Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tis the season....

I think I am back to blogging on a regular basis! :) The last three months I was attending a few classes at the local college including an herb class that I just love! So, much of my spare time was taken up by homework! My last piece of homework is for my herb class. I am currently working on a very large herb chart. I will be painting pictures of each herb I describe in the chart along with the botanical name, uses, etc. I hope it turns out good enough to frame later! I still have to turn it in before the start of winter session. In our last class the instructor brought us all the most delicious topping for vanilla ice cream...a sort of blueberry, orange and lavender compote! It was delicious! Different, I must admit but still VERY good. I'll include the recipe below if anyone is interested. :)

So, I am ready to start baking, crafting and enjoying the holidays!

Until then...a little cozy picture for your enjoyment. I've dressed the townhome with a little holiday cheer. Emma is certainly enjoying laying on the cozy couch by the fire. :)

Here's that delicious ice cream topping recipe! Enjoy! It's so easy to make.

Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream Topping

1 1/2 lbs frozen blueberries
20 stalks of lavender if you still have fresh lavender around - just need the tops of each stalk (the lavender buds) - this can be optional if you don't have access to fresh lavender buds
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of orange flavored liqueur

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add sugar and dissolve. Add orange liqueur and bring to a boil again. Add blueberry and lavender buds and return to a boil. Put in refrigerator until cold and serve over ice cream!

How easy is that? :)


Terry said...

Howdy Michelle
Oh wow thank you for sharing this easy to do topping .
I like easy and simple .
Love the photo have a fabulous rest of the weekend !
Until next time
Happy Trails

TheBlakkDuchess said...

What an awesome sounding class! =D
Emma does indeed look quite cozy & happy. ^-^
I can't wait to try this topping... It sounds tasty!


Tracey said...

Michelle,, love the recipe for the Lavender sauce!! Sounds very unusual... Your home is looking cozy and wonderful and the kitties seems to be enjoying it!! Hope you are having a blessed Holiday season and glad your back!

Chatelaine said...

Cozy and warm photo! Wow, Emma is a baby no longer.

Your herb class sounds like fun. I have been thinking about taking a class just for fun next year. One of my resolutions.

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Such a pretty picture Michelle! It looks so cozy! Glad you're enjoying your holidays and that recipe looks yummy! You'll have to teach me all about herbs, I have no clue except for the top 5 or so lol :)

Happy Holidays sweetie!

Hugs, Cynthia

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Michelle! Your townhouse looks cozy and merry! Emma looks like she's quite content.

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

Yay, you're back! Your class sounds wonderful; I've always wanted to learn more about herbs. It'll be my turn to take off next month when I take another writing class.

Joy said...

That is such a lovely, warm, relaxing photo. A 'put up your feet, snuggle, and drink hot chocolate' photo. Neat.