How pleasant it is to take in the delightful scents of the garden as we mingle in good company! Welcome all to the very first Garden Party in the Garden of Roses and Lilies! Welcome to the Carnival of Yum!!!
This is a very special day for our Garden Party! It is the feast of the Assumption! What better way to honor Our Dear Holy Mother than with this very special recipe from Jennifer at S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen !
"A dessert that is "cool and creamy and refreshing. Deliciously delicate, piled cloud-like around a brilliant blue daisy, a towering triumph, reminding us of Mary’s quiet accomplishments."
At Family Food for Feast and Feria you will find so many wonderful ways to delight in the abundance of tomatoes!! There is nothing like a freshly picked garden tomato from Jenn’s garden! It’s bouquet stands on it’s own!!
It is time to celebrate with Elizabeth Foss at Kitchen Comforts with Yum, Yum, Summertime! Elizabeth has prepared an easy yummy munchable treat and drink that will be sure to satisfy and…. there is something special for the older more discerning crowd. Please have a seat Elizabeth and allow us to wait on you!
This dear elegant lady from Family Centered Living
honors Our Lady with these yummy treats!…Thank you Nissa!!
Pink Lemonade (1 gal)
2 cups freshly squeezed (or bottled) lemon juice
2 cups organic sugar
1 cup Knudsen "Just Cranberry" juice
Ice cold water
Combine juices and sugar, top up with ice cold water to make 1 gallon. Serve in pretty glasses rimmed with colored sugar, or freeze edible flowers/petals in ice cubes for a festive touch!
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
3/4 c. butter (NO substitutes)
1 c. organic sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon rind
2 tsp. culinary lavender
1 tsp. pure vanilla
2- ½ c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Cream sugar, salt and butter. Beat in egg, vanilla, lemon rind, and lavender until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and powder. Roll out to 1/8" thick and cut with a glass or fancy biscuit/cookie cutter. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Frost with royal icing or lemon glaze, sprinkle with lavender buds.
** Lavender is said to derive its scent from the swaddling clothes of the Newborn Savior, where they were laid by the Blessed Virgin to dry. Lavender (spike variety) is a main ingredient in spikenard which is used to anoint the bodies of the dead and was used to anoint the feet of Jesus***
We do well to honor you Dear Holy Mother on this your feast day. You are the ultimate secret garden of virtue "a garden enclosed" and we do well to enter in through the meandering paths to imitate your fruits and take our delight in you!
"Awake, o north wind ,
And come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden
that it’s fragrance may be wafted abroad.
Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choice fruits…
My beloved has gone down to his garden,
to the beds of spices,
to pasture his flock in the gardens, to gather lilies."
~Song of Solomon 4:16, 6:2
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A Sister’s Touch
~by Sandra Kuck