know for certain : the simple pleasures are the precious moments .

THANK YOU for reading and sharing your thoughts !

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  1. A lovely moment in
    my hectic day! I actually
    dab lavender essential
    oil on my wrist before bed
    each night and inhale a
    lavender sachet that I keep
    in my nightstand.....I find
    it to be very soothing : )
    I have never eaten it, though,
    so this is inspiring, as are
    your photos, Sylvia!

    Happy Monday,
    xx Suzanne

  2. What a lovely post with gorgeous photos!


  3. such a gorgeous post from top to bottom :) i adore lavender, funny i don't think provence,i think home, mine... its a standard in ca too, i have many hedges on my hillside and adore bruising it everytime i pass the garden. i think i have something in bloom everyday of the year, its just a constant in my life, so many colors, heights and bloomtimes, with that fabulous frangrance... and taste, i too love to cook with it :) again, beyond gorgeous post, makes me want to dash out in the garden and start baking~

  4. *sigh....*! There's never enough lavender in my life. Thanks for the wonderful trip to Provence tonight. :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. I think it's time to take the lavender out of the bathroom and set it on my nightstand. Then I can fall asleep dreaming of Provence!

    Gorgeous pictures, Sylvia!!


  6. Beautiful, beautiful photos! I love lavender, grow it, display it around the house and often sleep with it under my pillow. Sweet dreams...

  7. This post is a feast for the eyes! Every photo is so, so lovely...magazine worthy! I'd like to ask two things, is any lavender edible or only certain kinds? Also, I'd love to know you camera gear and editing advice.

  8. This is one of the sweetest and prettiest posts I have read in quite a while. Lovely, really. Your photos and the cupcakes are amazing. I love lavender. It is relaxing and so clean smelling. I love that quote from Practical Magic, too.

    THe presentation of your cupcakes in the beautiful box is stunning.

    Ricki Jill

  9. Ah, you've done it again, Sylvia. Another simple, gorgeous, loving post. Popping over to visit you is always such a treat!

  10. I enjoyed looking over your wonderful photos! The cupcakes look so good!

  11. this looks fabulous! Love the little sachet too and the cupcakes! I baked pears with lavender and cream cheese not too long ago, it was delicious:

  12. I always feel like I've opened a beautiful magazine when I visit~ what a treat! Lavender doesn't like the soil here so it is hard to find but I would love to have some to enjoy for the wonderful fragrance & some culinary creations. Your mosaic & cupcakes are stunning!

  13. Love Lavender and use it all the time. My mom loved lavender and always said it relaxed her. This is the one beautiful thing in life that will always be a favorite.

  14. What a lovely post, definitely love the scent of lavender :) Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays

  15. Oh what JOY...I love your sweet little packages filled with such delightful treats. Lavender is one of my favourite things! xox
    Pretty images.

  16. To receive such a beautiful present as yours must be a joy! Your cupcakes look lovely! I like the lavender colour of the icing. So pretty!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog :-)

    Happy Sunday,


  17. Darling one,

    Let me tell you, this is my favorite flower and I have it all around my home. Whenever I walk into a room, I remember my beloved France. When I was in the South of France, I saw fields of it and I could have thought I had reached my heaven...on earth! AND I have used in it my PIZZA SAUCE and it is wonderful. WHAT LOVELY AND FABULOUS PHOTOS YOU TAKE!!!!!!!

    You have swept me away....thank YOU for your visit! Anita

  18. Dearest Sylvia,
    I am going to say a little bonjour to darling Anita!
    This post is so SO beautiful!
    I, too, love lavender..and have always planned to bake with it. I must, I must!! :)
    I guess the olfactory memory is supposed to be strongest, so no wonder. Let me tell you, your exquisite posts can take us away to a little slice of virtual heaven on earth, that's for sure.
    Thank you for the beauty!

    Hugs across the miles,
    - Irina

  19. You would certainly be a welcome neighbour at my door with such a delightful presentation of cupcakes! I found one lone sprig of lavender in my garden a couple of days ago. Quite a brave little bloom for November, I thought.
    Like so many others, I love lavender and know it can be used for culinary purposes, but have yet to do so. Next year!

  20. Hello Sylvia,

    What lovely pictures! Glad you've also found yourself getting a touch of "French fever!" ;-) (Thank you for the shout out by the way!)

    Isn't it amazing how lovely the cupcakes smell when fresh baked?? Yours turned out absolutely gorgeous.



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