Friday, March 9, 2018

Declutter Your Relationships & Social Network!

Declutter Your Relationships & Social Network!

One of the hardest things in life is letting go and that’s never easy, but it’s a vital step toward living a happy and prosperous life!

Relationships are like bank accounts. If you allow people in your life to make more emotional withdrawals than deposits, you will soon find yourself with negative equity. You need to know when it’s time to close the account!

The fact is there are certain people in our lives that just aren’t good for us. This includes family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and so on. We all know the types: people who drain our energy; people who make us feel bad when we hang out with them; people who criticize us simply because we think and operate outside of their comfort zone; people who quietly (but clearly) judge us simply for who we are or what we do; or the people who just plain turn any situation to their advantage by taking the victim role.

Love Yourself and Let Go of anyone holding you back from living a happy and prosperous life! No explanation nor justification necessary. Just let go!  

Ellie Lavender

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Sweet & Savory Mediterranean Tapas, Flat-breads, Tarts & Galletes

Hazelnut cilantro spread w/ shaved fennel, roasted red bell 
peppers, French radishes, capers & cherry tomatoes

Hazelnut cilantro spread with  toasted artichoke, 
olives & cherry tomatoes

Anju red pear w/ herbes de Provence flatbread

Persimmons & Fennel Flatbread w. Pomegranate seeds

Yellow squash & Tarragon Flatbread 

Lemon-Dill-Butter Been Spread on Pita Bread

Savory Beetroot Pistachio Spread

Savory Beetroot Pistachio Spread on Flatbread w/ baby spinach 
and black olives

Watermelon Fennel Salad

Fennel French Radishes Flatbread w/Zaatar spice &
Pomegranate seeds

Asparagus Chestnut Flatbread 

Persimmon Basil Lavender Tart

Rhubarb Orange Lavender Tart

Rhubarb Pear Pistachio Tart

Valentine's Artisan Chocolates

Plum Lavender Galette

Pear Fig Lavender Tart

Anju Pear Orange Lavender Tart

Chocolate Orange Lavender Tart

Pear Lavender Tartlet

Persimmon Chocolate Pistachio 

Persimmon Lavender Pistachio Tart

Artisan Chocolate

Plum Lavender Tart

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Promote Love & Sensuality in Your Life!

Your Valentine's Day Gift to Yourself! 

Make your bedroom clutter-free, serene and romantic to promote peaceful rest, enhanced love life and happy Relationships!

1.       Declutter your bedroom. Keep what’s essential and let go of any items that have no relevance to Serenity and Romance.
2.      Remove pictures, objects and art forms (from the past and present) that do not represent, invite, promote or attract Love, Unity and Sensuality.
3.      Keep work-related items such as electronics devices, bookshelves and work desk out of your bedroom. 
4.     Declutter your closets and donate items you haven't worn in six months to a year. 
5.      Bring tranquility into your bedroom by choosing calming colors such as light blue or soft lavender.
6.     Invest in high quality bedding with a solid pattern and soft, nourishing texture.
7.      Add light fragrant candles or essential-oil diffuser in your bedroom. The scent of Lavender induces relaxation. Rose and Jasmine scents promote Sensuality, Love and Romance.
8.     Promote Love and Sensuality in your life by adding books such as The Goddess' Guide to Love, the Art of Sensual Aromatherapy (or other love related books of your own liking) to your nightstands.

The goal is to invite serenity, love and sensuality into your life. Whether you are single or in a relationship shouldn’t matter!

Most of All, Be Awesome and Love Yourself Without Limits!

Ellie Lavender

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Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin Cfiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beetroot also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

This beautiful and colorful spread is super yummy, highly nutritious and very easy to make. It's wonderful with seeded baguette, wholegrain crackers, pita chips and veggies, too. It's even more delightful with a glass of fruity red wine such as Pinot Noir.  

You can enjoy it as a spread on sandwiches, pizza or flatbread and more (just let your culinary imagination go wild)! 

Ingredients (serving size 10):

3 medium red beetroots
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup toasted pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/5 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cumin seeds 
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
Few fresh dill sprigs 


Peel beetroots, wash and pad dry with paper towel. Chop into medium size pieces, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle of see salt and roast at 425 for 30-40 minutes. I roast beetroots in a pyrex glass dish loosely covered with parchment paper, which accelerates the cooking time. Remove beetroots from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes. 

