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Wednesday
Jun152011

lavender farm fieldtrip

I took a little fieldtrip this past weekend to Winding Brook Estate, a lavender farm.

The premise of the trip was to learn how to cook with lavender, which is a lot less intimidating than it sounds.  You can basically add the herb to literally anything, a sweet OR savory dish. Or infuse any liquid, like oil/milk/alcohol/honey. I sampled recipes ranging from lemon & lavender de creme to poached pear to lavender artichoke frittata.

Where are the images of rolling hills you say? Sadly the fields are not in bloom for another few weeks. Ah yes I was a bit disappointed. I did still enjoy learning about all the great lavender health benefits and uses (bug repellent, sleep aid, asthma, skin problems) and what a unique flavor it adds to all kinds of food. Will have to share my recipe attempts when I use it soon!

For more lavender fun, A Subtle Revery posted a few ideas, including a lavender lemonade martini recipe. As I learn more about this wholistic/natural super drug, I'll be sure to share with you.

Do any of you currently use lavender? I'd love to know why you love it!

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Reader Comments (9)

how fun! I might have to make a trip out there to visit sometime!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

sounds soooo fun. great photo's, i LOVE the barn!!!

there is a blog that features barns, barn charm, you should share that picture there!!! xo

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

♥ ♥ ♥ lavender! i have lavendar soap at home for days i feel extra stressed. these pictures look so calm and relaxing!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Looks dreamy! I use a few drops of lavender essential oil in place of deodorant. After a few days of sweating more to get all the commercial stuff out of your system, I swear it works better and doesn't give your clothes pit stains. It sounds totally granola and gross, but I swear I'm not even a real hippie. Lavender is amazing.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeevz

Oh, I love lavender! I often put a drop or two on my pillow to help myself relax and fall asleep. The best crème brûlée I've ever had was lavender infused. So delicious!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeesh@idreamofchairs

1. This sounds amazing.

2. PLEASE tell me you've seen Modern Family, because it makes me giggle at this post.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I WISH I lived close to a lavender farm. I would be in heaven and visit often. What a lovely photo set, thanks for sharing!

Can I ask where you got your social network buttons? I have some vintage stamps ones that I love but they don't match my blog and I was looking for something simple in a color that coordinated, I like the look of yours! Would you share where you found them? If you created them, would you be interested in creating some for me, I would of course pay you or do a trade! I home roast coffee, it is Amazing and I would love to share.

Cheers~Ivy

June 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

Loving all the ideas everyone!!!!

@Kara I do love modern family! But I'm not sure what episode...you'll have to let me know. I try to keep up on them but definitely haven't seen every episode.

@Ivy Sending you an email now for a yummy trade!

June 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

I love lavender and grow it in my yard. I took some great photos at a Lavender Festival in Idaho this summer. I also made my granddaughter a "dilly pilly". It is a small fabric pillow that I stuffed and added about 1/4 cup of lavender buds. she puts it inside her pillow to help her sleep. The only problem was the night she couldn't find it. We all searched hard for it as she thought she couldn't sleep with out it.
Another thing that is great is to tie a net bag full of lavender and some rose petals and add to a warm bath before going to bed. Very relaxing. Keep a little sachet of lavender on your desk to squeeze and smell when stressed.

Ruth D.
Nampa Idaho

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth DeHaven

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