lemongrass and elderflower martini {mom et moi}

lemongrass and elderflower martini

lemongrass and elderflower martini

My love of elderflower was discovered suddenly upon first sip of a cocktail they were calling a French 76 or 77 or something other awesome number at Rembrandt’s restaurant in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. It was a superbly delightful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Gin, and St. Germain.  More recently, we fell in love again over St. Germain, lime, and this Absolut wild tea that I couldn’t seem to find anywhere in our local Alcohol Control Board stores.

Enter my mother. Gourmande extraordinaire and just awesome mom, period. She found this coveted vodka in a store while she was traveling out of state.  But what happened next was a stroke of sheer mom-genius. She made a lemongrass simple syrup.  I don’t know where she got the recipe, but here’s one from Saveur.  Now the rest is delicious history.


Lemongrass Elderflower Martini

2 parts Absolut Wild Tea vodka

1 part St. Germain elderflower liquer

juice of half a lime (or more or less to taste)

1 part (more or less to taste) lemongrass simple syrup

crushed ice, martini shaker. shake shake shake. pour.



Cocoa and Honey wonderment….

Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate Bars Artisan Made in Small Batche

Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate Bars Artisan Made in Small Batches


We cannot stop staring at these stunningly beautiful artisanal chocolates.  Anything that looks this amazing has to just be too delicious to eat. But we’re all willing to try, aren’t we?  Heather Oliveira’s career as a professional cook and pastry chef took a sweet turn to Chococatier and we’re thinking she should never look back.

Here’s an excerpt from her etsy shop profile. We’re getting the camera ready…

I joke with my regulars about having a candid camera around when people try my chocolates for the first time. A lot of double takes, a lot of amazing smiles and sometimes embarrassed laughter. It’s amazing how one bite can create so many emotions.

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Based in Halifax, Cocoa and Honey currently ships to Canada and the United States.

Chocolate Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Gift Box | etsy

Chocolate Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Gift Box | etsy

Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate Bars Artisan Made in Small Batches

Handmade in Philadelphia: Chanee Vijay Textiles

Aya pillow cover

Aya pillow cover. Hand printed, metallic ink, organic hemp.

Great talent is always a click away on etsy ever since community features were added to let us all share our favorites and treasures. So here in our feed today is this great work from Chanee Vijay’s etsy shop, Chanee Vijay Textiles. Her work is stunning, well edited, classic, modern but not so chic as to be untouchable. We want these pillows for art and cuddles.  Not to be missed are her other textile work (napkins, table runners, and the like) available also in select dazzling brick-and-mortars.

Lumbar pillow

Lumbar pillow. hand printed, metallic gold, slate blue, organic hemp | etsy

feather block print, white organic hemp | etsy

From Chanee’s website:

“Specializing in surface pattern design, she developed her signature style of painting her designs on screens and hand printing them with water-based metallic inks on sustainably grown fabrics with rich natural textures. Her pillow covers are removable and washable, and made in small batches. Chanee subscribes to a slow design philosophy, so each hand-pulled screenprint and blockprint is created with regard for our health, the environment and longevity.”

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As sold in Terrain | Glenn Mills, PA


Repeating Pattern | BHG January 2014




taftyli: little factory of things

Dark denim "plait" pillowcase - dyed, decorative, handmade cushions.

How amazing is this?  Dorota and Sylwia are two sisters from Poland creating these luscious hand-dyed, hand-braided, hand-stitched pillows and blankets that are out of this world!  Their etsy shop is brimming with these oversized plaits of goodness–as well as some random sheep skin items we don’t totally get–but the braids! Oh, so lovely.  Check it out.