Throw Back Summer And Lavender DAZE Festival

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We’re still experiencing chilly winter weather, so today I’m enjoying a little daydream!!


Throw back Summertime!!

 

Awe..I’m surrounded by warm sunshine, and a lovely fragrant lavender aroma as I stroll through the lavender fields!! I’m enchanted by lovely garden music by Moe Dixon, and other great bands. And the heavenly calming lavender aroma brings sweet peace in my soul!! 🙂 Just five months away, and I can hardly wait!!  Won’t you sit back, and enjoy this daydream with me? 🙂

These beautiful photos are from our 9th annual Oregon Lavender DAZE! This is always a favorite summertime family event in our community! Many happy people show up to enjoy the festivities strolling through lavender fields, cutting fragrant lavender bouquets, dancing to the music, or just chillin under the big tents!! Oh, I’m smiling again!!

Lovely views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, and our gorgeous Hood River Valley make our setting surreal!!

We are anticipating another great year for our 12th  Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival this July 2nd & 3rd.  We have a great line-up of arts & craft vendors, food vendors, and talented bands. And as always, our Lavender DAZE T-shirts will be available! This awesome graphic art is done by our friend Steve Johannsen!! My gals and I have always tie-dyed our own Tees! They look “super cool”,  like the one my son, Nathan is wearing!  We hope you will plan to join us, and de-stress in the  heavenly calm that fills our lavender farm!!  🙂

What a sweet throw back daydream, thanks for sharing it with me!

 

P.S. For more photos of more current Lavender DAZE Festival check our Flickr

 

Lavender Blue ~ I Love Cooking With You!

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With Valentines Day coming up this weekend, Ella and I send you much Love!  Live and Love “in the moment”!  Oh Yes, we still have a few patches of snow in our yard, but Spring will arrive soon I promise!

For Valentines, I’ve created another recipe using my favorite floral herb, Lavender Blue. When I say, Lavender Blue, I’m talking about our lovely L. Angustifolia, or English Lavender. It has a beautiful blue color after it’s been dried. Our English culinary lavender is called Signature Blend. It’s a blend of several English lavenders, including a gorgeous white variety called Melissa.

So now for the recipe…

This delicious chewy, low-fat Blondie is one of my favorite cookie bars!! It’s so luscious and gooey, sure to drive your Sweethearts wild, begging for more 🙂

Enjoy! Happy baking!

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Lavender Blondies
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Recipe type: Gooey Cookie Bar
 
This delicious chewy Blondie is one of my favorite cookie bars!! It's so luscious and gooey, sure to drive your Sweethearts wild! These Blondies are also low-fat, so go ahead indulge a little, it's Valentines Day!! Enjoy with a cup of Hot Chocolate or Coffee.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour (I substituted ½ cup ground oatmeal in this recipe-optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp culinary English lavender (finely ground in spice/coffee grinder)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 large egg plus 2 large egg whites
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp cider vinegar (this helps make a moist chewy Blondie w/o all the fat)
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped)
  • ⅔ cups dried organic cranberries
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make a foil sling for your 8 x 8 baking pan with a long piece of foil about 2 inches larger than your pan. Push foil into corners of the pan, smoothing it flush. Lightly spray with vegetable oil. Combine wet ingredients in your mixing bowl, sugar, melted butter, egg and whites, vanilla, and vinegar. Mix until smooth. Stir together dry ingredients in a small bowl, flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, and culinary lavender. Add into mixing bowl and blend well. Then stir in nuts, cranberries and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out top. If you like, scatter 2 Tbsp cranberries on top. Bake 20-30 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, rotating pan halfway through baking. Let Blondies cool completely in pan, about 1 hour. Lift Blondies from the pan using foil overhang, and cut into 16 - 20 squares. Enjoy with hot chocolate or coffee. You are sure to be in Love with these tasty, chewy, gooey bars!! (Adapted from Key Ingredient)

Chewy, gooey, and simply delicious!! Begin with Organic Lavender Blue, English culinary lavender , “Signature Blend“.

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Add all ingredients, and stir gently with love.

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Enjoy these delicious Blondie treats with your sweethearts! Have a lovely Valentines Day!

Lots of Hugs,

Lavender Lady