Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lavender Chocolate Fudge - from

 Recipe courtesy of  

~ I have yet to make this myself, but I just had to share.  I did modify the amount of lavender used.  This recipe called for 1 tablespoon of culinary lavender (which is WAY to much) to 1 teaspoon culinary lavender ~ 


Lavender Chocolate Fudge

Try this Lavender Chocolate Fudge and break free from traditions by experimenting with different flavors and spices. With a hint of lavender, these mouth-watering fudge bites add a new twist to a classic favorite and are perfect for holiday gift giving.
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Estimated Times

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins
Cooling Time: 2 hrs refrigerating

Servings: 48


2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


LINE 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.

PLACE evaporated milk and lavender in medium, microwave-safe bowl. Heat on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute. Cover with plastic wrap; steep for 10 minutes. Strain into medium, heavy-duty saucepan; discard lavender. Add sugar, butter and salt to saucepan; bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

ADD marshmallows; stir vigorously until almost melted. Stir in morsels and vanilla extract until melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.

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December - Farmer's Almanac

1 - Stake young trees
3 - Make jams and jellies for gifts
4 - Move houseplants from cold windows

5 - Spray for peach leaf curl
6 - Order seeds packets for gifts
9 - Cover plants with mulch as needed
10 - Repair holes in gutters
11 - Make Christmas wreaths

12 - Clean and organize garden shed
13 - Make pomander balls
16 - Buy a living tree
17 - Pick pine boughs for garland
18 - Break up ice in birdbaths

19 - Clean snow from branches
20 - Plan Christmas dinner
21 - Winter begins, Total Eclipse of Moon
23 - Help to feed a family in need
24 - Make Christmas phone calls
25 - Christmas Day

26 - Boxing Day
27 - Keep poinsettia's soil damp
28 - Add dry greens to compost pile
29 - Put out feed and water for birds
30 - Make 2011 gardening resolutions

31 - New Year's Eve

Flower of the Month: Paperwhite Narcissus
Color: White
Meaning: Formality, Stay As Sweet As You Are

November - Farmer's Almanac

1 - All Saints' Day
2 - General Election Day
3 - Protect roots in cold climates
4 - Dig dahlias, store in potting soil
6 - Force bulbs for indoor use

7 - Daylight Savings Time ends
8 - Mulch asparagus with oak leaves
9 - Turn compost piles regularly
10 - Prepare and freeze pumpkin for pies
11 - Veterans Day
12 - Prune deciduous hedges

14 - Harvest leeks that are ready
15 - America Recycles Day
16 - Fertilize and wash houseplants
18 - Check stored produce for rot
19 - Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1863
20 - Use colorful leaves in arrangements. 

21 - Remove withered stalks on perennials
22 - JFK assassinated, 1963
23 - Pick brussels' sprouts
24 - Make pies and relishes
25 - Thanksgiving Day
26 - Clean leaves out of gutters
27 - Store lawnmower on level surface

28  - Freeze leftovers
29 - Plant a windowsill herb garden
30 - St. Andrew

Flower of the Month: Chrysanthemum
Color: Yellow
Meaning: A Desolate Heart

October - Farmer's Almanac

2 - Prepare to frost protect tomatoes
3 - Clean up spent veggie beds
4 - Supreme Court begins session
5 - Get winter row covers ready
6 - Take stem cuttings of mums
7 - Rake up debris around fruit trees
8 - Drain and close irrigation systems
9 - Dig and divide perennials

10 - Plant garlic
11 - Columbus Day
12 - Sow green manure seed on bare ground
13 - Plant trees and shrubs
14 - Spade veggie beds
15 - National Grouch Day
16 - Put veggies on veggie beds

17 - Harvest remaining apples and pears
18 - Dig horseradish roots and process
19 - Harvest and sotre winter squash
20 - Plant bulbs
21 - Orionid meteor shower
22 - Hunter's Moon

