We’re celebrating our 12th Annual Lavender DAZE Festival this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00. It’s time to love on some lavender, enjoy the warm sunshine, special moments with family & friends, and breath in that heavenly calm aroma!! 🙂
You can stroll through our fields of lavender, with surreal mountain views, as you cut your own lovely fragrant lavender bouquet!
(Photo by Cari Gesch)
We have many things at our DAZE Fest for the whole family to enjoy from live music, vendor booths, hands-on Lavender Wand making activity, children’s booth with face painting & Lady Bug release, food & fresh fruit, and even wine tasting by Stave and Stone winery.All ages can enjoy making a Lavender Wand, sometimes called a Victorian Sachet. Our gals will assist as you begin your lavender wand and give you helpful tips, using a simple basket weave with ribbon. The sweet aroma of the lavender with bring calming peace as you complete your own Wand to take home with you 🙂
The big tents are up and we’re ready to celebrate this beautiful purple flower that we love!
We greatly appreciate KATU for coming out this week for a live interview about our Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival!! Thank you!!!
We hope you’ll plan to join us with your family and friends! It’s all about lavender and it’s heavenly beauty and aroma!! Let’s get DAZED together!
What a beautiful weekend to U-pick on the farm!! This is what we’ve all been waiting for 🙂 We’re ecstatic about these gorgeous purple flowers, and many folks are too!! 🙂
People came out to pick their first lavender bouquet, and others were excited repeat customers. The lovely calming aroma lifted their spirits, as they strolled through the lavender fields in search of those perfect lovely blooms of dark purple, lavender, and even white!
The lady on the left picked lavender bouquets for her Wedding!! Awww…one happy, calm bride, with her gorgeous fragrant wedding bouquets 🙂 Each U-pick lavender bouquet is only $5.00 per bunch!!
This lil gal is too cute with her own lovely Lavender bouquet 🙂
Family fun for everyone! What could be more calming than lavender and bubbles 🙂 We’ve got the perfect spot for a picnic for you and your family, with serene views of Mt. Hood, a calm lavender breeze, and buzz of the happy Bees 🙂 We hope to see you and your family on the farm enjoying special moments together! Come out and join us! It’s sure to lift your spirits!! 🙂
FYI, this is the very beginning of our u-Pick season, and it will continue into Autumn.
Spring is unfolding little by little at our Lavender farm, so it’s time to delve into some spring clean-up!! This is one of my favorite places to be early in the year, working on the farm!! Fresh air, sunshine and a little rain, are all so invigorating to my soul!
Today I’m pruning our “Kniphofia”, or commonly known as Red Hot Poker plants. While another gal weeds around 100’s of new baby lavender plants that were planted early summer last year. Get those weeds “Out” while the roots are still tiny and the soil is soft!! Thank you!!
All 4000 lavender plants just got haircuts, in prep for this seasons blooms. The lovely lavender aroma wafts through the air surrounding us as we work 🙂 I just love to gently rub my hands across the nicely pruned lavender and inhale that fresh healing aroma. The lavender looks so beautiful and it’s not even in bloom!! We’ll have to wait until June to see blooms on these Angustifolia “English” lavender, and I Can’t Wait!!!! 🙂
Imagine yourself sitting in that chair, breathing in the calming, healing lavender aroma!! So peaceful and surreal 🙂 I love the stunning splash of color from the Kniphofia, Shasta Daisy’s and other Wildflowers!! (I took these photos the beginning of June) Not too early for our beneficial critters, this is one very happy little “Lady In Red”!! What a blessed life she has living on an organic lavender farm 🙂
We had a beautiful rainbow as we were just finishing off the day! Our senses were “delighted” by the freshly pruned lavender aroma, the sweet chirp of the Robin, and croaking tree frogs! It brought a smile to my heart!! 🙂
These are some of the first Spring flowers in our wildflower garden, Iceland Poppies, and Lupine. I can’t wait to see their glorious blooms in May!! 🙂
Be sure to visit us April 17th & 18th for our soft opening, as we celebrate “Hood River Valley’s Blossom Time Weekend” in our beautiful Valley! Your senses will be delighted by the serene peace that fills our Organic Lavender Farm!!
When I spend extended days indoors during our cold winter months, I tend to get cabin fever and “moody”, Oh No, not that!! Lavender is one of the most popular plants known for it’s medicinal and therapeutic properties having a beneficial effect on the nervous system, our nervine, soothing the nerves, balancing, and calming our emotional state. So like Mama says, “Get To The Lavender” in any way you can to receive it’s healing, calming, soothing, balancing and relaxing benefits!
