Sweets for Sweeties

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Today I pickup a variety of handmade Lavender Truffles & confections. These lovely candies are made with our Certified Organic Lavender by two ladies that have been making candy for over 28 years. They are hand dipped, and made from only the finest premium ingredients, by these expert ladies hands!! 🙂 I’ll list a few, Dark-on-Dark Lavender Truffles, MarianBerry Lavender Truffles, White Chocolate Cream-mint Truffles, Lavender Carmellows, Lavender Marshmallows, and Lavender Divinity. Now the hard part is to decide on only three that we’ll have available on our website for Valentine’s Day!!!! We will start taking orders on Feb. 1, so I had better start choosing soon…

Send me a comment, to help me decide, and I’ll send a free box of 3 truffels, to the winner! 😉

Weddings at Hood River Lavender

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Wedding at Hood River Lavender Farms
Wedding at Hood River Lavender Farms

Today I responded to several emails inquiring about 2009 weddings at our Lavender Farm. We are now doing weddings at our farm.  Our lavender farm is a scenic, romantic setting for small intimate weddings. The maximum number of quests is 175, and we are doing ceremony only. We have stunning views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. The peak season is June, July and August, and there are Black Out dates, so we encourage folks to reserve “Your Day” soon.  We love to host and celebrate such a big day. Who knew that our passion would lead to a place where others wish to honor each other and exchange their vows? Such fun!

Winter storm cleanup

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Windstorm damage
Windstorm damage

Today before I ran outside to work, I mixed up some Rustic Whole Grain Herb Bread. I mixed 2 Tbsp of our Hood River Spice Blend (Herbs de Provence) into my basic whole grain bread recipe, and I’ll let it rise all day, while I’m busy doing other projects outside.

Outside at our Lavender Farm, Joe and I cleaned up the damage from the winter snow, rain, and strong winds.  We had one six foot wide strip of ground cover pull up from the strong winds. It just happened to be a section where I had planted 2″ lavender plants in October, so I hope we don’t loose any. They are extremely hardy though, and we just placed the ground cover around them and tacked it down with 6″ staples. There were also a lot of branches that fell around our house and a neighbors house, so we picked up and raked the debris.  So far we got off pretty easy from the winter storms. Now I’ll go indoors, and bake my bread for dinner. We need some warm comfort food!! 🙂

Celebrate Life!!

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Diane...age ???
Diane...age ???

Today is my Bday, so we drove into Portland to celebrate! I had lunch with my honey, and our daughter, Julia, at McMennimen’s, Edgefield. I did a little shopping, and bought one of my gifts, a combo Chess/Checkers/Backgammon board game, (just in-case the electricity goes out again; we’ll play games in candle lite:). I was hoping to find the game “Aggravation”, (crazy marbles, as we call it).  Prolly I’ll find this one, online?????? Party on!! Here’s to life, happiness and health!

Kitchen, the heart of a home

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Kitchen heirloom curtains
Kitchen heirloom curtains

Today I worked on completing a project that touches my heart. I hand stitched together some Vintage hand linens, that belonged to my dear Grandmother, for valances in my kitchen. They are similar to the ones I made for my Retail Cottage at our Lavender Farm. These valances were made by carefully cutting in half, and shortening, specially chosen heirloom hand linens, and stitching them together. Then I sewed on cafe rings to hang them. These beautiful vintage, heirloom valances are a timeless elegance to the windows in my kitchen. Every time I look at these delicate valances, I have fond memories of my sweet Grandmother, Lucille. I’ve transformed a common place, my kitchen nook, into a soft, warm, relaxing room, that I will enjoy spending countless hours in. This is just what I needed to get rid of some of those after holiday blues. Use your creativity to transform a common place, encouraging warm, relaxing feelings.

Take a Lavender Retreat

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A customer called today to place an order for some of our organic Lavender Essential Oil. She said that she is going on a retreat, and it was suggested that she bring some Lavender Ess. Oil. The E.O. she wanted to order was L. Angustifolia “English” Lavender Oil. The one that helps calm anxiety, stress, and insomnia. She ordered three different lavender oils, Sachet, Buena Vista, and Angustifolia Blend, and she also ordered 3 Butterfly Diffusers. I wished her well & told her to enjoy her Lavender Retreat with the beautiful healing aroma of these Essential Oils.

The gift of TIME – A New Year

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New Year Cheers to you!  As I think about the New Year and “the gift of Time“, I think about those New Year’s Resolutions. As I’m drinking my “Mushroom Tea” to boost my immune system, my first thought about this year is; I want to eat more healthy, organic unprocessed foods. Second, I’ll try to think more about others, and how I can be more giving. Third, I will attempt to de-clutter my home, and work area, and in the process, simplify my life. Here’s to living healthy and enjoying more simple pleasures in life!!!!!

Best to you in this New Year 2009!!