February is the month of love, and is there a better way to say ‘I Love You’ than with a handful of homemade gifts and sweet treats, there is even a pinch of lavender in every recipe we will be sharing today.
On the 14th of February people can go a little nuts with purchasing lots of gifts and cards, but you don’t have to spend an absolute fortune to show your love on this most romantic of days.
We will be sharing our top 3 recipes, that are not only super simple to create but extremely friendly on your wallet too! So, get out your apron and get ready to wow the special person who will be receiving your beautiful (and delicious) homemade gifts.
4 cups soy flakes
2 wicks with a metal base
30 drops of Rosemary & Lavender essential oil for each candle
1 tsp dried rosemary, per candle
1 tsp dried lavender buds, per candle
1 double-broiler, or a large glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water
skewer, chop-stick, or a utensil for stirring the wax in the jar
2 large clothes pins
2 washcloths or small towels (one for each jar). This isn’t mandatory, but helps the wax from cooling too fast which can cause shrinkage and cracks .
In a double-broiler (or large glass bowl on top of a pot filled with 1 cup of water), bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat, and add the soy flakes. Stir the soy flakes every minute, until they are reduced to a liquid. This process can take 5 minutes.
Once the soy is liquified, turn off the heat, and dip the metal ends of the wicks into the wax. Place the ends in the center of each candle jar, pressing the metal ends down with a skewer or chop-stick until set. The wax acts like glue, securing the metal end at the bottom of the candle jar.
Once the metal end is set in the wax, gently straighten the wick and secure it at the mouth of the jar with a clothespin (resting on the jar).
Very gently, pour the wax (it helps to use a bowl or measuring cup designed for pouring liquids), into each jar. Add the essential oils to the wax (this is done to avoid burning the oils during the cooking process). I add 15 drops of each oil on each side of the jar. If desired, add the teaspoon each of dried herb. Using the skewer or chopstick, gently stir the wax, essential oils, and herbs (if using).
Wrap the jars in the dry washcloths, to prevent the wax from cooling too fast and shrinking or cracking. (This step isn’t mandatory, but helps if you’re concerned about cracks.)
Let the candles sit for 24 hours, until fully set. Once set, remove the clothespins and washcloths, and trim the top of the wicks to 1 inch.
*4 cups of soy flakes will make 2- 8 ounce candles. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Simply add the 4 cups of soy flakes to your double-broiler. As the 4 cups begins to liquefy, add more soy flakes, as desired. You’ll also need more jars, essential oil, wicks, towels, and dried herbs (if using).
1 Tbsp. Dried culinary lavender
1½ cups heavy cream
1½ cups milk
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
8 large egg yolks
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped
bittersweet chocolate shavings
In a pan heat cream and milk until very hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and add the lavender. Let steep for 30 minutes or as long as two hours.
After the lavender has steeped, add the vanilla bean scrapings and gently heat again until very hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let sit, stirring every so often, and whisk until smooth.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a roasting pan with a dish towel, place 8-10 ramekins on top of the towel, and set aside.
Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Pour a little of the hot chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar and whisk well. Add the rest in a slow, steady stream while whisking. (Don’t whisk too vigorously, you don’t want too many air bubbles.) When all the hot chocolate mixture has been added, strain into a large glass measuring cup with a spout and fill the ramekins. (I did this in two batches and ended up using 9 ramekins total. I left about ¼” of headspace.)
Place roasting pan in oven and carefully pour hot water (from the tap or tea kettle) around the ramekins until the water comes up about 1″. Close the oven and bake undisturbed for about 40-45 minutes. Give one of the ramekins a little shake. It should wobble a bit in the center, but not be too jiggly. Remove roasting pan from oven, being very careful not to slosh any water into the custards.
Let custards cool in the water bath for about 10 minutes. Remove and let finish cooling. Chill until very cold.
To serve: Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate shavings.
All you need to do to create a one of a kind bouquet is to purchase several dried lavender bunches and pair them with some fresh flowers.
We feel that white roses work best with the delicate purple lavender, but you can of course choose any other flower you wish. This bouquet works perfectly as a gift for that special someone, or you can of course use the bouquet to decorate your home for a romantic evening.