Let’s consider the antiseptic/expectorant properties of lavender that assist in “Breathing”, and boosting the immune system. To receive the healing properties of Lavender, clearing the sinus, helping fight off colds, throat infections, coughs and sinusitis, one could used Lavender Essential Oil ‘neat’ on your skin or blended with a carrier oil, as our Massage Oil is. When lavender essential oil is applied on pulse points it’s healing chemistry goes directly into the blood stream. Awe…breathe in that calm!! Another one of my favorite ways to lift my mood and clear any sinus conditions, is brewing a tea using dried culinary lavender, Signature Blend, and Provence. Either of these culinary lavender are delightful in a tea, but Provence is know for it’s high Camphor chemistry, so I’ll often choose it in a cup of hot water and honey, or blended with other herbs and fruit. I drink tea several times a day, so another soothing favorite tea blend is, 1/2 tsp culinary lavender, 1-2 slices of ginger, squeeze of lemon, 1/2 tsp honey or more to taste. In the photo below, I took my soothing lavender ginger, lemon tea with me on a snowy winter walk! It warms me inside and helped bring a Smile, as I enjoyed the winter beauty and fresh air!
At other times I’ll pick one of our blended teas, and here I’m enjoying our Lavender & Mint Tea. I encourage you to get close to this beautiful healing herb Lavender, and enjoy it’s calming, healing benefits.
Winter continues here in Oregon for a couple more months, so I lift my warming soothing cuppa lavender tea, gaze out my kitchen window and see what looks like “sparkling whipped topping” on everything! It’s extremely beautiful!! I love wintertime when everything’s covered in white, such surreal beauty! When I’ve got cabin fever, another one of the best pick me ups, is getting outdoors for an invigorating snow walk. My sweet girls, Sadie (chocolate lab) and Ella (yellow lab-puppy), love to go on Snow Walks with me!
Ella loves doing her Snow Yogo!! LOL She’s a sweet mess, and bundle of energy!!
The fresh air and sunshine on my face always bring a Smile, and so does playing with my sweet girl Ella! Awe….my little Snow Angel 🙂
Today I’m making a decadent gourmet raw Lavender Chocolate Pudding with these staples in my kitchen. This is the Best Ever healthy take on a comfort food favorite that’s light, refreshing, and yes, even good for you! A perfectly luscious Valentines Day treat.
Who doesn't love pudding!! This chocolate pudding is decadent, extremely delicious, rich and creamy, with a light hint of lavender and cinnamon. A combination that's perfectly delightful and heavenly!! And it's also a "Healthy" nutrient rich good-for-you treat that can be eaten anytime of the day. It would be a wonderful Valentines Day dessert to enjoy with your favorite bestie. 🙂
2 ripe avocados
1 cup Almonds (finely ground)
¾ cup pure maple syrup
¾ cup raw cacao powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp culinary English Lavender (finely ground)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour. Garnish with any fresh or frozen fruit (I used blackberries, frozen from the summer & fresh strawberries) and whipped cream. You could also add cacao nibs & a pinch of Sel Gris sea salt on top, if you like 🙂 Enjoy!! Perfect for Valentines Day!!
Children will enjoy this tasty treat on Valentines Day as well!
Enjoy your winter in a happy way with more Lavender!
XOXO Lavender Lady
FYI: Here are a few other therapeutic qualities of lavender: analgesic (relieving pain), anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, cicatrisant (healing of cuts, wounds), deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, hypotensive, nervine (soothing the nerves) and sedative.
In the Winter I spend lots of time indoors because, “baby it’s cold outside”!! Our lavender plants are “sleeping in”, all dormant, happily covered with a blanket of snow! I love the serene beauty and stillness of our wintery lavender farm 🙂
I keep myself busy this time of year packing orders from our website, and taking care of our wholesale accounts. When I’m not doing that, I’m baking yummy breads & tasty treats for Lavender Joe, and my friends. 🙂 Here’s a link on our Pinterest of some of the Tasties that I’ve made through the past years: My Tasty Creations
I love cooking with Lavender!!
