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Enjoy More Calming Peace In The New Year – 2016!

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Here are a few of our most joyful, calm, moments at our surreal lavender farm! We hope you will sit back and enjoy them as you Smile along with us! 🙂 We had an amazing year, and are looking forward to making more delightful, enchanting memories this coming year – 2016!! Cheers!! Music by Richard Tillinghast & Onehum

May this be the Best year ever filled with much love, calming peace, and relaxing times for you! Get outdoors, and find healing beauty, as you look into the face of a flower! 🙂

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Much Love, 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_7732I decided to decorate my cookies with a pale pink cream icing….and add a few sparkles 🙂

IMG_7741Yea, it’s not all natural, but it looks cute 🙂 And I just love sparkles!

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

 

 

Slip Away On A Nostalgic Aromatherapy Journey

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Or, Our History…Best 1st Farm pic2Our Aromatherapy journey began in 2003 when my husband & I had a “dream” of growing lovely fragrant Organic Lavender. I often take comfort in the nostalgic and reflect on how far we’ve come in just 11 years, and these photos bring joy as I reflect. Aww…this started my love for this amazingly beautiful fragrant, and hardy flower, Lavender!

We both grew up in the Hood River Valley, and moved back home in 2000. As we made plans for our farm, we decided to take a nontraditional approach with our agricultural operation. Instead of farming pears, apples or cherries, we planned to raise lovely Lavender flowers!! This was clearly a perfect fit for me, as I immediately saw the opportunity to integrate it with my career as an Aesthetician & Cosmetologist. Many studies have linked this plant to feelings of calming peace and well-being, so I began to incorporate it into relaxation & healing-inducing merchandise.

We planted an experimental plot on 2 1/2 acres, beginning with 2300 Lavandula, x-intermedia Grosso plants. We choose this particular variety of Lavandin, L. x-intermedia because it’s hardy to our zone, and it has a lovely bold fragrant aroma, making it perfect for use around the house in sachets, neck wraps, eye pillows, refreshing spritzer, as home refresher, just to name a few.

 

Best 1st Farm picWe also planted  a few thousand Lavandula angustifolia, or English Lavender, in 10 different varieties. This True Lavender, would be used for our Culinary lavender, for cooking delicate delights that would entice our palette! We planned to also distill the L. angustifolia for it’s lovely calming, soothing, and very therapeutic quality Essential Oil.

Our lavender farm quickly became a favorite, serene get-away for me!  Yes, going there meant I had work that needed to be done, however I often brought a picnic lunch for us to eat as we relaxed at “our favorite restaurant on the farm”! Pictured above is Joe enjoying his lunch on the swing among 1000 of fragrant L. angustifolia lavender in bloom “for the very first time”!

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I find it extremely soothing sitting in the warm sunshine as the lavender breeze surrounds me, enjoying the beauty of nature as friendly birds, bees, and butterflies flutter around the lavender blooms in this serene setting! Nothing is more perfect, and close to heaven than this!  🙂

Now we are growing over 15,000 lavender plants, over 80 varieties, on 3 farms, with one open to the public May through October; 10:00-5:00 pm, 7 days a week. We produce over 100 different Organic Lavender Products from essential oil, culinary lavender, teas, soaps, face cream, lotions, balms, perfumes, refreshing spritzer, linen spray “hydrosol”, neck wraps, eye pillows and also lavender filled bears, & puppies.

One of our customers that visited a few years back told me, “you’all don’t get to go to Heaven, because you’re already there, this is heaven on earth”! Aww..I think it is! I’m slipping away on my Aromatherapy Journey just thinking about those beginning moments as our Dream unfolds, and my love for this beautiful, calming fragrant flower continues to grow with each new day.  🙂

Wishing you peaceful days with warm sunshine and lavender breezes surrounding you, as you pause calmly in Winter’s gentle lap, and await Springtime!

~Lavender Lady XO

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2014!

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Happy New Year! I’ve put together a short video of some of our favorite days of 2013. It was a fabulous year of beauty and aroma as you can see from these photos.

Cheers to 2014!! May it be a wonderful year for each of you!!