24 - United Nations Day
25 - Store winter squash
26 - Unscrew hoses from hose bibs
27 - Coil and store hoses for winter
28 - Clean and store garden tools
29 - Stock market crash of 1929
30 - Put raked leaves on compost pile
31 - Halloween

Flower of the Month: Calendula, Pot Marigold
Color: Orange
Meaning: Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy, Sacred Affection

September - Farmer's Almanac

1 - World War II began,  1939
2 - Start canning tomatoes
3 - American Revolution ends, 1783
4 - Harvest potatoes when tops die down

5 - Continental Congress first met, 1774
6 - Labor Day
7 - Pick pears before they ripen
8 - Lift onions and dry
10 - Control woody aphids on apple trees
11 - Terrorist attacks in U.S., 2001

12 - Grandparents Day
13 - Make grape juice and freeze
15 - Reduce water to harden off plants
16 - Bring houseplants indoors
17 - Citizenship Day
18 - Yom Kippur

19 - Don't compost diseased plant material
20 - Dig, clean and store tuberous begonias
21 - Plant spring cabbage
22 - Autumn begins
24 - Harvest Moon
25 - Lift and store gladioli corms

26 - Mother's Day
27 - Remove summer flowering annuals
28 - Prune rambler roses
30 - Buy gardening tools on sale

Flower of the Month: Aster
Color: Purple
Meaning: Symbol of Love, Daintiness

January - Farmer's Almanac

1 - Happy New Year's Day
2 - Happy "Mew" year for Cats Day
3 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower
4 - Chip Christmas trees for mulch
5 - Twelfth Night
7 - Check tool sand replace as needed
8 - Air-layer leggy houseplants
9 - Order seed catalogs

10 - Make sure birds have water, feed
11 - Clean out gutters
12 - Make jam from fruit in freezer
13 - Old New Year's Eve in Russia
14 - Annular Eclipse of the Sun
15 - Begin planning spring garden
16 - Repair fences

17 - Draw map of garden
18 - M. L. King official birthday
19 - Order seeds
20 - Build cold frames and hot beds
21 - Order bare root fruit trees
22 - Test soil
23 - Fertilize and water house plants

24 - Look for field mice damage
25 - Clean up debris from storms
26 - Check beds for poor drainage
27 - Apply mulch where needed
28 - Gather scion wood for grafting later
29 - Spray fruit trees for bacterial canker
30 - Plant deciduous shade and fruit trees

Flower of the Month: Florist Carnation
Color: White
Meaning: Pure and deep love, good luck

Monday, December 12, 2011

Welcome to our little Lavender Hill Gift Shop

This year we opened our shop December 5th-10th.  It was a week full of friends, Lavender Hot Chocolate and things for the Holidays. 
Our Holiday Decor...
Lavender twinkle lights lit the shop.
 There were Par rum-pum-pum-purple ornaments.
And even a purple partridge in our purple pear tree.
A few of our products...
Yummy Lavender Tea
Lavender Soap
Now available in our new guest size.
Lavender Massage Oil
Lotion, Mist, Herbs de Provence and cookbooks.
Lavender Chocolate makes the perfect stocking stuffer.

Other Lavender Gifts...
Booties, Mittens, Pillows,
Eye pillows, Wands and Lip Balm.
Lavender Wreaths...and Oh so much more.  If you couldn't make it out, just wait til next spring. The garden will be blooming, the bees will be buzzing and lavender lemonade to be sipping, Oh it's the most wonderful time of the year!

And Til Next Year...
This little fairy will have to wait inside til spring.
While in between customers I sat by the fire...
...and painted the orange roses on this display to a color that would be more fitting.
 (What other color for a Lavender Shop?)

  It is my hope this winter, when the snow is falling, I can get some real painting done. 
We shall see!

Merry Christmas To All,
And To All A Good Night!


Monday, November 28, 2011

It's almost December...and great things happen in December.

