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Holiday Bazaar and Yummy 5 Spice Cookies

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I took the day off with Papa Elf, from producing Lavender Products, and also packing up web orders for our customers. We went to a local Bazaar at the HR County Fairgrounds, called Last Chance Christmas Bazaar. In past years we’ve participated in this local Arts & Craft event, but this year we chose to take a break. Many of the vendors are friends of ours, including the ladies that run the “Special Olympics” booth. I purchased a pack of 10 sweet Christmas Cards, hand painted by the Special Olympic Athletes. 

I also purchased several bags of their handmade Chex Mix, since I don’t have that on my to do list! After shopping, I visited my neighbors with Christmas cards and a plate of homemade cookies, Five Spice Lavender Shortbread & Coconut Lavender Balls.  If you love christmas spices, and coconut & Lavender as much as I do, then you’ll love these recipes.

Five Spice Shortbread

This recipe is from Ming Tsai ( I add this to my Lavender Shortbread recipe, without the “Mint”)

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoons ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground star anise

1/4 cup turbinado or other granulated sugar

1 chilled log of Lavender Shortbread cookie dough.

-Preheat the oven to 325’F. In a small bowl, combine the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and sugar.

-Cut the chilled log into  1/2″ rounds.  Dip one cut surface of each round into the spice mixture and arrange the rounds 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

-Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.  Remove the cookies with a spatula and cool.

I hope you enjoy preparing for a very Merry & Calm holiday!

Lavender Christmas Gifts Galore

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Along with packing up online orders, we are also preparing for our annual holiday show, “Last Chance Christmas Bazaar”, this December 11th and 12th, from 10:00 – 4:00pm, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds. Our booth will be stocked with a variety of holiday gift packs, and many of our most popular lavender bath and body products. Drop by and enjoy a sample of our holiday goodies, Lavender Mint Shortbread and Lavender Gingerbread cookies.

Other gifts for the kitchen that will be available include our Culinary gift pack, HRL Spice Blend, Sel Gris, and our Lavender Teas. Experience the calming aroma of Hood River Lavender products, and the sounds of holiday music, as you shop for our many lavender Christmas gifts galore.