2013 Video

XO Lavender Lady

What A Wonderful Year..Thank You For Being A Part Of The Joy We Feel!

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This has been a fabulous year with an abundance of gorgeous, fragrant Lavender, and bright, cheerful Wildflowers! Many wonderful customers visited us and enjoyed the fragrant calming peace of our U-pick Lavender Farm. We love each of you, and are delighted to meet you, and share beautiful moments together!! We want to thank you for being an huge part of  another wonderful year!

Here are a few of my favorite photos that I took at our lavender farm this past summer. Lovely pics of these sweet lil’ girls, a few of our cutest U-pickers, with their beautiful lavender bouquets! Seeing the beautiful smiles of our customers, and the joy it beings them while visiting our farm, is the most satisfying part of our business! It always brings a smile to my face, as I look back on photos of the dazzling, calming beauty of this lovely Lavender flower! I love just taking pleasure in “being in the moment”!  I hope it brings smiles for you as well.  🙂

Happy New Year to you and your family!

May it be another wonderful, blessed year for each of you!

XX Lavender Lady

 

Awe…Dancing through the warm lavender breeze at our Lavender DAZE Festival with armfuls of lovely fragrant lavender!

I took this photo early one summer morning just as the sun was creeping over the horizon, such beauty! 

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 🙂

First Snow Of The Season

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Our first snow at our lavender farm for the season. More is in the forecast and we welcome it! Here are a few pictures that I took as I strolled around the farm admiring the “White Beauty”!

Lovely White Beauty! I look forward to getting my cross-country skis out! 🙂

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all!

 

 

 

 

Off Beat Travel Visits Our Beautiful Columbia River Gorge

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We had a terrific article written about our farm and the Columbia Gorge by Patrice Raplee. Thank you, thank you for your kind words!!!  http://www.offbeattravel.com/columbia-river-gorge.html

It was a joy to meet Patrice, and her husband, and meander through our lavender farm, enjoying the flowers and aroma! She was a very personable lady and a delight to share moments with on that lovely summer day! Thank you again Patrice, for your visit! We look forward to seeing you both again, and sit in the garden relaxing, and sharing real life moments together!! 🙂

 

Happy Thanksgiving Cheers to all!!

Lavender Lady 🙂

Summer has Blown by..

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This has been another beautiful summer!! With all the preparation and grooming of the garden, planting Zinnia seeds around the wild flower garden, and sunflower seeds at the back of the wild flowers, and planning prep for our 8th annual Lavender DAZE Festival, I’ve felt like my head is spinning. But alas….summer is gone, with it memories of beautiful sunny days, and the lovely calming aroma of lavender. Many customers visited to U-Pick lavender bouquets, stroll through the wildflowers, and stop to blow bubbles. I smiled a lot, laughed along with them and blew bubbles, relaxing  in the moments of a wonderful summer among 1000’s of fragrant lavender 🙂

 

Now as Fall season arrives, we will celebrate the bounty of our harvest with hearts full of thankfulness!! Thanks to all our “awesome workers” that helped make this past season a huge success!! Thanks also to our wonderful customers that faithfully support us!! Cheers to Fall, and the winding down of the season. Relax and inhale deeply!!

Splendid Sunday Relaxing In The Garden

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It was a calm, peaceful day and many folks came out to visit and enjoy the beautiful fruit trees in bloom. Lavender plants were purchased for landscaping their homes and businesses. People enjoyed strolling around our garden, laying down in the lawn :), greeting our Lab Sadie, and blowing bubbles.  I enjoyed watching a father and his 2 year old daughter blow bubbles and laugh together for about an hour! Lovely & sweet!

An artist from Sisters also visited our lavender farm, sitting under our Arbor, enjoying the calm garden, she captured the beauty of nature on her canvas.

A lot of people relaxed on the patio, sipping on Lavender Mint Tea,  slowing down a few minutes to bask in the calming serene Sunday, while birds sang sweetly, with hummingbirds dancing around their feeder. True quality time happened, and special memories were made!! This is what Life is all about! Thankful!! I do love my job!