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Lemon Lavender Asparagus

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On most days I will agree with my husband that Target is a trap. While I love to wander the bright clean aisles, convincing myself that I need everything I see, I have often found myself wondering exactly how I could have spent $100 in 10 minutes, when I only came for one small item, like Band-Aids. But, Oh! How I love a productive trip to Target.

As I was walking through the grocery section, assessing my “needs”, I stumbled upon a pretty jar of lavender.

Whoa! They actually sell this at Target?

Ohhh!! It looked so pretty. I had to have it. This was not a “want”. It was a NEED!

So I tossed the pretty bottle into my cart of “essential things I have to have” (aka– $100 of stuff that I didn’t need before I walked in to the store) and off I went to figure out just what you do with a jar of culinary lavender.

I have to admit that I intended to use it in a martini or infuse it into something, but then I had a moment of creativity and it totally worked. I sprinkled it onto my asparagus and what a beautiful thing that was.

While my husband may roll his eyes at me and grumble about all of the “crap” (It is so not crap!) that I come home with, this time I am going to celebrate a victory. Just this once, I actually used an impulse buy, and it was worth the money spent. I highly encourage you to follow suit, give into the impulse, and invest in a jar of lavender for yourself.

Lemon Lavender Asparagus

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. of lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. of lavender

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425˚.

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Wash asparagus well, and pat dry.

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread asparagus evenly.

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Drizzle with olive oil.

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Sprinkle with zest and lavender.

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Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until tender. (Cooking time may vary based on the thickness of the asparagus)

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This may be served hot, or at room temperature.

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Lavender Pear Martini

Lavender Pear Martini

The scent of lavender

and the kiss of a pear

will help you relax

and not pull out your hair!

Ingredients:

1 oz. of vodka

3 oz. of pear nectar

1 oz. of lavender syrup

Mix and serve chilled in your favorite martini glass.

Lavender Syrup:

Boil 2 cups of water with 1-2 cups of sugar (adjust the amount of sugar based on how sweet you like your drinks) & 3-4 tbsp of lavender. Boil for 5 min. Then strain and set aside to cool. I added 2 drops of red & 2 drops of blue food coloring to make it look purple.

If making a large batch,  mix 2 large cartons of pear nectar with 2-3 cups of vodka (more or less to taste) in a pitcher. Add lavender syrup and mix well. Serve chilled.

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