Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chocolate Pudding Cookies

We had such success with our pistachio wedding cookies seen here, that I've been dying to try a new pudding cookie recipe. I don't know what it is about using a pudding mix in a cookie recipe that makes it feel so evil, as if I'm cheating the home made cookie gods somehow. But if this recipe is evil, then you certainly will want to say yes to the dark side today. Dark chocolate that is. Mwah haha ha ha! 




1 1/4 sticks softened butter 
1/4 cup white sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 pkg instant pudding mix (chocolate)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 handfuls of chocolate chips

Mix your butter, sugars, eggs, pudding, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl. Then add your flour, salt, and soda. Add your chocolate chips and mix until it's just combined. 

Refrigerate for at least an hour or two. Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 10 minutes. Should yield 30 two inch cookies. 



These cookies are chocolatey and fudge-er-ific tasting. They aren't super sweet either but will certainly fulfill any chocolate cravings you are having. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Finding safe lotion products for your family.

I don't know about you, but once I became pregnant I became a lot more concerned about what chemicals the products I used contained. Most of the lotions I saw at the store contained parabens, or synthetic chemicals used as preservatives. Studies have now shown that parabens mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen, which is associated with certain forms of breast cancer and many other dangers. 
Here at the Lavender Apple we make a wonderful natural lavender lotion that is free from all these pesky chemicals, that you can feel good about using not only on yourself, but on your entire family! 
Our Lavender Lemon body location keeps you smelling fresh and clean. 

Our  lotion stick is perfect for your purse, and the smells of basil , citrus and lavender are fantastic. You can use it anywhere, even on your lips. Made with sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, vitamin e and essential oils. 

Our lotions add lots of moisture to your skin without being oily. 

As a new mother, I love buying products that I know are safe for my family. A calm and clean scent, and amazing moisture are just added benefits. You can buy your own lotions and lotion sticks HERE

Let us know if you have any questions about our lotions. We love hearing from new customers! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Turkey Hummus Wrap

Its so nice to have easy meals on hand, ready in your fridge that can be whipped up in 30 seconds. When hunger strikes, please tell me I'm not the only one who stares hopelessly in my fridge or pantry trying to decide what I'm willing to eat that is the easiest to throw together. I always have tortillas in my fridge. This week I whipped up a batch of this delicious hummus and used it all week. You can spread hummus on toast, chips, veggies, whatever you'd like. By far my favorite use for our hummus this week was this wrap. It was creamy and satisfying and like I said, super easy to make. Oh, and it's healthy too! 



Wrap Ingredients: 

1 Whole Wheat Tortilla
1/2 of an Avocado 
1/2 cup shredded turkey 
1/4 cup hummus (see recipe below) 
1/4 tsp salt 

Ok, are you ready for the super complicated directions? Spread the hummus, avocado, turkey, and salt on your tortilla and roll it up. Even my 2 year old could make this recipe! The hummus and the turkey are so filling, and the buttery avocado goes so well with it. Couldn't be more simple or delicious. 

If you prefer to make your own hummus like I do, rather than buying it, feel free to try the recipe below. You could also substitute the shredded turkey with turkey slices from the deli, or even baked chicken. The great thing about a wrap is you can be flexible and use whatever you have in the fridge! Plus this delicious hummus is so yummy you can sneak in celery, carrots, or whatever veggies you want and it won't take away from the deliciousness. 


Home Made Hummus: 

1 sixteen ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons (about 6 tablespoons)
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil

Add all of your ingredients except for the olive oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. While the processor is still running, slowly add your olive oil (so it can emulsify). Taste and adjust salt or acid as needed. Enjoy!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Insta Friday 4

Welcome to another instagram upload! These include some of my favorite Lavender Apple photos yet. There's farm dogs, beautiful fields, and even a trip down memory lane to Paris. Enjoy!




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hearty Shepherds Pie

This recipe is brought to us by Mike and Peggy's son Quentin. Quentin caught the cooking gene from his mother and loves to be in the kitchen. He whipped up this shepherds pie recipe from his imagination and boy is it good!


