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Lavender Cookies w/ Rose Water Icing, Tea, and Thrifty Finds

I made some delightful cookies this week. I veganized The Spice House’s recipe for Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing. This is the perfect cookie to enjoy with a cup of tea. Rob loved the cookies too and said I should definitely make them again. I even snitched a cookie before they were cooled and drizzled with icing….so with or without icing, the cookies were delicious.


As for the tea we had with the cookies, it came directly from China….literally. At Rob’s work, one of the employees from the China division is in town. He brought some lovely tea with him and Rob was able to bring some home for me to try. Yay! Rob said most of the labels were in Chinese so he didn’t get the proper tea names. The tea on the left is some sort of Rose Tea and on the right is Green Jasmine Tea. I really enjoyed both teas.


Now for some more thrifty book finds from the library sales. Usually I never find any decent computer books but this time I found five Wrox ASP.NET (v 1.0) books. The price paid? Only $2.50 for all five books. Wooo Hooo!!! You may or may not know this but I have separate degrees in both Accounting and Computer Information Systems.


Rob spotted the complete set of 16 Mechanix Illustrated Books from 1961. We love books like this because of all the terrific vintage projects in them. Hardcover books were $1 each so the whole set was only $16. The books are in great shape and didn’t have any weird smells.


Just flipping through the books I found a lot of cool retro projects. Here’s one of my favorites:


I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!!!

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  • rachel March 24, 2007, 9:57 pm

    i love that bench! I wish we could make it!

  • K March 24, 2007, 10:57 pm

    Your books, omgosh, yer such a smart and savvy saving vegan diva, Emmy!

    The lavender cookies look FANTASTIC!! And i love the tea in its natural state, by the way. Now, that’s TEA!!

    “delightful” indeed… Martha would approve.

    Hope yer weekend’s fabulous, Emmy (& Rob)!

  • Vivacious Vegan March 25, 2007, 8:41 am

    That encyclopedia set looks like a lot of fun. I think the slat bench would be so cool in an entry way or foyer.

    Lavender and rosewater – what a perfect combination for cookies. Especially with a nice cup of tea. Mmmmmmm!

  • scottishvegan March 25, 2007, 1:20 pm

    Oh those cookies sound so delicious and unusual! And I bet they were great with that lovely tea!

  • judy March 25, 2007, 2:39 pm

    Your home improvement books remind me of a Readers Digest book my parents have. It’s from the 70’s, and it’s full of really retro furniture ideas. When I was a kid, there was a picture of a bed and instructions on how to make it, and I thought it was the coolest thing, and I asked my parents to make it for me. They never did, but that’s okay, because now I don’t even remember what the bed looked like. My old boss used to make all kinds of furniture for herself, even couches. Like, she would build the wooden frame, add stuffing and foam, and sew the covers. Way craftier than me, that’s for sure.

  • Melissa West March 25, 2007, 6:28 pm

    Those cookies look very “high tea” and sophisticated. I love those teas from China, what a treat. They remind me of those flowering teas you can get for the clear tea pots. Gotta love books without any funny smells!

  • pinknest March 26, 2007, 1:36 pm

    oh how victorian and lovely! i just like the idea of a lavender cookie…it sounds pretty.

  • bazu March 26, 2007, 2:08 pm

    That cookie sounds so delicate and wonderful. Especially with a nice cup of real tea. How cool that you got those from China! One of my dad’s students once gave him some Chinese tea at the end of the semester, and I ended up drinking it all. Loved it! What a deal on those books… so, are you going to make that bench??

  • Nikki March 27, 2007, 11:25 am

    Those cookies look simply divine!

    That bench is all kinds of fabulous!

  • melody March 27, 2007, 12:20 pm

    The lavender cookies sound so delicious and fancy! Very, very up and coming.. especially with the rose tea.

    Love your book finds.

  • vegchic (Jody) March 27, 2007, 1:12 pm

    I love, love lavender. Those look superb. I’ve got to try making lavender cookies sometime. Awhile back I made rosemary cookies. They were great!

    That is a nice price for ASP books. I’m also a computer major. Dual degrees BA in Corporate Systems and in Computer Information Technology. My AA was Business.

    Looks like you hubby lucked out with those other books too!

  • Kati March 29, 2007, 5:38 am

    Wow I’ve never cooked with lavender before. I imagine the cookies could be kind of soothing – they sure look delicious, anyway.

    You have to make the bench on the cover of that book! They sell one very similar in Design Within Reach and it’s thousands of dollars, last I looked.

  • Kati March 29, 2007, 5:41 am

    Correction – I just checked and the bench in DWR ranges in price from $600-800, but it’s still worth it to try to make it yourself!

  • vegandiva March 30, 2007, 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the great comments everyone. We hope to make some household projects as soon as we’re able to buy a house here. We’re still waiting on our MI home to sell. Some of our tools are still in my parents’ basement because there is no room for them at the rental. I like this bench and also the bench in Todd Oldham’s Handmade Modern…it’s part bench/part drop-in-planter!

    Kati, oh yes, DWR sure can be expensive. I get their catalogs sometimes. Looking through a lot of these vintage books, you see items that are very similar to the ones in their catalog.