Lavender Harvest Celebration

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This weekend is Harvest Festival weekend in our beautiful Hood River Valley!! We will be serving samples of my famous hot fall drink, “Lavender Ginger Cider” at our lavender farm! Our retail cottage is stocked with tons of luxurious lavender products for the weekend, including our culinary lavender, “Signature Blend” & “Provence“. Joe lavender just brought several dozen “Grosso” lavender plants out of the greenhouse. It’s not too late to get these starter plants in the Dirt 🙂 We’ve had the most awesome warm sunny fall this year, and it’s encouraged our English Lavender to explode with a lovely 2nd bloom! 🙂 Many folks have cut their own beautiful fragrant lavender posies to take home and enjoy!! What a delight for young and old, making memories on the farm!! 

Here is a wonderful, irresistible Lavender Cinnamon Pear Skillet Cake for you to enjoy with your family. Perfect with a hot cup of lavender ginger cider on a cool fall evening! Enjoy!!

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Lavender Cinnamon Pear Skillet Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-12
 
This cake is irresistible and delicious with it's delightful delicate flavor of cinnamon, lavender and fresh local Bartlett or Anjou Pears!!
Ingredients
  • 4 Pears, peeled & cored
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used ½ cup whole wheat flour & ½ cup all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons organic English culinary lavender "Signature Blend" (finely ground)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar (I used ½ cup honey)
  • 1 egg, room temp.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Butter inside of 8-9" cast-iron skillet. You can scale the recipe up or down if your skillet is a different size. I doubled the recipe since I used a 12" cast-iron skillet. Chop 2 pears, and slice the remaining 2 for top of cake. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, culinary lavender & salt in small mixing bowl. In stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar (I used honey) together on medium speed for about three minutes, then add egg and vanilla and blend on medium speed approx. three minutes, scraping sides of bowl if needed. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture mixing until blended. Use a rubber spatula to fold pears into the batter. Pour the batter into your skillet & spread out evenly. Fan the pear slices out on top of the batter. Place skillet on middle rack of oven & bake 35-45 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. I increased cooking time for several to minute intervals, checking with toothpick until center of cake was done. (You might need to bake longer if you're using large pears & doubling the recipe) Enjoy with fresh whipping cream or ice cream! This cake has a delightful delicate flavor of cinnamon, lavender and fresh pears making it irresistible and delicious!!! (adapted from vintage cakes)

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These Beautiful upick lavender bouquets were cut this month…. October 😀  Amazing!! I love it!!!

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We look forward to seeing you this coming weekend. Bring family and friends, and have fun at our celebration of this years bountiful harvest!! 🙂 Ohhh….I Love all the fresh local Pears & Apples from our beautiful Hood River Valley!!!! 🙂  Check out many varieties of locally grown fresh pears & apples and other events going on at different farms on the Fruit Loop! We have several picnic tables for you to enjoy a picnic, if you like, at our lavender farm.

We are truly thankful for all our customers that visited us during this past season and also online! You bring joy and delight into our lavender world! Cheers to Fall and the bounty of the season!!

Fall Cheers! Lavender Lady 🙂

Summer And Sweet Lavender

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Edited picWhere has the summer gone….June and July just flewwwww  by, and here goes August…Sigh.. Cheers to mellow September!! I’m past due on my blog posts…my only excuse is that this is our Peak Of Season on our U-pick Lavender Farm,  and also harvest time 🙂 My life is a blurrrrr, that is “a calm blur” 😉

Our 10 annual Lavender DAZE Festival was a huge success once again!! We want to thank everyone that traveled out for the day, or Daze 🙂 We were delighted with music by Moe Dixon…again, Pete Krebs & Portland Playboys, Victor Johnson, Richard Tillinghast & Onehum, MacMillan, McAlexander & Bell Trio, and Barlow Road!! Such great tunes! There were many dancers, children and adults all found it irresistible! Family fun relaxing together in the calm fields of lavender, close to nature. Pure bliss!!

