Capture a fragrant memory of this evocative, heady perfume by tossing some dry Lilac blossoms between layer upon layer of fine sugar crystals. This scented time- capsule containing the essence of spring will be there for you until long after the Lilac in your garden has faded and died. Then later, sprinkle a little romance into your cooking by using the sugar in meringues, biscuits and cakes.
Always make sure that you use blossoms which have not been sprayed with chemicals and have not been grown close to a busy road.
What an excellent idea. I shall have to try this. Thank you, Karen. I love the smell of lilacs and can hardly wait for the blooms. Wishing you a good week.
I cut huge branches of them and filled a vase indoors. The smell is heady. Like you, I love it so much! I hope it soon blooms for you too Cynthia.
How lovely, such a wonderful idea. Our lilac is so disappointing. I love it so much, a true childhood memory! Hope you enjoyed the crochet! Xx
Thanks so much Annette. And yes, I really enjoyed the class. There were only 3 of us so we were in the house on the big table there. I was in flower mode, so made 0NE! It took me all day, whilst Sarah just knocked them out in the time it took me to wind the wool round my finger! She is so clever and so lovely! It would be so nice if you and I could do a class together one day. Lunch was FAB! Especially the dessert, which was Rhubarb and Raspberry crumble cake…with cream! x x
Thank you so much!
I love the smell of lilacs but I’m not sure I’d love the taste–is it good? Beautiful photos, as always!
Thanks so much Kerry. The Lilac does not impart a flavour, but the sugar does retain some of the fragrance.
Perfect – just perfect x
Bless you my little flower! x
Wonder idea! I will try this and let you how it turns out, thank you so much! 🙂
I a so pleased that you like the idea and will try it. You are to cut the flowers from the stems before adding to the sugar. My whole house smells lovely 🙂
I love lilac fragrance! 🙂
Me too…and fabric with Lilac blooms. It is here for such a short time, except, now, it is in my sugar too! 🙂
There is a reblooming lilac is available called ‘Bloomerang’ https://www.veseys.com/ca/en/store/springbulbs1/veseystoppicks1/bloomeranglilac?gclid=CIHYvOSmvMUCFQsAaQod4YgAdQ
It blooms from mid spring to frost. One of my client has one in the back yard and it does have strong fragrance as well. I have tried the seeds, they grow, too! But it is easier and faster to propagate by cuttings. 🙂
You are such a clever lady…thank you so much. I will do some searching for this wonderful plant
It is my fun to experiment with different plants! 😉
I used to make this with lavender, never knew lilac could be used as well! I am going to try that right away. The lilac is beautiful in bloom here as well, such a sweet smell. And you have such poetic way of writing, what a sweet and stylish post…as always! xo Johanna
Thank you Johanna…it is such a nice bit of news, isn’t it? A nice thing, a happy thing. I love things like this. x x
Gorgeous pictures Karen. Love your tips and ideas. They always beckon to romance, luxury and pampering. “-) ♡♡♡
Thank you so much Jan. I LOVED all the decor and design of your holiday home! I could not believe what you created with hard work and so much thrift. I love it that you found so many bargains and donated to the Salvation Army at the same time. Now that is a perfect Jan result; helping others and spreading some Joy! 🙂
Thank Karen! You are so kind!♡♡♡♡
a wonderful idea, dear Karen. Never heard of it before. kind regards Mitza
Thank you! I hope the sun shines for you dear Mitza
Thanks a lot, Mitza
Gorgeous!!! Brings me back to my childhood. We had lilacs growing all around the house and their intoxicating smell put me straight into wonderland. I loved coming home from school to that smell as a kid. Your sugar idea is brilliant!!!
I just love it when that happens- when a childhood memory is brought back by scent. Now that Spring has really kicked off I am constantly pushing my nose into flowers and remembering. I love all the individual fragrances- Calendula, peppery Lupins, Hawthorn Blossom. And one which reminds me of walking to infants school….Privet Blossom. We are lucky aren’t we, that we can derive such joy from these simple pleasures?
So glad you like the sugar 🙂
So many memories are associated with scent! It’s a wonderful and curious thing: how our brains register information through our nose.
Beautiful idea! I totally love the color. My eyes sparkled when I saw your pictures 🙂 . Gorgeous! Thanks for making my evening so bright and colorful, Karen! x
What spectacularly glorious captures – I so love your photos! 😉
Oh Thank you so much Joanne. I am not even slightly technically minded, but I so love the world as seen through my camera lens. 🙂
I so love how you approach your shots Karen, I can’t say it enough, they are just BEAUTIFUL. My plan this last week whilst away was to visit some antiques shops to pick up some “props” but of course the only time I saw any of these shops was when we rushing somewhere… next time perhaps, lol! 🙂
I have to do this-Lilacs just pass too quickly and this can make them last a bit longer:-)
I have to do this-Lilacs just pass too quickly and this can make them last a bit longer:-) + I love you photos too!