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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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Moroccan Rainbow Carrots Recipe!





Moroccan Rainbow Carrots Recipe!

Organic Roasted Rainbow Carrots (great substitutes for potatoes) are full of flavors, delicious, highly nutritious and simply divine. This beautiful and colorful dish infused with zaatar Moroccan spices is very easy to make, wonderful by itself or with Lemon-Saffron Millet Pilaf. It's even more delightful with a glass of red wine.  

Ingredients (serving size 2-4):
1 pound rainbow carrots
1/2 Cup slivered almonds
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
1 Tsp. Moroccan spice zaatar 
1/5 Tsp. sea salt
1/3 Cup olive oil

Instruction: 
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
2. Peel carrots, wash and damp dry to remove moisture. 
3. Cut into 2 inch strips. 
4. In a bowl mix carrots, almonds and cranberries with the sea salt, zaatar spice and olive oil until lightly coated.
5. Spread the carrots  evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 

Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef

Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Simplify Your Life!


Simplify Your Life!

Living simply results in a rewarding lifestyle because it’s based on mindful consumption.  Simplicity is a call to experience inner richness and show gratitude for the things we already have rather than constantly struggling to acquire more and more stuff, which we don’t need. Excess not only results in mind and environmental clutter, but it also inhibits paths to happiness and prosperity.

As an experiment, try living for a month without purchasing anything non-essential. Chances are you will realize that you don't need to constantly acquire new things to be perfectly happy.

Living mindfully leads to a lifestyle of gratitude. The idea of “less is more” is never more applicable than when living simply. When making do with less, the attitude of gratitude
naturally extends into all areas of life, including being grateful for life itself.

Happy Simplifying!

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

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Recipe of the month: Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread!




Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

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 red wine. You can also enjoy it as a spread on sandwiches, pizza or flatbread and more! Please click here for the recipe.   

Enjoy!


Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine
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About me!


Greetings!

My name is Ellie Lavender, founder & CEO of Lavender Design + Cuisine. I'm also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Interior Designer, Culinary Instructor, Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef and Artisan Chocolatier. 

My journey to the creation of Lavender Design + Cuisine began in 2011. That was when decided to leave high tech sales after a 20-year career and pursue my lifelong dream. Since then, it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I'm immeasurably grateful to be able to do what I love thanks to my wonderful clients and students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.

I love empowering you to enhance the quality of your life by creating inspiring and harmonious living and working environments, and by offering Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. 

Contact me to arrange for a 30-minute phone consultation to take the first step. 

Ellie Lavender 
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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What my happy clients are saying......


What my happy clients are saying......

”Initially we felt insecure about changes in our home and home office, but Ellie inspired us to rise above small worries and approach change with practical solutions and optimism. Thank you, Ellie, for helping us to make our home and home office clutter-free, organized and harmonious! We love it!” Maggie and Steve, Los Gatos

"We hired Chef Ellie as our personal chef six years ago and can't imagine our lives without her gourmet, nourishing amazingly beautiful and delicious foods. She is a pleasure to work with and is always willing to cater our events even on short notice. We absolutely love her and highly recommend her." Sue & Michael, Saratoga

“Ellie helped me to declutter and organize my office. It was a total mess. The result has been very rewarding. I am now more focused on my job and actually enjoy working in my home office, instead of wasting time and getting frustrated.” Steve, Santa Cruz

“Thank you Ellie for the inspiring workshop. It was beyond my expectations!!! Not only did we learn some great tools for tackling the clutter, but also the core blocks of letting go. I appreciate all the special touches, delicious gourmet treats, sachets, and 1:1 personal connection. Ellie, you’re a true gem. Thank you!” Kim, Santa Cruz

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Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
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Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Culinary Services


Greetings!

My name is Ellie Lavender and I’m a vegan Mediterranean personal chefculinary instructor and artisan chocolatierMy journey to the creation of Lavender Design + Cuisine began in 2011. That was when decided to leave high tech sales after a 20-year career and pursue my lifelong dream. Since then, it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I'm immeasurably grateful to be able to do what I love thanks to my wonderful clients and students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.

