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Love Bluebird Winter Days

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Fresh baked Provence Herb Focaccia Bread for dinner! Ahhh..the released aroma of freshly baked bread fills my house, and warms my senses!  On these slower, cold winter days, I spend most of my day inside and I enjoy quality time on my favorite hobbies like baking rustic breads, reading, watching movies, pinning photos of our Lavender Farm on Pinterest, “eating”, and sipping lavender herbal tea!

I love to get outdoors for a brisk walk with our two dogs, Sadie and Gunther. The day I took this photo, it was such an extremely gorgeous, cold, yet Bluebird day, with few clouds in the sky. Just perfect!  The lavender plants sit dormant in the warm winter sun. Calm and peaceful is the feeling I have as I walk around our lavender farm taking in the beauty. 🙂

Today I received an order for one pound of our bulk loose lavender, for our customer making sachets out of lovely Doilies! Wonderful idea… in fact I’ve made a few similar sachets for a few of my friends. It makes a beautiful gift to give, that is handmade, personal, and given with love 🙂  <3 Maybe a great idea for next month on “Valentine’s Day” <3

Below is my favorite recipe for Focaccia Bread. A wonderful, quick flat bread with herbs, and lots of yummy flavor!

Provence Herb Focaccia

For the dough:

2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/2 cup white unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oatmeal or ground flax seed
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 Tablespoons Rosemary
1 1/2 Tablespoons Provence Culinary Lavender
2 Tablespoons honey
6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the topping:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

Make the dough: Add 1 1/2 cups of warm “to touch” water in mixer bowl. Then add yeast, white flour, honey, and let sit 10 minutes to “proof”.  Then add olive oil, and salt, and mix 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, whole wheat flour, oatmeal or ground flax seed, rosemary, Provence culinary lavender, and mix to make a soft dough that does not stick to the sides of the bowl. (Add a few more tablespoons of flour if necessary) Place dough on floured counter top and knead 5-8 times. Place dough in large oiled bowl; cover with towel or plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. (Or let it rise in the refrigerator for 24 hours; return to room temperature before proceeding, about 1 1/2 hours)

Cut the dough in half. Place on 2 oiled 11×17 baking sheets. (Apply oil to hands to prevent dough from sticking). Push out dough with your fingers and palm, until it extends almost to the sides of the sheet. (you may need to let the dough rest 8 minutes for it to stretch easily) Then press out toward sides again.

Topping: Mix the olive oil with 1/4 cup of room-temperature water and the salt. Pour over the focaccias. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons Hood River Lavender Spice Blend on top. Dimple with your fingers; let rise at room temperature for 35-45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Bake 12-15 minutes. This recipe also works great for making Mini Pizza Crust. Children will enjoy covering crust with topping, making a personal mini pizza! 🙂 You will need to extend the cooking time if necessary.
**It is also great to add olives, sundried tomatoes, and chopped garlic on top before baking.**

Recipe adapted from Fox 12 Oregon. ENJOY 🙂

Crisp Air Of Fall Brings Pear Celebration

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It’s September, and it’s starting to feel like fall is just around the corner. I don’t think I’m ready for summer to end, so let’s hope for a few more beautiful sunny days. The orchards around the valley are picking Bartlett pears, just in time for this weekends “Pear Celebration“! If you’re out for a drive, be sure to follow the “Fruit Loop” up through our gorgeous valley, and take in some serene sites. We will have samples of our Famous Gorge Wind Tea, and Lavender Mint Shortbread. We have tons of jars of our yummy Lavender Cherry Pear Marmalade for sampling in our retail cottage. Also, we are having 2-for-1 U-Pick Lavender bouquets all weekend!

Lavender Mint Shortbread right from the oven...
Lavender Mint Shortbread right from the oven...
Maria from Kona Henna visits the farm!
Maria from Kona Henna visits the farm!

Spring Opening And Plant Sale

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We are busy manicuring our lavender farm, and filling our Retail Shoppe with lovely lavender products, for our weekend open house. We are looking forward to a wonderful sunny weekend, with many people touring the valley with their families for the 57th Hood River Valley Blossom FestivalHood River Lavender Farms invites you to sample some lavender “Gorge Wind tea” and our famous lavender Scones. Take home rare Organic Lavender plants, pick up some much needed lavender items and enjoy the Spring blossoms on the trip here. The Lavender retail shoppe is opening this weekend and will stay open for the remainder of the season.

Start Time: Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:00am 5:00 pm

Location: 3801 Straight Hill Rd, Hood River, OR 97031

Hood River Lavender Farms
Admission: Free
Map: here
This is the Hood River County Blossom Festival Weekend. There are lots of special events going on in the valley, with something to do for everyone. Come out to the country and visit us!

Blossom Weekend – open for the season

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Our little Lavender Gift Shoppe
Our little Lavender Gift Shoppe

I’m Spring cleaning my retail cottage getting ready to open for the season this Friday 12:00-5:00, Sat.-Sun. 10:00-5:00 for Blossom Weekend. We are hoping for blossoms on the fruit trees, our premier attraction at this time in this beautiful valley, but…we’ll just keep our fingers crossed. The forecast says “Sunshine”, so come out, and bring your camera for the spectacular mountain views and various flowering trees. 🙂 It’s still too cool to plant flowers in my window boxes. I’ll have to wait until after the last frost, which might be around the first of May, since we’re in zone 6 to 7.

 

Although the flowers are few at this time, I’m packing our Retail Shoppe full of various fragrant lovely products from Lavender Parfum, Lavender Essentials, and gloriously fragrant lavender sachets, to name just a few. I love our little 8 x 10 retail cottage, because it’s really quite easy to clean due to it’s size!! 🙂 Don’t we all wish our own homes could be small, and easy to clean..less clutter..small is good, and quaint in this case. When our dream of this lavender farm began 5 years ago, we considered building a small structure. But as it turned out, because of cost and efficiency, we discovered this little “Tuff Shed”, and decided to redesign it instead of building. With the help of “Jack of All Trades”, Hood River’s handy man (my dear brother :)), and a little paint. Wallahh!! We had our quaint “English Garden” cottage Retail Shoppe!!

We open at this time each year, and stay open through October 31, 7 days a week, Mon. – Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5. So please come out and visit us this blossom weekend while you are in town, and sample some hot lavender “Gorge Wind” tea, and out famous lavender-mint shortbread. Then pick out one or two of our organic rare lavender plants to start your our herb garden, and love for lavender! Admission is always free :). Just wear your favorite garden shoes, and again bring your cameras.  *Note: Mention seeing my blog, and receive your free vile of Lavender essential oil, “Grosso”.