Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lavender Chocolate S'mores


Summer campfires — at the campground or in the backyard — are a delightful way to spend an evening during the warmer months of the year.  And, since it's hard to have a campfire and not toast some marshmallows, we had better talk about s'mores.

The basic s'more recipe is easy enough, but it's even easier to take your s'mores from basic to gourmet!  We'll show you how!  Hint...it's all about the chocolate!

Organic Lavender Chocolate to make gourmet Lavender Chocolate S'mores

Lavender Chocolate S'Mores

  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers
  • Organic Lavender Gourmet Chocolate - white, milk and dark

How to make gourmet Lavender Chocolate S'mores

After you have started your campfire, you'll need to wait a bit for some nice, hot coals to form around the base.  While you are waiting on the the roasting coals, prep your roasting forks or an obliging stick with a knife-sharpened end.  This is a great time to break the graham crackers in half and snap the Organic Lavender Gourmet Chocolate into two pieces, which are perfectly sized to fit on the graham crackers.
 
Toasting Marshmallows and Making Lavender Chocolate S'Mores

Once the fire has burned down a bit and you have a nice, hot bed of roasting coals, pop a marshmallow on the end of a roasting stick and gently turn it continuously over the coals to create a golden brown crust surrounding the gooey marshmallow center.

For assembly, choose your "lavendery" chocolate of preference (white, milk or dark - or a combination!) and layer up your delicious s'more.  As you bite into your lavender s'more, close your eyes and picture you are at the farm, surrounded by lavender lazily dancing in the evening summer breeze.  Good luck just having one! 

Lavender Chocolate S'Mores  Lavender Chocolate S'Mores Recipe

If you need a campfire beverage to accompany your Lavender Chocolate S'mores, we suggest our Lavender Hot Chocolate.  You really can't have too much lavender or chocolate.

Note: Each Organic Lavender Gourmet Chocolate bar is comprised of 8 smaller squares.  As shown, each bar will make two decadent s'mores.

How to make decadent Lavender Chocolate S'Mores

Friday, July 17, 2020

How To Make The Perfect Lavender Lemon Mimosa


The mimosa is a standard on the traditional brunch menu.  It's sparkly, citrus flavor is the perfect way to bridge a breakfast beverage with celebration.  Plus, who doesn't love to drink things from fluted glasses!?

Are mimosas strictly for brunch?  By no means!  Let's liberate the mimosa and introduce it to other times of day.  How about mid-afternoon on a warm, summer day?  And, while we are at it let's explore beyond the orange for our citrus flavor.  Can we tempt you with a Lavender Lemon Mimosa?

How To Make The Perfect Lavender Lemon Mimosa

The Lavender Lemon Mimosa


This refreshing cocktail really couldn't be easier.  It's two ingredients!
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Something Sparkling

Let's start with the Lavender Lemonade.  The simplest method for making this delicious ingredient is with our Lavender Lemonade Mix.  It contains everything needed (directions and ingredients) to make 8 cups / 64 fl oz.  All you need to do is add water!

How to Make Pelindaba Lavender's Lemonade

If you have a favorite lemonade recipe that you'd like to use, you can make it "lavender" by cooking up a Lavender Simple Syrup and simply adding it to your lemonade until the taste has the perfect amount of lavender for your palate.  (See recipe below)

Now for something sparkling!  Sparkling wine or champagne are the best options for the traditional cocktail and they both create wonderful bubbles.  For a non-alcoholic mimosa, sparkling lemon-flavored water or sparkling apple cider both work well.

How To Make The Perfect Lavender Lemon Mimosa

With your festive glassware at hand, the ratio of ingredients is equal parts lavender lemonade and your "sparkling" preference.  Add the sparkling liquid first and then add the lavender lemonade.  This will allow the two to mix naturally.  Avoid stirring as this will cause the sparkling liquid to go flat.