Baking has always been one of my favorite creative hobbies, and I grew up with a Mother that loved baking breads, and other pastries. When I’m baking, all my creative energy and thoughts are focused on the process, which helps me de-stress!! Baking is an amazing healing aromatherapy, especially when cooking with lavender!! As the lovely lavender aroma fills my busy kitchen, a calming peace surrounds me… just Breathe! When I’ve completed what I made, the true joy comes as I share my tasty treat with another!
Today I made a delightfully delicious Lavender Cream Cheese and Jam Bread Pudding!! It’s now my favorite bread pudding! I used our Organic Signature Blend, English Lavender. It lends a lovely delicate floral note to sweet desserts, and bread.
I begin with these pantry staples. Homemade Sourdough Bread and Organic English Lavender. Only the best raw and wholesome ingredients! Slice your day old bread to fit into your baking dish, in two layers, then remove it and begin spreading on softened cream cheese. Spread jam on each slice, in two layers. I’ve used a wonderful sweet, tart Jam that my dear husband made me, Plum Black Current Jam. It’s so yummy, sweet & tart!
Whisk together the custard ingredients: I added 1 tsp. English Lavender “whole buds”, into my mixture. If you’d like, you could grind the lavender “finely” with a little sugar in your spice grinder, for a more delicate texture. Then gently pour it over your bread, and allow to sit 30 minutes.
Place your dish of bread pudding into a larger roasting pan, and carefully fill the pan halfway with boiling water. Then it goes into your preheated oven to bake 55 minutes, or more, until custard is set.
While it’s baking, prepare this awesome, lavender bourbon whiskey sauce or whipping topping. I just tossed in 1 tsp. culinary lavender, however you could grind it more finely if you choose. One of my favorite motto’s is: “Keep it Simple and Keep it Tasty”!!
Prepare to indulge on a taste of Heaven!! This Bread Pudding may just be the “quintessential comfort food”!! It’s my favorite, hands down & thumbs up!!
It would be a delightfully delish dessert for Valentines Day with it’s lovely red color from the Jam! BTW, it’s also a Breakfast Food, served with Greek Yogurt! Yummy!
This Bread Pudding may just be the quintessential comfort food! It has a delightful tart flavor from the sourdough bread and Plum Black Currant Jam, and sweet delicate floral note from the culinary lavender. The rich, sweet sauce sets off the tartness of the fruit.. simply a taste of heaven!! Served warm with Lavender Bourbon Whiskey sauce, or whipped topping; or cold for breakfast, with a dollop of plain greek yogurt!
8 slices white bread ¼' thick (left to dry out on a rack 4 hours or overnight)
*I used my homemade Sourdough Bread
1 tsp butter
4 oz. softened cream cheese
⅓ cup good quality raspberry jam (I used Plum Black Current Jam my husband made)
2½ cups milk (I used Almond Milk)
1 tsp. culinary English lavender "Signature Blend"
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 eggs, beaten
½ cup organic sugar
*Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp ground English culinary lavender, (Hood River Lavender, Signature Blend)
⅓ cup butter, room temp.
3 Tablespoons Bourbon Whiskey or to your taste (Yukon Jack works also)
Preheat oven to 325'
Fit the bread into an 8" square pan in two layers, trimming where needed. Remove the bread from the pan, and butter pan bottom and sides. Spread cream cheese, then jam evenly over all the bread slices. (If this seems a little messy, it is)
Put one layer of bread in the bottom of the pan, cream cheese and jam side up. Then put the second layer of bread on top of the first, also with cream cheese and jam up.
Whisk together the milk, lavender, vanilla, and eggs. Add sugar and salt, whisk to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the bread in the pan and push the slices down into the milk mixture to be sure they are soaked. (cover & allow custard to soak into bread for 30 minutes)
Put this pan into a larger one, and fill the larger pan halfway with hot water. (I suggest that you do this by the stove to avoid spills) Carefully place into the oven, and Bake for about 55 minutes, or until a knife placed in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 1 hour, if you can wait that long! 😉 *Serve with Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce. Taste like heaven on earth, Goodness!
*Instructions for Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce:
Finely grind the culinary lavender, by placing ¼ cup sugar & 1 tsp lavender in a spice grinder or coffee grinder.(I tossed my culinary lavender into the pan whole) In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, lavender and egg, stir until well blended. Add butter, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey. Pour it on, freely, and enjoy a taste of heaven! (Cream Cheese Bread Pudding author:unknown, Bourbon Whiskey Sauce: Linda Stradley, I'll Have What They're Having)
One of our favorite weekends of the year has arrived–Lavender DAZE!! All year, we look forward to this chance to celebrate–friends, community, music, fun, laughter, relaxation, and LAVENDER! Won’t you come join us in the celebration?
