Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kottage Kupboard Spring Boutique 2011

It's Boutique time, and Mother's day is just around the corner.  If you missed us at last week's boutique, that is Ok; we have another one this week.

This is an indoor boutique held at the Golden Spike Arena.
So you don't have to worry about being cold. 
1000 N. 1200 W. Ogden, Utah.  84404

May 4th - 7th
Wednesday: 1-8pm
No strollers between 1-5, they are welcome the rest of the show.
Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Satuday: 10 am - 4 pm

To learn more about this boutiqe visit thier website.  Kottage Kupboard

Lavender Italian Soda VS French Soda

Lavender Italian Soda - French Creamosa Style
You will need:
2 Tbs. Monin Lavender Syrup
3 oz Half & Half
Ice - medium cubes or crushed
8 oz club soda
whipped cream & a cherry if you have one. 

First we have to clarify which is which.
Italian sodas did not originate in Italy, they originated in San Francisco. An Italian family opened a restaurant in the city in the 1920s. They started mixing sodas for thier customers with the syrups they brought from Italy; and it caught on. It has become a very popular drink in coffee houses because the same flavored syrups that are used to flavor coffee drinks are used in making Italian and French sodas.

Italian Soda: Club Soda, flavored syrup and ice.

French Soda or Creamosa: Club Soda, flavored syrup, ice and half & half.

Step zero: make sure your glass holds at least 12-16 oz.
Step one: Add two tablespoons of syrup to the bottom of the glass.
Step two: Add 3 oz of half-and-half and stir.
Step 3: Add a generous amount of ice to the glass.
Step 4: Pour 8 oz club soda or seltzers water over the ice. Gently stir the mixture a few times.
Step 5: Add a dollop of whipped cream.
Step 6: You must drink with a straw to mix all of the flavors.
**You can mix the syrup and soda, add the ice and then slowly pour the cream on top to give a layered look.**
I bought this glass, just so I could make an authentic French Soda.
With all of the ingredients on hand I started mixing.
I put my glass in the freezer, so it would be "frosted".
I poured this in layers so you could see the color of the syrup.
Stir and mix, add ice. Then add club soda.
Top with whipped cream and a cherry if you have one on hand.
Drink up!  If you have little ones around, you better get more straws. 
I had to make another one just for me.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mutton Hollow Spring 2011

Blue skies today!  Turn here at the sign to find the Mutton Hollow Country Barn Spring Boutique.
 There are 2 levels of cute local craft.
And, if you are a little chilled, just stop at the Hot Box and get some toasty warm Hot Chocolate.  They serve other treats and drinks and are right next to the Kettle many decisions...and we haven't even entered the barn.
We are on the lower level in the center.
New things for SPRING would include...
 1. New soap packaging.
2. A new soap.  
We call it, "Simply Lavender".  
It is for those who just want to enjoy the clean scent of lavender and nothing else.  Though I must say, our lavender mint is one of my favorites in the wakes me up with one whiff.
3.  "Cuscino di lavanda"
Cushion of Italian. 
You can buy one or a cute set of 3. 
Squeeze and place with your linens to give them the aroma of Provence, France.
Find the perfect gift for your Mother.  Mother's Day is just around the corner.
See you there!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TODAY! - Sunshine & Water.

Look!   Look!   Look!
The snow is almost all gone!

Today is a GREAT day.  Most of the snow is gone and the sun came out. 
I was able to walk around the garden and count casualties. 
I had to jump over a few little rivers...
And watch my step for these...
Free fertilizer from Max our Local Moose.
I am happy to report that I could only see 2 Grosso that are possibly going to die.  They did have a little green showing, but they are in the path of some major spring run off.  And though they are green today, if the water doesn't dry up, their roots will soon rot. 

Why we hedge in the Fall.