With a garnish of lemon peel, fresh lavender or whatever you have on hand (cocktail umbrellas are fun!) you are ready to toast summer.

How To Make The Perfect Lavender Lemon Mimosa

Organic Lavender Simple Syrup

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

In a small sauce pan, combine water and sugar.  Heat over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat.  Add lavender, in a tea infuser, to the heated syrup and let steep.  If you do not have a tea infuser, add the lavender to the hot syrup, then strain the syrup through a fine mesh colander when cooled.  Remove lavender when the syrup has completely cooled.  You now have a delicious syrup ready to be added to your favorite summer cocktail!

 How To Make The Perfect Lavender Lemon Mimosa

Monday, July 13, 2020

Lavender Honey Mustard Potato Salad


Have you tried our delicious Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard yet?  You will swoon when you taste ground mustard seed with our organic culinary lavender bud and organic lavender honey.  Our unique gourmet slant on this long-favored and versatile condiment will add a whole new dimension to your summer picnic staple, potato salad.

Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard - Lavender Potato Salad Recipe

If you have a favorite potato salad that you've been making for years, simply swap out the mustard you have been using for Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard.  Easy!

If you'd like to try one of our favorites, here's a vegan, egg-free and gluten-free version!

Lavender Honey Mustard Potato Salad

 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, washed and diced into small cubes or sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds - chef's choice!
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup reserved water from cooking the potatoes
  • ⅓ cup gently packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped green onions or chives
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard (more or less to taste preference)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

 

Instructions:

  • In a large pot of water, combine potatoes and salt.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are easily pierced by a knife — about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the olive oil, parsley, green onions or chives, lemon juice, Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard, garlic and pepper.  Process until the herbs and garlic have been minced.  Then, while running the food processor, slowly pour in the reserved cooking water and process until blended.
  • Drizzle the potatoes with the herb and olive oil mixture and gently mix to combine.  Let the potatoes rest for ten minutes, gently tossing every few minutes to help the potatoes soak up the delicious dressing.
  • Add the celery and toss again.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, garnish with fresh lavender blossoms and you are ready to serve. 
Yields 6 servings.  Will keep covered and refrigerated for several days.  This recipe also works with dried herbs if fresh aren't readily available.

To extend the lavender theme, pair this tasty side with Lavender Honey Mustard Shrimp and Lavender Summer Tomatoes.  Let's take the theme all the way to round out the summer picnic menu with Lavender Iced Tea and Lavender Summer Strawberries to finish!

Lavender Stone Ground Honey Mustard - Lavender Potato Salad Recipe

Thursday, June 4, 2020

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden


Late spring through early summer is the ideal time to plant lavender in the garden.  In full sun and well-draining soil, lavender is an easy perennial, flowering herb to cultivate.  Its benefits in the garden are numerous — beautiful color, sweet fragrance, low water consumption and it attracts bees and butterflies!

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden

How to Plant Lavender in the Garden

 

Decide where to plant your lavender

Location, location, location!  Lavender needs good drainage and full sun to thrive. 

It does especially well when planted near heat-reflecting materials, such as against rock walls or on top of light colored gravel, etc.  Lavender likes to have at least eight hours of sun daily during the flowering season (spring and summer).  Is there a spot in your garden that fits this description? 

How much drainage does this location have?  Sloped gardens, terraces, raised beds or rockeries all usually have good drainage.  If your garden doesn't naturally have variable topography, you can always create it.  A berm or mound of soil 6 - 8 inches high will be high enough to allow excess water to drain away from the plant.

What lavender needs to grow

What's your soil like?

The composition of your soil also effects drainage.  If you are planting in heavy or poorly draining soil, dig a hole much larger than the pot size and fill with soil amended with gravel or coarse sand. Make sure water drains readily from the hole before planting.  To test the drainage before planting, fill the hole half-way with water.  The water should drain from the hole within a couple of minutes.  If it takes longer than this, add additional amending material to the soil and test it again.

