When I was a kid, I wanted to make my ice cream cone last forever. Growing up in a family with eight children meant that stopping for ice cream cones happened once in a blue moon. On a Sunday afternoon drive when my parents must have been feeling wealthy, my dad would say “who wants to stop for an ice cream cone?”
Choosing a flavor was serious business. Let’s see, “should I get butter brickle, rocky road or blackberry?” Ice cream cones in hand, all eight of us would pile back in the car. We were quiet as each of us enjoyed this sweet cold treat. I would savor each and every lick. If I didn’t pick up the pace, soon the sticky stuff would be melting down my forearm. So I was forced to sprint to the finish or risk losing the whole thing. Isn’t it ironic that one of the things I wanted to last the longest had the shortest life span?
I continued to try to make things last applying the slow motion technique to more important things such as summer, vacations, Christmas and good wine.
Wondering about the things other people want to last forever, I googled the phrase “Making it Last”. The results (485 million of them) included love, marriage, memories, sex, passion and lust.
I don’t have the answer to making any of these things last, but I do know about holding onto lavender. When lavender dries, it can last for months and even years. The essential oil in the lavender buds remains even after the moisture in the flowers has evaporated. When the dried buds are crushed or exposed to heat, the oil is released.
My ten favorite ways to make the fragrance, flavor and beauty of lavender last throughout the year are listed below:
- Lavender Sugar
- Lavender Wands
- Infused Lavender Honey
- Apple Lavender Jelly
- Lavender Syrup
- Lavender Sachet
- Lavender Bouquet
- Latin Lavender Seasoning
- Lavender Wreath
- Lavender Water