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Joe Bon & I, Lavender Lady, Chillin at our 10th Annual Lavender DAZE 🙂 Summer time for family fun and making memories!! Thanks to everyone that traveled out to join us in our celebration of lavender!!!!! We <3 YOU!

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IMG_5013We had Wahkeena Exposures as our professional photographer at our Lavender DAZE Festival!! Thank you Cari Gesch for all the Awesome photos you took!! You are an extremely talented, gifted photographer, and wonderful friend!!

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Lovely English Lavender, Blue River dried bouquets for decor in my retail cottage.
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We all enjoyed Solstice Wood Fire Pizza at our DAZE 🙂 Thank you Arron for providing your awesome pizza delights!

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Everyone also enjoyed a juicy Peach from Doris, with Fortner Farms! Local fruit from our beautiful Hood River Valley!! Awe….a lil sweet taste of  heaven!!

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Our awesome gals assisted in making our 10 annual Oregon Lavender DAZE a fabulous event!!! Thank you special ladies!!!

Our summer harvest has been a huge bounty again this year! Many Angustifolia bouquets were harvested and dried for sales in our retail cottage at our U-pick lavender farm, and on our website. We steam distilled a large quantity of precious calming lavender essential oil!!  Many folks traveled out to our Upick lavender farm to stroll around, relax in a chair or just lie in the grass and enjoy the calming lavender aroma, and cut their own lovely lavender bouquet to take home and enjoy the beautiful sweet aroma.

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We had the most wonderful time meeting new faces, and friends that visited over the summertime!!Thank you for your love and support through the years…We love you!!

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With summertime on a wrap……. I feel like I can enjoy a few more moments of leisure 🙂 perhaps laying in the grass reading a good book, taking a short nap, or playing with my sweet lab, Ella!! She is 7 months old…pure joy and energy that keeps me on my lavender toes 🙂 And you will be thrilled to know that our greeter for the past 9 years, Sadie girl, is still going strong at 14 years old! We are thankful for each day that we have her with us still! Ella is giving her a reason to get up and PLAY  🙂

We hope you had a wonderful summer! Cheers and blessings to you,  happy mellow September!

XO Lavender Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Pure Beauty and Calming Bliss At Lavender DAZE!

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I am excited about our 10th annual Lavender DAZE Festival this coming weekend, 19th & 20th. Woohoo!! I hope you plan to join us in the celebration of pure beauty and calming bliss in fields of lavender among 1000’s a flowers, bees and ladybugs 🙂 FYI~we have our Lavender DAZE T’s in stock in our Retail Cottage at our lavender farm, so come by & grab one while supplies last!! IMG_4602IMG_3811Sunset at hrl July 17 chairs for YOU best These chairs are for you! Come sit and de-stress with us as you enjoy the calming peacefulness that surrounds our lavender farm.

 

 

 

Focus On The Flowers…No Stress Here!!

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Ahhhh 🙂 Summertime and lovely Lavender flowers, bringing their healing, calming blissful aroma!!  Our lavender farm is “bursting” into lovely, fragrant blooms that are intoxicating and glorious 🙂

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Beautiful daze for lavender and family fun on the farm!!

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Every day is delightful, & serene on our lavender farm, bringing 100’s of folks from all over the country to u-pick their own lovely lavender bouquet, and spend relaxing moments together. We’ve had several large tour groups just this week, one group was with the Kentucky Farm Bureau. They enjoyed a short tour, sampled our refreshing lavender lemonade, as they relaxed on our patio or stroll around touching the heart & essence of this stunning, fragrant flower~Lavender!! Several enjoyed cutting their own lavender bouquet to carry home with them!! Thank you for visiting us!

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Cheers 🙂

Lavender Lady

 

Are you seeking a unique, surreal new adventure?

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Where would you turn to find information, if you’ve never been to our lavender farm, or our beautiful Hood River Valley? You might consider the world’s largest consumer travel review site…Trip Advisor.  On “TripAdvisor” you can read reviews from real people seeking fun, new adventures.

