Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lavender Design + Cuisine November Blog

Greetings and Happy November from Lavender Design + Cuisine, your source of Inspiration for Living Vivaciously!

My November Blog Offers: 3 Powerful Ways to Declutter Your Life, Artisan Chocolate & Wine Pairing Class and Persimmon Lavender Tart Recipe. Enjoy!

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I look forward to connecting with more of you on Social Media.

Yours in Harmony! 
Ellie Lavender

3 Powerful and Practical Ways to Declutter Your Life

1)  Declutter Your Mind: Don't allow negative thoughts take over your life. Instead, override them with positive ones. I know it's easier said than done, but it's do-able.  For example, as soon as a negative thought comes to your mind, say to yourself, I am not going there, been there, done that, I deserve a lot better and get going by doing something kind and nourishing for yourself.  Love Yourself!

2)  Declutter Your Home and Work Environments: Remove, recycle, donate, trash, sell and let go of items you don't need, use or even like. Clutter generates negative energy in the home and work environments and has a direct negative impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing. You deserve to live and work in a happy, positive and nourishing environment.  Let Go!

3)  Declutter Your Relationships: This is the most important and perhaps the hardest, but absolutely do-able. Identify negative and toxic people in your life by making a list. Then, come up with your own plan of letting them go.  Release!
Oftentimes we avoid cleaning out clutter or letting go because it feels overwhelming and we don’t know where to begin. Or maybe we need some inspiration and empowerment to get started.  Whatever it is that’s holding you back, my Declutter Your Life workshop will help you break past it. The workshop is on January 21, 2017 at Dearhaven Herbs & Flower Farm in magical Bonny Doon.  Registration is now open!

I look forward to seeing you there. Please contact me if you have questions.

Ellie Lavender

Artisan Chocolate and Wine Pairing Class                                                                           

Greetings Chocolate and Wine Lovers:

Organic culinary herbs, flowers (lavender included), candied orange peel, dried delicate fruits such as blueberry, freeze dried raspberry and fleur de sel, these amazing ingredients not only beautifully compliment chocolate, they are also perfect for making chocolate arts

In this hands-on vegan artisan chocolate and wine pairing class (limit 10 and as of today 7 seats available), you’ll make exquisite artisan chocolates (Valrhona dark chocolate from France) with your choice of the ingredients above, which we'll relish with a Chateau de Seguin Bordeaux Superior 2013, an amazing red wine from the south of France. We'll even raffle a bottle at the end of the class.

In addition, Skyler Li, the amazing young violinist will play Vivaldi for us! What a lovely treat!

You'll leave the class with samples of your artistic creations and a small bag of Provence organic culinary lavender. Chocolate boxes, ribbon, raffia and labels will be provided so you can beautifully package these exquisite chocolates as holiday gifts or for your own enjoyment.

When: Saturday, December 10th; 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Mountains, 25100 Skyland Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 (15 minute drive from downtown Los Gatos, 20 minutes from Soquel and 25 minute from Santa Cruz).
Class Fee: $75.00 p/p
Online registration, click here.   

I look forward to seeing you in class. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Chef Ellie Lavender

Testimonial: “Chef Ellie's chocolate making class with herbs and flowers specially lavender is simply amazing! Once I experienced the exotic taste and wonderful aroma of lavender in chocolate, it became my daily treat! Thank you Ellie for introducing me to culinary lavender and for the delicious and fun class! – Lisa, Saratoga

Persimmon Lavender Tart


Celebrate the change of season and jazz up your Thanksgiving dinner with my autumn-inspired Persimmon Lavender Tart. Click here for the recipe! 
Happy Baking!

Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving holiday!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner & Interior Designer
Vegetarian Mediterranean Personal Chef & Culinary Instructor
Email (831) 291-3935
Choose To Be Happy!

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