Lavender likes soil at neutral pH or slightly alkaline.  If soils are acidic as is commonly the case here on San Juan Island where our farm is located, they will need amendment — calcitic lime works particularly well in this regard.  At-home soil testing kits are inexpensive, easy to use and available at most local hardware stores.  Soil tests can also be done with simple supplies found in the kitchen.

Planting Lavender - step by step


Planting

Now that your garden location and soil are ready, let's plant!  Dig a hole slightly wider than the pot containing your lavender plant.  Keep the depth of the hole no deeper than the pot so that the base of the lavender plant is just slightly above the soil level.

To release the lavender from it's pot, gently squeeze the pot to loosen it from the sides.  Grip the base of the plant securely as you carefully draw it from the pot.

Growing Lavender - Tips for Planting

With your fingers, gently loosen the base of the root ball and soil as you lower the plant into the hole.  Fill in the hole around the root ball and firmly press the soil around the plant.  Avoid creating a depression or well around the plant.  Remember, you want the surface water to readily drain away from your lavender.

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden

Your freshly planted lavender will need a good watering at this point to help it get established.  Thoroughly soak the soil around the plant.  During it's first flowering season, the plant will likely need more water than it will as it matures.  A general rule of thumb is "water every three days" — either from rain or your watering can.  Slightly drooping flowerheads are also a sign of needing water.

Be sure to avoid the getting too much moisture on the leaves.  Lavender needs water, but doesn't like to be soggy.  Watering in the morning allows for time and the day's heat to dry out the soil.

How to Plant Lavender in Your Garden

Most lavender varieties take about 3 years to reach their full, mature size.  You can keep them this size with annual pruning.  In general, well-kept plants can live up to 15 - 20 years.

Lavender can be grown in pots with a little extra attention and care, but it is best as an outside plant.  For potted lavender tips, download our complete lavender growing tips.  And, if you have specific questions, post them in the comments below.  We love talking about growing lavender!  Happy planting!

Add lavender to your garden - here's how

Monday, May 11, 2020

Non-Toxic Alternatives for Spring Cleaning at Home


How is your "Spring Cleaning" list coming along?  If your list doesn't have as many tasks crossed off as you'd like, we can help.


Cleaning shouldn't come with worry about the products you are using.  The home care products we make at our farm contain no dyes, synthetics, preservatives, perfumes or other undesirable ingredients.  We are committed to the health and well-being of our families and yours.  For that reason we use only naturally-sourced ingredients, produce in small batches and maintain tight quality control throughout the entire process from raw material to finished product.


If your cleaning supplies consisted of only two essentials, they would have to be Organic Lavender Hydrosol and Lavender Household Cleanser.  With these two products you can tackle almost every project from dusting, windows, floors and counters to sinks, tubs and toilets.

For air freshening, carpet care, closets and drawers our Lavender Carpet Freshener and Organic Lavender Sachets are our favorites.  They are much safer than chemical-based solutions and bring the fragrance of blooming lavender fields in summer to your living space.

Don't forget the lavender soap!  At the kitchen sink, in the powder room, in the shower or at work - we have a soap for you.  Washing hands is more important than ever, but it doesn't have to be unpleasant or drying.  Our lavender soaps take advantage of lavender's antiseptic properties in a formulation full of naturally moisturizing oils.

Take a peak at the contents of your cleaning cupboard.  If you are getting low on supplies or are wanting effective natural cleaning options, place a re-stocking order of lavender cleaning products so that you can get back to crossing off your list.  There aren't many things more satisfying than a list that is fully crossed off...except for a clean, fresh and fragrant home!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mother's Day Art Project For Kids


Do you have any little ones at home?  Here's a creative project inspired by our blooming lavender fields at the height of summer to spark their imaginations and create a beautiful "Happy Mother's Day" picture for Mom or Grandma.

