Friday, July 31, 2015

Insta Friday July Week 5

Only a few more days left in July. Its almost lavender harvest season! Its such a tough time of year for us with so much work to do. I always hate seeing our lovely lavender flowers getting chopped down, but they sure do look pretty all bundled up. And oh, all the smells during the harvest, they are wonderful. Well here is what we've been up to on instagram this month. Do you follow along? 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Best Grilling Condiments You're Forgetting About

Summer is the time for grilling. Everyone wants to be outdoors, that's where all the action is. Picnics, barbecues, get togethers with family and friends. Its the stuff long lasting memories are made of. I don't know about you, but the food you serve at your summer get togethers all play into those great memories. Weekend after weekend, traditional grilled burgers or chicken can get old hat pretty quickly, which is why we try to switch things up. Every week we like trying out a new tasty condiment with our grilled meats. Have you ever tried the Lavender Apple's Cranberry Apple Relish?  It is oh so good. 

Cranberry relish is typically thought of as an accompanying side to Thanksgiving or Christmas fare. But here at the Lavender Apple, we actually use it all year round. It goes smashingly with grilled chicken, lamb, and even sweet burgers. Your guests will be so impressed to get a flavor profile they aren't expecting and they will be singing your praises for something that is so simple to add, but that makes the meal feel a little bit different and a little bit special. 

Other condiments we love and highly recommend are a spicy rhubarb chutney, homemade relish, chimichurri herb sauce, and creamy dill mustard. Condiments can often be an after thought at a barbecue, so by putting a little extra thought into yours, it will be the easiest way to elevate your parties. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pork Cavatappi

This savory pasta is packed with ooey gooey cheese, a rich pork sauce, and satisfying cavatappi noodles. Its an easy inexpensive family friendly dish. 

16 ounces cavatappi noodles
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
4 ounces shredded parmesan cheese 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 pound lean ground pork 
Lavender Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
2 cups tomato sauce
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
6 springs fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced

In a pot of salted water, boil your pasta until slightly under done, about 6 minutes. In a large skillet over medium high heat, warm your oil. Add your pork and heat until browned and cooked through (about 8-10 minutes). Add your lavender salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds. Then add your sauce, italian seasoning, and basil. Stir until combined. Grease a 9x13 pan and pour your noodles into it. Then cover the noodles with the sauce and mix. Then cover with both the parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until the cheese on top is bubbly and golden, about 20 minutes. You can top with additional basil leaves if desired. 

This is a quick, no brainer meal that will leave everyone in your family happy and with a full tummy. Enjoy!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pirate Treasure Hunt!

I have such an easy fun idea for all the parents out there. It required seriously less than 60 seconds in prep, but kept my son so excited and engaged for over an hour. Its an easy pirate treasure hunt! 

All you have to do is draw a map on a piece of paper of your yard, neighborhood, wherever you'd like to go for your walk. Think of landmarks that your child would know about. For us we did a big tree with a hole where an owl lives, the local dog park, a nearby fountain, etc. Be creative and try to use ideas that could be incorporated into a pirate theme. For example our nearby cemetery that was on our map became finding "Captain Hooks" grave. Be creative and your kids will love it even more. We even wore bandanas and took our binoculars to make it even more fun. 

I ripped and burned the edges of our map to make it authentic looking, then rolled it up and tied it with a ribbon. My son went crazy over it. The day I showed him the map it was raining, but I told him we would be going on our treasure hunt the next morning. Seriously the second his eyes opened he yelled "lets get the map!" 

Our map ended up back at our house, and of course an X marked the spot where the treasure was hidden. Our treasure included pennies and jelly beans. It was such a fun adventure, and so easy to put together as a parent. Hopefully making fun memories your kids will carry with them always. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Insta Friday July Week 4

We are oh so busy I barely have time to get a blog post out this week! We will be at the Salt Lake Farmers Market tomorrow. Only our 2nd week being there all month! So make sure you come to visit us and stock up on all your favorite goodies. And if you are a blog reader, let us know! We love meeting our fans in person. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lavender Blossoms

You know what? Sometimes I just like to go read my favorite blogs simply to look at pretty pictures. Sure a nice story or thought is nice, but really? I'm just in it for the visual vacation. So today, without further adieu, here are just some pretty pictures of the first blossoms of our fields this year, just because we like ya. 

Lavender is known for its' soothing properties, so hopefully just a virtual gaze will help you have a little relaxation in your day. Have a good one!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Creative Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil

If you use essential oils at all in your daily life, you are probably pretty familiar with all of the standard uses for lavender essential oils. Its wonderful for relaxing and relieving stress. Well today I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite less known uses for lavender essential oils. 

Did you know you can use lavender essential oil as a mattress refresher? Simply mix about a third of a cup of baking soda with 3 drops of lavender apple essential oil. Then sprinkle the mixture over your mattress. Let this sit for about 30 minutes, then simply vacuum it up with the nozzle of your vacuum. I've noticed my son sleeps so much more soundly when I do this because the lavender smell is left on his mattress and helps soothe him to sleep. Heavens, I probably sleep better too! 

The other unique way you can use lavender essential oil is for your hair! Many essential oils are only good for certain types of hair, but luckily lavender oil works on all hair types. Its great for preventing breakage, soothing a dry scalp, and even has soothing properties for dry hair. 

The last one I want to talk about is using lavender oil to help with nose bleeds. Any moms of toddlers know that these can occasionally spring up. Simply blot a tissue with lavender oil and place it in the nostril. It may sound a little odd, but it certainly works. 

Well there are a few of the lesser widely known uses for lavender essential oils. There are just so many ways to use this powerful elixir. I'd love to hear how you use yours. And if you're running low, you can always order more online here: 


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