We’re ecstatic, about receiving an award from TripAdvisor!! This is the BEST type of accolade! Our customer ratings earned us the 2014 Certificate of Excellence award!!! We are pumped, and extremely grateful for our terrific Customers!!! THANK YOU!!!We love you, our awesome customers, who visited our Organic Upick Lavender Farm and then took the time to write these reviews!!  🙂 

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Who are the folks that visit? Everybody, lovers of Lavender, of all ages, seeking a quaint, serene, peaceful, calming break from their busy lifestyle. Those seeking a unique lavender farm experience!! Some folks have never been to a lavender farm, and are looking for a unique, fun adventure outside, seeing, smelling, and touching the heart of our lovely lavender!! We’ve been called “a little piece of heaven” for years now, because of the quiet, surreal setting of our U-pick Lavender Farm. Nestled between two snow capped mountains, with vista views of our beautiful Hood River Valley!!

If you are seeking a unique fun adventure with your family this Memorial Weekend…look no further! This weekend we will be serving samples of our delicious, refreshing Lavender Lemonade. As you sip on your aromatic flavor delight, you may be entertained by our sweet little humming birds that dance around our patio feeders 🙂 You might choose to relax awhile on a garden chair or bench, and disconnect as you blow bubbles!  A relaxing stroll around our Wildflower Garden is a delight for your senses!! We have 100’s of gorgeous Iris, Lupine, Blue Flax, Shasta Daisy’s, Fox Glove, and Giant Pink & White Iceland Poppy’s, to name just a few of the beautiful, fragrant flowers that your eyes & nose will both enjoy as you stroll along the path 🙂

Don’t forget your camera to capture a few pics for memories of your visit to share with your family & friends later. As you stroll around our quiet serene lavender farm you will be delighted to hear the lovely serenade of birds singing, from Quail, tiny Sparrow (thrush), Humming Birds, Red Tail Hawk, and Kestrel Hawks that frequently fly past our farm.

Aww…taking a moment to smell the flowers!! It makes my soul happy every time I look into the face of a flower & smell it’s lovely aroma!  🙂
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This is truly one of those stunning delights to behold, Iceland Poppy, Papaver somniferum 🙂

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Best best di pic3These three sisters visited us this week, and paused for a few relaxing moments in our wildflower garden. Wouldn’t you love to spend your birthday in a fragrant, serene, peaceful garden? 🙂

We will be open for Memorial Day weekend on our U-Pick Farm, normal hours and serving up some yummy Lavender Lemonade samples. Although our lavender isn’t quite in bloom yet..we’re patiently waiting…we have 100’s of gorgeous Wildflowers in bloom. We hope you will plan to visit and take in the beauty while you sip some Lavender Lemonade. Our Retail Cottage is stocked with lots of Lavender Goodies for you to enjoy and take home too.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and your family!!

Enjoy the long weekend, and please don’t forget to honor those who have served, and remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We love our Veterans!!

