Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Showing posts from 05 2014.

How to Grow Lavender

27th May 2014

Can't get lavender plants to grow for you? Trisha Shirey has the secret, plus gives the pros and cons of different varieties. Enjoy the sent that Lake Austin Spa Resort primarily uses in their bath products. (To order our bath and body products, click here.)

Pick the Right Rosemary

12th May 2014

Pick the rosemary that's right for your spot. Along with leaves for cooking, you can even eat the flowers. Some grow 5' tall; others stay low and spread like a groundcover. Other small ones make great containers. Trisha explains how to grow rosemary, even in shade. Flowers come in many shades of blue or white and all nourish bees.

Amazing Italian Jam Tart
After learning about the butter-sugar-flour-egg ratios for the classic Italian Crostata from Italian cooking teacher Judy Witts Francini, we made one with fig jam.  The Crostata, I learned during the class, can be filled with just about anything and a good jam is the easiest filling.   After one bite, I translated “crostata” to Amazing Italian Jam Tart.  This is one of those treasured recipes where the sum is greater than it’s parts!  The recipe’s list…