My Mother and I enjoyed the Christmas Carols at the Advent Concert this week. It brought back sweet memories of our family gatherings when Grandmother would play the piano, or her Mandolin, as we sang our favorite Christmas Carols, “Joy The World and Hark The Herald Angels Sing” ! Hearing these songs again inspires a spirit of caring, love, and sharing with family & friends, and there’s nothing more wonderful than that!
With the chilly temperatures and snow falling outside I get inspired to bake some of our favorite cookies and breads, with a cup of hot chocolate in hand! Awe…the traditions and memories of baking with my dear daughter when she was younger, these are such fond memories! I still love to bake gingerbread cookies, only now I make it with a twist…”Lavender Gingersnaps”, or “Molasses Lavender Cutout Cookies”. Culinary Lavender is a great compliment with ginger and molasses. Another favorite recipe of mine is Christmas “Stollen” German Bread, and Christmas “Panettone” Italian Bread. I fill these breads with dried Pluots, raisins and nuts, “soaked overnight in Brandy or Rum”…that’s my secret to this wonderful holiday bread.
After a day of baking, I have the urge to get out doors and play!! I invited a couple young girls from next door, and their Mother to join me. We had a wonderful Snow day, making Snow Gals!! Do you ever feel “Upside Down” like our snowman from the stress of life?…Inhale the calming aroma of lavender essential oil, then get outside and play in the Snow…if you’re luck to have some! Our dog Sadie loves to help out too, and pose for photos afterward 🙂
A beautiful white blanket covers the lavender, transforming the garden into our Winter Wonderland! We are thankful for the beauty that surrounds us, and fills our lives. <3
Merry Christmas, and may you enjoy wonderful moments with your family and friends this holiday season! Have a peaceful, joyous, and safe holiday! Best to you always,
Our first snow at our lavender farm for the season. More is in the forecast and we welcome it! Here are a few pictures that I took as I strolled around the farm admiring the “White Beauty”!
Lovely White Beauty! I look forward to getting my cross-country skis out! 🙂
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all!
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your pet? We are pet lovers too, so we have the perfect gift that says “we care how you feel”! Our Precious Pet Salve helps soothe skin conditions, and calm anxious pets. It is a potent natural antiseptic and astringent, that helps to moisturize, and encourage healing of dry skin, hot spots, eczema, dermatitis, minor cuts and wounds, abrasions and help alleviate pain and itching. It’s extremely hydrating and nurturing to skin, due to the rich natural butters and oils blended into this amazing salve. This rich and healing Pet Salve is All Natural and Pet Safe! Perfect Precious Pet Stocking Stuffer!
Our two Precious Pets Sadie & Gunther wish you and your pets a Happy Holiday, filled with joy, peace, and many wonderful memories!
Last Chance Holiday Bazaar is this weekend, December 8, and 9th, with over 40 local Artist and Crafters at the Hood River County Fairgrounds. We will again be participating in this holiday event. Our booth will be stocked with a variety of holiday gift packs, and many of our most popular lavender bath and body products. This event is a highlight of our holiday season, because many of these vendors are local business friends of ours. It feels like a social gathering of friends and family under one roof, and we have the opportunity to share holiday cheer and warm hugs. We look forward to seeing you this weekend if you can come out. As always, parking and admission are Free!
I hope you are enjoying a warm, happy holiday with your family and friends!
Many of these lovely, fragrant Petite Lavender Wreaths will be available at our booth.
Lavender Ginger Snaps are one of my favorite holiday cookies!
The recipe is on our Recipe Page