Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Dessert Recipe: Apple Cranberry Lavender Tart!

Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination, and adding organic culinary lavender flowers makes them even more wonderful. This is a vegan and gluten-free tart recipe. I recently discovered substituting butter with olive oil makes my recipes even better.  


3 Medium apples (washed, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1/2 Cup fresh cranberries
1/2 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
1/3 Cup honey
1 /2 Tsp. lavender flowers
1 Cup toasted slivered almonds
1 1/2 Cup instant oats 
1/2 Cup olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees
2. Sauté apples with olive oil (2 Tbsp.) on medium heat for 5 minutes, add cranberries, honey and Meyer lemon zest. Stir gently and put the mixture aside.
3. Process half of the almond in a food processor until coarsely chopped, add the oats, and process for another couple of minutes, transfer to a bowl, add olive oil and mix with hands.
4. Place the mixture in a tart shell and press it down to semi-firm
5. Spread the apples and cranberry mixture over the tart, sprinkle the rest of the almonds and lavender flowers.
6. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and let it cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Enjoy it with a glass of wine, a cup of tea, coffee, a scoop of vanilla gelato or just by itself.

3 Powerful and Practical Ways to Declutter Your Life!

A fantastic way to start 2018 is to Declutter Your Life in 2017!

Here is how:

1) Declutter Your Mind: Don't allow negative thoughts to take over your life. Instead, override them with positive and uplifting ones. 

2) Declutter Your Home and Work Environments: Remove, recycle, donate, trash, sell, do whatever is needed to let go of anything that you don't need, use or even like. Less is more! Clutter generates negative energy and has a direct negative impact on your physical and emotional health. You deserve to live and work in a happy, positive and nourishing environment. 

3) Declutter Your Relationships: This is the most important and probably the hardest, but doable and you can do it. Identify negative and toxic people in your life by making a list. Then, come up with a plan and start the letting go process.  No explanation nor justification necessary, just do it. 

Let go of anything and anyone holding you back from living a happy life and prosperous life!
Love Yourself!

Happy Decluttering!

Ellie Lavender

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Cranberry, Rose petal, Cardamom and Orange Chutney Recipe!

Take a Trip To Heaven! 

Make Cranberry, Rose petal, Cardamom and Orange Chutney for your holiday dinner table! This gorgeous and colorful condiment beautifully complements roasted veggies, desserts, ice cream and literally everything! It makes a wonderful holiday gift too.



2 Cups organic fresh cranberries
1 Cup fresh orange juice
1/2 Cup chopped candied orange peel
1 Tsp. Rose Petals
1 Tsp. Crushed cardamom pods
1/2 Sugar


Combine all ingredients in a pot and let is simmer for 30-45 minutes over low heat. Stair a few times very gently so that cranberries will remain uncrushed! Remove from the stove and chill overnight before serving!  

Happy Holidays.

Ellie Lavender

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