I offer the following culinary services throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay:

v     Personal Chef Services featuring the preparation of organic, seasonal, local and sustainable Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean gourmet cuisine.  I will create delicious meals tailored to your personal taste right in your kitchen. 

v     Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Catering for all occasions (up to 50 people).

v     Private In-Home Cooking Classes: If you would like to host a Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Cooking (4-course meal: appetizer, entrĂ©e, salad and dessert, plus wine) and Wine Pairing Class in your home (minimum 5 people, maximum 10), I'll come to your home to guide you and your group, through a fun day of cooking right in your very own kitchen. The 4-hour class fee is $150.00 p/p and includes a bottle of wine! As the host, you’ll be rewarded in two ways: your attendance will be free and I'll throw in a lovely bottle of wine.

v     Chocolate Making Event for birthday parties for children 10 years and up (minimum 5 children, maximum 10). In this very hands-on event at your venue, children will make chocolate arts, which are organic, vegan and sugar free.  They’ll get to try their chocolate arts and even gift wrap some of their lovely handmade creations in exquisite packaging provided by me. Parties start at just $175.00 for 5 children (each additional child is $35), which includes everything necessary to have a super fun time that is ideal for photo and video memories.

v     Culinary Team Building-Corporate Cooking Classes: Hands-on interactive culinary team building classes are a fun and effective way to create employee bonding experiences. The classes encourage teamwork, enhance communication, and foster camaraderie all in a delightful and delicious environment. I will custom design a menu to accommodate your goals and budget.  

Plus, all registered students in my culinary classes will receive a one-time 10% discount offer on cooking, baking items and all items available in the Toque Blanche store located in downtown Santa Cruz and on their website. The discount code will be provided in each class.

I look forward to bringing you the joy of Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean cuisineContact me to arrange for a 30-minute phone consultation to take the first step.

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

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Feng Shui and Interior Design Services!



Greetings!

Your home is your sanctuary. It represents you and your inner-self. When you mindfully design inspiring living and working environments based on the principles of Feng Shui, you'll cultivate and enhance love, health, happiness and prosperity in your life!

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? You’ll take this idea from a dream to reality with me by your side.

Your Personalized 3-Steps Plan will include:

Step 1 Home, office and goals assessment
Step 2 Decluttering and organization plans
Step 3 Feng Shui and interior design enhancements

What is Feng Shui and why is it important?

Feng Shui is the art of arranging your home and work environments to enhance the flow of positive energy (chi), love, health, happiness and prosperity in your life.  When energy flow is stagnant or obstructed (i.e. clutter), it can have a direct negative impact on your life! If you have found that your environment doesn’t make you feel good or bring forth happiness, productivity and prosperity, there’s likely an obstruction of energy flow that needs to be addressed.   

Decluttering is the all important first step in the Feng Shui process! If energy (chi) can't flow freely, nothing else can begin to improve! The next step is the organization, which will bring clarity and empowerment. Lastly, the application of Feng Shui principles will cultivate and enhance balance, harmony, love, happiness and prosperity. 

Inspired Kitchen Transformation Story! 

“Ellie helped us to transform our cluttered and disorganized kitchen into a wonderful gathering and entertaining space! We started by decluttering our fridge, pantry, cabinets and counters. We discarded all the stained and chipped dishes and glasses and got rid of broken appliances and expired food items. We brought in a container of herbs, fresh flowers and a basket of lemons from our garden, which added life and color to the kitchen. These simple steps have completely transformed our kitchen. Not only do we love the good feeling and energy in there, but we now cook more often. We truly enjoy spending time together in our beautiful kitchen over meals and especially for coffee in the morning! Thank you so much, Ellie, for your practical and creative solutions." Sofia and Marco, Capitola

Contact me to arrange for a 30-minute phone consultation to take the first step. 

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