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 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Insta Friday 3


Another round of Lavender Apple farm photos for you to enjoy! Be sure to follow us on instagram at the.lavender.apple to join in on the fun! 



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Which photo was your favorite? 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Natural Lavender Dog Soap

Pet lovers LOVE our dog soap. Here at the Lavender Apple, we make our Lavender Dog Soap with natural goat's milk. Its free from all the drying and harmful chemicals that are in many dog soaps. Our dog soap even includes tea tree and neem oil which is healing for your dogs scalp. Those oils also help keep the bugs off of your dog naturally. 

We just happen to be pet lovers here at the Lavender Apple. That is why we take such great pride and care in formulating our all natural soap for our furry friends. 



This soap will tickle you purple. You and your dog will love it. Learn more and order yours HERE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Popovers without a popover pan!

Popovers are my fave. They are fluffy, buttery, and full of carbs. Who wouldn't love that combo? This particular popover recipe is my favorite because you can utilize just a regular old muffin tin rather than purchasing a fancy popover pan. The less gadgets cluttering my kitchen, the better, right? 


My husband was utterly impressed impressed by this recipe and ate half the pan before I could even try one! They were even better when topped with our Lavender Apple Honey found HERE. 

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
2 eggs
tablespoon butter, melted 
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a blender, mix everything together until it looks frothy. Let the popover batter rest while the oven pre-heats to 450 degrees. Use a large muffin tin pan that serves 6. Put the empty muffin tin in the oven for 2 minutes to warm it up. Remove it from the oven and melt an extra 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave, and then divide the butter between the cups. Pulse the batter in the blender once more to make it bubble and then fill each cup. Bake for 15 minutes. Resist the urge to open the oven door while they bake or you will unpop your popovers. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes. Your popovers should be golden brown and dry to the touch and sound hollow when you tap on them. 


Eat and enjoy! I'm hungry just thinking about it! 

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