Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcome Wagon

There are two things that will always welcome you to The Lavender Apple Farm when you come visit. First, after you've found your way down our windy lane, over the bridge and up our road.... A lovely lavender gate will welcome you to our homestead. 

The second thing that is always here to greet our guests, is our large bull mastiffs. They guard our lavender as if it was a field full of kibble and bits. 

But in addition to these two things, you will of course be greeted by fields of lavender as well, which is kind of the best part. But even in these tough winter months, we have a lavender cottage here as well. Our local friends can come shop here any time they'd like. Just give us a call and let us know you'd like to come by, and we'd be more than happy to let you browse our cottage shop. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Winter Farm

I know we have lavender farm. When I say that, I picture gorgeous blooming flowers, butterflies, and bees, maybe even a fairy or two. But in reality? This is what things look like a lot of the time around here. Winters on a farm aren't easy. We desperately miss all the plants and animals that bring this place to life. 

Luckily while I'm busy trying to sleep the winter away, I have our soothing lavender eye pillows (found here) to help me relax and dream this snow into oblivion. What are some ways you push through the dreary gray winter days? 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mt Diablo Dip

Super bowl parties on the Lavender Apple Farm are legendary. It's typically the same smiling faces gathered around together for the game each year. Of course being surrounded by the people we love is a great part of the day, but honestly? The food is kind of my favorite part! Peggy always makes her amazing homemade pizza. But we also get the most amazing Mt Diablo Dip as well. This dip is so good, I feel bad calling it a bean dip. Honestly? I sometimes make Mt Diablo Dip for  dinner and my family will sit around with a bag of chips and just eat ourselves silly. It's seriously the best. Go forth, and dip. 

1 can refried beans
1 small tub sour cream
1 bunch cut green onions
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1 can olives
1 tub chopped roma tomatoes
1 cup guacamole

Directions: Layer dip: refried beans, sour cream, and guacamole. Top with onions, cheese, olives, and tomatoes. Serve with chips. 

On second thought, you probably should just double this recipe. It's so good, you're gonna need it. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last Day

Today is the last day to take advantage of our free shipping promotion! All orders over $20 get free shipping, so your favorite lavender gifts can arrive just in times for Valentines Day. 

Body oil anyone? 

How about a romantic lavender bouquet that won't wilt or need to be thrown out in a week? 

Whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy your Valentines Day and that you enjoy the free shipping! Happy love day! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Curried Cauliflower Rice

We have been eating a lot of meatless meals here recently. I know I sound like a broken record, but finding hearty recipes that fill you up on vegetables and grains just makes me happy. It also seems to make my wallet happy too. This curried cauliflower rice is so creamy and is the perfect warming dish for a cold winters night. 


2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces 
1 medium onion, diced
2 cups white rice
4 tsp curry powder 
Lavender Salt & Pepper

In a Le Creuset type dutch oven, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Cook your cauliflower with salt and pepper until it begins to brown.  Add an additional tablespoon of oil to your pot and cook your onions with salt and pepper until softened and translucent. Add your curry powder, rice, and chickpeas. Stir until combined, then add your broth and bring the pot to a boil. Add your cauliflower back into the pot, but do not stir it, let it sit on the top of the rice. Put the lid on the pot and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. 

This dish is creamy, healthy, low in fat, oh so good for you, and delicious too. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentines Day Announcement!

It's finally February! I think we all can agree that Januaries can be the worst. So lets do a little happy dance that February has finally arrived. One of my favorite things about February is obviously Valentines Day. Our lavender products are so romantic. Between our lavender bouquets, massage oils, and sugar scrub - we've got the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Even if that special someone has four legs and a tail... Our dog soap is the best! 

To celebrate Valentines Day we are offering free shipping on all orders over $20 this entire week! Happy shopping! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Easy Beet Pistachio Salad

A few months back we posted a delicious roasted beet salad on this blog. It is delicious with a capital D. As much as I crave that salad, I don't get to have it that often because it involves a lot of planning and prep. Roasting beets is not a quick 5 minute endeavor. But my tummy was telling me that I needed to figure out a way to get beets into my salads more frequently, and of course, my husbands mistress (Costco) came through for us. Costco sells the most delicious pickeled beets. They are roasted and marinated in the most delicious brine. They taste practically as good as home grown roasted beets, but all you have to do for these babies is open a jar. That is my kind of treat. Today we are blessing your bellies with a recipe for a beet salad with pistachios and goat cheese, and all sorts of wonderful and easy toppings.  

16 ounces pickled beets, chopped
8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
6 cups spinach, washed
1 cup pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup pickled beet juice
3 tablespoons olive oil 
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp lavender salt
1 tsp pepper

Mix the last 5 ingredients together as your dressing, then just toss everything else together on a plate. The beet juice will dye your goat cheese the most beautiful and fun pink color. The beets are beautiful and fun enough to be an anomaly for your kids and they actually might eat them! 

This salad has a wonderful earthiness and heartiness due to the beets. Its got a pack of protein and creaminess from the nuts and cheese, and a very mild get in my belly dressing to compliment it. This easy salad will become a quick go-to when you don't feel like spending any longer than 3 seconds making your lunch. Enjoy!


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