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Memories of Summer 2015 on the Lavender Farm

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Wow, Summer went by in a whirl, blowing right into Fall, and here we are at Winter already! We have sweet memories of our summer daze on the farm that will keep our hearts warm, and smiling throughout the cool Winter months ahead. Let’s have fun reflecting back for a bit.  🙂

What’s more fun than relaxing in the warm sunshine with your family and friends, picking lovely, fragrant bouquets of lavender, or just sitting awhile in the quiet, surreal beauty of nature?!!  That’s what folks that visited us did, along with enjoying picnics, blowing bubbles, meandering through the wildflower garden, and lavender fields as the sweet lavender aroma surrounded them with peaceful calm!! 🙂IMG_9192Baby Memorial Garden 2015Best bubbles in Baby Memorial Garden Best lavender daze pic 2 bob koch IMG_3368Cutiest little upicker in cottage hr lavender farm before DAZE Fest july 2015

I’m happy for the changing seasons that we have in Oregon, because.. “each moment of the year has it’s own beauty”, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said! So we embrace each season, and breathe in the calming beauty that it brings into our lives! 🙂

We had one of the Hottest summers that I can remember this year!! Just keeping our flowers watered around the farm was extremely challenging!!  Every time we turned around, it was time to water, and deadhead spent flowers again! I’m thankful for my wonderful team of gals that assisted at different times during the week, maintaining the beautiful floras, and assisting with our visitors. 🙂 We made humor as much as possible to keep positive, and drank lots of water to keep hydrated!! I often said, “grab your water bottle, and let’s go deadhead spent flowers on the California Poppy’s, and other flowers, around our farm, and see how long we can keep them blooming”! I’m happy to say that many of our California Poppy’s were still blooming into the Fall season!! The wonderful calming aroma at our lavender farm certainly helped keep our attitudes balanced, happy and calm!! IMG_6049 IMG_8875 Best little upicker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Wild Asters were exceptionally gorgeous this year also. 🙂 This awesome pink Aster in the front of our retail cottage, to the left of my window box, reseeded this year from our wildflower garden! It was an extremely lovely splash of color, and a treat that our bees loved, as well as everyone that visited!!

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Collage of gorgeous flowers at our lavfarmAs the season changes, we look forward to making beautiful memories in the New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We at Hood River Lavender wish you a Joyous Holiday making memories with your family and friends. Be well, safe and happy!!

 

Girl Power, and Teamwork at it best!! Thank you, to my awesome gals!! Lavender DAZE 2015 5IMG_3369

Holiday cheers, Lavender Lady 🙂

Di Lavender lady with big gross bleu bouquet july 2015

Happy New Year 2015 Brings A Fresh Look Thru A Child’s Eyes

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To ring in the New Year 2015, I want to start by gazing into these cheerful photos, being transported back to warmer summer days at our fragrant calming lavender farm! Awe… Inhale deeply with me, and let the sweet heady aroma surround you, and encourage peace & relaxation……..as I tell you of a very precious, special moment I experienced while running my lavender farm one summer day 🙂

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Through A Child’s Eyes & Heart <3   One summer day a couple visited with their young daughter, about 6-7 years old. They spent a few moments strolling around our lavender farm, and then walked into my Retail Cottage to check out our lavender products. Their daughter said, ” Mama, can I  go out and walk in the Maze, to relax and meditate”. Her mother said, ” certainly honey” 🙂  At first, I didn’t understand what she was asking, “walk in the Maze”, what Maze is she speaking about. Then I watched her walking toward my Wildflower Garden. I understood it then,  she wanted to meander along the little path through our fragrant Wildflowers, and maybe sit on a bench relaxing, and meditate a few quiet moments in nature!! 🙂 I thought, how beautiful is this!! Wow, if only we adults could get back to our youthful days, and live simply, in the moment with a Youthful Heart finding more peace and joy right where we are!!! This is my New Year’s resolution!! 🙂 Finding simple, quiet, peaceful moments right where I am each day, and sharing it with others!! Whether it’s relaxing at a  lavender farm, a park bench in the city, or a seat on the bus….there is peace, joy and love to be found, right where you are!!!

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I wanted to share this Yummy Lavender Lemon Bar recipe with you. It has a delicious light floral, lemony flavor that is sure to be a hit at your New Years’ Party or Tea Time! Enjoy!!

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Lavender Lemon Bars
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
 
This lavender lemon bar has a delicious light floral, lemony flavor that will delight your senses with a taste of summer! The addition of culinary lavender, and chopped raw cranberries lends to an amazing floral note,a luscious fruit flavor, and texture giving these bars a heavenly flavor burst that makes you drool......wanting more!!
Ingredients
  • Lavender, Lemon and Cranberry crust:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan
  • ½ cup organic granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground culinary lavender
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 7 Tablespoons lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  • Sprigs of lavender, garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with aluminum foil (with a 2 inch overhang on all four sides) and grease the bottom and sides with butter.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with sugar, culinary lavender, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on medium-low until incorporated.
  5. Mix in the cranberries and lemon zest.
  6. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.(I pricked the bottom of the crust several times with a fork before placing it into the oven)
  7. Bake until slightly brown, about 25 minutes.
  8. For the Filling: Make while the crust is baking.
  9. Whisk together the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
  10. Pour the filling over the baked crust and continue baking until the filling sets and is slightly brown on the edges, about 25 minutes or more. (Continue cooking longer, 2-3 minutes, until filling completely sets up)
  11. Let cool completely in the pan. Use the foil edges to help lift the bars out of the baking pan.
  12. Cut into 24 or more squares and dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with lavender sprigs! These yummy Lavender Lemon Bars are sure to be a hit at your New Years Party!
  13. (Recipe adapted from Chuck Hughes,Lemon-shortbread-cookies)

 

Whatever your New Year goals or resolutions are for 2015, we wish you the Best in life, in the Simple Moments each day!!  

Happy New Year 2015 from Hood River Lavender!!Relax and Get Close To Lavender..be Calm & be happy!!

Lavender Lady

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