XX Lavender Lady

It’s Green All Around Our Lavender Farm

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Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Mother’s out there!! <3  And Happy May!
I love seeing all the green around our farm!! The spring rain that we had yesterday and today will definitely encourage lots of new growth of flowers and weeds alike….Time to get into the “rhythm of the season”…the natural process of things in the garden, and farming. It starts with a Dream, lots of intention, action, patience, more action, more patience, Faith, a Vision, more Action with garden gloves, trowel, hoe & shovel 🙂  Oh the joy, and reward farming brings!! I love spending time on my farm, breathing the fresh country air, and the wonderful smell after the cool spring rain!! There’s so much energy that flows into my bones & muscles when I’m outside on the farm working, or when I just relax on a bench! 🙂
 As I gaze across our fields of lavender plants, I anticipate this summers blooming beauties, their heavenly fragrance and all the wonderful folks that will visit our farm! 🙂 My heart jumps at the thought of it happening again little by little…day by day our farm will transform, and 1000’s of lovely bees and birds will enjoy our organic space with us.. Serene, quiet, and peaceful  <3
These two ladies visited yesterday, shopped in my retail cottage, then enjoyed a few moments relaxing, blowing bubbles together! Yes, blowing bubbles in the rain!!…it’s exhilarating & joyful, you should try it 🙂
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This is our “10th” year at our Upick farm!!We are Super excited about the season ahead!! We are open for the season now, seven days a week, 10:00-5:00 Monday through Saturday, and 11:00-5:00, Sunday. Yeah!! 🙂
Below is a photo I took last year in July with 1000’s of gorgeous lavender in bloom, and beautiful Mt. Hood! When our farm  transforms the fragrant beauty is amazing, magical, and breath-taking.. delightful eye candy!!
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My first lovely Lupine, “Blue Bonnet”, bursting out of winter sleep with her loveliness for us to enjoy! There will soon be 100’s more to follow, and Iris also 🙂 Be sure to visit this month to see the wildflower garden at the center of our farm! It will unfold with showy beautiful colors & fragrant aromas. (I will be posting photos daily on Instagram, my handle is: “lavenderlady”, for you to experience each moment with me)  Awe…what joy! 🙂

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I took this photo of our farm early in June facing north toward Mt. Adams in Washington. I love the “splash of color” from the Torch Lilly Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia uvaria, and Shasta Daisies!!
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Bright and cheerful, lovely and fragrant…always sure to bring a Smile!! 😀
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Today I scattered more flower seeds into my Wildflower Garden. These beauties are another lavender-colored flower,  Papaver somniferur. I can hardly wait to see their faces dancing in the breeze. 🙂 Again, I will need patience as I wait on the process, for the seeds to germinate, and the spring rain today will help in that process.
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Oh the Joy of Farming! Happy Spring!
* I want to introduce my newest baby at the farm, Baby Ella 🙂 Here she is with her lavender “green” head wreath, that I made for her, to celebrate May!! And she’s already lovin her green life on a Lavender Farm! 🙂
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Ella is my sweet Joy!!!! 🙂  She is 11 weeks old now, a Lab-Golden Retriever mix. Our 13 yr old Lab, Sadie girl, is a huge help training her. Below, Baby Ella at 8 weeks when I brought her home to our lavender world. 🙂 Precious baby! When I went to pick her out of the large litter of 9 pups…she came up and sat on my foot 🙂 OMGoodness, she was meant for me, she choose me!!  🙂 Sigh….such sweetness!! We <3 her, and Sadie girl is warming up to her silly Puppy energy…the other day Sadie was chewing on Ella’s chew toy, KONG! Good girl Sadie & Ella!
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We are training Ella to be our new Greeter on the Lavender Farm 🙂 The pic above is her first visit to the farm, and she was thrilled to romp around her new lavender world!! And what a fun, fragrant…calm lavender world it is!!
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Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful, loving, caring, giving Mother’s!! I will be sharing samples of my favorite Lavender Lemonade today and Sunday to celebrate Mother’s that visit 🙂
Our Retail Cottage is bursting with the heavenly, calming aroma of lavender and our soothing, healing, tasty lavender products. When customers visit, I say, “Welcome to our farm & be sure to visit our “aromatherapy cottage”… quaint with a big Aroma”!
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XX Lavender Lady

 

Lavender Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins

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We had a fabulous “Soft Opening” weekend! I want to thank all our wonderful visitors that dropped by to enjoy our Spring Celebration with us! This cute couple enjoyed a picnic, others strolled around the garden, many paused to “destress” blowing bubbles with friends & family! Being out in nature is a wonderful tonic to help destress & relax, and that’s just what I experienced this weekend, along with all the visitors. The humming birds were so delightful to watch, fluttering around us, in the warm sunshine & fresh country air 🙂 Heavenly!! I was thrilled that the Pear Orchard adjacent to our lavender farm was at it’s peak beauty for our soft opening weekend!

Spring Cheers!!! 🙂

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IMG_0203Just for laughs 🙂 I took this pic of Cas, on his first visit to our lavender farm! Cool dude!