#1: Ogden Nature Center's Open House.
Dec 3, 2011
"Join us from 9-4 on Saturday, December 3 for our annual Holiday Open House. As always, fresh, evergreen holiday swags, wreaths and centerpieces will be for sale. Come early for the best selection! Volunteers will offer free gift wrapping with a natural flair and serve up hot cocoa. This year's Open House will feature local artists and a bake sale of yummy & unique goodies. Kids will have a chance to make a pine cone gnome to take home and everyone is encouraged to get outside and explore the wintery trails. The Nest Gift Shop features nature related books, stationary, toys, games, art, bird feeders, jewelry and casual clothing. Admission is free all day long for members and non-members alike! Special thanks to the Bank of Utah for sponsoring the Open House again this year."

Dec 3, 2011

Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 7:00 PM
One stop shopping for all your Holiday gifts! Handcrafted goods from over 40 local artists, Food, Music and Dance!

Address: 1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT 84119

Contact: (801) 965-5100
ADA: Yes, Cost: Free Entrance

We invite you our friends and customers to our home.

Monday: 4-7pm
Tuesday: 11-7pm
Wednesday: 11-7pm
Thursday: 11-7pm
Friday: 11-8pm
Saturday: 11-8pm

If you have a question please call: 801-745-2744
If it is snowing, please drive with caution. 4WD is required if there is 1" - 2" of snow on the ground. Remember we are Lavender "Hill" and our drive is a little steep.

#4: Lavender Hill at Willard Bay Gardens is 30% off.
While supplies last.

Happy December! 
Remember to BUY LOCAL this season.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Logan Novemberfest 2011: Lavender Hill will be there!

Wear your mittens, prepare your vehicles for snow and come on over for some great entertainment and Holiday shopping.

November 25th & 26th, 2011.
Friday: 10:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 - 6:00 PM

"Welcome to the NOVEMBERFEST ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, INC.! This show was established in 1984 and is a much anticipated event throughout the year. Since the fair is held over the Thanksgiving weekend, it has become well known as the kick-off to the Christmas shopping season in our locale."

For more information visit LOGANUTAHNOVEMBERFEST.COM. 

Logan Community Recreation Center : 195 South 100 West, Logan, Utah
For a map click HERE.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kottage Kupboard - Candy Cane Lane - Picture Update

Holiday Boutique Time!
 Here it is, our display for Kottage Kupboard.  We did the layout a little bit different this time. The guests can actually step into our booth instead of walking around it. We shall see how it goes. 
 All of our lavender goodies.  Lotion, Mist, Oil, Tea, Soap, Cuticle Balm and don't forget Massage Oil.
 Bath Salt, Dryer Bags, Lavender Syrup (yumm) and my Lavender Wands.
 Of course our Lavender Nutcracker is standing watch.
Don't forget our gift shop will be open the first week of December.  Check our calendar at the bottom of the blog for dates and times.  We would love to see you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Locations for the HO-Ho-Holidays

To make Christmas shopping a little easier this year we are participating in a number of boutiques (Candy Cane Lane this week) and we have set up two new displays. Roots Salon in Morgan and The Ogden Nature Center in North Ogden. 

~ Ogden Nature Center ~
Beautiful buildings which they hold yoga classes, children's educational programs and private occasions.
Trails for walking and exploring. 
Bird House trail, I like to have my kids count and make up stories for each of the houses.
"The Nest" Gift Shop.
Local hand made walking sticks, jackets, kids toys, jewelry, trinkets for the bird lover, snacks, and now
Lavender Hill.
 For more information and hours visit their web site  Located at 966 West 12th Street, Ogden, UT 84405. For directions click HERE

~ Roots Salon ~

Nibble on some Lavender Chocolate while getting a pedicure...sounds good to me. 
They offer everything from nails to perms. 
135 N. State Street, Morgan, Utah, 84050.