Monday, May 7, 2018

Happiness is a habit – cultivate it!


So many simple things you can do to cultivate happiness in your life and below are just a few:
  1. Appreciate life.
  2. Practice optimism.
  3. Express gratitude.
  4. Be a problem solver.
  5. Love yourself unconditionally.
  6. Do what you love & love what you do.       
  7. Choose friends and business associates/partners wisely
  8. Say No to people making demands 
  9. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in younot the stress in you.
  10. Consider your own happiness, because you deserve it.
  11. Mind your own business. 
  12. Whatever is holding you back from living a happy life, make peace with it and Let It Go.
Choose to be Happy!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Butternut Squash D’Anjou Red Pear & Ginger Soup Recipe!

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The beauty of homemade soups is that you can play around with the Ingredients to your liking. I use a varieties of seasonal vegetables and fruits when making soups!  

You can enjoy this delicious Tangy Creamy Butternut Squash, D ‘Anjou Red Pear and Ginger Soup hot or cold. In this recipe, pears are roasted to sweet perfection with butternut squash and pureed to create a creamy soup that gets a beautiful garnish of crushed pistachios and a drizzle of olive oil. The flavor is amazing!

Ingredients (serving size 4):

2 cups butternut squash, pic 1
1 cup d'anjou red pears, pic 1
2 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice, pic. 3
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rind, pic. 4
1 1/2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger, Pic. 4
1/2 cup hazelnut milk, pic. 6

Instructions: 

1. Cut butternut squash in half, remove seeds, peel skins and chop into medium size cubes, Pic.1
2. Cut pears  in half, remove core and chop into medium size cubes, Pic.1 
3. Roast butternut squash and pear with olive oil and sea salt at 400 for 20 minutes. Let it cool for 1 hour.
4. Rind one Meyer lemon and extract juice 
5. Grate enough ginger to make it for 1 1/2 tbsp.
6. Place butternut squash, pears, Meyer lemon rind and ginger in food processor, pic. 4
7. Process all ingredients until they are pureed, pic. 5
8. Add hazelnut milk, pic. 8 and process again until creamy, pic. 9
9. Place soup in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios and a drizzle of olive oil
10. You can enjoy this soup cold or hot (warm up the soup in a saucepan for a few minutes).

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Lily of the Valley Flowers Story!


Lily of the valley is the birth flower for the month of May and represents humility, sweetness, purity and is said to bring luck in love. It also means "the return of happiness" which is the reason why it is often used as decorations in weddings. 

The delicate, fragrant flowers of lily of the valley typically appear in early to mid-spring, and the plants bloom three to four weeks. In mild, coastal climates, they bloom from March to April. Lily of the valley can be grown indoors as a potted plant to bloom out of season.

On May 1st, in France, Lily of the Valley flowers are given as a token of love and affection. This tradition started on  May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity. 

Lily of the valley flowers are one my favorite flowers after lavender of course! No matter which flower you like, gift yourself with fresh flowers from your garden and potted flowers throughout your house. They generate good energy in your home and bring visual pleasure too!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Promote Abundance and Prosperity In Your Life!


In Feng Shui, the entryway to a house is considered "the mouth of Chi." When a house has plenty of good Chi coming in and the flow of energy is positive and harmonious, the people living in the house will experience heightened levels of abundance and prosperity.  

The entryway to your house sets the intention for the rest of your home. When you stand at your entryway, it should emanate beauty, vitality and abundance. The entryway is also the transition area where we come in from the outer to the inner world. Keep it clutter-free, beautiful and welcoming.

Make sure there is good lighting, use an inviting welcome mat and hang a seasonal wreath on your front door. 

Replace artificial plants and flowers (stagnant energy) with energy purifiers such as colorful fresh plants and radiant flowers. 

These few simple and practical actions will make the entryway to your home beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming. They will attract, promote and enhance abundance and prosperity into your life.

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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