Sunny Lemon and Lavender Scones

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Packer Orchards and Bakery is making incredibly delicious Lavender Scones, with Lemon Glaze. They are Yummy!! Tammy also makes other scrumptious pastries including Marionberry scones 🙂 She sells these and much more at her farm stand off Hwy 35 S, just past Odell exit.
Lavender lemon scones. Made with a mixture of Hood River Lavender‘s culinary English and Provence lavender.
 — at Packer Orchards and Bakery, If you are in the Portland area visit them at the PORTLAND FARMERS MARKET.

Lavender Current Scones (Lavender Lady’s Favorite)

2 cups Pastry flour

1/4 cup baker’s sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt (coarse kosher salt)

1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. lemon zest

2 tsp. to 1 TBS dried lavender(I use 2 tsp English & 1 tsp Provence)

1/2 cup currants

2 Tbsp. whipping cream or 1 egg white (beaten)

Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt together (sift). Use a pastry blender and add the cold butter until the consistency is coarse and crumbly. Add 1 cup whipping cream, stirring just until moistened. Now add the half cup of currants, lavender, and orange zest. Turn out on lightly floured surface, and knead 4 or 5 times (don’t overwork your dough). Chill for 30 min. Roll out 3/4 inch thick and cut with round biscuit cutter. Place each scone about 2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining 2 Tbsp. of whipping cream or egg white. Sprinkle with sugar and few lavender flowers. Bake at 375 for 15 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm with Devonshire cream and jam, or drizzle with lemon glaze.  Yields: 1 dozeen

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated
  • You can make the lemon glaze in a double boiler, or for a simpler alternative, you can zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice with the confectioners’ until dissolved in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water for the double-boiler method, or in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the butter and lemon zest. Either nuke the glaze for 30 seconds or continue whisking in the double boiler. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Spring, with Lavender, My Fragrance Of Sunlight

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I’ve been working steady tending our lavender farm and wild flowers, getting the yard prepped for new growth, and our opening date April 14th.  Today was a perfect day to be outside, truly gorgeous with temperatures around 54 degrees! Spring has officially arrived, and it really feels like Spring! I scattered 1000’s of Iceland Poppy & Rose Scented Bee Balm Monarda seeds in the Wildflower Section. I love these flowers!

I need to spend a few hours packing web-orders inside and I need lavenders aroma to surround me, with my “Fragrance of Sunlight” as I work!  It’s a good thing that I live and work in Lavender Heaven, because inside or outside, I can still have that Fragrance of Sunlight  🙂  A bottle of lavender essential oil is always at arms reach..I know I’m “spoiled”!!  🙂 I like to apply 5 drops of  Angustifolia Essential Oil and 5 drops Clary Sage Essential oil to a tissue, and relax while I inhale these lovely, calming, and balancing aromas. It clears my sinus, balances my mood, and refreshes my spirits! Awww..

Since we have a few days before I’ll be working outside again in the lavender farm, I’ll work inside on web orders. I sent this re-order with 10 Reed Diffusers and Lavender Refreshing Spritzer out to a very high profile celebrity today! Love my job! Love lavender’s calming lovely aroma!

 

These  lavender items will fill the domain of the recipient with that intriguingly uplifting, and calming , fresh lavender garden aroma! I like to call it my Fragrance of Sunlight!  It gives me that uplifting, energizing boost that helps me through any situation, with calming peace. Our  Reed Diffusers are filled with a special combination of our own Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oils.

I also shipped an order with 2 Reed Diffusers and 2 pounds of Bulk dried lavender buds to a gentleman, for his home!!  He mentioned that he planned to fill decorative containers with the lavender buds. I suggested that he could  purchase sachets to fill with lavender buds, or if he felt creative,  make sachets with vintage hankies or pieces of wool cloth, and tied with hemp or jute twine. 🙂

Here’s hoping that the lovely, calming aroma from his lavender will fill his domain with  the Fragrance of Sunlight too !

Calming Vintage Sachets

Sachets made with Vintage Hankies and Lavender wool cloth, filled with our Certified Organic dried Lavandin Grosso. DIY cute sachets for yourself or gifts for a friend.

Inspiring Vivid Beauty and Garden Cookie Party

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Finding inspiration and energy to motivate me as I begin spring cleaning, deadheading, and weeding around the lavender farm is important. I often start by imagining the vivid beauty and glorious, fragrant blooms emitting heavenly, calming aroma from the lavender & wild flowers. Awww…I can see it, smell it and feel it in my mind 🙂
Today I have a wonderful friend tending the garden with me, and it is a huge inspiration. Thank you Allove , from Wild Beauty Sacred Aesthetics, for helping me tend our lavender & wildflower garden.
As we work in the wildflower section we are extremely careful of the fragile new growth coming up from the perennial flowers; Lupine sulphureus, Papaver, Rudbeckia , Leucanthemum x superbum, Dianthus barbatus. These are just a few of my favorite wild flowers!!
Our wild flowers will transform starting in May with the “Crazy in Lupine Sulphureus” beauty! (I’m sitting on the bench here, that is also behind me in the middle pic above) It is extremely amazing to see our Wild flowers transform day by day. I Love my job!! Happy gardening to you, and be inspired!
 Knowing that Spring is right around the corner, brings energy to my spirit, and enthusiasm as I work. It feels great spending time in my garden again, reconnecting with Nature! It brings joy and energy to my soul! There is a time for every season…and now it’s time for a Cookie Party in the garden  🙂
Lemon Lavender Cookie with Lavender Cherry Pear Marmalade on the side.

