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15% All Lavender this Weekend!

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Save 15% Off Everything we have on our site this weekend!

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Have a Marvelous Weekend!!!

Lavender Lady xx

We have a NEW LOOK!

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We just launched our new updated website! 

Please check it out and of course I’d love to have some feedback. 🙂

(It’s been a ton of work!)

Hood River Lavender Farms
Hood River Lavender New Website!

 

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

Lavender Ginger Brown Sugar Pound Cake

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This yummy recipe comes from Ming Tsai, and is adapted by me a tad to incorporate our Organic Culinary Lavender. It combines together with the ginger beautifully, enlivening this recipe with a delicate floral-spice flavor. We love it!

Makes 2 Loaves

Ingredients

1 lb unsalted butter

1 lb dark brown sugar

1 lb eggs (9-10 large eggs)

1 lb. all purpose flour

2 tablespoons culinary lavender “Signature Blend”

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder

ÂĽ teaspoon kosher salt

Cooking spray with flour, for greasing pans

Whipped cream, for serving

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, cream butter.
  • Add sugar and continue to cream together until light & fluffy.
  • With mixer still going, add 1 egg at a time.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, culinary lavender, ginger & salt. Sprinkle in flour mixture while beating & mix until just incorporated.
  • Spoon into greased loaf pans.
  • Bake 350 degrees in center of oven for 55-60 minutes. Cake will be done when deep golden brown and skewer comes out clean when inserted into center of cake. Allow to cool on wire rack, run knife around edge & release from pan. Serve slices with generous amount of whipped cream. Second loaf can be stored, wrapped tightly in freezer, for 2-4 weeks.

Enjoy with a warm cup of Gorge Wind Tea

Recipe was altered a tad with our Culinary Lavender, thanks to Ming Tsai.

See more Yummy Lavender recipes!

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!

Harvest Fest Weekend Oct. 16-17

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I’m preparing for the Harvest Fest weekend and can’t help but be extremely thankful for this beautiful weather we are having. 🙂 As I look out over my Lavender Farm at the perennials and annuals still in bloom-especially my petunias that reseeded themselves around the pavers of my patio, I am amazed. The hard frosts have not hit as of yet, like in most years at this time, and Joe & I even observed a butterfly this afternoon! It feels more like a September day.

Flowers still blooming around the Lavender Shoppe
Flowers still blooming around the Lavender Shoppe

Hope you can enjoy the weekend! Stop by the Lavender Farm if you are in the area and sample some Lavender Mint Shortbread & Lavender Harvest Mulling Apple Cider!

This Weekend! Lavender DAZE Festival!!!

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Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival
Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival

There are still some openings for our “Make your Own Lavender WREATH Class“.

Perfect Winter Drinks: Lavender Yerba Maté Latte Recipe

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Hey, here is a recipe on 1 of our customer’s blogs. Joe and I make this Mate drink quite ofter…

Perfect Winter Drinks: Lavender Yerba Maté Latte Recipe.

Lavender Bear

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Today I stuffed some cute lavender bears w/ lavender