  

Instructions for the artist:
  • Pretend you are an artist visiting a sweet-smelling lavender farm during the summer.  The sun is shining, a breeze is making the lavender flowers dance about, there goes a butterfly!  Did you see it?
  • Pull out your favorite crayons, colored pencils or markers and create a beautiful picture of a lavender farm in summer for Mom.  
  • There are 3 different views of the farm to choose from — or color them all for Mom.  
  • Have fun!  She will love your beautiful work of art!

https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Butterfly-Coloring-Page.pdf  https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Bee-Coloring-Page.jpg  https://www.pelindabalavender.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/Lavender-Pear-Tree-Coloring-Page.pdf

Click on the image above to download lavender coloring pages.




Monday, April 27, 2020

Lavender Self-Care Kit


In our fast-paced, on-demand society it can be hard to find stillness and quiet.  Demands on our time and attention can be unrelenting and seem to come from all sides.  From the details of daily life to the state of our global community it can, at times, be all together a lot to process.  Sometimes we just need a break...a few moments to intentionally pause the day's activities and cares and just be still and quiet. 

Where to start?  We've put together a lavender self-care kit to provide 30 minutes of rest and relaxation using 5 of the lavender products we handcraft at our farm.  Of course, 30 minutes is just a suggest.  Take as much time as you want!

Click here to see all the lavender self-care kit product details - pick and choose, all or some, to create your moments of lavender calm.

Lavender Self-Care Kit from Pelindaba Lavender Farm

1. Lavender Foot Soak


Our Lavender Foot Soak is a blending of the organic lavender flowers and essential oil we produce at the farm, Epsom salt and solar-dried salts to provide a time-honored treatment for sore feet.  You'll need a basin or tub large enough for your feet to rest comfortably, warm or hot water and a towel.  After heating the water to your preferred temperature, sprinkle a handful or two of the Lavender Foot Soak into the basin and feel the tension and aching in the feet drift away.

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Foot Soak

2. Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea


Of course any of our organic lavender tea blends will provide stress-relief in a wonderfully refreshing beverage, but for this self-care treatment we prefer our original Organic Lavender Black Ceylon Tea blend.  It combines full-bodied flavor, soothing calm and a little "pick me up" to carry us into the rest of the day.  All of our lavender teas are loose leaf, so you'll need an infuser to brew a cup to your taste preference.   

 3. Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies


Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies - need we say more?  If chocolate isn't your thing, how about some Lavender Shortbread?  We bake both of these tasty treats at the farm using our organic culinary lavender.  They are bite-sized, so it's ok to have a few (and a few more!).

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Tea and Lavender Cookies

4. Lavender Eye Pillow


Our Lavender Eye Pillows are sewn by local San Juan Island artisans and filled with our own farm-grown blend of organically certified lavender buds, heavy with fragrance.  Combined with dust-free rice to provide weight, these pillows provide practically instant stress relief

Tip - These lavender pillows can be cooled in a freezer (be sure to seal them in a plastic bag before putting them in the freezer to preserve the aroma) or heated in a microwave depending on the preferred treatment.  Before applying to the eyes, gently squeeze the pillow to break open the organic lavender buds to release their soothing essential oils.

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Eye Pillow

5. Lavender Body Butter


After soaking, thoroughly moisturize your feet with Lavender Body Butter.  Organic shea butter, jojoba oil, rosemary oil extract, vitamin E and, of course, our organic lavender essential oil provide luxurious moisture and irresistible fragrance. 

Lavender Self-Care Kit with Lavender Body Butter

It's time to schedule some self-care for yourself or a loved one.  It might be hard to carve out the time, but it's worth it!

Create a peaceful space (turn off the phone and maybe turn on some calming music), heat up some water, brew some tea and take 30 minutes to let your body, mind and heart rest.  Leisurely sip your tea, indulge in something sweet, wiggle your toes in the soothing soak,  close your eyes and just breathe...

Click here to see all the lavender self-care kit product details - pick and choose, all or some, to create your moments of lavender calm.