In a food processor, combine roasted beetroots, walnuts, seal salt, olive oil, cumin seeds and garlic cloves. Process until roughly smooth. Add Meyer lemon rind and juice and process 3-4 more times. Place the mixture in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios, a few Meyer lemon rinds and a drizzle of olive oil.


Chef Ellie Lavender

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines (Vegan)!

A Valentine’s Day gift made with Lavender Love. 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your sweetie, celebrating with your friends, or planning the perfect 'Me Day' – nothing says Love like making a lavender-infused gift with your own creative hands.

Madeleines, the Classic French Tea Cakes are baked in special molds that give them a delicate shell shape. The name 'Madeleine' was given to these delightful tea cakes by Louis XV to honor his father in law' cook Madeleine Paulmier. 

Madeleines infused with divine organic culinary lavender flowers and heavenly Meyer lemon are truly delicious, very easy to make and a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift too. Madeleines are best eaten the day they're baked. Though 3-5 days old Madeleines are wonderful too, when dunked into coffee, espresso and even wine. However, you enjoy them, gift yourself with making some.  

Culinary Lavender Tip: always use high grade organic culinary lavender such as Pelindaba Lavender's organic culinary lavenderIt's sweet, aromatic and delightful, which will make your baked goods even heavenlier!

Ingredients: Makes 12 Madeleines

1/2 cup spelt pastry flour
2 Tbsp. almond flour 
1/3 cup sweet butter (dairy or non-dairy)
1 Tsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
2Tbsp. sugar
1 Tsp. organic culinary lavender (finely chopped)
1/3 cup almond milk


        Preheat oven to 375°F.
Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside.
Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
Using electric mixer or a mixing bowlat high speed beat spelt pastry flour, almond flour, sugar, almond milk, lemon juice and melted butter until the mixture is creamy and smooth. 
Add lemon zest and lavender flowers and beat for additional 2-3 minutes until they are well blended.
Spoon 1 Tbsp. batter into each mold.
Bake for 15-17  minutes , or until cakes are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertip.
Use the tip of the knife to loosen madeleines from pan if necessary; invert onto rack.  
Let it cool for 5-10 minutes if you want to eat them right away. For packaging as gifts, let them cool for at least an hour.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chef Ellie Lavender

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Feng Shui Your Office: Advance Your Career, Business and Make More Money!

The path to living a more Prosperous Life starts with a clutter-free, organized and mindfully (thoughtful and functional) designed work environment!

Positive energy, right people and opportunities will be drawn to you and your business when you exercise the Power of Feng Shui.

A More Productive, Successful and Rewarding Career and Business start with a single step.

Get Started Today! Apply these simple, yet effective and powerful Feng Shui Enhancements to your work environment and watch your success and prosperity amplified in amazing ways:

1.  Eliminate Clutter:
  • Clutter inhibits efficiency and productivity.
  • Clutter makes it difficult to concentrate and prioritize tasks and weakens the power of decision-making.
  • Ultimately Clutter limits paths to success and prosperity.
  • Declutter Your Work Environment.
2.   Assess Your Possessions - Ask yourself when looking at an item:
  • Do I need it or use it regularly?
  • Does it energize or inspire me?
  • Does it enhance my efficiency and productivity?
  • Does it contribute to my success and prosperity?
  • Let go of those items that don’t pass. 
3.  Evaluate Your Work Environment – Stand at the doorway of your work environment and analyze these areas:
  • Desk space – Keep what’s essential and let go of items that have no use or provide no benefit being there
  • Computer and communication devices – Declutter (get rid of useless apps & programs) and Organize (desktop icons, old emails and VMs) those, too.
  • Desk placement - Place yourself in the Power Position. Don’t sit with your back to the door. This is very  important.  
4.   Organize - Put everything in its logical place.
  • Set up Filing/Storage/Organization Systems that will enhance your efficiency and productivity.                            
  • Tackle Existing Paper Piles: Go Paperless and Store Electronically. 
5.   Get your career unstuck: Keep the underside of your desk completely clear.

