Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Clutter-Free Social Media: How to Clean Up Your Social Media Life?

You know that sigh of relief you breathe when you finish cleaning your house? That same feeling can be achieved by cleaning up your social media accounts. Just like when your home is a mess and you can’t find anything, the stress of an over-cluttered social media experience can be overwhelming. With an increase in social media accounts, posts, and audiences, there are accompanying increases in decisions that need to be made—similar to when your home is stuffed with knick knacks, your desk is piled with papers, or your bedroom floor is covered in clothes. Do I read this post? Do I need to wash this shirt? Should I share this with my followers? Can this junk mail be thrown out? These mental decision-making moments induce a similar brand of stress that being surrounded by mess can cause.
The solution to this chaos is found in organization. When thinking about cleaning up and organizing your social media presence, you should consider all areas of your online presence that could do with some tidying up. You will probably find it helpful to declutter the social media accounts you’re following, as well as streamlining your own social media presence to impact your overall strategy and goals for stress-free social. Click here for more.
Happy Decluttering!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pear Lavender Tart Recipe

Take a trip to Provence, the land of heavenly lavender!

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Bartlett pear and lavender are in abundance and they make a heavenly tart! This is a very lovely summer recipe, absolutely divine by itself, though lovelier with a shot of espresso, a cup of earl grey tea, a glass of pinot noir wine, or lemon gelato.
1.        3 large Bartlett pears
2.       3/4 cup heavy cream  
4.      1 1/2 cup spelt pastry flour
5.       1 1/4 stick sweet butter
6.      5 Tbsp. sugar
7.       1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
8.    1/2 Tsp. Meyer lemon juice
8.      1/4 Tsp. organic culinary lavender petals (finely chopped) 
9.      1/4 Tsp. organic culinary lavender petals to sprinkle on the bottom of the pan 

1.        Preheat oven to 400 F  
2.       Melt 1 stick of sweet butter and let it cool for 10 minutes
3.       In a bowl, mix spelt pastry flour, 3 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 Tsp. finely chopped organic culinary lavender, Meyer lemon zest, juice and cooled butter. Stir gently and put aside.
5.       Use some of the 1/4 butter left to cover a tart or cheesecake pan, sprinkle the remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar and 1/4 lavender petals. 
6.      Wash the pears, cut in half, removes the center and thinly slice. Arrange the pears on the bottom of the pan, like pic 1.
7              7.      Cut the remaining of the 1/4 butter into small pieces and scatter over the pears, pic. 1
8.      Pour the wet ingredients over the pear (pic 2.) and bake for about 15-18 minutes. Once the top is a lightly golden (Pic.3), remove from oven and let it cool for 15 minutes.
10.    Use a soft knife to separate the tart from the pan and flip it over on a dish, like Pic 4.

 Happy Baking
Ellie Lavender
Vegetarian Mediterranen Chef