Ingredients:

12 oz ground beef (85-90% lean)
1/2 bag frozen peas
1/2 large onion, diced
1 package of good brown gravy mix
1 cup of water
1/2 cup red wine
3-4 pounds of potatoes
Fresh rosemary
1-3 bay leaves
and dried thyme

Rosemary mashed potatoes:
Boil and mash 3-4 pounds of potatoes.  Add 1/2 stick of butter and about a cup of milk.  You want to make these potatoes slightly on the wet side so add however much more milk you need to. Add 1 tbs finely diced fresh rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.

Filling:
Add 3 tbs of olive oil to a hot pan.  Add 1/2 of a diced onion and cook for a few minutes until soft.  Add ground beef and brown thoroughly   Add red wine and reduce for a few minutes and then add the water and gravy mix. Add the bay leaves and thyme and bring to a simmer. Simmer down until gravy has thickened a bit. You can strain any extra grease off the top of the meat if needed. Cover the meat mixture with your frozen peas. Then cover your peas with your mashed potato mixture. 

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Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Turn oven to broil and broil for 3 minutes to add a little golden color on top. 


This delicious dish should serve 4-5 people. Not only is this savory and hearty, but even little ones love it! 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chocolate chip cookies, a smores bar, & a woodland themed baby shower

I was asked to help host a baby shower that looked like it literally came to life from Pinterest. One of my friends is a professional party planner and she was able to make this "woodland themed" baby shower come together perfectly.  It was complete with a trail mix station, a s'mores bar, and a woodland themed photo booth. It was amazing. 
Hand crafted smores bar with real live flame!
Even the crockpots wore flannel to match the theme.
Trail mix station as you left so guests could take home a little treat.
 
My contributions included mostly items for the s'mores bar, including homemade marshmellows. But by far the hit of the night were my chocolate chip cookies. These are the best chocolate chip cookies my husband has ever tasted. He threatened that if I didn't bring back the leftovers, to not bother coming home. 



Turn oven to 375. 3/4 cup white sugar3/4 cup packed brown sugar1 cup butter softened1 teaspoon vanilla1 egg2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 large handful chocolate chips 

Bake for 10 minutes and if you feel adventurous add them to a s'mores bar! I usually double this recipe and freeze half of the dough for future cookie emergencies. Enjoy! 



Monday, February 23, 2015

About the Lavender Apple Farm

We have so many new blog readers here at the Lavender Apple. Welcome! To both old and new friends. I thought I should post a formal introduction to you all about the Lavender Apple. 



A lavender farm has been a dream of mine for many years. After living in France for many years, along with time spent in Provence, my interest in lavender grew. My husband's family had a farm, we decided to move onto the farm full time in 2007 and I made growing lavender a priority. We have two large lavender fields now and grow multiple varieties. We also inherited over 80 apple trees, many of which are delicious vintage varieties.  Starting with little or no knowledge on growing lavender, I began research and travel and found a wealth of knowledge in Washington’s Dungeness valley.  My big question was, “Would lavender grow in the harsh high mountain climate of Cache Valley, Utah?” Well, as in most things, you won’t know until you try.  So we planted 400 plants and they grew! Learning from trial and error and lots of experimentation The Lavender Apple is now a local favorite. Utah lavender has a scent all it’s own.  Our natural tree lined fields, with rocky gravel soil has added to our success - Yes, lavender loves poor soil.  We now have over 1000 plants!






So our journey has begun. We only wish we would have started a little earlier in life when we were younger.  Growing anything is all hand work and that includes lavender.  But with help from some hard working family, friends, and employees, it all gets done.  It’s been fun developing new products and dreaming up Lavender filled recipes.  In fact, I have so many ideas there isn’t enough time in the day to do it all.  In the future we hope to have a Lavender festival, but in the meantime we love visitors so just call and let us know you are coming.  Lavender is at the height of its growing season from July to August.  If you drop by don’t be surprised if we put you to work.  Thanks to all our wonderful customers who have loved our products and encouraged us to keep on going.

All the best, 
Peggy 

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