We have an Awesome team this year, as always, and they welcome you to our “little piece of heaven” to celebrate Lavender!!
Throw back 🙂 photo taken last year.
Come have a drink. Have a bite. Have a seat in the sunshine or the shade. Listen to the music. Smell the calming lavender as you cut your own lovely lavender bouquet. Take a well deserved break from your busyness to relax and enjoy the DAZE with us!!
There’s a surreal calm lavender breeze surrounding the farm…here comes our 11th Annual Lavender DAZE 2015!! Yippee!!
*Many thanks to our guest Blogger: Sarah Salter. Thank you so very much!!
We have begun our Spring gardening on the Farm, tending our little piece of Heaven…as we call it! And it needs a lot of TLC, preparing for our lovely spring flowers that will bloom very soon! 🙂
I worked several hours today pruning, raking and weeding in the Wildflower Garden. Many of the wildflowers and shrubs that we planted over ten years ago in this Wildflower section, are Native to our area and zone 5. These flowers provide Pollinators a rich, varied diet throughout Spring, Summer and fall, as well as a safe Organic Habitat! Yeah!!
I took this photo after we finished today….the reddish top bushes are wild roses, Rosa woodsii, and surrounding them are hundreds of wildflowers, just beginning to awaken and sprout new growth! We have a path that meanders around the Wildflower Garden, and many of our customers enjoy strolling on the path, pausing to sit on a bench to relax, and breathe a little slower. It’s a favorite sitting spot for me, and many others year after year 🙂 There’s nothing like spending a few calm, quite moments in a serene garden, surrounded by beautiful, fragrant flowers…to soothe the soul, and bring focus back to the moment. <3
During May our wildflower garden will transform into a glorious flower garden filled with brilliant fragrant wildflowers…sigh. I can’t wait! I love to watch the transformation happen each day!! And when it’s in full glory, the lovely melodies from the song birds, along with the delightful fragrance of these flowers, makes me smile deep down to my soul!! I could sit in this garden forever, but for now I’m daydreaming of these beautiful Lupine, and Iceland Poppies, Papavar, showing their brilliance for all of us to enjoy…Spring is here!!! 🙂 Woohoo!!
After all that fresh air, sunshine, and gardening I’m extremely famished!! I’ll begin by making my favorite “Tahini Dip It” sauce to compliment the Tabbouleh and oven roasted veggies that I made up beforehand. And I’ll also make some oven-baked tortilla chips. Heavenly and Tasty is what I think about this Tahini Dip It sauce, and Tortilla Chips I made with Organic Corn Tortillas. I placed several tortilla shells (whole wheat and corn) on a cookie sheet, drizzle on a little olive oil, and sprinkle on my favorite herbs, spices and cheeses on top. I like to use our Hood River Lavender Spice Blend(herbs de Provence), Cumin, Pico de Gallo powder, and four cheese blend…just sprinkle on the amount you like 🙂 Then oven-bake at 400 degrees for eight to ten minutes until crisp (don’t leave the kitchen, as these chips bake quickly at this high oven heat, and depending on your oven, they might cook quicker than mine) Once removed from the oven, break into pieces and dip into this homemade “Tahini Dip It” Sauce! I also drizzled some of the Tahini Dip It sauce onto my oven roasted veggies! Lunch is On!! Yum! Best loved appetizer everytime!!
Tahini Dip It Sauce is a delightful, delish, and healthy sauce perfect for dipping veggies and homemade oven-baked tortilla chips. It's even delicious on fresh sliced local Fruit!! 🙂 Best loved party appetizers everytime!!
½ cup Tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1½ Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (make sure it's Extra Virgin Organic)
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
½ tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (more for spicy)
2-3 tsp Hood River Lavender Spice Blend (salt free) "Herbs de Provence"
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
Hot water as needed to thin down the sauce
Whisk all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Add a little hot water to thin as needed, 1 Tbsp at a time. Whisk till smooth. Taste and adjust to balance Nutty and Tart taste. Salt to taste if necessary. I didn't use any salt...not necessary.
Now grab a warm oven-baked chip and "DIP IT"!!! SOOOO GOOD & HEALTHY!