Lemon Lavender Cookies G.F.

1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons dried culinary lavender (I used English lavender)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (I used Olive Oil)
4 tablespoons agave nectar (I used Honey)
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
3. Mix wet ingredients into dry. ( I store cookie dough in fridge for 1 -2 days, enhances flavor)
4. Form 1/2 inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 350′  for 7-10 minutes.
6. Cool and serve.
Makes about a dozen cookies

Recipe adapted from elasaspantry.

Lavender Lemon Cookies
Time for a break!

 

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not! ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman~

When the world says, “Give up” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown

 

Healthy Relief With Lavender And Shea Butter

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Wow, when you think you’ve tried it all to help relieve extremely dry, cracked, damaged skin from the elements of winter dryness, wind, and sun …Then you are going to love these skin-nourishing balms and Body Butters to heal, soothe and stimulate healthy tissue, providing much needed relief  for your body, face, lips, and feet.

Today I’m blending a batch of  Lavender Balm, and our X-Treme Body Butter,  made with 100% natural and Unrefined Shea Butter. It is naturally processed, not depleting any of it’s healing and medicinal properties!  Shea Butter is high in linoleic acid which helps regenerate new skin cells. Dry skin indicates a lack of moisture and collagen production, and Shea Butter helps stimulate skin collagen. Our Balm and Body Butters are blended with Shea Butter, our Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oils, and other healing essential oils providing skincare products that are ideal for dry skin, dermatitis, sunburns, ulceration, and other skin irritations and chapping. You can use them freely, and feel confident, and assured that these healing balms are made with the most natural ingredients. All to help nourish you skin back to it’s soft, supple, and healthy state!  🙂

X-Treme Body Butter: Unrefined Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Wheat Germ oil, and essential oils of Lavender, Vanilla, Sea Buckthorn, Ylang Ylang, Carrot Seed, Tea Tree, Melissa, Comfrey Root and Geranium.

Lavender Shea Butter Balm: Unrefined Shea Butter Wheat Germ oil, Lavender essential oils( Grosso & Angustifolia Blend) Natural Beeswax.

 

The RAW natural Shea Butter that I use!

I have a great source for unrefined Shea Butter that comes direct from Ghana. I buy it in 20 lb. blocks, and it has only been melted once to pack it. This ensures the rich nutrients that are inherit in Shea Butter are not lost upon repeated melting to ‘package’ the product. It is a Shea Butter like no other!

Lavender Butter And Citrus Lavender Herb Butter

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I love to add this Lavender Honey Butter to my toasted rustic wholegrain breads, that I make!  The delicate flavor of the lavender honey butter combined with the robust flavor of whole grains is amazing & heavenly! 🙂

Lavender Butter

1/4 lb unsalted butter room temp
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon dried culinary “Provence lavender buds, finely
ground in a spice grinder

Place the butter, honey and lavender in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until just combined. Transfer to a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Roll into a 1-inch-wide log. Refrigerate or freeze. I’ve made this butter w/o the honey, and it’s wonderful too 🙂

Citrus Lavender Herb Butter

6 oz (1 1/2) unsalted butter
1 tblsp grated lime zest
1 tblsp grated lemon zest
1/4 c fresh lime juice
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbls lavender vinegar or raspberry vinegar
1tblsp honey mustard
1/2 tsp wasabi powder
1/4 c fresh celantro leaves chopped
1/4 c minced chives
2 shallots minced
1 tblsp grated fresh ginger
1 tblsp minced garlic
In a food processor, combine the butter, lime zest, lemon zest,juices, vinegar mustard, and wasabi. Blend until smooth. Add the cilantro, chives, shallots, ginger, and garlic. Blend until mixed well.

These recipes adapted from The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley.

Lavandula angustifolia (common, or true lavender) is often used in the kitchen, an ingredient in blends of Herbes de Provence and our own Hood River Spice Blend.

Whole Grain Bread with Lavender Honey Butter


 

 

Uplifting Aroma~Relieving Anxiety

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Another 4″ of snow fell last night, it’s beautiful …but I’m done with winter already!  I won’t be able to work in the garden today,  so I find a little anxiety creeping over me…I need a boost for my spirits, to refresh, relieve anxiety and energize me 🙂

One of my favorite invigorating methods, that fills my whole work area with the “calming fragrance of Sunlight”, is to add 4-5 cups fresh mountain water to a medium pan on the stove with medium heat, until it begins to simmer, then turn down to a slow simmer.  Then add to this simmering pot 10-15 drops Grosso oil, and 10-15 drops Hidcote Giant Lavender essential oils. I also like to add a handful of dried lavender buds, if there are handy. Then I like to put a towel over my head to make a ‘tent’ and inhale through olfaction deeply 10-12 times. This helps open my sinuses, along with boosting my mood, and moisturize my dry winter skin 🙂  

If you’re not able to warm a simmering pot, a similar “invigorating method” would be to put a few drops of these lavender essentials oils, or Angustifolia “English” lavender essential oil onto your pulse points, or on a tissue, and inhale this calming aroma 10-12 times.

Here’s a great article telling more of the benefits, and effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety through the olfactory route: Lavender Oil for anxiety and depression

Here are our first blooms of the year: Snowdrops