6.    Add life energy: Bring in plants and fresh flowers.

7.    Add images that represent abundance, prosperity and wealth.

Exercise The Power of Daily Affirmations:

1.     I deserve the best in life
2.     I am ready to accept abundance
3.     I attract new income streams
4.     Money comes to me easily
5.     I choose to accept prosperity
6.     I am grateful for all of the good in my life

Bring Simplicity, Mindfulness, and Gratitude into Your Life!

Believe that anything is possible. Rejoice in that belief to create a more successful career and business.

Happy Decluttering!

Ellie Lavender

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

5 Types of People to Avoid & 5 Types of People to Surround Yourself With!

Happy Wisdom Wednesday! 

Jim Rohn is famous for saying, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with".

You become what you surround yourself with. It's true!

To succeed in life there are certain types of people you want to avoid, and other types you want to proactively seek out and hang with!

Do a little stocktake right now, using the lists below to check yourself...

5 Types of People to Avoid:

While we consciously choose to love and respect ALL people, even those who would purposely or accidentally drag us down, we can love them from a distance! Or at least deflect the unhelpful stuff they throw our way...

1. The Haters - that says it all. They hate on you and what you do. They say it in words or fire it at you with a look on their face. It is NOT about you. It's that they have such pain inside themselves, and it bursts out in your direction. Be sure to see their hate for what it is, and deflect it promptly!

2. The Sideline Judges - they judge you and may come across as quite well meaning, thriving on sharing their opinion about your choices. Yet, they sit on the sidelines of life, and have no skin in the game themselves! Remember what Theodore Roosevelt famously said... "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly..."

3. The Comrade Who Knows Best - like you, they are learning, growing and committed to being their best. But... unfortunately, they think they have it all figured out and keep telling you what you should do! As you know, we're all very unique and it's different strokes for different folks. So what works for them may not be what you need. Be grateful for their desire to help, but stay true to your own intuition.

4. The Old-School Thinkers - rigid in their world view, they think there is only one way to live and if you're not on that path, watch out! Whether it's that you "should" have one career and do it for your whole life, or whether it's that you should buy a house with a picket fence and have children, or whether it's that you should put your money only in certain investments... they are not open minded and cannot bear to see you free and making soul-led choices that are non-traditional or outside the "system" of society. Bless them, because they try to protect you, genuinely thinking it's safer if you adhere to what everyone has always done. But remember... if everyone jumped off a cliff, would you follow? Of course not! Make your own choices.

5. The Sympathizers - it's not that you need to avoid these lovely people, as much as avoid getting sucked into a pity party they host for you! When you face a challenge, they will show sympathy, cry with you, agree with your pain, agree with your issues, so that you don't feel alone. BUT... sympathy is not what you need. You want empathy, quickly followed by EMPOWERMENT. Which is why, you need...

5 Types of People to Surround Yourself With:

1. Listeners - They just listen. No judgement, no projection of their own personal views onto you. Just a listening space where you can freely express, being seen and heard. WOW... how awesome it feels when you meet a listener!

2. Acceptors - They accept you, just as you are. In the moments when you're a hot mess and making mistakes, they accept you. In the moments when you're flying high and rocking it out, they accept you. Human beings CRAVE acceptance. We love these people!

3. Seers of Truth - These people look beyond the surface level of life and beyond the surface level of you. They see the truth. They know the powerful soul you are. They know that you have what it takes to overcome ALL things and achieve your goals. They know what is meaningful and important, and what is not. And because of this, YOU will see truth because you are surrounded by them. And if you ever forget, they will point it out to you. True sight is priceless!

4. Way Makers - They light the path ahead. They go first, and check out what it's like to explore new territory. And, they are more than happy to share with you about the ins and outs, in raw honest detail. From them you learn, you receive inspiration and motivation, you see what is possible, and you go there too!

5. Empowerers - These love filled people thrive on lifting you up. Filled with positivity, always there to offer a motivating word or refreshing new perspective, they actively choose to see life differently to most people. They LOOK for the openings for personal power and the best way forward, for themselves and for everyone around them.

If you think you're the only one needing more good people in your life, you're not!

We see so many awesome people like you who are having to deal with other people's negativity, and lacking exposure to listeners, acceptors, seers of truth, way makers and empowerers.

Source: EvolveHQ'

Credit for this post goes to a wonderful chef friend of mine who is an amazing positive force in my life!

Ellie Lavender 

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