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Royal Family at the Pumpkin Patch

Every Royal Palace needs the perfect pumpkin!

The Royals went pumpkin picking today. Have you decided what to carve your’s as yet? We’re still searching for ideas- Genevieve always like the Royal Carvers to choose something to correspond with her Halloween Costume theme. Can you guess what she’s planning to be this year?

princess pumpkin patch

Apple Picking with the Royal Family

The Royal Family made their annual visit to the Avalon Woods this weekend. The woods are famous for their gorgeous apple groves that have been there for centuries. The Witches in the area keep them healthy and growing year after year. Azurian families flock here every autumn for apple picking, local honey, apple butter, pies, cider, and caramel apples.

Apple picking is one of Princess Genevieve’s favorite childhood memories. Her Grandmother Aurelia and her Queen Mum would bring her to the Valley of the Moon each season for autumn walks in the Avalon Woods. She looks forward to sharing this tradition with her family through the coming years.

Princess Genevieve apple picking
olivers family in apple trees

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The Royals paid a visit to Gwyndelyn the Good Witch for dinner before returning to the Palace.

Behind the Scenes: Without him we would get absolutely nothing done.

Occasionally we have a moment to share what goes on behind the scenes here in the Kingdom. Here’s one of our most valued members of the Royal Team. If we’re working on something, he is right there in the middle of it giving it his all. Without him we would get absolutely nothing done! Thanks for all you do, little Doodles!special helper

 

 

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Since the weather warmed, I’ve been going through phases of herbal flavor obsessions. During the spring and early summer it was Rosemary! I was clipping bunches of the herb from our garden to add flavor to homemade deli sandwiches, fresh salads, and pastas. Which is why I was so enchanted with the refreshing and earthy Rosemary Tea we drank in at the Olive Press Museum in Naxos, Greece this June. –Must remember to ask Nicoletta for the recipe!

As summer steamed on, I became entranced with the lovely and intoxicating flavor of lavender. If you know me, you know I carry around a vial of lavender essential oil in my purse at all times. I adore this scent and the wonderful aroma-therapy benefits and bug-off abilities it offers. I also love getting lost in the lavender fields of Seven Oaks, the lavender farm in Catlett, VA. In addition to sharing their newest precious baby animals (bunnies, goats, etc.), this wonderful setting always serves a refreshing lavender lemonade for guests. Ah, to drink that calming fragrance on a summer Sunday! Since we were traveling and I missed the lavender picking season this year, I decided to make my own.

lavender field

I must admit, my original post, planned for two weeks ago, was thwarted! I made the first batch – and before I could even get a photo of this delightful pale pink beverage, chilled on ice, in our blue Mason Jar glasses with a cute chevron straw, the King of our castle finished the pitcher. Hehe. I was happy he enjoyed it so much!

Here’s the simple recipe. Now on to making lavender everything!

lavender lemonade recipe

What you’ll need: 

Lavender Flowers – at least a Tablespoon (though I personally sprinkle more-more-more.)
3/4 Cup Sugar
One Gallon Water
Five or Six Squeezed Lemons (even Limes, if you like.)

What you’ll do:

Boil water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Before water cools, squeeze in lemons and desired amount of lavender flowers. Allow to steep at least five to ten minutes. The water will turn a light pink color. Strain the lavender flowers and lemon pulp (I use the smallest of these wonderful Cuisinart Strainers we received as a wedding present from my cousin.) and allow the mixture to chill for about an hour in the refrigerator.

Serve over ice, in a blue Mason Jar, with a cute chevron straw. ;D

Suggestion:

1. As for the amount of sugar, lemons, and lavender to add. The list above is just a suggested amount. I use more or less of this depending on who I am making it for. Some like sweet-sweet and others like tart. I’m probably the worst, and shouldn’t be writing a recipe for sure, as I am a taste as you go kind of kitchen creator. Experiment, and you’ll find what’s best for you.

2. I will warn those who are new to the flavor; this is going to have an earthier taste than you may be accustomed. The same for any herb based drinks. We are so used to smelling lavender in bath salts or Herbes de Provence- so  you might not even like it at first. I read a post about lavender lemonade, where someone described it as tasting like soap! I can understand where they are coming from. So if you’re new to this flavor, try a little lavender at first, and add more to the next batch, as you get used to the taste.

Kick it up a notch:

If you’re hosting an adult summer BBQ add a little Organic Vodka to the full pitcher and stir. I made this when the Queen Mum visited and she loved it!

Let us know how you liked the drink – especially if you’re new to herbal drinks. I hope you will grow to love this soothing flavor as we do.

Happy lemonading!

Royal Wedding Sneak Peek

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Thank you for the outpouring of love and support during this precious time in our lives.

Here’s a little sneak peek into the magic of the Royal Wedding created by Erin Seller’s of Video Scrapbooks. Inviting her to be a part of the day was the best wedding planning decision we could have made. We HIGHLY recommend her for anyone celebrating an upcoming wedding, birthday party, or family event.

The beauty captured in her magnificent work makes you feel the pure joy that was felt the day of our Royal Wedding.

jen + will from e sellers on Vimeo.

Royal Wedding Photographer

First, let us apologize on our lack of posting since the fall! We are preparing for the Royal Wedding this summer and have paused our posts to the excessive amounts of planning and craft projects occurring in the Kingdom at this time. We’ll see you more after the wedding, but we had to give a shout to the Royal Wedding Photographer, Courtney Anderson.

A bride-to-be herself, Courtney is just as cute as can be. When she walks your way you can’t help but smile back at her contagious grin. We met her at Sky Meadows for our engagement photos.

Here’s a few of our favorites!

Courtney Anderson Photography

Courtney Anderson Photography

Courtney Anderson Photography

Courtney Anderson Photography

We can’t wait to see her again in June for the big day.

Find her online and on Facebook.

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