Recipe was adapted from theShiksa.com
I love to make delicious healthy meals…with a Middle Eastern Cuisine twist to it, Hummus, Tabbouleh, oven-roasted veggies, and oven baked tortilla chips…with “Tahini Dip It” sauce! Yummy!
And for Dessert……another culinary delight, “oven baked dessert tortillas”. I thinly sliced fresh, local Bosc Pears and placed them evenly around an organic tortilla shells that have been lightly coated with olive oil and then baked as above. Then I sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, culinary lavender, and feta cheese! OMGossshhh!! Heavenly Delight!! 🙂
Lavender Lady Essentials: I Love cooking with lavender!!( here are some of my favorite recipes) I think Lavender is the most delicious edible flower that lends a delicate floral note when using English Lavender, and a bold floral/savory note with using Provence in your favorite recipes! Be sure to use “Organic” Culinary Lavender.. choosing the best ingredients in your recipe! Lavender is also a beautiful, fragrant perennial flower, perfect for landscaping around your home, as well as a pollinator flower for our wonderful friend, the Bee!!!
We have hundreds of lavender starter plants in our greenhouse that are growing quickly with all these warm sunny Spring days. We’ll be selling these starter plants at our Lavender Farm on our “soft opening” weekend, Blossom Festival Weekend, April 18th-19th. I look forward to seeing you then!!
Spring Cheers!! Here’s to healthy eating and getting outdoors in the garden!!
Toxins are everywhere around us in the air, water, food and even our homes!! Let’s Detox our home with the pure plant power of Lavender!!
Our All Purpose Cleaner begins with our “hydrosol” (floral water) that is created when our steam-distillation is performed for lavender essential oil on the farm. It is a very powerful natural cleaner in itself, and even cuts grease. The very definition of the name ‘lavender’ is ‘to clean’. It is 100% botanical, biodegradable, “soil to bottle”, safe to the environment including plants, animals, land and water, and also to the user.
Because lavender is a natural antibacterial with antifungal properties, and has a long list of healing qualities, even for burns, it has been the answer for my cleaning product for over 12 years, because of my occupational dermatitis from many years as a Cosmetologist and Esthetician. I have continual infections on my hands anytime I encounter chemicals. And so, after years of practical usage and research with additional essential oils in our hydrosol, I have fine-tuned an amazingly powerful All Purpose Cleaner recipe that is 100% botanical, free of colorings or dyes, no phosphates, ammonia, butyl ethers or chlorine, and is very pleasant in aroma without synthetic fragrances. It is very effective as a spot remover, cuts grease, works well for dirt & buildup on floors, walls, counter-tops, sinks, tubs, toilets, kitchen, diaper pails, doorknobs, pet area, and even as a pre-soak additive in the laundry. The power of Nature’s own chemicals can provide solutions for Detoxing and cleaning without the harmful side-effects of contact to, or the unhealthy fumes of the chemicals used in commercial cleaning products. I have a choice for what I bring into my home & personal health gain, environmental protection, and the satisfaction of knowing that now my home, from floor to ceiling, is free of toxins. Our All Purpose Cleaner has the power needed to Detox your home with pure plant botanicals, and a fresh clean lavender aroma, sweet like a field of lavender 🙂
All Purpose Cleaner is 100% botanical, biodegradable, “soil to bottle”, safe to the environment including plants, animals, land and water, and also to the user.
Who remembers these cute “Love is..” cartoons in the newspaper?
Omgggosh…these are so special to me because they were cut out of the newspaper and given to my dear Grandmother Lucille by Grandpa Carson in 1936–! Love is…..knowing you’ll always be his “pin-up”! Love is….kissing power (and Grandpa wrote in, you make my day)! Love is….tempting! Love is….a tender flower! Gosh these are too sweet, and you could say….a little “Sappy” !
My Grandpa was a Baker in Juneau Alaska, and they lived in a small home above his Bakery. He woke early, and went downstairs to the Bakery to prepare breads and pastries for the day. He sat in his free time reading the morning paper, thinking of his sweetheart, Lucille!
He often wrote her love poems, and these are copies of just a few of them. These are my two Grandparents in the photo below 🙂
I will translate his writing, as these letters are very old and a little faded, written in 1936. My Mother printed copies for me…they are such a Treasure to me! Love is…
Love Poems written by Grandpa Carson Lawrence to his Sweetheart Lucille:
Good morning darling,
here I be writing silly poetry.
