Monday, May 14, 2018

Creative Projects, Crafts, and Recipes Using Garden Flowers

April showers may bring May flowers to our northern friends, but around here they just seem to bring more showers as autumn starts to give way until winter.  Fortunately, we're lucky enough to have a temperate climate where there are different blooms no matter what our season.  Whether your looking for ideas to treasure a few blossoms from your Mother's Day bouquet, spring blooms from your garden, or the last few flowers of fall, we have creative ideas to help!

Getting Crafty from the Garden

Floral Infused Homemade Spa Ideas

Flower Power Edibles and Recipes
  • Bring your host/hostess-with-the-mostess up a notch with floral ice cubes (and flavour combo suggestions) from Green in Real Life.
  • Take those ice cubes from drinks to dessert with floral ice pops, like these lovelies from Marla Meridith or these pretty pops from Garden Collage at The Nest.
  • Add edible blooms into a fresh salad for colour and flavour. Pick for flavour over looks for a tastier result - edible doesn't necessary mean tasty. :) Need flavour ideas?  Check out the delish looking summer salad from Cali Zona or the eat-your-garden salad at My Recipes for inspiration.
  • Use flowers create an infusion, like chive blossom vinegar from Vegetarian Ventures or simmer something sensational like Sprinklebakes' hibiscus syrup.
  • Create a custom tea blend that includes dried flowers and other garden goodies.  Soap Deli News shares some great combination ideas.
  • Make a gorgeous gift or sweet party treat by adding flowers to a simple chocolate bark like this colourful floral bark from Paper & Stitch or this rose, strawberry, and pistachio bark from Now, Forager.
  • Take a cake from basic to brilliant with a topping of fresh edible flowers. So easy!  Check out the strawberry layer cake pictured below that I made a few months back for our first day of summer (where does time go???) topped with fresh herbs, berries, and flowers straight from our home garden. I'm not much for eating most flowers, but they do look lovely! A topper is an easy compromise for differing tastes or looks-over-flavour as they can be easy removed uneaten, if someone wishes, and composted. 

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