Here is a recipe of my favorite snack muffin that I carry alone with me when I’m out working “on the farm”! I am baking up 2-3 dozen to freeze, then I’m sure to have a high energy, tasty snack after “digging in the dirt” and tending my Lavender Farm! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

The combined flavors of coconut, culinary lavender, vanilla, and blueberries give this muffin a delicious, tasty, mouth-watering aromatic flavor that you can’t resist!! Coconut flour is an excellent non-grain alternative, with a mild coconut flavor. The coconut flour and chia seeds add a powerhouse of energy, omega 3’s, protein, and fiber, that will keep you powered as you “dig in the dirt” tending your garden. This recipe is GF and Dairy Free!  Good eats <3

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Lavender Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins
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Recipe type: (GF and Dairy Free) Healthy Muffins
 
Lavender Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins are delicious, and filling. Perfect for breakfast on the run, or a snack at tea time. Coconut flour is an excellent, healthy non-grain alternative, with a mild coconut flavor that works great combined with culinary lavender, blueberries, and vanilla. Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon ground culinary lavender(I used our Signature Blend-English Lav.)
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 5 eggs (I used 3 whole and 2 whites only)
  • 4 Tablespoons organic coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons organic Chia Seeds (I used 2 Tablespoons ground Chia Seeds)
  • 1 cup fresh organic blueberries (I used 1 cup dried blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place coconut flour, salt and baking soda in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk honey, coconut milk, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Gently stir wet mixture into dry ingredients, and then add ground chia seeds & blueberries. Pour batter into greased or lined muffin tins, filling ¾ full. Bake for 25 minutes until muffins begin to turn golden brown and cooked through. Immediately remove from tins and cool on rack. Enjoy with a cup of your fav beverage 🙂 Recipe adapted from Nutiva.com.

Lavender Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins

Makes 1 doz. muffins.
Coconut flour is an excellent non-grain
alternative, with a mild coconut flavor. This recipe is GF and Dairy Free!

1 cup organic Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon ground culinary lavender(I used our Signature Blend-English Lavender)
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoon raw honey
1 cup coconut milk
5 eggs (I used 3 whole & 2 egg whites only)
4 Tablespoon organic Coconut Oil, melted
4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Tablespoon organic Chia Seeds (I used 2 Tbsp ground Chia Seeds)
1 cup fresh organic blueberries (I used 1 cup dried blueberries)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place coconut flour, salt and baking soda
in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk honey, coconut milk, eggs, coconut oil
and vanilla. Gently stir wet mixture into dry ingredients, and mix in ground
chia seeds & blueberries. Scoop batter into greased or lined muffin tin,
filling 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes until muffins begin to turn golden brown
and cooked through. Immediately remove from tins and cool on rack.

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Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and then add ground Chia Seeds & blueberries. (It will look really wet at first, then instantly the coconut flour will absorb the liquids as you blend it all together)

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Scoop batter into greased or lined muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes until muffins begin to turn golden brown. I like to insert a tooth pic to check center of muffins, and if tooth pic comes out clean then muffins are done. Immediately remove from tins and cool on rack.

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Enjoy a warm muffin with a soothing cup of tea or coconut milk..breathe & relax a few moments. I love adding the delicious aromatic flavor of lavender to my culinary delights!! The combined flavors of lavender, blueberries, vanilla, honey and coconut milk lend an amazing delicious flavor to these Lavender Blueberry Chia Muffins.  And the coconut flour and chia seeds adds a powerhouse of energy, omega 3’s, and fiber, that will keep you reaching for another one at snack-time 🙂    (Recipe adapted from Nutiva.com)

What’s you favorite lavender recipe?
XX Lavender Lady

 

