Since moving to Seattle and moving into an apartment with abundant patio space, I have wanted to have a nice little herb garden to supply my culinary creations with some additional spunk and pizazz. Alas, my herb garden lived a very short life before inexplicably drying up. One thing that did survive – for now at least – was my Lavender plant.

I love Lavender. It is just so relaxing. As a result of my love for this little flower, I’ve aspired to make a Lavender Gin and Tonic for a while now. I’ve had a very variations of this in bars and restaurants, but I wanted to perfect this refresher at home.

This couldn’t be easier. Not really feeling the hefty price tags of Lavender Cocktail Shrubs or liqueurs, I opted for a dry soda instead. This is just about as easy as my all time fave – Deep Eddy Ruby Red and Soda. I crave the feeling of a fancy cocktail, but usually if it involves a mixer or a strainer, I’m already checked out. The one thing I wish I had was a straw – it would have helped me to keep from chomping on Lavender buds….

Recipe:
– 5 oz Dry Lavender Soda
– 3 oz Gin (Floral)
– 2 slices Lime
– A few sprigs of fresh lavender
– Ice
1. Put everything in a glass
2. Stir
3. Enjoy! 
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So this post has been sitting in my drafts for like, a month and a half now. I had the best birthday weekend – I dare y’all to try to top it. I had such a great time with my Mom in town, and with my friends by my side. I was spoiled – my friends bought me cupcakes and macarons, and faux tampons that are actually tiny flasks. What more can a 25 year old ask for?

Here are some pictures from my trip…

Sneaky Sneaky…. 

These two Scandal and Weeds nerds found Guillermo Diaz’s doppleganger at Toulouse Petit

Birthday Cake Macarons = <3

Wine tasting at 14 Hands Winery in Yakima

My beautiful Mom taking pictures of the weirdly beautiful terrain in Ellensburg.

We went to a fish hatchery. So. Many. Salmon. So. Many. Trout.

Multnomath Falls.

Let’s pretend this is the top of the falls…

 I never wanted to leave this place.

This little guy and his comrade wanted to join us for birthday Champagne, Smoked Salmon, Brie, and Macarons.

25, but I haven’t outgrown a sly middle finger joke… Excuse me while I adjust my glasses…

I touched this.

This is the exact moment that I got a fever and a cold that lasted a month. #worthit

I spy a sad, and slightly phallic, sea anemone…

lol
We’re Cute.
After combing through sand for an hour I finally found an intact Sand Dollar. This is basically gold to me… pun intended.

25 and I was so excited for the beach swings in Seaside. I swung by myself for a solid 15 minutes. Not ashamed.

I was 2 for 2 on weekends that included Sea Lions for a little while.

Cape Disappointment. Didn’t live up to its name. It was pretty cool.

Modern Hike Documentation. 

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