Welcome to Lemons and Lavender, the place where my love of cooking and gardening intersect with my need for creative fulfillment through photography and writing.

I’m a self-taught cook, gardener, DIY-er, blogger, and photography enthusiast who sees the kitchen and garden as one continuous space.  My cooking and baking reflect that with an abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients from the local farms and farmers markets in my area as well as my backyard garden.

I was born and raised in suburban Los Angeles (Santa Monica and Mar Vista, respectively) and I now reside a little further up the coast in Camarillo, California.  I’ve been married to my husband for almost 20 years.  We met while racing outrigger canoes in a club in Marina del Rey.  He’s a fire department captain now and our biggest collaborative project to date has been the raising of our two children (ages 13 and 11 currently).

We’re an active family that shares a collective appreciation for hiking and exploring our local mountain trails and those of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with vacations and downtime spent at Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe.  You’ll see pictures from those adventures (and others) scattered throughout L&L and on my Instagram.


You can contact me via email at lemons.lavender[at]gmail.com.   While I do my best to quickly respond to email, please forgive me if a day or two passes by before you hear back from me.  Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day or enough of me to go around to be able to get everything done in one day.

You can also say hello to me on Twitter and Facebook.  I’d like that.


All written and visual content on this site are considered “original works of authorship” protected by United States copyright laws and are the property of Lori Twitchell of Lemons and Lavender © 2010-2012 unless otherwise specified.  Material may not be duplicated, published or re-written without written permission from the author.

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Marialuisa October 20, 2011 at 5:16 am

Hi!, I´m following your beautiful blog and I found this recipe. I´ve done it and it´s delicious, congratulations, I love figs and if you don´t mind I´m going to blog it and of course, mention your blog.
Love from the north of Spain


Lori October 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

Hi Marialuisa. Welcome! Thank you for the feedback and the link back! I appreciate it.


Jen Laceda December 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Hi Lori,
Just found your blog!! Loving it! Consider yourself blogrolled!! LOL!
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Sydney February 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hello! I just came across your blog while searching for cranberry chicken salad recipes and I really love your page. All of your recipes are so fresh and creative while the pictures and articles are lovely. Thank you for making my saturday a little bit brighter, I will definitely be keeping up with your blog. :)


Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers March 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hi Lori!
Just dropping by to say hello. There are so many interesting recipes you have here. I love it!


Lori March 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks Rowena for stopping by! So happy you did :)


cathy May 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Love your recipes and love the pictures. I know you did not get the photography part from me.




Donna July 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

Hi Lori,
I just discovered your website this morning while searching for a Costco canned chicken salad recipe. I am going to try your cranberry pecan chicken salad as it sounds delicious. I also enjoyed your photos and story. Your layout is wonderful. I also plan to check out your other recipes. Thanks.


Maya July 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Hi Lori!

I was just looking for a coconut candy recipe (mmm) and saw your fig microwave jam…BRILLIANT! I love figs, rosemary etc and am NOT a canning person so this is perfect! Thank you!


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