Spring Lovin’ Celebration On The Farm

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I just love this time of year! Many lovely flowers are showing sign of new growth in our Wildflower Garden and around our Lavender Farm. I get excited when I stroll around the path in our wildflowers, and see little green flowers sprouting up everywhere! Then I spot the newly developed foliage of my favorite color splash, Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppy)! Oh, such a lovely giant, pink Papaver nudicule, like an umbrella amid many other lovely flowers! I can’t wait to see her again, standing tall with the lovely purple Lupine!!
An amazing transformation will occur in our wildflower garden sometime in May, as 100’s of beautiful, fragrant flowers burst out in their gorgeous Beauty for us to see! 🙂 My heart jumps at the vision in my mind of all these flowers dancing together!  What a beauteous aroma and sight it will be!! I love my job, out in nature, on the lavender farm! The picture with my sweet dog, Sadie, is what our wildflowers look like now!!
Sadie joins us in the fun, digging in the dirt, and sleeping in the warm sunshine! Awe…even our farm dog has a Good Life!! :-
Spring Gardening with one of my wonderful helpers, whooping on those weeds! Teamwork makes gardening fun out in the fresh country air! I hope you have a small garden to enjoy nature, because it’s soothing & refreshing to the soul 🙂
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Our lavender plants are all getting a “trim”, and don’t they look Pretty 🙂 We are preping the farm for our “soft opening, April 19th and 20th, 10:00-5:00! We will be celebrating Spring,”Blossom Festival Weekend”, along with many other farms on our Fruit Loop in our gorgeous Hood River Valley. Here is a link to some of the other events that will be happening that weekend: http://hoodriver.org/
Our lovely lavender blooms in June, but our wildflower garden has many lovely flowers just beginning to poke the heads up, so be sure to bring your camera when you come out to visit us. We will have our Retail Cottage stocked with all our luxurious lavender products. Here is a link to our website:http://hoodriverlavender.com/ We will also have many small lavender starter plants on sale, and samples of Lavender Lemon Cookies, and Lavender Gorge Wind Tea. We hope you will plan to stop by, enjoy a luscious lavender lemon cookie, lavender tea, and celebrate Spring with us.
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I love to incorporate lavender’s aromatic flavor into my recipes, and I’ll be glad to share this recipe for my Lavender Lemon Cookie. It’s light, delicious, and delightful for a Spring Luncheon or Tea Party! I’ve created adorable Bunny’s and Easter Eggs using vintage cookie cutters from my dear Grandfather, who was a Baker in Juneau Alaska. <3

Lavender Lemon Cookie
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 dozen
 
Light & delicious cookies, delightful for your Spring Luncheon or Tea Party!
Ingredients
  • 2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons English Lavender (Signature Blend-finely ground)
  • 2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, salt and ground lavender until fluffy. Add the beaten eggs, vanilla and mix well. Then add lemon juice and mix well. Add in flour and mix on slow speed just until dough comes together. (don't over mix) Divide the dough into two mounds and place each between two pieces of wax paper. Flatten into rounds about ½" thick. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. (I like to chill the dough for 3-4 days before baking, which allows the wonderful flavor of lavender & lemon to meld together)
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Flour your work surface well. Take half of the dough out of the fridge. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin, taking care not to overwork the dough. Cut out shapes with you favorite cookie cutters. I'm using two vintage cookie cutters, a bunny & egg, which belonged to my dear Grandfather, who was a Baker in Juneau Alaska. 🙂 Carefully move the cookie shapes to a parchment covered cookie sheet, and place them ½ inch apart. Bake until the cookies are slightly golden, about 6-8 minutes. Use a thin spatula to move the cookies to cooling rack. Ice your cookies with colored icing and sprinkles, if you like. Enjoy a warm one with milk or Tea! Happy Spring & Happy Easter! (Recipe adapted from Celebrate Lavender Festival Cookbook, Sequim)

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IMG_7759Enjoy baking these delicate, luscious Lavender Lemon Cookies! I will look forward to seeing each of you at our Spring Celebration!!

Lovin Spring! Lavender Lady XX

 

 

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Have a Marvelous Weekend!!!

Lavender Lady xx

Spring Into Lavender Green Cleaning!

