Christmas Time Making Merry Memories!

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Online orders are all shipped..done..

gifts are wrapped & under the tree..done..

finished baking Lavender Gingerbread cookies..done..

Phew!

Time now to say thank you! We are extremely thankful for all your support throughout the year! We’d like to wish each of you a fragrantly calm Merry Christmas, and blessings of  health, and happiness in the New Year!!

We hope you are enjoying special moments with your family, and friends during this time.

We are taking a few day off to relax also, and today my husband and I went to see the movie “Hugo“, a delightful, magical mysterious adventure. Definitely a must see movie!  We  plan to relax doing a few of our favorite things…sipping lavender chai mate tea & playing games, like Racko, Skip Bo, Ratuki, &  board games like Sorry, & Aggravation!! Fun games that encourage laughter, simple pleasure, while spending time with friends or family.

Make Merry memories, and may it be a joyful, relaxing, safe time for you and your family! 🙂

Coconut Lavender Balls

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Yummy Holiday cookie!! Makes 20-36

Ingredients:   (*Vegan option)
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, (more for dusting)
2 cups all-purpose flour *2 cups Brown Rice Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt         *2 teaspoons Xanthan Gum
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 Tablespoons culinary lavender (Signature Blend-English)

Preparation:
-Preheat oven to 350′.
-Cream butter, culinary lavender, and 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar using large mixer on medium speed, until light & fluffy. Mix in the flour and salt on lowest setting until they are well combined. Stir in coconut with large spatula.
-Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Roll dough into 1-2 inch balls, spreading them 2-inches apart.

-Bake for 17-25 minutes (depending on size)

-Allow the warm balls to cool 3-4 minutes, then roll in confectioners’ sugar, let cool.

Relax & enjoy a few cookies with a friend, and a warm cup of Lavender Chai Mate’ Tea or Soy Nog!

Holiday blessings and cheer to you & yours!

This recipe was altered a tad from Martha Stewart’s recipe

We Love them!!! 🙂

Holiday Bazaar and Yummy 5 Spice Cookies

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I took the day off with Papa Elf, from producing Lavender Products, and also packing up web orders for our customers. We went to a local Bazaar at the HR County Fairgrounds, called Last Chance Christmas Bazaar. In past years we’ve participated in this local Arts & Craft event, but this year we chose to take a break. Many of the vendors are friends of ours, including the ladies that run the “Special Olympics” booth. I purchased a pack of 10 sweet Christmas Cards, hand painted by the Special Olympic Athletes. 

I also purchased several bags of their handmade Chex Mix, since I don’t have that on my to do list! After shopping, I visited my neighbors with Christmas cards and a plate of homemade cookies, Five Spice Lavender Shortbread & Coconut Lavender Balls.  If you love christmas spices, and coconut & Lavender as much as I do, then you’ll love these recipes.

Five Spice Shortbread

This recipe is from Ming Tsai ( I add this to my Lavender Shortbread recipe, without the “Mint”)

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoons ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground star anise

1/4 cup turbinado or other granulated sugar

1 chilled log of Lavender Shortbread cookie dough.

-Preheat the oven to 325’F. In a small bowl, combine the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and sugar.

-Cut the chilled log into  1/2″ rounds.  Dip one cut surface of each round into the spice mixture and arrange the rounds 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

-Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.  Remove the cookies with a spatula and cool.

I hope you enjoy preparing for a very Merry & Calm holiday!

Yummy Lavender Blondies!

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This recipe is from Kate McAloon (altered just a tad)

2 cups butter-room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder & 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tablespoon organic culinary lavender
2 cups shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
-using an electric mixer combine butter, white sugar & brown sugar together until creamy.
-add vanilla and eggs 1 at a time and mix in well.
-in a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, baking soda and powder, and culinary lavender
-then add the flour mixture to the batter slowly and mix well.
-add the shredded coconut, white chocolate chips and marshmallows and blend together.
-put the mixture in a medium to large baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
-bake at 350 for about 20-25 min. then check and cover Lavender Blondies loosely with foil so the top does not burn and continue baking until the insides are a bit firm for about 15-20 minutes more.
The middle will still be gooey when done. Enjoy!