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MAKE YOUR OWN RING TONES HERE
4 tbsps (1/4 cup) culinary lavender*
2 cups boiling water
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
2 cups cold water
* Culinary lavender is lavender harvested for the purposes of cooking/eating. Please don’t buy the perfumed air-freshening kind because that is going to be utterly gross. Steep the lavender in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the lavender. Place the lavender tea and the sugar in a small saucepan and set over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves (you don’t have to put it over heat, but I do this because I’m impatient and want the sugar to dissolve faster and completely). Remove from heat and let cool to warm. Stir in the lemon juice. Stir in the cold water. Add more to taste. I prefer to keep mine on the concentrated side because I like to mix it with seltzer water when I serve it. Serve over ice. Makes about 6-8 cups depending on how dilute you want it.
My friend actually made lavender lemonade before and it’s delicious. Not sure if this is the same recipe, but stillllll
reblogging for the recipe
This post has been featured on a 1000notes.com blog.
Say hello to the nudibranch. ^_^
There are over 3,000 different species of nudibranch. They are marine gastropods who lose their shell once they reach the end of their larval stage. The color and shape varies by an extraordinary degree making each of the species visually stunning in their own way.
Some nudibranch have cerata, a venomous appendage that contains the remains of the nematocytes of the creatures they eat. They are also capable of eating plant life and using the chloroplasts within to fuel themselves. Quite a resourceful critter.
Many of the toxins used for protection by the nudibranch are not deadly, but instead incapacitate their predator in some way while the nudibranch makes its escape.
They are hermaphrodites, but do not fertilize themselves.
The picture shows a female red squirrel adopting an orphan baby from an abandoned nest. Although squirrels rarely interact, they learn who their nearby relatives are by hearing their unique calls. If they fail to hear a relative’s calls for a few days, they may investigate and rescue orphans.
Photo by J. W. Taylor