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I’ve been outside the past few days working in the dirt, weeding, pruning lavender plants, and wildflowers at our farm. It feels so good to be outside at the farm again, and have dirt under my fingernails 🙂  I’ve been dreaming about it!! I love feeling the warm sunshine on my face, and the sweet song of the birds! Spring is Springing up around our lavender farm, and there are a few early Spring flowers blooming, Rock Cress, Snowdrops, Crocus, and Daffodils!Best dirty Work at lavBest Pic Spring

 

Now I need to delve into the dirty work in my house and get some spring cleaning done…however, I’d much rather be outside in the garden 🙂 Sigh…

To start I might grab some of our Lavender Hydrosol from our Lavandin X-Intermedia and spritz it around the house. I could also, just use a bottle of our 100% natural All Purpose Cleaner (which has a base of our lavender hydrosol along with several dirt & grease fighting natural essential oils), and get started on my household dirty work.

Did you know that lavender essential oil and lavender hydrosol (plant water or distillate water) have beautiful antibacterial, antiseptic, and  anti-fungal  properties, which makes them perfect for your natural lavender green cleaning…and they bring that fresh smell of a lavender fields into your home as well 🙂

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Our All Purpose Cleaner is made with 100% Pure Botanicals, and is Organic. Several years back I started making my own cleaner out of our organic lavender hydrosol because of it powerful disinfectant properties. A majority of the ingredients come directly from our lavender plants. The base is our Organic Lavender Hydrosol, and into it I added 7 pure “powerhouse” plant essentials oils, which are also antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal.

No harsh chemicals in this lovely product, just natural plant cleaning power…Hooray! I get very excited about that, because I have occupational dermatitis in my hands, from being a Cosmetologist/Aesthetician for 26 years. I “never” use cleaning products that contain chemicals now. I just spray on my All Purpose Cleaner and follow up with a hot soapy cloth or mop. This cleaner is safe for the user and the environment! It cuts grease, dirt & buildup on floors, walls, counter-tops, sinks, tubs, toilets, kitchen, diaper pails, doorknobs, and even mirrors, without streaks, while it deodorizes with a naturally pure fresh & clean aroma!

I started a cleaning routine several years ago when my daughter was young. We started a list of different chores that needed to be done, whose job it was, and how often it would be done. Then we set a timer, and worked steady to complete the task in 15 minutes, or as close to that as possible. So, we were essentially just doing 15 minute clean-up’s..not “Household Chores” that drug on all afternoon..heh!  Just changing the name to “15 minute clean-up” made all the difference!! So get your team together, that means everybody that lives in the house, roll up your sleeves, and get lavender-green with your cleaning! You can keep your home clean, and your family healthy, and that includes your pet area, by simply making your own household cleaner or using our organic All Purpose Cleaner.

I’m hooked, and many of our customers are also hooked on our lovely 100% natural cleaner. They tell me, they can’t believe how beautiful and fresh the aroma of their house is after cleaning with it.. like a field of lavender flowers! So get into your Lavender Green “15 minutes clean-up” and clean with enjoyment! Your house will soon begin to sparkle, and the aroma will be sweet & fresh as our  fragrant lavender! Breathe…sigh…SMILE 🙂

How Toxic are Your Household Cleaners?

Lavender Lady Essentials:
Next time you clean your toilet
bowl, try adding 1/2 cup baking
soda for scrubbing out any hard
water stains. First add 1 cup
All Purpose Cleaner into the
toilet bowl, then pour in 1/2 cup
baking soda, and let it set
10 minutes. Swish it around and
scrub until it sparkles 🙂

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Happy Spring! Even our sweet lab, Sadie is happy about warmer days! Cheers to lovely fragrant flowers and warm sunshine! It’s time for a celebration, with a Spring Garden Party! I brought my little lavender doll out to the garden for some fresh air and sunshine. We’re enjoying sunny lavender lemon cookies…num num!

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Awe..this birds nest in my Wild Rose bush captures the season of Spring so well…it displays the beauty of new life! Happy Spring to you all!!!

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This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.