There are those out there are are very adamant about hedging lavender only in the spring. 
For us, we hedge in the fall. 
If we don't hedge in the fall, this is what we have to
deal with in the spring. 
 We left this one lavender untouched last fall, just so I could take this picture.  Leaving the stems long throughout the winter meant that we could possibly loose this one lavender to breakage.  Lucky for us, it is still alive and I was able to take the picture that I wanted.  
 Call this an experiment that will never be repeated.
You can see the one next to it (which we did hedge last fall).
It is compact, shaped, turning green and ready for spring.  The one with last years stems....I will have to get on my mud boots, gloves, get into the shed and find my clippers and head out to hopefully save this plant.  Yes, there is some green on it, so I am not that worried.
You may also notice that our plants are not very tall. This is because we hedge them short to prevent winter breakage. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mutton Hollow Country Barn Spring 2011

It's Boutique time, just in time for Mother's Day. 
We have one week to finish getting ready, and you have one week to pencil this boutique in on your calendar.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Beautiful Lavender Gift

Lavender Wands are a great gift laced with a little history and tradition. They were once placed in a Bride's linen dowry; a wand would be placed between the linens to hold count. For example: if for every 10 linens there would be a wand, three wands would represent 30 linens. 
A sage wand makes this soft gift complete.

Winter Melting Away

The forecast might not be pretty, but at least the crocus are.
Of course we planted the lavender ones, Its Lavender Hill.
You can see where all of the "Warm Spots" are in the garden. The warm/hot spots are the places that receive the most sun through out the day.  You can see the grass in our warm spots. If you are planning on landscaping your yard, look for these hot spots now while your yard is talking to you.  This is where you would want to plant things that require full sun.  The hot spots are also good locations to put your vegetable garden.
Chin up, I have seen a few Forsythias blooming.  This is a good sign that spring will be in full swing soon enough.  It is also a good sign to fertilize your lawn.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lavender Canyon, Moab Utah

This past week I was able to take our little family to Moab. Of course lavender is always on my brain, so when I saw that there was a "Lavender Canyon"  I had to investigate.
Photo from :
Trail writes:
Go to the Visitor Center first and ask for a Lavender Canyon pass. In 2007 they only allowed 8 vehicles on the trail per day. You can travel about 14 miles down the trail before you come to the locked gate, so there is still a lot to enjoy without the pass. However, if you don't get past the gate then you don't see all of the arches at the end. Click here to read more.

Cleft Arch - Photo from: 

Utah Trails writes:
Continuing up Lavender Canyon from the junction with West Fork you should see at least three more Anasazi cliff dwellings. They are all situated on the left or east side of the canyon at 0.8, 1.8, and 2.0 miles from the junction, respectively. They all consist of single structures about 10 feet wide and 7 feet tall that were built in alcoves about 100 feet above the floor of the canyon. The first one is 200 yards from the road, but the others are closer and easier to see. All appear to be in excellent condition. Click here to read more.
Anasazi Ruin in Lavender Canyon
Photo from:

I would have loved to have hiked up to see this view!
North West Arm of Lavender Canyon
Photo by LSessions

But, with two little children under the age of four this part of the trail will have to wait til next time when they are a little older. The weather was mild and the flowers were in bloom. These little flowers reminded me of a sweet pea.
Yes, they are lavender/purple.
Take time to stop and smell the flowers 
spend quality time with your family.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Lavender Hill Potting Benches, March Farmer's Almanac

At Lavender Hill the ground is still frozen so, we have to keep busy with things above the ground.  My Dad built these potting benches just yesterday. One white and the other purple.  They are going to be part of our Swiss Days display in September.  

I want one just for me. 
And for those who's ground is is the Farmer's Almanac list for MARCH. 

MARCH (The third month hath 31 days)
1 - Spread compost over veggie beds
2 - Divide hostas and daylilies
3 - Divide mums and peonies
4 - Congress first meet, 1789
5 - Repair lawn edging
6 - Prune and fertilize currants

7 - Fertilize evergreen shrubs
9 - Look for slugs and control them
10 - Plant peas
11 - Put pheromone traps in fruit trees
12 - If soil is dry enough, work up beds
13 - Prepare potting soil and store

14 - Daylight Savings begins
16 - Plant berries as temperature allows
17 - St. Patrick's Day
18 - Plant cool weather veggies

21 - Protect strawberries with cloches
22 - Fertilize perennials
23 - Deter aphids with insecticidal soap
24 - Plant summer flowering bulbs
27 - graft stored scion wood

28 - Start tuberous begonias indoors
29 - Plant raspberry canes
31 - Start geranium cuttings indoors