Tho I’m sleeping like a rock
Wake me sweetheart at 5 o’clock,
I will wake up with a grin
Scrape the whiskers from my chin,
When I’ve had my coffee with you
Then I’ll have a kiss or two,
And down to the basement I must go,
I’ve lots of work to do you know. 🙂
Blonde haired girl
With a twinkle in her eye,
flirts with the boys
as she passes them by.
She never will tarry
She never will pause.
Shall I tell you the secret?
Should I tell you the cause?
She has a sweetheart
Who loves her so true,
If she really meant it,
T’would make him so blue.
And she’s tender hearted,
She’d not cause him pain,
And she knows that her sweetheart
Is just a bit vain,
And thinks he’s the only one
In the world who
This blonde haired girl will
Give her whole heart too!! Poems by Grandpa Carson Lawrence
My heart is filled with Love for these two very special Grandparents of mine, I could only wish they were still with us……but their memory will live on in me, and I will hold them Forever in my Heart!
I was named after my dear Grandmother Lucille, Diane Lucille, and Grandmother loved flowers, as I do! She was the chairman of the Garden Club for many years in Juneau Alaska. Grandpa was a Baker~pastry Chef, and so my legacy has brought many natural gifts into my characteristics. I find it amazing how similar we are with our past generations. 🙂 I made this Heart Wreath a few years ago at our lavender farm during a DIY wreath class I taught 🙂
Now it’s time to begin my baking in memory of dear Grandpa Carson, with some Edible Lavender!! I wonder if he ever cooked with Lavender? Sigh….. Today I’ve picked this lacy wafer-thin almond cookie, Florentines! They are a mouthwatering flavor burst!! I’m drooling just writing about it!! Florentines for my Valentines!
These lacy wafer-thin almond cookies is simply delectable! The nutty flavor, with orange zest, combined with edible lavender gives these cookies an amazing flavor burst in your mouth!! I can't stop eating them 🙂
1¾ cups sliced, blanched almonds(about 5 ounces)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Finely grated zest of 1 orange(about 2 Tbsp)
3 tsp culinary lavender,finely ground [If you only want a light floral note, use 2 tsp]
¼ tsp fine salt
¾ cup sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 Tbsp light corn syrup (organic)
5 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2-4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper-this is a must, as the cookies will stick really badly if you don't (voice of experience~not funny).
Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, but not pasty.
Stir together the nuts, flour, orange zest, culinary lavender, and salt in a large bowl.
Place the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, then pour into almond mixture and stir just to combine. Set aside until cool enough to handle, 20-30 minutes.
Scoop rounded teaspoons of batter and press into balls. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet with 3 to 4 inches between each cookie, since cookies will spread.(This is very important)
Bake one cookie sheet at a time, and rotate ½ way through baking time, about 10-11 minutes. Cookies will be thin, golden brown color when done.
Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.
Optional chocolate topping:
Place chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, stir often, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle melted chocolate over your lovely Florentines as desired, this is your creation 🙂 And then enjoy one of your delightful mouthwatering homemade cookies, and share some with your sweetie & friends 🙂
Store your Florentines carefully, separated by waxed paper, in an air-tight container for up to 3 days..if they last that long 🙂 Recipe adapted from TVFoodNetwork
Adding finely ground culinary lavender into nuts, flour, orange zest and salt.
I also tossed a “pinch”more culinary lavender whole buds into the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter, because I wanted to… and… I’m the chef today 🙂 These will remain in the cookies for extra flavor and texture 🙂
This is the finished cookie batter cooling enough to handle, then I’ll press into small 3 inch balls and place on a prepared cookie sheet 3-4 inches apart. (these weren’t placed far enough apart, and while cooking they spread into each other, so some of my cookies were odd shaped, but still taste delightful 🙂 Spacing is important, that’s why my photo above of completed cookies, are odd shaped..I learned something new 🙂 Life & cooking is all about learning, improving and having fun with it!
Love is…A flower!!
Love is…to be shared with others!
Love is…memories held close to your heart!
And Love is…a sweet Lavender Chocolate Florentine Cookie 🙂 Enjoy!!
Happy Valentines Day to each of you!! Let your love reach out to another, and shine, like these lovely flowers!!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We give thanks with a grateful heart for all our wonderful customers!! We love sharing our calming, soothing, healing Organic Lavender with you 🙂 When Life Gets To YOU~Get To The Lavender!!
Be Well & Safe this holiday season!!
HUGE SAVINGS on your Favorite Organic Lavender Products from Hood River Lavender Farms!